Composting and Compost Use (ENVS2002)
Offered by Dalhousie University, Faculty of Agriculture
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Composting and the utilization of organic matter produced on the farm
provide the basis for soil fertility in organic systems. However, potential
benefits derived from compost use are often limited by the supply and
quality of on-farm produced composts. The objective of this web-based
course is to teach composting primarily by providing students with the
opportunity to make their own compost. Over a 13-week period and through
five stand-alone modules, students will learn:
1: Composting of Organic Materials
What composting is, and how the underlying principles of composting
are applied when combining various organic feedstock materials.
2: Managing the Composting Process
How to evaluate and manage an actively working pile or windrow, and
how to troubleshoot to maintain optimum conditions for composting.
3: On-Farm Composting
Why composting is a recommended or required practice in organic farming,
and what are efficient, low-cost composting methods for agricultural
composting on various scales.
4: Compost Quality
How to evaluate the quality of the finished compost, based on the requirements
of various standards, markets, and end-uses for compost.
5: Compost Utilization and Marketing
Considerations and requirements for using compost, the best uses of
compost in organic systems, and factors which are important in the marketing
Students who complete the "Composting and Compost Use" course
acquire a good understanding of compost and composting, from combining
feedstock materials, through process monitoring and evaluation, to compost
use and marketing. Experience to date has shown that students who have
successfully mastered both the theoretical and practical components of
this course are well prepared to try their hand at composting at any scale.
Please visit the Dalhousie University Faculty of Agriculture's Continuing and Distance Education page for more information.