We are a new online platform for advancing composting across the nation and globe. Our mission is to build a regenerative, inclusive and equitable food system through the act of composting.

The 131° School of Composting is the educational branch of Compost Technical Services, a consulting practice founded by James McSweeney (author of Community-Scale Composting Systems). 

We are inviting Composters of all skill levels and sizes to join us in learning the fundamental science and practical art of compost making.

What's Coming

  • The 131° School’s Compost Operator Certificate

    Our first course offering (which is open for registration now) is a two-month online program focused on best practices for food scrap composting. The course is designed for any-size operation above the home-scale (commercial, on-farm, municipal, on-site), and is based on the Vermont Compost Operator Certification Training curriculum, which James has developed and taught since it’s inaugural offering in 2011.

  • Community of Practice

    A collaborative creation space where composters can develop business and systems concepts in solidarity with other socially and environmentally conscious practitioners.

  • Live discussions

    Meet some of the nation's most experienced compost facility operators.

Operator Discussion Series

Check out the current guest speaker Tom Gilbert of Black Dirt Farm before we rotate to a new one!

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