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On‑Farm Composting


Bible Hill, NS


Extended Learning at the Dalhousie Agricultural Campus is pleased to offer a composting course for agricultural producers who are looking for waste management techniques for their operations. This course meets the requirements for the Nova Scotia Fur Industry Act and Fur Industry Regulations.

Through a combination of speaker-led sessions and hands-on activities, this practical training course will enable participants to safely manage waste on the farm. The course has been designed to showcase best practices in waste management (deadstock or other organic waste).

This 2 day course will enable participants to:

  • Recognize the basic biological processes involved in making compost.
  • Enhance their skills to select feed stocks and develop successful recipes.
  • Establish key monitoring strategies for successful stabilization of raw materials into compost.
  • Successfully determine the best use for the final product on-farm.
  • Use best practice methods and follow industry regulations.

To view the 2015 agenda please click here (PDF 75K)

To apply for this course please download the application form (PDF 65K)

2016-2017 Tuition $393.75 plus HST = $452.80

Application Deadline TBA


Cory Roberts

Cory currently works for the Nova Scotia Federation of Agriculture as an Environmental Farm Plan Coordinator where he has had the opportunity to visit a diversity of farms and get a sense for their individual waste management challenges.  He earned a degree in Environmental Science from the Ontario Agricultural College at the University of Guelph.  He was employed as a research technician at the Nova Scotia Agricultural College and then Dalhousie University in the Engineering Department as an agricultural technician for seven years.  During his time in he was involved in teaching and conducting research on many aspects of composting.  Projects have been varied and have included working with many different materials including slaughterhouse waste, fishery processing waste, mink manure, sewage sludge, deadstock and many others.  He has hands on experience with all aspects of composting, from laboratory analysis of feedstocks, to designing compost recipes, to building and maintaining compost piles and troubleshooting problems, to the testing of the finished product.

Trevor Davison

Trevor grew up on a mixed commercial farm in Falmouth, N.S. where his family continues to raise beef cattle and grow apples, pears and field crops.  He graduated from the Nova Scotia Agricultural College with a B.Sc. (Agr.) Pest Management. Following his studies, Trevor worked for Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada in Kentville, N.S. as a tree fruit and soils technician and as a Research Biologist for a private agricultural research company conducting field trials throughout the Maritimes working with compost teas and municipal composts and evaluating compost applications as an alternative to fumigation in the tree fruit industry. He has also completed the Nutrient Management Planning course at the NSAC. Trevor has spent the last 10 years working for the Nova Scotia Federation of Agriculture as a Program Coordinator with the Nova Scotia Environmental Farm Plan Program involving livestock and manure management concerns. This has given him the opportunity to interact with farmers across the province and appreciate the diversity of farming operations in Nova Scotia.