Great idea! I have college pals studying Natural Resources (Portland) and EcoGastronomy (UNH) that I'd be happy to connect you with! Perhaps they need intern experience?
Also, Rhode Island College is constantly improving their Green Initiatives, and I'm sure many other schools would be doing something similar. University of RI was chartered as the state’s agricultural school in 1888. Rhody is always happy to be a resource.
I'll have to research, but the winner of Pepperdine's GSEP Fast Pitch 2016 focused on food waste/compost sustainability as a project.