Spring 2020

***COVID-19 Operational Updates***

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 info@vermontcompost.com. 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.

Additional details

Picking up soil:

  • We require customers to call/email ahead to schedule a pickup appointment in advance of their arrival, and be prepared to make their payment online.
    • Note: we will have secure options available onsite for COD customers.
    • Please provide us with the make/model/color of the vehicle you plan to arrive in.
    • Be advised that we are currently experiencing high demand, and appointments are being scheduled up to a week in advance.
  • Once on-site, please respect our efforts to keep our staff safe, and uphold general preventative directives, keeping interactions with staff to a minimum.
  • Please DO NOT enter any employee-designated areas while on our site (barn, bathrooms, office, etc.)

Scheduling a Delivery:

  • Please use the form below, or or email us at info@vermontcompost.com to place an order or schedule a delivery.
  • We ask that customers exercise patience as we are experiencing an increased demand for soil, and to plan ahead for the possibility of changes or delays.

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 info@vermontcompost.com should you have any additional questions or concerns in regard to our response plan.

Bulk Soil Options

Picking up:

  • We sell our compost and potting soils by the cubic yard, at our Montpelier, VT location.
    • Loading hours: Monday - Friday 8 - 4.
  • 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.

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.

  • 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.

Bulk Pricing (by the cubic yard):

Manure Compost: $98

Perennial Blend: $225 (this is the blend we recommend for filling raised beds)

Fort Vee & Fort Light Potting Soil: $248 per yard

MOM: (compost & hardwood bark blend): $98 per yard

Hardwood Bark: $50 per yard (subject to sales tax)

Wood Chips: $50 per yard (subject to sales tax)

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 trucking companies*.
  • The minimum for delivery is 1 pallet -- the maximum is 24 pallets.*
  • 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
  • Within New England we have set shipping rates. Please contact us for details.
  • For all other states, we quote the shipping cost per order. The shipping rate is based on quantity, weight, location, and services needed.
    • In general, the shipping cost per pallet decreases when more pallets are shipped to one location
  • Home Gardeners Please Note:
    • We can only ship bulk by the cubic yard to your home.
    • We cannot ship pallets or sling bags to your home.
    • We do not sell single bags from our location. Please visit a local retailer.

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.

Request a Quote - to place your order please call or email info@vermontcompost.com

  • Shipping rates are based on quantity, weight, location and additional services needed.
  • To get the most accurate shipping quote, please be as specific as possible.
    • Total yards needed
    • If you would like multiple materials - how many of each?

Your tractor (with forks) must be capable of handling the weight of the pallet (1300-2400 lbs.), from the height of a tractor trailer. If your tractor is not capable of handling the weight of a pallet, we can order a 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. The liftgate service is not available on trucks with 10 or more sling bags or pallets.

Please note: we enter the contact information you provide on the quote form into our customer management system. We send out one postal mailing per year, notifying our customers of our Fall Prebuy Program. We also send out a handful of Prebuy Program reminder emails. If you DO NOT wish to receive these minimal solicitations from us, please write DO NOT SUBSCRIBE in the comment box.

If you have not received a response within 2 business days of your "Request a Quote" submission, please call us at 802-223-6049

If you do not have a large tractor with forks or a forklift we need to order a liftgate service to lift the pallets off the tractor trailer. An additional shipping fee applies for the liftgate.

Approximately how many yards of soil do you need?

To Our Home Growers

Our commitment to the professional grower assures home growers that they are using the best soils available because the soil products we bag and ship to garden centers, catalog sellers, co-ops and other retailers are the same soil products we ship to professional growers. Vermont Compost only sells wholesale: bulk by the cubic yard, and in pallet quantities. Please visit our retailer list to find a seller of our products near you, or ask your local gardening supply store to consider carrying our line of soil products.

Bulk Retail - by the cubic yard

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 info@vermontcompost.com

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...

Online Retailers

Gardener's Supply

High Mowing Seeds

The Online Greenhouse

White Flower Farm

Retailers by State


Allen Farm
412 South Rd.
Chilmark, MA 02535
(508) 645-9064

Capital Forest Products (pallet quantities only)
21 Fottler Rd.
Hingham, MA 02043
(800) 542-3327

Emerald City Indoor Garden
51 Main St.
Westminster, MA 01473
(978) 668-5393

Holly Hill Farm
236 Jerusalem Rd.
Cohasset, MA 02025
(781) 383-1455

Pleasant Lake Farm
2 Birch Drive
Harwich, MA 02645
(508) 432-1992

Progressive Grower Agricultural Supply
81 Charlotte Furnace Road
West Wareham, MA 02576

Smith, Bodfish & Swift
480 State Rd.
Vineyard Haven, MA 02568
(508) 696-1850


Eldredge Lumber and Hardware
627 U.S. Route 1
York, ME 03909
(207) 363-2004

Salsbury Hardware
1501 Maine Rt. 102
Bar Harbor, ME 04609
(207) 288-5182

The Homegrown Connection
407 Wilton Rd.
Farmington, ME 04938
(207) 778-4736

New Hampshire

Littleton Food Co-op
28 Bethleham Rd.
Littleton, NH 03561
(603) 444-2800

Moultonborough Aubuchon
349 Rt. 25
Moultonborough, NH 03254
(603) 253-8200

Osborne's Agway
258 Sheep Davis Rd.
Concord, NH 03301
(603) 228-8561

Springledge Farm
37 Main Street
New London, NH 03257
(603) 526-6253

West Lebanon Feed & Supply
12 Railroad Ave.
West Lebanon, NH 03784
(603) 298-8600

