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Living Soils Workshop

January 23, 2015 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Living Soil, Compost & Compost Tea Masterclass

The Living Soils Workshop, with Dr. Elaine Ingham

Dr. Elaine Ingham, the internationally acclaimed soil expert of our time, explores the soil foodweb, compost, and compost tea technology in-depth.

This workshop is for: students, researchers, farmers, landscapers, agriculture and waste management professionals, and garden enthusiasts of all types.

You’ll learn how to: restore soil health, so that natural nutrient cycling and disease suppression occurs, thus allowing for nutrient-dense, maximum yields of the desired plants, without requiring the use of pesticides or inorganic fertilizers.

>>Life on earth is sustained by a complex underground ecological system – the soil food web. <<


Day 1: Soil Food Webs Workshop

In the Soil Food Webs section of the workshop (Day 1), Dr. Ingham will present the biology and chemistry of the soil, soil food web principles and myths, the anatomy of roots and compaction, soil management for disease suppression, nutrient retention and C:N ratios, and more. Participants will gain a full picture of the soil food web including nutrient cycling and the nitrogen cycle. The workshop will help students answer questions such as:

  • What form of nutrient do plants need?
  • How much N, P, K, Mg, S, B, and Ca do plants need?
  • What are the different soil organisms that build various types of soil structure?
  • How does the complexity of the soil health picture change during succession disturbance?
  • What are system-by-system approaches to different soil landscapes including grasslands, row crops and orchards?
  • How do we fix the soil biologically?


Days 2 and 3: Compost and Compost Tea

Not all compost is created equal. There is a big difference between good compost and reduced waste. In the Compost and Compost Tea section of the workshop (Days 2 and 3), participants will learn how to generate the right organisms and the right food for any plant in question. Dr. Ingham will cover in detail the principles and parameters of creating situation-appropriate compost and compost tea, including:

  • The definition of good compost
  • Factors in determining whether soil needs compost
  • The components of good compost tea: maturity, stability, standards, aerated compost tea versus not-aerated tea, plant-based tea, and more
  • The compost tea production process
  • Compost tea use in successful programs for grasslands, row crops, or orchards.

>>”We know more about the movement of celestial bodies than about the soil underfoot” – Leonardo da Vinci, circa 1500s<<

Dr. Elaine Ingham

Meet Dr. Elaine Ingham

Dr. Elaine Ingham is an American soil biology researcher and founder of Soil Foodweb Inc. She is an international leader in soil microbiology and research of the soil food web. She is an author of the USDA’s Soil Biology Primer. Ingham was The Rodale Institute’s chief scientist from 2011 to 2013.

Dr. Ingham’s work has revolutionized the way we perceive the soil and its interactions with the living world, and shows us how we can improve our agricultural practices while respecting life and soil biodiversity.

>>It’s time to think about getting those good guys back with your plants!<<


You can either register for the first day (Introduction to the Soil Food Web), or for the full 3 days of the workshop.

Day 1: Introduction to the Soil Food Web

January 23 – Introduction du the Soil Food Web, with Dr. Elaine Ingham.

Full 3 Days Workshop

January 23, 24, 25, 2015 – Full 3 Days Workshop: Introduction to the Soil Food Web, and advanced course on Compost & Compost Tea, with Dr. Elaine Ingham. The 3 day workshop comprises theory, microscope examination of the food web, Q&A, and cross pollination between participants.

Mycelium is a recognized education establishment by Revenu du Québec. So individuals could benefit from a tax credit for tuition. Accreditation N° 14-05-3670.

logo MAPAQThis project was carried out under Component 4 of the Prime-Vert program from 2013 to 2018 and has received financial support from the ministère de l’Agriculture, des Pêcheries et de l’Alimentation of Quebec.


January 23, 2015
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
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