Green Bellevue's August Program

posted Aug 1, 2017, 9:40 AM by Brittany Dabestani



Take a look at compost under the microscope and discover the science behind it. Learn how to compost both in your backyard and commercially, and the current status of composting citywide.

Sunday, August 13, 1:30–3pm

Nebraska Medicine - Bellevue

Join Green Bellevue for its August program on composting with guest presenters Ben Samuelson and Betsy Goodman of Soil Dynamics.

Backyard composters at all levels of experience will learn from Ben's microscope demonstration, backyard composting tips (with lots of pictures), a very brief introduction to the soil food web, and an update on current local composting news. Can we persuade you to try backyard composting for the first time? The practice is sensible, safe, and easy, plus it can help restore the hidden habitat of soil to the benefit of lawn and garden.

Don't know the difference between backyard static composting and commercial thermal composting?  Betsy will review the basics to backyard composting - what to compost, finding the right ratio of inputs, and remediating common issues. Betsy will also show pictures of Soil Dynamics' commercial compost facility and share her excitement about the feasibility of a zero waste metro area! 

Following this program, you are invited to join in an interactive Q&A session. Green Bellevue meetings are free and open to the public, so invite your friends!

Meet in the lower level meeting room area in Conference Room A. You can park in the visitor parking lot and enter through the main door. Go down the stairs, make a "u-turn" and Conference A is down the hall on your left.


Ben Samuelson is a graduate research assistant at UNL studying soil biology. Compost (and the life it contains) is a perennial fascination for Ben. After years of teaching kids ages K-12 in gardens and one year working with soil biology guru Elaine Ingham Ph.D., Ben was attracted to Lincoln, Nebraska by formal education and employment with Soil Dynamics compost farm. His mission is to align human practices at all scales with ecological function.

Betsy Goodman has a B.S. in Environmental Studies and is pursuing her Masters in Public Administration. She worked as an Organic Farmer, Farmers Market Manager, Soil Biology Researcher, and now saleswoman for an innovative refuse company, Hillside Solutions. Betsy is the Founder and Volunteer Coordinator for Common Soil Seed Library in Omaha. Goodman helped introduce and pass legislation that allows for noncommercial seed sharing in the Nebraska Seed Law May 2015 and other states with the Recommended Uniform State Seed Law July 2016. Betsy's mission is to facilitate sustainability efforts that are convenient and long lasting.