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Dr. Sajeemas "Mint" Pasakdee is a University of California Cooperative Extension master gardener. Her passion is studying the amazing microscopic world of the soil food web: the complex interaction of plants and animals that are the foundation of rich soil that healthy plants depend on. Special than...
Loren Poncia discovered the powers of carbon sequestration after partnering with the Marin Carbon Project a decade ago. After learning from the environmental stewardship program, Poncia has continued to implement carbon farming practices at Stemple Creek Ranch. Since incorporating compost at the ran...
Kevin Lunny founded West Marin Compost after realizing the local need to recycle organic materials from the area into nutrient-rich and biologically active soil amendments which could be placed right back into the land in Marin County. Lunny's creation of the composting facility filled a void in the...
Jack Chambers co-founded the Sonoma Valley Worm Farm a quarter of a century ago after a surprising discovery in his home garden's compost bin. The composting worms he had bought from a local bait worm farm had processed his compost pile into a refined and nutrient-dense soil––vermicompost. Ever sinc...
In the tidal marshes at San Pablo Bay National Wildlife Refuge, research ecologist Karen Thorne, PhD and biologist Chase Freeman, from the USGS Western Ecological Research Center, study how quickly sediment accumulates in the marshland over time. They use a surface elevation table (SET), a device th...
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Bay Area Bountiful: Life Underground – Bay Area Soil Health
In this edition of Bay Area Bountiful, we dig below Earth’s surface to get the dirt on what it takes to make healthy soils. We learn about the impacts of soil salinity, why composting and carbon sequestering are vital, how soils can retain more water and recharge subterranean aquifers, and what the...

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