Jean Bonhotal

Jean Bonhotal

Jean Bonhotal

Speaker | Cornell University

Ithaca, NY | jb29@cornell.edu

Jean works on composting feedstock from food to manure to animal carcasses. Currently her time includes work on food scrap, manure and carcass & butcher waste composting education and research. Characterizing waste streams is important to be able to separate and determine value-added purposes for different residuals. Compost quality and consistency in the market place is also a high priority, as well as encouraging use to build healthy soils and redistribute nutrients. 
Previous experience includes working with different agencies including US Forest and National Park Service, US EPA, NYS DEC and the landscape and greenhouse industry.

Session Code: 2E

Track: Uses, Markets and Marketing

Session Name: Developing New Compost-Based Products and Blends

Session Time: Tuesday, January 25, 1:45 PM to 3:15 PM

Presentation Title: Developing Soil / Media Mixes to Promote Growth of Pollinator Friendly Vegetation in Roadside Settings in. NYS

Presentation Description: The project objective is to identify manufactured soil mixes that support the growth of native, pollinator friendly vegetation in roadside settings. As NYSDOT’s current standard topsoil mixes have been found lacking in their ability to reliably support the establishment of native, pollinator-friendly plant populations; there is a need to develop topsoil specifications that can facilitate the establishment and subsequent growth of pollinator-friendly plant material. Develop an ecoregion map of the state, Identify dominant taxonomic soil units within each state ecoregion. Identify and characterize at least one reference site for each of the dominant taxonomic soil units within the state eco regions. Reference sites shall contain pollinator-friendly, native-plant communities. Based on data collected from the project reference sites, soil material specifications will be developed for each state ecoregion. Work with soil manufacturers to produce sample soil quantities per the soil material specifications developed for each ecoregion and estimate the costs to produce these soils.