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The Soil Foodweb with Dr. Elaine Ingham

Discovering the Soil Foodweb with Compost Technologies

A 5-Day Intensive with Soil Foodweb Expert, Dr. Elaine Ingham, PhD


NEW!  SweetSoil in collaboration with The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens bring you:

October 22-26, 2011 –   LOS ANGELES, CA

-Day 1 & 2: Intro to Soil Food Web
-Day 3: Compost Technology
-Day 4: Compost Tea Technology
-Day 5: Light Microscope Training



5-Day Soil Foodweb Workshops with Dr. Elaine Ingham

The missing link in today’s comprehensive understanding of the soil and plant relationship is Dr. Elaine Ingham’s 5 day intensive workshop. When you leave you’ll have a full understanding of plant, soil, and microbe needs. Until recently, we have only understood the chemical aspect of plant relationships. Dr. Ingham connects the loop from chemical, biological, to available plant nutrients. In fact, the USDA’s Soil Biology Primer is headed by no other than Elaine herself.

Whether you’re growing in planters or backyards, understanding the Soil Foodweb is a critical component to unlocking the yield barrier, allowing your gardens to thrive beautifully, while eliminating disease and pests.

Do you know the optimum bacteria: fungi ratio for YOUR plants? Every plant is different. In this class you will learn how to give your plants the biology they need to increase green growth, get more flowers and veggies, revitalize your farm, or restore open lands, while increasing moisture retention in the soil from 30-50%.

Find out how to make your own Liquid Compost Extract (LCE) and save hundreds of dollars on fertilizers, herbicides, and pesticides. Prevent Botrytis on seedlings, Powdery Mildew on roses, and other harmful diseases that reduce yield.

Tailor your products to your plants with soil biology, See your garden or farm come to life!

Dr. Elaine Ingham is recognized around the world as the leader in soil microbiology and research of the soil foodweb.  She is an energetic, easy-to-understand speaker who explains what life in the soil is all about.  With decades of experience as professor, researcher, and soil benefactor consulting in the field she’s helped thousands of homeowners, growers, and influential companies understand healthy soil via healthy organisms.  Elaine transmits sophisticated information in a down-to-earth way.  Her mission is to show that the key to making any plant thrive, from the turf on golf courses to vegetables in the garden is to team up with suitable soil microbes.  Elaine has astounding results to show for it.


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.   There is a  big 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 ratios for the plants they’re growing.  Learn how to select the proper ratios that will give your plants the exact biology they need to thrive.

Day 4: Compost Tea Technology – We cover the processes that will maximize biological diversity to get the most bang for your buck.  Actively Aerated Compost Tea (AACT) and Liquid Compost Extract (LCE) are the most efficient methods for bringing back micobe diversity.  This allows you to eliminate inorganic fertilizers and herbicides which decrease diversity and degrade soil health.

Day 5: Light Microscope Training – Dr. Elaine Ignham leads this very special day of training on effective light microscope techniques and identification.  Learn from the master herself about what constituents good compost and 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. Students are encouraged to bring their own microscope.  Microscopes will also be available for a group discount at the workshop.



October 22-26th: Los Angeles, CA


Partial sign-ups okay:

$300  -Day 1 & 2: Intro to Soil Food Web
$150  -Day 3: Compost Technology
$150 -Day 4: Compost Tea Technology
$200  -Day 5: Light Microscope Training

Class is suitable for beginners to advanced practitioners.  Participants receive a certification of completion.  This course will give you the tools you need to make healthy, site-specific compost for beautiful results every time!




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