Shawn Bruckman is a soil health consultant with a focus on microbiology, composting and carbon sequestration. She is the Owner of The Ground Up, a soil health and arboriculture business in Eagle County. Bruckman is also the Compost Operations Manager for the Honeywagon Organics commercial compost facility in Wolcott, Colorado. Shawn contributes to the leadership of several organizations, her roles include Co-chair of the Colorado Compost Council, a state chapter of the United State Compost Council; Supervisor on the Eagle County Conservation DIstrict; and Board Member for New Roots Co. She is the co-author of a children’s book about composting, Nestors Adventures from Garbage to Garden, and creator of an educational game published by CSU and approved for high-school STEM curriculum in Colorado called SOIL! It’s Alive. She teaches compost and gardening lessons for local K-12 schools and soil health and biology for all ages as Master Mountain Composter and a Master Gardener with the Eagle County CSU Extension. Shawn believes that composting and holistic land use is the ultimate closed loop nutrient management system for communities to support local food systems, improve public health and combat climate change! She is currently building a permaculture food forest in downtown Eagle to demonstrate healthy soil practices and highlight the potential of community members contributing to local healthier food systems.
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Spores & More: looking at the microscopic perspective of fungi and how mycorrhiza impacts soil health, plant growth, carbon sequestration and landscape succession
Co-presenter & apprentice Evan “Lanny” Ellis: a Colorado Master Gardener, Permaculture Designer and soil health specialist. He’s made Eagle County his home for over 7 years and is passionate about preserving our local ecosystem and environment.