Cal Poly Compost Training
This professional training course is offered on a biannual basis. The next offering is planned for 2016.
Please see below for information about our last training course which took place in 2014.
CAL POLY COMPOST TRAINING
MARCH 24-28, 2014
Congratulations to all our 2014 graduates!
A Comprehensive Workshop with special enrollment options:
* 4-Day Professional Development Certificate Series in large-scale composting
Training in cost-effective management of organic waste
Focus on compost use for soil and plant health
Professional Development Certificate Series (Monday -Thursday)
A four-day comprehensive training on large-scale composting. This workshop leads participants
through the entire composting process from site selection and management techniques, to compost
utilization and marketing strategies. Regulatory considerations and current trends in composting are addressed. Workshop includes a combination of classroom, laboratory and hands-on exercises providing participants with practice in siting, recipe development, chemical analysis and maturity testing. A ‘Certificate of Technical Ability’ is conferred upon completion of the course.
• Agricultural Professionals
• Environmental Professionals and Advisors
• Waste Management and Regional Planning Professionals
Industry/Grower Compost Symposium (Friday)
This special one-day symposium includes information and cutting-edge research for the effective assessment and use of compost for growers at all scales of production. Special emphasis is placed on the benefits of compost for nutrient management and soil health, as well as novel composting methods and product applications. The symposium includes a trade show-style exhibit space - an excellent way for compost producers, growers and educators to outreach and network with each other. Education offered at this symposium builds upon information given at the preceding four-day training, particularly in the realm of compost testing and utilization.
Symposium Keynote Speaker:
Dr. Deborah Neher, Founder, Soil Ecology and Biological Indicators Laboratory (SEBIL),
Professor and Chair, Department of Plant and Soil Science, University of Vermont
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The Cal Poly Compost Training takes place primarily on the Cal Poly campus, including the Cal Poly Compost Unit, and is supplemented with tours of regional composting operations and farms incorporating composting in their operations. The Cal Poly Compost Training is taught by an interdisciplinary team of Cal Poly faculty and staff from the Agricultural Operations, Bioresource and Agricultural Engineering, Natural Resource Management and Environmental Sciences, Civil and Environmental Engineering, and Biological Sciences Departments with support from the internationally-recognized Maine Compost School and leading California compost professionals.
Presented by the Cal Poly Center for Sustainability in collaboration with Harold J. Miossi Charitable Trust
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