SweetSoil Presents: Discovering the Soil Foodweb with Dr. Elaine Ingham, PhD
July 11-15, 2011 San Rafael, CA (10 min. North of the Golden Gate Bridge)
Whether you're growing in planters or backyards, Discovering the Soil Foodweb will unlock the yield barrier, allowing your gardens to thrive beautifully, while eliminating disease and pests. If you are looking to save money for yourself and clients, or want to make the move towards sustainability, this workshop is for you.
Give your plants biology to increase green growth, flowers, and veggies, while increasing moisture retention in the soil from 30-50% and save hundreds of dollars on fertilizers, herbicides, and pesticides by working with your biological workforce. Do you know the optimum bacteria:fungi ratio for your plants? Every plant is different.
Until recently, we have only understood the chemical aspect of plant relationships. Dr. Ingham describes the inseparable relationship between microbes and plants in a friendly, easy-to-understand way. Find out how to make your plants healthy in any setting by increasing soil biology, nature's true gift for healthy plants.
Build top soil quickly. There is more biology in 2 tablespoons of healthy soil than people on the planet. A 1% increase in organic matter holds 27,000 gallons of water per acre of land. Put your biology to work and work like nature, but faster while getting off all synthetic fertilizers and pesticides.
Join us! Get a jump on productivity in your farm or garden setting.
Elaine Ingham, PhD is Chief Scientist at The Rodale Institute. She is recognized around the world as the leader in soil microbiology and research of the soil foodweb. Elaine is an energetic, down-to-earth speaker who explains what life in the soil is all about.
Day 1 & 2: Intro. to the Soil Foodweb – Dr. Elaine Ingham uncovers the basic principles of the Soil Foodweb, plant relationships, and bacterial to fungi ratios in this in depth two day primer. Not only will you gain a fundamental understanding of the way soil biology drives plant nutrition, you will learn how modern agriculture selects for disease and pests. A must for anyone wanting a complete understanding of soil health and healthy plants.
Day 3: Compost Technology - Not all compost is created equal. Dr. Elaine Ingham breaks down the difference between good compost and reduced waste. One of the biggest mistakes people make when building a compost pile is not selecting the different Carbon:Nitrogen ratio’s for the plants they’re growing. There is a major difference between the soil in a dessert and the soil in an old growth forest. Learn how to select the proper ratios that will give your plants the exact biology they need to thrive.
Day 4: Compost Tea Technology – Dr. Elaine Ingham guides us through the extract process that will maximize biologic diversity to get the most bang for your buck. Compost tea and liquid compost extract (LCE) give you, the plant and soils’ manager, the most efficient method for bringing back micobe diversity. This allows you to eliminate inorganic fertilizers and herbicides that decrease diversity and degrade one of earths most precious resources, our soils.
Day 5: Light Microscope Training – Dr. Elaine Ignham leads this very special one day training on effective light microscope techniques and identification. Learn from the master herself on what constituents good compost or compost tea on a microscopic level. This part of the class is essential for anyone who wishes to gain “eyes on” knowledge of the soil universe and what really goes on under our feet. Get the necessary training to identify the bacteria, fungi, protozoa, and nematodes that drive the health and well being of our plants.
subject: Soil Foodweb Intensive July 11-15th, San Rafael, CA