Agenda (subject to change)
8:30 AM: Registration, Breakfast, Networking, and Exhibitor Tables
9:15 AM: 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
10:00 AM Keynote Presenters
Mark Hutchinson, University of Maine Composting School
Andrew Carpenter, Northern Tilth, Maine
11:30 AM Breakout Sessions
· Back to Basics: Medium Scale Composting- Mike Carignan, AGRESOURCE, NY
· Scale Up: Advanced Composting – Recipes & Calculators – Domingo Medina, CT NOFA
12:30 PM Lunch, Networking & Exhibitor Tables
1:30 PM Breakout Session
· Compost Feedstocks –Mark Hutchinson, University of Maine Composting School
· Compost siting, equipment, infrastructure, management and nutrient management – Andrew Carpenter, Northern Tilth, Maine
2:30 PM Break
2:45 PM 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.
4:00 PM Compost Testing & Results – Dawn Pettinelli, UConn Extension
Beneficial Uses of Compost – James Hyde, USDA NRCS
4:30 PM Networking & Exhibitor Tables
5:00 PM Conclude
****Full registration scholarships are available to make the CT Compost Conference more accessible and inclusive by providing financial assistance to attend. Scholarships are prioritized for new or beginning farmers, farmers of low-income, or farmers who belong to ethnic, racial and sexual identity groups that have traditionally been underrepresented in Connecticut agriculture.
If you are interested in a registration scholarship please email Emily Cole at American Farmland Trust before registering for the CT Compost Conference. Her email is ecole [at] farmland.org – please include a brief introduction to yourself and your farming goals or experiences in your email.