03-02-20 Earth Care Composting for Climate Restoration
Guest Jayne Merner Senecal, Owner of Earth Care Farm
How much of a difference can we make by composting? When we compost our food scraps and yard waste instead of dumping it into a landfill, we help build a system that pulls carbon out of the atmosphere and returns it to the earth where it can nurture life. Scientists maintain that a mere 2 percent increase in the carbon content of the planet’s soils could offset 100 percent of all greenhouse gas emissions going into the atmosphere. How can this be accomplished? Part of the answer lies in composting. This episode begins with a story walk through Earth Care Farm, the first and largest composting operation in Rhode Island and one of the state’s foremost examples of regenerative agriculture.
Our guest Jayne Merner Senecal, owner of Earth Care Farm, is going to speak about the magic and science of composting and how nutrient-rich soil is necessary to grow nutrient-rich food. Jayne serves on the Rhode Island Food Policy Council and the Charlestown Agricultural Preservation Commission. Her notable accomplishments include Professional of the Year 2018 by the RI Nursery and Landscape Association (RINLA) and 1st place award for Landscape Design (RINLA), for two consecutive years, 2016 & 2017. In the third segment, Jayne will share her engaging experience with the Real Food Campaign, a global collaboration connecting soil, plant and human health. Initiated by the Bionutrient Food Association in Barre, MA, the campaign utilizes a leading edge nutrient density measurement tool that allows farmers to help participate in important soil and crop nutrient analysis and research.
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