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Will Bakx started composting in 1982 at Sonoma State University as student manager of the Ecological Food Production Garden. In 1985 he launched Bennett Valley Farm Compost, processing various agricultural and fish industry wastes. In 1993 he started the Sonoma countywide yard debris composting program as Sonoma Compost Company (SCC).
Today he has converted almost 1.5 million tons of organics from the landfill, creating high-quality compost and mulch. He teaches in the Agriculture and Natural Resources Department at Santa Rosa Junior College (SRJC) and serves as chair of the SRJC Sustainable Agriculture Advisory Committee.
Bakx is the cofounder and current board member of the California Organic Recycling Council (CORC) and the California Compost Coalition (CCC).
He earned his BA in Environmental Studies from Sonoma State University and an MS in Soil Science from UC Berkeley.
About Waste Land
Waste Land: Exploring Science in the Studio is a program that brings science instruction directly into CCA courses. During fall 2012, courses taught by five CCA instructors, all on the theme of waste, will bring scientists into their courses.
The project will result in an exhibition to be held at the College Avenue Galleries November 6–10, 2012.