COVID-19 Info

FAQ

COVID-19 Protocol Changes:

  •  We are loading customers by appointment only. Please email us to schedule an appointment with your name, order, preferred date/time of pickup, and vehicle information. 
  •  Once you arrive to pick up a scheduled bulk order, please notify a VCC site staff member. For your safety, you will need to exit the vehicle while loading. 
  •  Visitors are not permitted to enter any VCC buildings/structures.
  •  Visitors are also expected to maintain a minimum physical distance of 6’ from all VCC staff and other customers.
  •  Help us keep you and our staff safe and please wear a face mask while on-site.
  • Customers picking up bagged material are expected to assist VCC staff in loading their order into the vehicle

Hours/Location:

When is Vermont Compost Company open?

We are open for loading from 8am - 4pm Monday - Friday, by appointment only.

Holidays we are closed: New Year's Day, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Memorial Day, 4th of July, Labor Day, Indigenous People's Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day


Can we return our empty Vermont Compost bags or slings bags to your location?

No. We cannot accept bag returns due to the potential for contamination.

Product/Usage Info

Instead of buying bags from my local retailer can we buy them at Vermont Compost?

No. Vermont Compost sells wholesale only – bulk by the cubic yard and bagged by the pallet. If you need less than a pallet quantity of soil (one pallet is equal to 80 x 20-quart bags or 27 x 60-quart bags), please visit one of our retailers or order from one of our catalog or on-line sellers

What is your compost made from?

Our compost is comprised of carefully sourced, high-quality ingredients: a fully mature composted blend of bovine, equine, and avian manures, hardwood bark, late cut hay, spoiled silage, sphagnum peat moss,  animal bedding, and food residuals. We blend biodynamic preparations and mature compost to inspire bacterial and fungal activity. Our compost is also free of live weed seed, and any and all sewer sludge. Manure Compost is approved for use on certified organic farms and forms the base of all Vermont Compost soil mixes.

Please click here for more information on our compost process.

Do you sell soil products without animal manures?

No. All of our soils contain animal manures.

Do you use peanut shells in your soil products?

Not directly. We accept household and restaurant food residuals, therefore, we cannot offer a peanut-free guarantee.

Are Vermont Compost products organic?

All ingredients used in Vermont Compost Company products are approved for certified organic production. Our composting process meets the National Organic Program (NOP) standard requirements and our products are approved by the Vermont Organic Farmers (VOF), the certification branch of NOFA-VT. Our primary goal is to serve our professional growing community with the highest quality composts and potting soils.

Are the food and manures you receive from organic farms?

Some of our input stream is indeed certified organic. Regardless of non-organic input, our process benchmarks for temperature and maturity ensure compliance as approved by VOF (Vermont Organic Farmers) for use in organic production.

Are your compost and potting soil sterile?

No. Healthy compost and potting soil contains the living biota necessary for successful soil and plant life.

Are Vermont Compost soils tested?

Yes. We perform plant germination and growth performance tests (bio-assays) on all composts and soil mixes on each and every batch we make. We also perform lab tests in-house to determine EC (electrical conductivity), pH, and NO3 (Nitrate) levels. We regularly send samples to outside University labs for total nutrient and saturated paste analysis, which provides additional information and corroboration of our in-house tests. Each compost has a batch number which follows it from the assembly of raw materials through process, invoicing, and delivery to the customer. Temperature and time of turning data are tracked to meet compliance standards for both the National Organic Program (NOP) and Vermont Organic Farmers (VOF; the certification branch of NOFA-VT).

How long is your compost aged?

Our compost is typically aged between eight and twelve months.

Is your compost weed seed free?

Yes. We go to great lengths to ensure that our compost and potting soil is weed free. Weed spores may drift across our exposed piles, but do not survive turning, weeding, and screening intervals. In order to avoid contamination during transportation, we ask customers to thoroughly clean their truck beds before loading.

Please click here for more information on our compost process.

How do I figure out how much soil I need?

We recommend using our soil coverage calculator tool to determine how much of a product you need for your specific application. Please select the product of your choice, and follow the link to access this tool. 

Can I plant directly into your Manure Compost?

Our compost is best used as a soil amendment, not as a complete growing medium. Thus we recommend blending our compost with other soil, at no more than a 50% ratio of compost to other soil. If you prefer a complete growing medium, consider our Fort Vee, Fort Light, or Perennial Blend mixes

Which soil do you recommend if using a soil block maker?