New York

Quest Farm Produce
7142 State Route 21
Almond, NY 14804
(607) 661-8031

Second Nature Herb Farm

Bolton Landing, NY 12814
(518) 260-3186



175 Schillhammer Road
Jericho, VT 05465
(802) 899-5123

Brattleboro Food Co-op
2 Main St.
Brattleboro, VT 05301
(802) 257-0236

Buffalo Mountain Co-op
39 South Main St.
Hardwick, VT 05843
(802) 472-6020

Cedar Circle Farm
225 Pavillion Rd.
Thetford, VT 05043
(802) 785-4737

Central Supplies
839 Vt Route 12
Randolph, VT 05060
(802) 728-9531

Elmore Roots
631 Symonds Mill Road
Wolcott, VT 05680
(802) 888-3305

Full Circle Gardens
68 Brigham Hill Road
Essex, VT 05452
(802) 879-1919

Golden Russet Farm
1329 Lapham Bay Rd.
Shoreham, VT 05770
(802) 897-7031

Guy's Farm & Yard (Montpelier)
19 Barre St.
Montpelier, VT 05602
(802) 229-0567

Guy's Farm & Yard (Morrisville)
155 Portland St.
Morrisville, VT 05661
(802) 888-2025

Guy's Farm & Yard (Williston)
21 Zephyr Rd.
Williston, VT 05495
(802) 878-5112

Hunger Mountain Co-op
623 Stone Cutters Way
Montpelier, VT 05602
(802) 223-8000

Johnson Farm Garden, Hardware & Rental
1442 VT RT 15
Johnson, VT 05656
(802) 635-7282

Mr. Twitters
24 McKinley Ave
Rutland, VT 05701
(802) 773-0795

Plainfield Hardware
4723 U.S Rt. 2
East Montpelier, VT 05651
(802) 454-1000

Red Wagon Plants
2408 Shelburne Falls Rd.
Hinesburg, VT 05461
(802) 482-4060

Rutland Area Food Co-op
77 Wales St.
Rutland, VT 05701
(802) 773-0737

The Willey's Store
7 Breezy Ave.
Greensboro, VT 05861
(802) 533-2554

Upper Valley Food Co-op
193 North Main St.
White River Junction, VT 05001
(802) 295-5804


Paradigm Gardens
4501 Helgesen Dr.
Madison, WI 53718
(608) 241-3800

Frequently Asked Questions

If you don't see the answer to your question here, please send us an email. info@vermoncompost.com

When is Vermont Compost Company open?

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.

Do you have more than one location?

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:

Central Supplies
839 VT ROUTE 12
Randolph, VT 05060
(802) 728-9531

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 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.

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. 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.

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

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.

Can you refill my empty Vermont Compost Company bags?

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

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

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.

Do you take yard debris?

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

How do I figure out how much soil I need?

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!

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 customer base includes over 400 professional certified organic growers.

Click here to view our Vermont Organic Farmers Approval Letter.

How old is your compost?

Our compost is typically aged between eight and twelve months at point of sale.

Is the compost weed seed free?

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.

Please click here for more information on our compost process.

Are your compost and potting soil sterile?

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

What is the 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, 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.

Please click here for more information on our compost process.

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 that your plants go into the nighttime hours as dry as possible.

You can learn more about actinobacteria here - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Actinobacteria

Are the food and manures you receive from organic farms?

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.

Are Vermont Compost soils tested?

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.

Can I plant directly into the compost?

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.

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

Roughly 1-3 inches. Use our soil coverage calculator to help you to determine how much you need.

What are the suggested uses for Compost Plus?

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.

How much compost should I apply per acre?

Please call us for a consult. 802-223-6049

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 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. Central Vermont Solid Waste Management District handles the trucking and billing accounts for food residual generators. Please contact them directly at 802.229.9383

Can we return our empty Vermont Compost bags or slings bags?

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

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.

Estimate Your Coverage

How much material would you like to add to your existing soil?

Tips - If you have multiple beds, enter in the dimensions of one bed and multiply the result with the number of beds.

If you are starting seeds in trays, flats, or soil blocks, or creating hanging baskets you will want to use our Pot Filling Chart.


Total Yards: 0

Size Bags/pallet Bags needed
6 Qt Bags 270/pallet 0
20 Qt Bags 80/pallet 0
40 Qt Bags 40/pallet 0
60 Qt Bags 35/pallet 0
2 Yard Slings 1/pallet 0

Fall Prebuy Program

If you would like info and you are not on our customer list please email info@vermontcompost.com

We would like to thank Eliot Coleman for so eloquently explaining why investing in Vermont Compost potting soil is so important to his farm. As a friend and customer of Karl's for over 30 years, Eliot's input has been invaluable.

As you're planning for your potting soil and compost needs for your coming season, consider your potting soil and compost purchase as an investment for the future health and vitality of your farm. Every time you transplant a soil block or plug, you are adding to the value to your field, greenhouse, or customer relationship. Ensuring your plant gets off to the best start begins with the soil you sow your seed into.

Invest in the health and productivity of crop, whether bound for the field, greenhouse, or pot by purchasing one of our premium potting soils.