It turns out composters love to come to Colorado in the fall! From October 30 to November 3, the Composting Council Research and Education Foundation conducted one of its five-day Compost Operations Training Courses in Fort Collins, hosted by the Colorado Composting Council and Colorado State University. “We’ve been doing these classes three or four times a year since 2010, and this was the fastest sell-out we’ve ever had,” exclaimed Cary Oshins, CCREF director of education and lead organizer of the courses. “We had 35 people attend, coming from 20 different states. And that might also be a record!”
“We were fortunate to have the strong support of A1 Organics,” he continued. “They not only sponsored the class, sent two of their employees and hosted a stop on the field trip, but four of their officers participated as instructors or panelists, helping the class understand composting equipment (Kent Pendley), the benefits of compost (Bob Yost), how to market compost (Andy Roth), and facility operations (Kent and Travis Bahnsen).”
The course covers basic principles, site management, environmental protection, and product quality, among other topics relevant to operating a modern compost facility. The attendees came from diverse backgrounds, including those handling yard debris, food scraps, biosolids and manures, from a few 1,000 tons per year to hundreds of tons per day. Information on the course, and upcoming classes, can be found at http://compostfoundation.org/Education/COTC.
The CCREF thanks the national sponsors, Komptech, Reotemp and Soil Control Lab, plus the local sponsors, Ecoverse and A1Organics. The CCREF has a new policy that half the local sponsorship money gets returned to the state chapter of the USCC, so this class will result in $2,000 income to the COCC.
We fully expect to be back in Colorado in two or three years, so if you missed this one we hope to see you next time!