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Highfields Center for Composting
21 Mill St. P.O. Box 503
Hardwick, Vermont 05843

Our mission at Highfields is to Close the Loop on community-based, sustainable food and agricultural systems, thus addressing soil health, water quality, solid waste, farm viability, and climate change. We research, educate, and provide technical services for composting and comprehensive food waste recycling programs.


Name Title Phone
Alexander Utevsky
Composting Technical Service Provider (802) 472-8880
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Composting Technical Service Provider Small-scale grower/grazer
James McSweeney
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After receiving a BA in Agroecology from Prescott College’s James worked in Hawaii in sustainable agriculture development, with a focus on applied organic soil remediation and microbiology research. As President and Technical Lead of Compost Technical Services (CTS), James provides consultation in composting to farmers, businesses, institutions, and communities, with a focus on scalable and appropriate technological solutions. James worked as Senior Compost Specialist at the Highfields Center for Composting from 2009-2014 before founding CTS. In 2011, James developed and delivered Vermont’s first Compost Operator Certification and has replicated the training now in its forth year. James helped to found the grassroots organization Compost Power to advance compost heat recovery with other innovators, engineers, and hackers and has worked with well over 50 composters throughout Vermont.


  • Farm Inputs
    • Compost producer or supplier
    • Soil / mulch producer or supplier
    • Support organization: Farm Inputs
  • Nutrient Management
    • Support organization: Nutrient Management
  • Education
    • Other: Education