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Soil Foodweb with Dr. Elaine Ingham


PHOTOGRAPH FROM THE LEXICON OF SUSTAINABILITY : Gayeton, Douglas. The Soil Food Web. ©Rumplefarm, LLC 2011

About the Soil Foodweb Intensive with Dr. Elaine Ingham

There is a whole world under the soil – and no one knows this cast of characters better than Elaine Ingham! Elaine is one of the world’s leading soil microbiologists, with over 30 years of research and teaching experience. Her easy and enthusiastic style brings the soil food web to life. Elaine literally wrote the book on compost teas: The Compost Tea Brewing Manual.

Healthy soil has all the interconnected elements of a “web”, retaining and cycling nutrients into the right forms at the right rates for each individual while building soil structure, suppressing disease-causing organisms, protecting plant surfaces, producing plant-growth-promoting hormones and chemicals, and decomposing toxic compounds. In this course, you’ll look at the elements of a healthy soil food web, learn how to analyze and improve your own soil, and learn how to make composts and extracts to strengthen the soil food web.

The course will cover the soil food web, soil food web analysis, composts, aerated compost teas, compost extracts, and the use of microscopes.

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.

Who Should Attend This Soil Foodweb Intensive?

This rare intensive with Dr. Ingham is a must if you work in the field of farming, hydroponics, landscaping, turf management, golf courses, landscape restoration, ranching, gardening or any field that is connected to soil or plants.  Whether you’re growing in planters, hydroponics, backyards or farms, 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!

About Dr. Elaine Ingham

Elaine Ingham 3Dr. 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 a 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.


The course is from 9am-5pm each day

Days 1 & 2: Introduction to the Soil Foodweb

Dr. Elaine Ingham uncovers the basic principles of the Soil Foodweb, plant relationships, and bacteria 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 and this class will show you how to make incredible, biologically rich compost! 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 microbe diversity. This day will demystify how to easily take high quality compost and expand it into the soil and plant surfaces. This allows you to eliminate inorganic fertilizers and herbicides which decrease diversity and degrade soil health.

Day 5: Light Microscope Training

Dr. Elaine Ingham 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.


This highly informative soil foodweb intensive is $795 if you sign up for all 5 days.  Sign up early and save more money.  Sign up by August 1st and you pay only $645 (a savings of $150).  Sign up between August 1 and October 1st you pay only $720 (a savings of $75).

Can’t make the whole 5 day intensive?  You can sign up for individual days. Prices as follows:

  • Days 1 & 2: Introduction to the Soil Foodweb: $295
  • Day 3: Compost Technology: $160
  • Day 4: Compost Tea Technology: $160
  • Day 5: Light Microscope Training: $195

Refund Policy

Cancellations made up until October 15th will be refunded in full minus a $50 processing fee per person.  No refunds after October 15th.

9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Ticket Prices
Full 5 Day Training (Earliest Bird Price)$645.00
Full 5 Day Training (Early Bird Price)$720.00
Full 5 Day Training (Regular Price)$795.00
Day 1 & 2: Introduction to Soil Food Web (Sat and Sun)$295.00
Day 3: Compost Technology$160.00
Day 4: Compost Tea Technology$160.00
Day 5: Light Microscope Training$195.00