Please email or call for product pricing and bulk discounts.
We sell our compost and potting soils by the cubic yard (loose soil, not packaged), at our Montpelier, VT location. 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. Loading hours are 9am - 4pm.
We also arrange bulk soil deliveries within New England and some surrounding states. We contract with local trucking companies that carry 1 - 40 yards of soil, depending on the size of the truck and the weight of the soil. Please email or call for delivery rates and quantity pricing.
The minimum the trucking companies will ship outside of Vermont is 20 cubic yards. Please email or call for more information.
The turnaround for bulk deliveries varies from season to season. In the Fall and Spring bulk deliveries are impacted by the weather, other bulk orders, and the road conditions (especially of dirt/mud roads, which are often posted). If you order during one of these transitional times, we will add your delivery to the queue and your order will be delivered as soon as possible. Whenever possible, we encourage ordering and accepting your bulk soil in the Fall to avoid mud season and posted roads!
We sell our compost and potting soils by the pallet. Our two options are a 2 yard sling bag or a pallet of bags. 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 trucking companies*.
The minimum for delivery is one pallet the maximum is 24 pallets. The shipping costs per pallet decrease when more pallets are shipped to one location. We encourage growers to order with others near them and we will connect growers near one another if we are able.
We ship pallets of 6 quart, 20 quart, 40 quart (Perennial Blend only) ,
and 60 quart bags, and 2 yard sling bags (sling bags ship on pallets).
Please call us to place an order or email us a request using the form
*To accept delivery of a pallet or sling bag your location needs to be a business or farm that can accommodate a 53' tractor trailer. Your location must either 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 10 or more pallets or sling bags. The trucking company cannot ship pallets or slings to residential addresses.
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2 yard sling bag with a 5'8" Karen
Pallet of bags in the truck
If you would like to purchase any of Vermont Compost's soil products in bulk by the cubic yard, you are more than welcome to come with your pick-up truck or call us to arrange for a delivery. The minimum we sell is one cubic yard. We only fill trucks with open beds (no caps, ladder racks are okay). We do not load bulk into cars or vans.
If you are looking for our bagged products we ask that you visit a local retailer.
We are open for loading Monday - Friday, 9am - 4pm Monday - Friday. We are open Saturdays during the month of May from 9am - 2pm.
Please visit our FAQ page, our blog or our products page for more information about our business and the soil products we produce.
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Vermont Compost sells wholesale, (bulk by the cubic yard, by the pallet, or by 2 sling bags).
If you're looking for individual bags, please try one of these retailers. We recommend calling retailers to be sure they have the soil you need in stock.
We are open for loading from 9am - 4pm Monday - Friday
We are open from 9am - 2:00pm Saturdays in May
We are closed Mondays in July and August
No. All of our bulk soil products and bagged product in full pallet quantities are sold directly from:
Vermont Compost Company
1996 Main St.
Montpelier, VT 05602
We have multiple retailers that sell our bagged products in less than pallet quantities. Please click here for a list of retailers.
Central Supplies is the only retailer that carries our bulk screened compost:
839 VT ROUTE 12
Randolph, VT 05060
No. Vermont Compost sells wholesale – 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 20-quart bags or 35 60-quart bags), please visit one of our retailers or order from one of our catalog or on-line sellers. Both can be found here.
No. We only sell bulk by the cubic yard or pallet quantities. Your truck or trailer must be capable of handling a minimum of one yard of bulk product or one full pallet. Bags of soil (6-quart, 20-quart, and 60-quart) are found at local retailers.
Vermont Compost Company will only load soil by the cubic yard, into the back of pickup trucks and trailers. We use wheel loaders with one cubic yard buckets – there is no shoveling required.
One yard of compost weighs 1200 lbs. Most standard pick-up trucks can carry one to two yards depending on the trucks 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 ask all visitors to please keep animals inside their vehicles. The farm dogs at Vermont Compost Company are trained to protect the farm and chickens. They are working farm dogs and are very territorial.
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 (eg. road salt, hay chaff, gasoline, etc). Bringing a tarp to put both under and over the soil will be helpful to you during transport and unloading.
For your safety, we ask that all humans exit the vehicle while it is being loaded.
Yes. You will find three bins at our lower driveway under the sign reading "Household Compost Drop Off." Two bins receive food waste and one bin contains a soil blend you can use as a cover material to control moisture and odor. Please deposit your food waste and then sprinkle a scoop of the "cover material" on top.
We accept all kitchen scraps including: meat and bones, unbleached coffee filters and tea bags.
We DO NOT accept: Plastics of any kind (“compostable” or otherwise), PLU stickers, wood ash, leaves, grass clippings, any paper products or “compostable” plates, bowls, cups, or flatware, or any non-Vermont Compost potting soil from ornamental plants.
Yes. We also take brush, tree limbs, and stumps, which we use for hügelkultur-inspired land building on our site.
Please call ahead to make arrangements to drop off your yard waste: 802-839-6014
Use our handy coverage calculator.
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, animal bedding, and food residuals. We blend biodynamic preparations and mature compost to inspire bacterial and fungal activity. Free of live weed seed, never any sewer sludge. Manure Compost is approved for use on certified organic farms and forms the base of all Vermont Compost soil mixes.
Yes. We perform plant germination and growth performance tests (plant "bio-assays") on all composts and soil mixes before we release them to customers. 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 prove compliance with the National Organic Program (NOP) and Vermont Organic Farmers (VOF), the certification branch of NOFA-VT.
Yes. We go to great lengths to ensure our compost and potting soil is weed free. Other 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.
No. Sterile means devoid of life. Healthy compost contains the living biota necessary for successful soil and plant life.
Our compost is typically between eight and twelve months old at point of sale.
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 customer base includes over 400 professional certified organic growers.
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 that your plants go into the nighttime hours as dry as possible.
Some of our input stream is certified organic, some is not. Regardless of non-organic input, by the time our compost and potting soil reaches maturity they are approved by VOF (Vermont Organic Farmers) for use in organic production.
Roughly 1-3 inches. Use our soil coverage calculator to help you to determine how much you need.
It is best to blend our compost with other soil, keeping the balance less than 50% compost. Our compost is best used as a soil amendment, not as a complete growing medium. If you need a complete growing medium, try Fort Vee, Fort Light, or Perennial Blend.
Please call us for a consult. 802-223-6049
Compost Plus is a nutrient-boosting soil amendment. Add a handful to any plant (or more for larger plants) -- indoor containers, raised beds, flowers, and fruits or make a slurry tea of Compost Plus and use it for watering. This blend will not burn plants/roots.
Vermont Compost Company accepts food waste from schools, restaurants and businesses. Central Vermont Solid Waste Management District handles the trucking and billing accounts for food residual generators. Please contact them directly at 802.229.9383
No. All of our soils contain animal manures.
Not directly. We accept household and restaurant food residuals, therefore, we cannot offer a peanut-free guarantee.
No. We do not accept bag returns due to the potential for contamination.