Guide Launch – An Introduction to On-Farm Composting

Connector July 2021

The Recycling Council of Alberta has developed a guide for farmers, ranchers and landowners interested in learning more about opportunities to compost organic waste. The guide is based on a case study of a central-Alberta compost operation at Stickland Farms. It includes links to key documents and regulatory requirements, a site layout and overview of each processing area, benefits and challenges with different processing methods, tips on managing odour, and a summary of key nutrient benefits.


Composting is the process by which materials biodegrade through the action of naturally occurring microorganisms. The resulting compost is used as a soil amendment to provide organic matter and nutrients for soil. The benefits of composting extend far beyond the crop field. Through the diversion of organic waste from landfills, composting helps lower greenhouse gas emissions, replenish soils, revitalize water sources, and foster food security.

As a part of this project, the RCA hosted two webinars and a podcast about on-farm composting. The webinar recordings will be available on our website shortly.

This project has been made possible by the Government of Canada and the Government of Alberta through the Canadian Agricultural Partnership.