The Secret’s in the Soil
Linda J. Brewer
Senior Faculty Research Assistant
Oregon State University Department of Horticulture
Members Free, Non-Members $5
Soils are increasingly in the news. Linda Brewer, certified soil scientist with the Department of Horticulture at Oregon State University and the OSU Extension “Ask an Expert” resource for all things soil, soil fertility and compost, will bring us up to date on the buzz about good soils at home, on the farm, and for the environment.
Research has opened up the amazing and magical work of nature below the surface of the soil. Linda will introduce us to the science of the soil and the role it plays in sustaining life, water management, carbon sequestration, antibiotics, nutrient cycling, and infrastructure support. The program will provide insight into the importance of good soil structure from our home gardens, larger scale agriculture and the broader environment.
Linda Brewer is faculty in the Department of Horticulture at Oregon State University. She is a certified professional soil scientist, and the “expert” for the OSU Extension Ask an Expert widget for any questions referring to soils, soil fertility or compost. She manages major federal grants, and translates research findings into reader-friendly Extension publications. She is an author or co-author on more than 40 publications in the OSU Extension catalogue, many of them on soils, but also crop fertilization, waste management, and entomology. She has an extensive vegetable garden on a 64% clay soil in Benton County.