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Compost: A Misunderstood & Under-Utilized Natural Resource for Creating Healthy Soil, Food, Water & Air Quality

In this webinar for Healthy Soils Program awardees featuring Dr. Craig Kolodge, we'll explore the multifaceted value of amending agricultural soils with compost. Join us to understand how this practice can enhance your land and community, and methods for utilizing its greatest potential.


Compost application is the most commonly-funded practice within CDFA's Healthy Soils Incentives Program: during the 2020 solicitation, over 80% of the 300+ awardees included compost application in their project! Although the Healthy Soils Program (HSP) emphasizes the role of compost in sequestering soil carbon for climate change mitigation, compost application also offers a host of advantages for crop health and ecosystem resilience. During this webinar with Dr. Craig Kolodge of San Pasqual Valley Soils, we'll explore the interconnectedness between soil health, compost, and conservation, and how to achieve maximal results from compost application in your HSP project.

What if my HSP award doesn't include application of compost? No problem! If you're interested in using your funding to apply compost, we'll also discuss options for modifying your existing grant agreement to include this practice.

Although the content of this webinar is tailored for Healthy Soils Program awardees, registration is open to all.

All registrants for this webinar will also receive a link to the recording after the live presentation has occurred. 

Topics Covered in this Webinar

  • Assessing the health of our soils and why it is so vital to our very survival to do so

  • Myths associated with compost in its many forms and their associated benefits for creating healthy soil, food, water & air quality

  • The important role compost plays in the creation, protection and maintenance of healthy soils

  • A summary of resources on how to become a “Practitioner of Healthy Soils”

  • Applying compost in accordance with your grant agreement, and options for including in your existing grant


About the Presenter: Dr. Craig Kolodge


Craig Kolodge, Ph.D., is the former academic advisor, field plant pathologist and county director for the University of California Cooperative Extension (UCCE) in Santa Clara County. He currently serves as the Business Development and Sustainability Manager for San Pasqual Valley Soils. Craig is a Certified Professional in Erosion and Sediment Control (CPESC) and expert in the use of compost-based Sustainable Management Practices (SMPs) for storm water management and industrial pollution management (Trainer of Record for Qualified Industrial Stormwater Practitioner - QISP statewide program).

This webinar is funded by


The Healthy Soils Program is part of California Climate Investments, a statewide program that puts billions of Cap-and-Trade dollars to work reducing greenhouse gas emissions, strengthening the economy, and improving public health and the environment- particularly in disadvantaged communities.
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March 2nd, 2022 6:00 PM   through   7:30 PM
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Main Phone: (760) 436-7986  ext. 715

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