Tuesday, January 24

Full Day Workshops

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Foundations of Composting
This intensive and interactive one-day training will cover the basic concepts, practices and “how to’s” of commercial compost production. The course will provide a broad foundation for novice compost operators, managers and regulators and will refresh veteran composters on the underlying scientific principles. Subjects will include: Basic principles of composting, process insights, facility design and management, feedstock properties, qualities of compost, odor control, major processing methods, and an overview of markets for compost.

Serves as a review in preparation for the Certified Compost Operations Manager™ test or the Certified Composting Professional™ test.
Robert Rynk and Matthew Cotton8:00 AM - 4:30 PM$352/$435
Adding Food Waste to your Compost Facility
Operational and structural strategies to upgrade windrows and static pilesto handle high energy feedstocks with mixes, pile shape, turning frequency and passive or forced aeration.
Jeff Gage, Orion Black-Brown and Jake Saavedra9:00 AM - 4:30 PM$352/$435

Half Day Workshops

Compost Sales & Marketing – from Waste to Wealth
Welcome to an all-inclusive course on successfully branding, pricing, marketing, selling, and distributing your compost while developing & maintaining key relationships through the process. This course is suitable for both beginners and those experts looking to increase their sales.
Ryan Cerrato8:30 AM - 12:00 PM$237/$292
SB 1383 Procurement Workshop: Building the Final Link in the Circular Organics Economy
The process of getting compost onto the field requires cooperation between industry actors, a range of application machinery, compliance with local and regional regulations, and money to pay for every step of the process.
Craig Kolodge, Dan Noble and others8:30 AM - 12:00 PM$237/$292
Compost Carbon Connection
Detailed overview of the connection between compost and climate change, and the opportunity for composting operations and use to help reduce the impacts of climate change.
Sally Brown, Andrew Carpenter, Scott Subler1:00 - 4:30 PM$237/$292
Build Your Future Compost Business — From Finding Customers to Financing Equipment
The A to Z of starting and operating a business producing compost. Everything from finding customers for your dirt to financing equipment — we’ll show you real life examples of operators just like you producing and selling compost.
Ben Lindsay1:00 - 4:30 PM$237/$292
Digital Marketing Strategies for Local Compost Businesses
• Google Business practices for increased local visibility
• How to create a content recycling process
Tim Steckel1:00 - 4:30 PM$237/$292
* Attending a workshop is a separate fee NOT included in a Full Conference Registration.


Large-Scale Composting and Product Sales
COMPOST2023 will feature an amazing full-day tour of five facilities. Tours will depart from the Ontario Convention Center between 8 a.m. and 9 a.m. and will return between 3 p.m. and 4 p.m. Tours include 2 Burrtec Facilities featuring ECS and Gore Cover Systems, Inland Empire’s Regional Composting Facility's indoor ASP & biofiltration, and a walking tour of Kellogg Garden Products’ bagging and testing facility along with neighboring Recycled Wood Products. Lunch will be provided at Kellogg Garden Products. For more details click here.
Sponsored by:
BacTee Systems Corporation
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM$299/$349

Field Days

Community and Smaller-Scale Composting Field Day
Location: Agriscapes @ Cal Poly Pomona, 4102 S University Dr, Pomona, CA 91768. Free shuttle from the Ontario Convention Center
Don’t miss this unique opportunity! This morning field day will showcase equipment and practices for composting by communities, farmers, landscapers, and other businesses (but not for home scale). Education stations will teach various skills and techniques, such as measuring bulk density, trying out different recipes, pile monitoring, testing compost and viewing composting microbes under a microscope.
Equipment may include: small windrow turners, aeration systems, chippers, screeners, collection vehicles, and anything bike or solar powered! Open to all!  Part of the Cultivating Community Composting Forum at COMPOST2023
8:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Spreading and Using Compost Field Day
Location: Agriscapes @ Cal Poly Pomona, 4102 S University Dr, Pomona, CA 91768. Free shuttle from the Ontario Convention Center
This exciting afternoon will feature equipment and techniques for getting the compost "the last mile" to where it will be used to improve soil health, sequester carbon and protect water quality. Application equipment for farms, vineyards, turf, and erosion control, from hand powered spinners to massive blower trucks, will be available to see and watch. Presentations and activities will include a variety of topics. More info coming soon!
Hosted by the Association of Compost Producers.
1:00 - 4:30 PM