NC State Compost Learning Lab
The NC State Compost Learning Lab (CL2) is an education, research and demonstration site in the heart of the 1,500-acre Lake Wheeler Road Field Laboratory in Raleigh, North Carolina. The site has 26 types of backyard composting and vermicomposting units, both medium and small scale, and areas for hands-on training activities. A 40-ft by 30-ft Worm Barn houses a dozen types of worm bins and about 30,000 worms. A rain garden captures run off from the roof.
NC State’s Compost Learning Lab is being developed as a premier regional composting demonstration and training site in the United States. We are looking for students, NCSU staff, non-profits, businesses, and community members to get involved. Contact the Lab’s director, Rhonda Sherman, at firstname.lastname@example.org to indicate your interest in volunteering or donating money, goods or services.
The following businesses and organizations have already contributed to NC State’s Compost Learning Lab:
- North Carolina Composting Council
- NC State Sustainability Fund
- NC State Waste Reduction and Recycling Office
- City of Raleigh Solid Waste Services
- Earth Farms
- McGill Environmental Systems
- US Composting Council
- NC State Horticultural Science Department
Courses and Workshops:
Hands-on training courses are offered periodically about composting and vermicomposting, from small to large scale. Class attendees include extension educators, recycling coordinators, farmers, entrepreneurs, the general public, teachers, Master Gardeners, composting facility operators, and food service managers.
People from all over the world visit the site to learn about composting and vermicomposting. This includes attendees of the annual Vermiculture Conference, which is the world’s only training on large-scale vermicomposting. Speakers and participants from around globe spend two days discussing worm farming methods.
A five-day training course on large-scale composting is offered yearly by the USCC-NC Composting Council. The training is for public and private composting operators, farmers, recycling specialists, extension educators and other governmental agency personnel. Topics include the biological and physical processes of composting, developing feedstock mixes, site selection and preparation, odor control and marketing.
Factsheets on composting, vermicomposting, recycling, and other waste reduction topics may be accessed from Rhonda Sherman.