Dear Friends,


In the end they always win (the microbes I mean)... That's the undeniable fact of our existence. 


But, in an unscientific and entirely anecdotal poll, we're learning that composters are more at peace with their own mortality and with the ephemeral nature of organic matter in general. (Both living and nonliving). Makes sense right?


Yet another reason, as if you needed one, to hone your composting skills with us at The 131° School of Composting. And although it is impossible to steer entirely clear of the more esoteric underpinnings of our trade, we do our best, focussing on the science, practice, and art of compost making (in truth it's pretty hard to deal with the deeper stuff without getting a little teared up).


Getting serious now, here's what we've got for you:


  1. Our first session of The 131° School’s Compost Operator Certificate is live and session two is open for pre-registration, running May-June. The class is an online training program focused on best practices for food scrap composting and is led by me (James McSweeney), author of Community-Scale Composting Systems (included with the class). The course is designed for any-size operation above the home-scale (commercial, on-farm, municipal, on-site). Learn more and register here.


  1. One of the most valuable and popular parts of our trainings are the presentations and discussions we have with compost site operators. In order to share these discussions with a wider audience, we have created a no-cost course called our Operator Discussion Series. Every 2-4 months, we plan to rotate in a new video, and the course is live today! 


Check out the discussion we had last year with Tom Gilbert of Black Dirt Farm! You won’t want to miss this, Tom is not only an expert in composting systems and operations, he is a thought leader and an inspiration. (upcoming guests include Karl Hammer of Vermont Compost Company and Domingo Medina of Peels and Wheels Composting).


Sharing and forwarding of this announcement to your colleagues and networks is extremely appreciated! News of the school spreading by word-of-mouth will allow us to focus on teaching, not marketing, keeping the school affordable for all.


For more information on The 131° School of Composting, please visit the course homepage, and please feel free to contact us with any questions at [log in to unmask].



Thermophilically Yours,


           James and The 131° Team

Alex Thompson
Technical Support
Compost Technical Services & The 131° School of Composting
The 131° School's Compost Operator Certificate is open for pre-registration! 

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