This video covers the basics of composting in an entertaining and informative way. The students from Hazen High School will have you moonwalking all the way to the compost bin.
The Northeast Kingdom Residential Food Scrap Drop-Off pilot was a collaborative effort between Highfields Center for Composting (HCC) and the Northeast Kingdom Waste Management District (NEKWMD). The purpose of this pilot project was to provide residents within the NEKWMD an easy, convenient method for recycling food scraps that did not involve processing the material at their own residence. This pilot creates a replicable model for residential food scrap drop-offs at waste district transfer stations.
A comprehensive how-to guide for school-wide composting.
Your business throws away valuable resources every day – Close the Loop!-NEK provides your business with the tools, materials and training to recycle your food scraps. This ensures that food scraps are collected and recycled back into the soil, reducing the amount of trash you send to the landfill, and potentially saving you money on your trash bill.
Highfields Center for Composting has partnered with your community to introduce Close the Loop! Vermont, a community composting program that saves valuable resources by composting food scraps and turning them into nutritious soil for farmers, gardeners, and the community.
"The folks at Highfields are alchemists....they're magicians!" So says 350.org leader and renowned environmentalist Bill McKibben.
Recipes for achieving the conditions necessary for proper composting.
Highfields Center for Composting presents an animated teaching guide for starting a compost program in your school. In this brief video, students will learn about compost, the importance of closing the loop on their food system and how to separate food scraps effectively.
Highfields Center for Composting has partnered with your community to introduce Close the Loop! Vermont, a community composting program that saves valuable resources by composting food scraps and turning them into nutritious soil for farmers, gardeners, and the community. Residents in your region can now collect food scraps from their household and bring them to an established drop-off location in your community.
This worksheet will help you work through the necessary calculations for determining the size of your composting site. In each step a description of the step is provided, along with an example. Cumulatively, these steps will help you determine the area required for your composting activities. In addition, you may find it helpful to develop a diagram as you go along in order to help you think through some of your space needs and how they might fit into a potential site.
Hours and locations for Close the Loop! NEK
Downloadable flyer for "Extreme Home Composting Workshop" 1/25/14 in Morrisville, VT. Come and learn about the benefits of compost, compost system options, and how to maintain your pile. Walk-in with little to no knowledge of compost and come out a Rot Star!
This guide aims to strengthen expansion of community-scale composting by describing successful initiatives, their benefits, how these initiatives can be replicated, key start-up steps, and the need for private, public, and non-profit sector support.
Download this tri-fold brochure for an easy how-to guide to home composting.
Highfields' technical staff worked with a team at Jasper Hill Farm in Greensboro, Vermont, to develop a highly integrated, biologically mediated, waste management, renewable energy, and nutrient recovery system for their dairy and cheese making operations.
Monitoring provides you with a feedback loop for maintaining optimal composting conditions and producing a quality product.
Join us for a free webinar to learn about what compost is; what the best composting system is for you; how to start your compost system; and how to manage that system effectively. These webinars are free and open to all.
A simple how-to guide for Close the Loop participants
Since the compost recipe will create the habitat and diet for your decomposer populations, developing good recipes is a critical aspect of the composting process that cannot be overlooked.
This tool provides you with the big picture considerations associated with operating different kinds of composting systems at your school.
This tool will provide you with the big picture considerations associated with operating different kinds of composting systems at your school.
Composting programs at schools are an opportunity to empower an ethic of environmental stewardship and participatory ecology in young minds and for students to build investment in their future. Students, staff, and volunteers find composting to be a rewarding experience that provides the school community with multiple opportunities to practice integrative thinking and take responsibility for the conservation of their resources.
The quality of your composting site will have a significant impact on your management efficiency, the ease of pile management and the quality of the compost produced on the site.
These printable materials list items that can go in the compost bin, as well as things that should not be composted.
Downloadable files that you can print, laminate, and post near your food scrap separation station.
Some schools choose to make compost on‐site, particularly when there are existing gardens, providing a full soil‐to‐soil loop that few children would ever experience otherwise. On‐site composting provides a sustainable composting strategy for schools over time if adequate measures are taken and investments made to ensure a highly integrated and effectively managed program.
Highfields has a written policy that outlines the criteria used for rejecting a tote with tainted food scraps.
This overview of waste management fees is intended to provide schools and business owners with information to assist in the renegotiation and cost reduction of your solid waste disposal contract(s).
Making great compost is an art. One of the key management techniques is monitoring your pile's temperature and moisture, as well as visual and olfactory observations. This video shows you how, why, and when to monitor your compost pile in order to make great compost and meet organic standards and PFRP.
Making great compost is an art. One of the key management techniques is how and when to turn your pile. This video shows you how, why, and when to turn your compost pile in order to make great compost and meet organic standards and PFRP.
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 recipe using the materials you have on hand.
You can your wean your chickens off grain and produce more nutritious eggs by feeding your chickens on food scraps and compost. This video talks you through the things to think about in order to feed food scraps to your chickens effectively.
Whether you are a restaurant, a food processor, a hospital, a ski resort or a school, composting your food scraps is an easy and inexpensive way for your business or institution to go green! In this video, see what business owners and employees have to say about separating food scraps in their businesses.
Design for a magnet that shows Dos and Don'ts for home composters. Contact Kim Mercer, Highfields Center for Composting, to order. Phone: (802) 472--5138 x203 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
"When a tree dies, or leaves fall to the ground, or an animal dies, it goes back into the soil," farmer Tom Gilbert observes. "The decomposer communities recycle that material and create new life. We would look to that as essentially a perfectly harmonized nutrient management system. Nothing in, nothing out."
This guide will help the event planner design and implement a waste management program that encourages participants to make the correct decisions regarding recycling, composting, and trash disposal.