The dates for the 2018 Soil Food Web Intensive with Dr. Elaine Ingham have been announced and DISCOUNTED early bird registration has begun! Many of you have attended in the past, gaining knowledge and experience that is both inspiring and practical.
For those who have not heard, this week-long course, taught by Dr. Elaine Ingham (one of the most influential soil scientists of our time) highlights the major concepts and players in healthy soil, shedding light on the complex world beneath our feet and providing practical ways we can work with the beneficial microbes that continually create and fuel the world as we know it.
Topics Covered Include:
The Players and Processes Beneath the Soil Surface
How to Work with Millions of Microbes for Optimum Plant Health
Basic Soil Science (Hint: it’s Biology!)
How to Create Microbially Diverse Compost w/o Weeds & Pathogens
How to Optimize Microbial Extraction with Compost Teas & Extracts
Preliminary Microscope Training and Soil Microscopy
How to Identify and Count Common Soil Microbes
Designed for soil enthusiasts of all types: FROM BACKYARD TO COMMERCIAL SCALE- farmers, landscapers, ranchers, vineyard managers, homesteaders, urban farmers, manufacturers/distributors of agricultural products, waste management professionals, caretakers of gardens of all sizes, etc.
This experience truly is an intensive, providing the participants with advanced knowledge and skills that will facilitate maximum biologic diversity and ultimate success!
As always, you can enroll in a single day, a few, or the entire week. Make sure to reserve your spot in the 2017 informative and inspiring intensive before they’re gone!
Days 1 & 2: Introduction to the Soil Foodweb
Learn about many beneficial microbes and how to optimize plant health, growth, and disease resistance utilizing the interactions between plants and these soil microbes. These two days are a GREAT way to start, refresh, or increase your knowledge of soil biology and stand alone as a phenomenal soil biology course.
Day 3: Make Compost w/o Weeds or Disease
Learn about the different methods of composting and how to properly make compost- avoiding foul odors and spontaneous combustion- and how to adjust your compost depending on plant species and needs.
Day 4: Make Superior Compost Teas/Extracts
Compost Teas and Compost Extracts (you will learn the difference after this seminar) inoculate soil active beneficial microbes that increase soil health, water retention, and disease resistance while reducing the amount of fertilizers and pesticides needed. Learn how easy it can be to make your own teas and extracts!
Day 5: Microscope Day (Soil Microscopy) Prepare & Analyze Your Own Samples!
Get up close and personal with soil microbes through the effective use of microscopes. Working with soil microbes requires alternate microscopy practices. Come learn from the expert, herself, as she shows us the techniques she created and has been using to increase our knowledge for years.
Simply put, this information needs to be central to any sustainable agriculture or land management.