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Eco-Answers: Soils & Compost

Wed, April 20, 2022 @ 6:30 pm EDT - 8:00 pm EDT

Leaves and compost

Special ELA Members Only Event

composted soilSpring is here and the plants are putting out their new growth. We all understand that plant health is directly correlated to soil health – so how do we keep the soil healthy to support our plants? Join us as we talk with Andrew Brousseau from Black Earth Compost to discuss soils, fertilizer, and compost. During this 45-minute live Zoom Q&A, Andrew will provide a quick overview of the “Bread Oven” method of composting for your yard or farm. Then he will jump right into your questions for the bulk of the Q&A session. Some topics that Andrew can address are:


• How do I identify quality compost? • Any tips for when and how to apply compost in the garden?
• How to maximize carbon drawdown in your landscape?
• What is the best use of mulch? How and when to apply for maximum effect?
• Can you replenish the soil microbiome? How?
• Do commercial fertilizers harm the soil microbiome? Organic fertilizers?
• What is the best type of fertilizer? When and how much to apply?
• What is the best type of fertilizer? When and how much to apply?
• What are the jumping worm best practices for compost producers?
• And more…

composted leavesPlease send your questions in advance to help guide Andrew’s remarks. Also send photos of any problems or questions to provide some reference and to add interest to the discussion. Email photos along with your questions to: If you don’t submit questions in advance, no problem, we will also be taking questions throughout the event.

Once you are registered for Eco-Answers with the ELA Eco-Pros, you will receive an email with the Zoom Webinar link.

About the ELA Eco-Pro

Andrew Brousseau, after achieving a BS at UMass Amherst, moved out west to ski and follow up on his recent studies. While living in the mountains, he worked as a software developer and as an oceanographer for the University of East Anglia, going on 7 research cruises to the Southern Ocean and the Atlantic. However, he yearned to study nutrient recycling so returned to land to get an MS in the topic. He then dropped out of academia to join Conor on his endeavor, just as the state of Massachusetts became the first in the nation to implement a ban on food waste going to landfills and incinerators.

Black Earth Compost collects food scraps weekly from home owners, schools, cafeterias and restaurants. They compost the food scraps into a rich soil amendment and sell the compost or blend it with soil we special source to make a tested, safe growing media. Black Earth also sells raised beds and watering kits to promote growing of food at home.


Wed, April 20, 2022
6:30 pm EDT - 8:00 pm EDT
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