published on June 19, 2018 - 1:08 PM
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West Coast Waste, a privately owned solid waste and recycling company in Madera, announced that they will be conducting a three-year study to help farmers  understand how compost and mulch application can promote soil health while increasing profits.

According to a press release from the company, more than half of California’s irrigated farmland is affected by soil salinization, leaving the ground dry, and releasing trapped carbon into the atmosphere as a greenhouse gas and leaving farmland less fertile.

There will be a series of free workshops, the first being held on Thursday, July 26, from noon to 1:30 p.m., at 9537 Rd. 29 ½  in Madera.

The first workshop’s theme is “Topsoil Applications for Bottom Line Benefits” and topics discussed will include compost reduction, how mulch delays erosion and increases water retention, and equipment needed to supply soil amendments.

Researchers from UC Davis will co-present the educational material.

“I talk with a lot of farmers who are looking for ways to increase yields while containing costs,” said Dennis Balakian, managing partner of West Coast Waste. “Many of these farmers are unfamiliar with the working components of compost and mulch application. Farmers should feel confident that in the long run, compost and mulch doesn’t cost them more when they buy and apply, but can actually increase their profits – this workshop and demonstration empowers them with that necessary knowledge.”

All workshops will include a BBQ lunch. Registration is required and can be completed in advance at or by calling (559) 497-5320. Additional workshops are scheduled for September 20 and November 15. Seating is limited.

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