Close the Loop! Compost.

Highfields Center for Composting is your partner in community composting.Our mission is to close the loop on community-based, sustainable food and agricultural systems, thus addressing soil health, water quality, solid waste, farm viability, and climate change.We research, educate, and provide...

Making & Managing Your Worm Bin

A short how-to guide for the home or classroom vermicompost system.Worm composting, also known as vermicomposting or vermiculture, is an inexpensive way to acquire an incredibly rich and fertile soil amendment for your garden and house plants. Worms will feed on the bacteria and fungi that are...

Growing Local Fertility: A Guide to Community Composting

Almost half the materials Americans discard—food scraps, yard trimmings, and soiled paper—are compostable. Municipal and county governments increasingly recognize the importance of composting. In fact, more than 250 communities have now instituted residential food scrap collection...

VIDEO: Compost Recipe Development

Making great compost is an art. Learning how to accurately develop your own compost recipe using Highfields' Recipe Calculator will provide you with an advanced tool in your production, research, or compost services. This video shows you how to create your own analytically based composting...

Source Separation Poster

Downloadable files that you can print, laminate, and post near your food scrap separation station.Questions? Send your questions to: 

Compost Bookmarks

Download this template for a bookmark to celebrate International Compost Awareness Week! 

Do the Rot Thing: A Teacher's Guide to Compost Activities

This guide was originally published in July 1997 by the Alameda County Waste Management Authority & Source Reduction and Recycling Board, San Leandro,California, and permission to copy the materials was freely given in the original booklet. This guide was reproduced and republished for...

School Tool: Chicken Composting Coloring pages

This is a downloadable pdf with five drawings to color that demonstrate the closed loop of a sustainable, local food system. The pictures depict a farmer feeding food scraps to her hens….the hens lay eggs….the eggs are delivered to the school…and eaten by the students…...

Source Separation Materials

If you would like to order materials, or customization of these designs, please contact:Kim Mercer, Communications ManagerPh (802) 472-5138 extension 205E

Recipe Development Worksheet

Recipe development is employed by composters to develop compost recipes that are well-suited for the decomposer microorganisms who will drive the process – approximately 60% moisture, a ratio of 25 -30 parts carbon per part nitrogen, and a bulk density of 1000 pounds per cubic yard or...


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