Fort Vee is ideal for making soil blocks, though Fort Light may also be used. 

I recently built raised beds. Which soil do you recommend for filling them?

We recommend Perennial Blend for raised beds or gardens in need of soil volume. If you have existing garden soil or topsoil on site, we recommend amending it with Manure Compost

I would like to apply Manure Compost to my entire garden. ?As a general rule, how many inches do you recommend?

We recommend anywhere from 1-3 inches of Manure Compost to amend a garden bed. Alternatively, we also offer our Perennial Blend if you are looking to establish or boost the overall soil volume of a garden or raised bed. You can use our soil coverage calculator tool, found on either product page to help determine how much you might need. 

How much compost should I apply per acre?

Please call us at 802-223-6049 or email us for a consultation.

I recently started seeds. ?Now there is a white 'mold' growing on the soil. ?What is this and will it harm my plants?

We hear about "mold" issues in the early spring, when conditions are still cold and dark. A linen-white fluffy presence is normal and beneficial. The white growth is an actinomycetal flush which is non-pathogenic and will disappear. We recommend watering earlier in the day so that your plants go into the nighttime hours as dry as possible.

You can learn more about actinobacteria here

What are the suggested uses for Compost Plus?

This organic supplement can be added to “boost” or rejuvenate soil mix in containers or beds. It provides a blend of minerals and organic matter that improves texture and feeds the soil to nourish your plants. Also, excellent for top-dress or side-dress. Will not burn roots.

Shipping Info

Bulk Delivery in Vermont (sold by the cubic yard):

We can arrange for bulk soil deliveries to every town in Vermont.

We contract with local trucking companies that can carry 1 - 40 yards of soil, depending on the size of the truck and the weight of the soil.

Please utilize our QUOTE or ORDER forms to inquire about pricing and availability. 

Bulk Delivery to MA, ME, NH, RI, CT, NY, NJ and PA (sold by the cubic yard):

Please utilize our QUOTE or ORDER forms to inquire about pricing and availability. 

The minimum the trucking companies deliver bulk outside of Vermont is 20 cubic yards. We can only ship bulk soils to the states listed above.

  • If you do not want or need 20 yards, or live outside of the states listed above, please see the next section which outlines our pallet and 2 yard sling bag options.
  • The turnaround for bulk deliveries varies from season to season. Bulk deliveries can be delayed due to the weather and the resulting road conditions (especially dirt/mud roads, which are often posted in early spring). Whenever possible, we encourage ordering and accepting your bulk compost in the fall to avoid mud season and posted roads.

Pallet of Bags and 2 Yard Sling Bag Options

  • We sell our compost and potting soils by the pallet. Pallets and 2 yard sling bags may be ordered in advance and picked up at our Montpelier, VT location or we can ship them to you via common carrier.
  • The minimum for delivery is 1 pallet -- the maximum is 24 pallets for a single delivery (note: some restrictions apply).
  • A pallet is either a 2 yard sling bag or a full pallet of bags. We have the following bag sizes:
    • 6 quart - 270 bags per pallet
    • 20 quart - 80 bags per pallet
    • 40 quart (Perennial Blend only) - 40 bags per pallet
    • 60 quart - 27 bags per pallet
  • We have set shipping rates throughout New England. Please contact us for details.
  • For all other states, we must quote the shipping rates per order.
    • Shipping rates are based on quantity, weight, location, and services needed.
    • In general, the shipping cost per pallet decreases when more pallets are shipped to one location.

Additional Pallet Delivery Info:

  1. To accept delivery of a pallet or sling bag your location needs to be a farm/business address that can accommodate a 53' tractor trailer. Your location will need to have equipment to unload the pallets or sling bags or the truck can utilize a liftgate for an additional fee. Use of the liftgate is not available if you order 6 or more pallets or sling bags. The trucking company cannot ship pallets or slings to residential addresses.
  2. Your tractor (with forks) must be capable of handling the weight of the pallet (1500-2500 lbs.), from the height of a tractor trailer. If your tractor is not capable of handling the weight of a pallet, we can order liftgate service for an additional fee. The truck driver will unload the pallets with the liftgate and get them safely off the truck. They will not move the pallets to another location on your farm. 

