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Food Waste Management: Compost & Anerobic Digestion 2-Day Workshop & Optional Tour

2-Day Workshop

Wednesday & Thursday, August 21 & 22, 2013
University of Maine, Orono
8:30 AM – 4:30 PM

This workshop offers hands-on field and classroom experiences to develop skills that will enable participants to strategize, implement and/or manage food waste systems through aerobic composting or anaerobic digestion. The following is a partial list of topics to be covered during the workshop. Visit for complete program schedule.

Topics will include:

  • Components of Food Waste Management
  • Methods of Food Waste Management: Compost Methodologies and Anaerobic Digestion
  • Behind the scenes of Successful Food Waste Management
  • Recipe Development
  • Troubleshooting
  • Opportunities with Anaerobic Digestion and Food Waste

Recertification Credits: 8—State of Maine Nutrient Management; 10—Certified Crop Advisory

Optional Day 3 Food Waste Management Tour

Friday, August 23, 2013
Depart 7:30 AM from Doris Twitchell Allen Village. Return 4:30 PM.

Tour three central Maine facilities that are managing food waste material with different technologies. Transportation and lunch included.

Management of food waste residuals is changing in Maine. The State of Maine has a goal of reducing organic material entering landfills by 50%. Removing and utilizing food waste residuals is an important component to reach this goal.

  • This educational tour is for industry representatives, food service providers, institutional administrators, agricultural service providers, local, state and federal agency staff, and academic colleagues.
  • You will learn and experience three methods for utilizing food waste residuals in agricultural production systems.
  • You will have the opportunity to interact with facilities operational staff to learn the benefits and concerns.
  • The tour will allow participants to network with others working to recycle food waste residuals.
  • You will take away ideas on how you and your organization can be part of the change in managing Maine’s food waste.

7:30 a.m.: Leave the Doris Twitchell Allen Village on Ranglely Road
8:15—9:15: Kinney Compost, Wes Kinney, Knox, ME
10:15—11:30: Rainbow Valley Farm, Harland Bragg, Sidney, ME
11:30—12:30: Buffet Lunch in Waterville
2:00—3:30: Stonyvalle Farm, Adam Wintle, Exeter, ME
4:30 p.m.: Return to Campus

Recertification Credits: 4—State of Maine Nutrient Management; 4—Certified Crop Advisory

Register online. Or mail us your payment and registration form (PDF). (Mail to: Jeanne S. Pipicello, University of Maine Cooperative Extension, Knox-Lincoln Counties office, 377 Manktown Road, Waldoboro, ME 04572-5815.) Pre-Registration is required for the 2-day workshop and/or the tour.

Registration for the Food Waste Management 2-day on-campus workshop is $200 for each participant. Fee includes all instructional materials, refreshment breaks, lunches, and assorted publications. Workshop check-in will be at 8:30-9:00 a.m. in the Wholley Room on campus. Parking permits are required and provided. Registration for the optional Friday tour is $50 for each participant and includes transportation and lunch.

NOTE: You are responsible for making your own lodging accommodations and are separate from the workshop registration fee.

Directions & Lodging: University of Maine Orono Campus & “Where to Stay”

Printable Map: University of Maine Orono Campus. The workshop will be held in the Wholley Room at the Doris Twitchell Allen Village on Rangely Road.

Presented by the Maine Compost Team & University of Maine Auxiliary Services.

For more information about this or other workshops, please contact: Mark Hutchinson, Extension Professor, University of Maine Cooperative Extension Knox – Lincoln Counties office, 377 Manktown Road, Waldoboro, ME 04572-5815; 207-832-0343 or 1-800-244-2104 (in Maine);

If you are a person with a disability and need an accommodation to participate in this program, please contact Jeanne S. Pipicello at 207-832-0343 or 1-800-244-2104 (in Maine) or 1-800-287-8957 (TDD) to discuss your needs. Receiving requests for accommodations at least 10 days before the program provides a reasonable amount of time to meet the request, however all requests will be considered.

Image Description: Mark Hutchinson holding compost; photo by Edwin remsberg


University of Maine Cooperative Extension

Contact Information

Cooperative Extension: Food & Health
5741 Libby Hall
Orono, Maine 04469-5741
Phone: 207.581.3188, 800.287.0274 (in Maine) or 800.287.8957 (TDD)E-mail:
The University of Maine
Orono, Maine 04469
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