Many people compost in their backyard but have little or no understanding of the biological principles of composting. The consequence is the use of inappropriate structures for composting. The use of compost in gardens also will be discussed. This program will address many of the myths and how to get the best benefits for the compost created.
Mark Hutchinson is an Extension Professor with the University of Maine. His education and research programs focus on soil health, compost processes and animal mortality management. Professor Hutchinson is a member of the Maine Compost Team, a USDA Sustainable Agriculture Fellow and a Certified Crop Advisory. Currently, he is involved in numerous research projects funded through Organic Research and Extension Initiative funds. Mark has been with the University for over 17 years.