Pickup Info

Bulk Soil Options

  • We sell our compost and potting soils by the cubic yard, at our Montpelier, VT location. 
    • Loading hours: Monday - Friday 8 - 3:30, by appointment only.
    • We require advance notice to schedule any and all pickups from our location.
    • All orders are prioritized on a first-call, first-served basis.
    • Note: we fill trucks and trailers with open beds (no caps; ladder racks are okay). We do not load bulk into cars, vans, or small containers. The minimum quantity we sell is one cubic yard.

Pricing Info:

  • Manure Compost: $98 per yard
  • MOM (compost/hardwood bark matrix): $98 per yard
  • Perennial Blend (what we recommend for filling raised beds): $225 per yard
  • Fort Vee & Fort Light potting soils: $248 per yard

Can I bring my own container and fill it with one of your soils?

No. We only sell bulk by the cubic yard or pallet quantities. Bagged soil (6-quart, 20-quart, and 60-quart) can be found at these retail locations

What do I need to know about getting compost or soil blends loaded into my vehicle?

We only load soil by the cubic yard, into the back of pickup trucks and trailers, using heavy-equipment with one cubic yard buckets – there is no shoveling required.

One yard of compost weighs 1250 lbs. Most standard pick-up trucks can carry one to two yards depending on the truck's Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (info can usually be found on the inside driver side door of your vehicle).

We cannot load soil into containers, cars, vans, or into trucks that have caps. We do not sell bulk soil in quantities less than one cubic yard. We sell in full cubic yards only - we cannot load half/partial yards.

We ask all visitors to please keep animals inside their vehicles. We have heavy equipment and other machinery in consistent use on site, which can easily create a dangerous situation for our staff, our customers and their pets. 

Before visiting our farm, please be sure your vehicle is not leaking fluids (gasoline, diesel, brake, transmission, coolant, etc). We ask that trucks arrive clean without any soil-contaminating residuals in the bed (i.e. road salt, hay chaff, gasoline, etc). We recommend bringing a clean tarp with you to put both under and over the soil for transport and unloading.

For your personal safety, we ask that all humans exit the vehicle while it is being loaded.

We thank you for not smoking on site. 

Can you refill my empty Vermont Compost Company bags? Can I return empty bags?

No. We are not able to refill or otherwise accept any of our empty bags of any size.

Food Scrap Drop-off/Pickup

Can we drop off our home kitchen waste at Vermont Compost Company?

Yes. When entering our site at the North Entrance, you will find four bins under the sign reading "Household Food Scrap Drop Off." These four bins receive food waste and a fifth bin contains a soil blend you can use as a cover material to help control moisture and odor. Please deposit your food waste and then sprinkle a scoop of the cover material on top. We encourage the use of reusable buckets for your compost. We do not accept any  home compost container liner bags.

We accept all kitchen scraps including: meat and bones, dairy, fish, unbleached coffee filters and tea bags.

We DO NOT accept: Plastics of any kind (“compostable” or otherwise), wax paper, PLU stickers, wood ash, leaves, grass clippings, any paper products or “compostable” plates, bowls, cups, or flatware, any non-Vermont Compost potting soil or ornamental plant material.

There is no fee for dropping off your scraps.

Please see our Food Scrap Collection page for more information.

Do you offer residential pickup of food residuals?

We currently offer food residuals pickup options within the city of Montpelier. For more information on general terms and conditions, please see our Food Scrap Collection page for more information, or call 802-223-6049, option 2. 

I manage a business that generates food waste. How do I arrange to have our food waste picked-up?

Vermont Compost Company accepts food waste from schools, restaurants and businesses, and offers collection services to commercial food residuals producers. Please see our Food Scrap Collection page for more information, or call 802-223-6049, option 2. 

Do you take yard debris?

Yes, by appointment only. We also take brush, tree limbs, and stumps. For more information, or to book an appointment: 802-223-6049, option 3. 

Eggs & Chickens

Are your chickens free-range?

Yes they are! Our birds are free to roam the entirety of our Main Street farm location during the day, and spend their evenings locked safely within the laying house. 

What do your chickens eat?

Our chickens "compost forage", which is a system or practice that incorporates source-separated food residuals, manure, other farm residuals, high carbon bulking agents, other forest materials and organics into a blend sufficient to support sustenance for our flock while also allowing them access to important grubs, worms and roots.

I am interested in purchasing eggs. Where can I find them?

Our eggs can be found at these retail locations: