Field day

2015 Compost Field Day

May 28, 2015, PV Waste Solutions, Fleet St. N, Regina Map


9:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.   Introductions & Expectations

9:30 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.   Basics of Large Scale Composting – Larry Mullen, SWRC

An introduction to the science behind composting; how to set up a composting operation: siting, feedstocks, equipment; elements of a successful composting program, including the all-important "people" component.

10:15 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.   Break

10:45 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.  Compost Marketing & End Use – Susan Antler, Composting Council of Canada

11:15 a.m. - Noon   Large Scale Vermicomposting presentation & demonstration - Karen Allen, PV Waste Solutions

PV Waste Solutions now operates a medium to large scale vermicomposting operation that they call the Scrap Shack Worm Farm. It is a 5 x 6 Institutional Model Worm Bin from Oregon-based Sustainable Agricultural Technologies, Inc. It is designed for use in hospitals, college cafeterias, prisons, grocery stores, and/or restaurants. At maximum capacity the worm bin can accept up to 55 lbs (25 kg) of food scraps and bedding per day, and outputs approximately 250 lbs (110 kg) of vermicompost per week.

Noon – 1:00 p.m.   Lunch (provided)

1:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.  Travel to PV Waste Solutions Composting Site

1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.  Composting Demonstrations:

  •    demonstration of mixing of feedstocks to create a windrow
  •    explanation of composting process (i.e. moisture, aeration, feedstocks, ...)
  •    examination of finished compost
  •    demonstration of screening compost (to be confirmed)
  •    creating a passive aerated compost pile (to be confirmed)

3:00 p.m. Workshop end

Field day