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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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Bay Area Bountiful: Hazy Daze - Bay Area Air Quality
More wildfires and higher temperatures combine to produce more days with poor air quality throughout our region. Bay Area Bountiful visits the Bay area Air Quality Management District to learn about the unique Bay geography and weather patterns that affect clear skies, and the district’s ongoing eff...
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Wine Harvest and Fire Season Means Bad Air for Agricultural Workers
Late summer is grape harvest season in Sonoma County, an extremely important time for Sonoma County’s billion dollar wine industry. Unfortunately, now, because of climate change, harvest coincides with California’s annual fire season. That puts harvest workers, like Anabel Garcia, on the front lines...

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