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Webinar: Compost – Soil – Plant: Putting the Many Facets Together with Dr. Will Brinton

Date: 9 Nov 2021 | posted in: Composting | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

ILSR’s On-Farm Composting & Compost Use Webinar Series features experts from across the industry and covers the ins and outs of on-farm composting and compost use. The sixth and final webinar of the series, Compost – Soil – Plant: Putting the Many Facets Together, features Dr. William F. Brinton, founder and Chief Science Officer of Woods End Laboratories. In this presentation, Dr. Brinton will discuss the significance of how compost quality develops during the process, the various benefits of compost to soil and for plant development, and how to decipher compost application rates appropriate for the intended uses. He will also describe how compost can be used to enhance natural nutrient cycling on farms — including augmenting organic nitrogen mineralization and improving phosphorus utilization, such that external inputs of environmentally harmful inorganic nutrients can be reduced — to the benefit of soil, plants and water quality.  

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Speaker: Dr. Will Brinton

Will Brinton founded his soil lab Woods End Laboratory in 1974 while managing an organic farm and beginning studies for his bachelors in agronomy. At this time, USA land grant universities were not willing to support science work in organic farming, so Brinton transferred to an international master’s degree program in comparative organic farming science. In Europe, Will became an intern at several research centers that focused on soil and compost quality. One of these institutes in Switzerland is now the world’s largest organic farming studies center (“FIBL”). Brinton also interned in Germany on soil biology testing and in Sweden on the role of compost in soil development and plant quality emergence. Returning to Maine he was awarded a doctorate in Environmental Science for this research on plant response to composts. 

Will’s lab has grown to an international institute with Canadian partners in soil sampling across North America and continues to expand soil health testing. Woods End was recently awarded a large USDA R&D project to explore the carbon benefits of conservation lands in relation to measurable global climate issues.  Will is the inventor of Solvita as a means to enable any person to measure microbial output of compost and soil visually. One Solvita compost test is widely used as a simple index of compost maturity.  Will is part of several soil carbon initiatives presently grappling with the decline of soil carbon in relation to global climate issues.


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December 7th, 2021 from 12:00-1:30 pm ET


The registration fee for this webinar is $20. Participation in this series is free for farmers (use code FARMER).


Please fill out this form if you are in need of a subsidized ticket.

A recording of the webinar will be made available to those who register.

Follow Linda Bilsens Brolis:
Linda Bilsens Brolis

Linda is the Project Manager for ILSR’s Composting for Community project and Neighborhood Soil Rebuilders community composter training program.

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Sophia Jones

Sophia Jones is an Intern with ILSR’s Composting for Community project. She is passionate about sustainability at all levels and has previously worked with the United Nations, the Government of Barbados, and Plant NOVA Natives on various sustainability-related projects.