As an "essential" farm input manufacturer (providing materials to both professional and home food growers), Vermont Compost Company will continue to operate and fulfill customer orders. That said we are enacting some procedural changes in order to accommodate the safety and health of our staff and our community.
We have currently suspended all face-to-face walk-in transactions until further notice, and are loading bulk orders BY APPOINTMENT ONLY.
Going forward, if you wish to place an order (for either pickup from our location, or for delivery), you can still utilize the form below, or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. However, we ask that customers exercise patience and flexibility as we continue to navigate this ongoing situation, but know that we are working hard to support our customers' needs.
Picking up soil:
Scheduling a Delivery:
A note for our egg customers: we have also put all on-site egg sales on hold in the interim. However, the Hunger Mountain Co-op in Montpelier and The Roots Farm Market in Middlesex will be stocking our available egg inventory.
Thank you all for your patience and cooperation while we navigate this situation, and please feel free to reach out to us at email@example.com should you have any additional questions or concerns in regard to our response plan.
Bulk Delivery in Vermont:
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 email or call us for delivery rates and quantity pricing.
Bulk Delivery to: MA, ME, NH, RI, CT, NY, NJ and PA
Please email or call for delivery rates and quantity pricing.
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.
Bulk Pricing (by the cubic yard):
Manure Compost: $89
Perennial Blend: $218 (this is the blend we recommend for filling raised beds)
Fort Vee & Fort Light Potting Soil: $241 per yard
MOM: (compost & hardwood bark blend): $89 per yard
Hardwood Bark: $49 per yard (subject to sales tax)
Wood Chips: $49 per yard (subject to sales tax)
Please call or email us to place an order or use the form
below to request an estimate.
*To accept delivery of a pallet or sling bag your location needs to be a commercial/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 10 or more pallets or sling bags. The trucking company cannot ship pallets or slings to residential addresses.
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.
Or contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Vermont Compost sells wholesale only (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.
Here is a link to a map of the retailers to help you find one near you - https://drive.google.com/open?id=14hDaBFNydIeXZxNP...
We are open for loading from 8am - 4pm Monday - Friday
We are open from 9am - 2:00pm Saturdays in May
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
We are open Monday the 23rd and will be closed 24th-27th for the holidays.
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 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 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 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 yards.
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.
No. We are not able to refill any of our empty bags of any size.
Yes. Enter at our North Entrance and you will find three bins 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 help control moisture and odor. Please deposit your food waste and then sprinkle a scoop of the cover material on top (pro trip: dust your compost bucket with cover material, like flouring a cake pan, to absorb odors and moisture). We encourage the use of reusable buckets for your compost. We do not accept the green 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), 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. There is no fee for dropping off your scraps.
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 to determine how much Manure Compost or Compost Plus you need to amend a bed or how much Perennial Blend you need to fill a raised bed.
Use our Pot Filling Chart to determine how many yards or bags you need to start your seeds!
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.
Our compost is typically aged between eight and twelve months at point of sale.
Yes. We go to great lengths to ensure our that 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 and potting soil contains the living biota necessary for successful soil and plant life.
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.
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.
You can learn more about actinobacteria here - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/
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.
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.
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.
Roughly 1-3 inches. Use our soil coverage calculator to help you to determine how much you need.
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.
Please call us for a consult. 802-223-6049
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. We do not accept bag returns due to the potential for contamination.
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.