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2022 Connecticut Compost Webinar Series

Participants must register for each webinar individually. These webinars are free, however, if you’d like to give, our crowdfunding page is below:

https://www.patronicity.com/ConnecticutCompost

Your support is very much appreciated.

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Special thanks to our sponsors!

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MARCH 23 | 3-6 PM | TRACK 1: COMPOST BASICS AND SCIENCE OF COMPOST
Come learn about composting basics. Food and yard wastes can be turned into a nourishing and free soil amendment. Discover the drivers of the decomposition process, find out how to troubleshoot and avoid problems and become aware of the many benefits of compost.

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MARCH 30 | 3-6PM TRACK 2: ON-FARM COMPOSTING AND BIOCHAR IN COMPOST
The first part of the webinar Northern Tilth will be joining us who works with farms throughout New England providing technical guidance for on-farm composting operations. Northern Tilth is currently working under an NRCS Conservation Innovation Grant in Connecticut to help develop an NRCS practice for optimizing on-farm composting operations. This presentation will provide an overview of their on-farm composting observations and discuss the objectives of the current Connecticut project. The second part of the webinar will focus on biochar and compost as it relates to agriculture operations, speakers will include Arthur Point Farm, NY, USDA NRCS, and UConn Extension.

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APRIL 6 | 3-6PM TRACK 3: LARGE MUNICIPAL & COMMERCIAL SCALE COMPOSTING
Hear from municipalities developing on-site compost initiatives, speakers from CT DEEP, West Haven, CT, Atlas Organics, and SCRRRA will discuss process capacity, permitting process, school participation, what's next and lessons learned. The second half of the webinar will focus on municipalities creating opportunities to collect food scraps in town with speakers from Salisbury, CT, Sharon, CT, Middletown, CT and Waste Free Greenwich who will present on what towns are doing, what they are proposing, lessons learned and how to replicate their efforts.

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Corresponding Tours & Registration

Tour #1: On-Farm Composting

April 29
 

Join farm owner Jessica Stone for a tour of the farm and compost operation. The farm is currently working with Northern Tilth who works with farms throughout New England providing technical guidance for on-farm composting operations.  Northern Tilth is currently working with an NRCS Conservation Innovation Grant in Connecticut to study existing compost piles and then advise low-cost changes to reduce environmental losses and increase the finished compost quality and value.  This tour will provide an overview of the on-farm composting, observations and discuss with the farm, and how they utilize compost.

 
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Tour #3: Large/Municipal Scale Composting Tour

May 21

Learn about the efforts and challenges of two CT composting initiatives, a mid-scale and large-scale aerated static pile (ASP) compost systems. Common Ground High School and the City of West Haven use similar compost systems, but with different scales, technology, and goals.

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Tours #2 and #4: Home Composting/Beginner

This is a hands-on field trip; please dress in clothing you don’t mind getting dirty.

The Keney Park Sustainability Project (KPSP) began in 2016 to provide hands on training, on-site demonstrations, education outreach and community collaboration that help families become more self-sustainable and environmentally conscious, while preserving the historic Keney Park. Join KPSP staff for a tour of the site, and participate in a hands-on composting project. Tour the many types of composting systems KPSP supports from worm bins to tumblers all while learning about KPSP’s other efforts from planting native plants to producing maple syrup. 

May 7: REGISTER

June 25: REGISTER

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2020 Connecticut Compost Webinar Series

CT RC&D and partners hosted a Connecticut Compost Webinar series. This critical series provides information and resources for farmers and municipalities to expand their leaf and/or manure composting operation to include food scraps. The focus of the webinars included the benefits to soil health, conservation, food waste management, and climate adaptation. Compost manufacturing and compost utilization are vital to producing healthy soils, clean air and water, and a sustainable society.

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

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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