Connecticut Compost Conference

March 23, 2020
Central Connecticut State University

CT RC&D and partner organizations are working together to plan and host Connecticut's first Compost Conference scheduled for March 23, 2020 at Central Connecticut State University. This informative day will feature keynote speakers, breakout sessions, panel discussion, networking, exhibitors, and a Q&A. Attendees will learn about mid-scale composting that is applicable to the agriculture community as well as municipalities. Hear from those working on operations in our state and throughout the Northeast. This critical event will cover policy and permitting in CT and explain the whys and hows of composting for farmers and municipalities. The Connecticut Compost Conference will provide a forum to educate and discuss how composting can benefit local communities, businesses, the environment, and improve climate resiliency.

Generous Sponsors: Sustainable CT, Farm Credit Northeast AgEnhancement, Recycle CT, UConn Master Composter Program, American Farmland Trust, CT Recyclers Coalition, Peels & Wheels Composting, and Council on Soil and Water Conservation

Planning Partners: CCSU, CT DEEP, CT DOAG, CT RC&D, CT NOFA, USDA NRCS, UConn Extension, American Farmland Trust, CT River COG, NW Conservation District, Center for Ecotechnology (MA), CCSWC, Composting Association of VT and other partners from MA and VT.

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Please call 860.345.3977 for more information.

Tentative Schedule

  • 8:30am - Registration, Breakfast, Networking, and Exhibitor Tables
  • 9:15am - Welcome
    • Prof. Charles Button, CCSU
    • State of the State – Compost permitting and regulations status in Connecticut
    • CT Commissioner Bryan Hurlburt, CT Department of Agriculture and Robert Isner, Director Waste Engineering and Enforcement Division, CT DEEP
  • 10:00am - Keynote Presenters
    • Mark Hutchinson, University of Maine Composting School
    • Andrew Carpenter, Northern Tilth, Maine
  • 11:30am - Breakout Sessions
    • Back to Basics: Medium Scale Composting- Mike Carignan, AGRESOURCE, NY
    • Scale Up: Advanced Composting – Recipes & Calculators - Domingo Medina, CT NOFA
  • 12:30pm - Lunch, Networking, and Exhibitor Tables
  • 1:30pm - Breakout Session
    • Compost Feedstocks – Mark Hutchinson, University of Maine Composting School
    • Compost siting, equipment, infrastructure, management and nutrient management - Andrew Carpenter, Northern Tilth, Maine
  • 2:30pm - Composting in CT - Farms & Municipalities currently composting
    • Speaker Panel/Q&A Coryanne Mansell, CET, MA (moderator and introduce: COMMUNITY TOOLKIT: Adding Food Waste to Compost) Panel speakers to be announced.
  • 3:45pm - Compost Testing & Results
    • Dawn Pettinelli, UConn Extension
    • Beneficial Uses of Compost – James Hyde, USDA NRCS
  • 4:15pm - Networking and Exhibitor Tables
  • 4:45pm - Conclude