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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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Owner & Technical Lead – Compost Technical Services James is the author of Community-Scale Composting Systems, a comprehensive designer and practitioner’s manual for food scrap composters. He is founder of Compost Technical Services, a consulting practice that specializes in on-farm, commercial, and community-scaled organics recycling solutions, compost systems design, operational support, and composter education. Prior to Compost Technical Services, James was Senior Compost Specialist at the Highfields Center for Composting. He has developed and delivered compost operator trainings on behalf of both the State of Vermont and Commonwealth of Massachusetts, with a focus on best management practices in food residuals composting. With a background in agroecology and permaculture, restoring ecological integrity to our cities, communities, farms, and food systems is at the heart of James’ work.


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