Ohio Composting Industry Tour

Aug 9, 2018, 9:00am - 3:00pm
Monday, July 30, 2018
$40 per person. $25 for students. Includes lunch.
Allen-Oakwood Correctional Compost Complex, 2338 North West St., Lima, and Andre Farms Composting, Wauseon
Mary Wicks

Join us for an up close look at two unique facilities and learn from the experts. Stops will include first-hand look at technology such as aerated static pile system, de-packager for food waste, feedstock grinder, compost screener, and leachate distribution. The day's agenda includes:

9:00 Allen-Oakwood Correctional Compost Complex, Lima, Ohio

Tour of the facility that is located in a retrofitted cattle barn. This Class II site compost food scraps collected on-site as well as food scraps, animal manure, yard trimmings, and other feedstock generated up to 85 miles away. Site highlights include:

  • Aerated static pile system.
  • Training program for inmates.
  • Effective public-private partnership.

11:30 Lunch at Andre Farms, Wauseon, Ohio

Benefits of compost and other organic materials for crop production

  • Presented by Greg LaBarge, Ohio State University Extension

12:30 Andre Farms Composting, Wauseon, Ohio

With over 25 years of composting experience, this Class II facility composts dairy manure, food waste, and yard trimmings to create a product that provides more plant nutrition compared to topsoil. Learn about:

  • Best practices for composting large volumes of food waste.
  • Producing high fertility composts.

Plus, equipment demonstrations will include:

  • De-packager for food waste
  • Feedstock grinder
  • Compost screener
  • Leachate (Liquid Organic Nutrient, LON) distribution

Continuing education credits for registered sanitarians have been requested.

Transportation will be available from Ohio State University Wooster Campus, leaving at 6:15 a.m. and returning at 6:00 p.m. More details available on tour flyer.

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