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  • All 4 Soil Food Web Foundation Courses
  • The Soil Food Web Essentials – NEW
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Soil Food Web Essentials

  • Transformative program on living soil
  • 5+ hours of self-paced online lectures
  • Presented by Dr. Elaine Ingham and our dynamic, diverse team of soil experts
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SOILER ALERT! Soil is special. Soil is life.

  • Do you want to teach and advise others on how to work in harmony with nature so they can transition to cost-effective and environmentally friendly ways to grow crops and pastures; maintain golf courses, parks, and sports fields; maintain urban and suburban landscapes; grow gardens and herbs, and so much more?
  • Do you want to regenerate your own soils and/or help your community better understand how to nurture their soils?
  • Farmers, ranchers, growers, gardeners, landscapers, land stewards, restoration specialists, hobbyists, and so many others can benefit from our courses and the innumerable applications of the Soil Food Web Approach.
  • Despite spending more and more money each year to improve soil fertility and protect their crops, the farming community, growers, landscapers, arborists, land stewards, and gardeners still face huge challenges.
  • Do you need help to improve your soils and grow healthier plants, pastures, and crops without expensive chemical inputs?
  • Do you need help understanding how to transition to regenerative agriculture, or are you seeking a better understanding of the benefits of a healthy living soil biome?
  • Do you want to help improve the health of our one and only planet?

You CAN make a difference…

  • Help stabilize climate change
  • Protect our animals, insects, pollinators, and plants
  • Prevent soil erosion
  • Protect our rivers and oceans
  • Accelerate soil carbon accumulation
  • Help farmers, growers and gardeners transition to regenerative agriculture and deliver higher yields, reduce costs, increase the quality of produce, and suppress diseases and weeds
  • Turn waste into natural capital
  • Create land that is resilient to flood, fire, and drought

Trusted by 1000s Worldwide

The Soil Food Web School is a global leader in soil ecosystem management and the education and promotion of healthy soil systems.

Founded by Dr. Ingham, widely recognized as one of the world’s foremost soil biologists, who has advanced our knowledge about the Soil Food Web for over four decades.

The Soil Food Web Approach has been used to successfully restore the ecological functions of soils on six continents.

The Soil Food Web School staff and faculty comprise a diverse and dynamic team of experts, mentors, and scientists who are ready to empower you to become a soil steward.

Student Testimonials

Meet some of our most recent students and learn why they love the Soil Food Web School.

Offer Details & Curriculum

LEVEL UP YOUR SOIL PACKAGE

The Level Up Your Soil Package (LUYSP) is a unique combination of courses that will teach you about the theory and science behind the Soil Food Web Approach, “Nature’s Operating System,” as well as provide training dedicated to helping YOU make your own biological compost and develop your microscopy skills.

What's Included:

The Soil Food Web Foundation Courses

A comprehensive soil education program designed for farmers, ranchers, growers, gardeners, landscapers, land stewards, restoration specialists, and others. Learn how to rapidly and effectively regenerate soils, protect the environment, and increase profits. Discover the science behind the soil food web: how to make, assess, and apply biologically complete compost and liquid amendments. Also learn how to use a microscope to assess the biological community and interpret the messages of the microorganisms.

Over 45 hours of lectures delivered by Dr. Elaine Ingham covering the theory and application methods behind the Soil Food Web Approach. You’ll be able to get your questions answered by our science team through access to our student forum and monthly student-only webinars.

Foundation Course 1: Introduction to the Soil Food Web (FC1)


In Foundation Course 1 you will learn:

  •  About the damage that modern agriculture has done to soils all over the world.
  •  How Regenerative Agriculture is the soil-ution and how you can rapidly regenerate your soils with the Soil Food Web Approach.
  •  How the Soil Food Web Approach can be adopted on any scale and in almost any environment, with a multitude of crops.
  •  About the 4 major groups of Beneficial Microorganisms that are needed to restore ecosystem functions to your soil.
  •  How Beneficial Microbes work in harmony with your crops to nourish and protect them.
  •  How benefits such as increased yields, reduced erosion, reduced pest, disease and weed pressures etc. can be achieved.
  •  About several projects from around the world that Dr. Elaine Ingham has worked on personally.
  •  About some of the management practices you can adopt to ensure that the biology in your soils is not compromised.
  •  How soil structure is created by beneficial microbes, improving water infiltration in clay soils and better water retention in sandy soils. And how good structure enables plants and beneficial microbes to penetrate deep into the soil profile, improving plant health.
  •  How beneficial microbes access the abundance of nutrients stored in the parent material (think sand and clay particles) and how this is then made available to your plants.
  •  How plants influence the soil biome, by releasing sugary exudates that feed specific groups of beneficial microbes, in return for nutrients.
  •  How having a balanced soil biome can result in great benefits, such as Weed Suppression and Increased Carbon or Organic Matter content.

Foundation Course 2: Making BioComplete™ Compost (FC2)


In Foundation Course 2 you will learn:

  •  About the different definitions of compost and why we consider it as a means of multiplying beneficial microbes instead of just a way of delivering nutrients to the soil.
  •  How to make your own Biological Compost, using Dr. Elaine’s close-control composting method that enables beneficial microbes to multiply rapidly, while suppressing detrimental microbes.
  •  Techniques that can be used to balance the biology in your compost, ensuring that the 4 main groups of microbes are present.
  •  How to apply Biological Compost to your soils so that beneficial microbes can interact with your plants in the root zone, offering nutrition and protection.
  •  About the various types of methods and equipment that can be used to produce Biological Compost, depending on scale. This includes vermicompost and hot-composting.

Foundation Course 3: Making BioComplete™ Extracts and Teas (FC3)


In Foundation Course 3 you will learn:

  • How to produce Biological Extracts and Teas from your Biological Compost, using different types of equipment depending on the scale you are operating at.
  • About the uses and application methods of Biological Extracts and Teas
  • How to apply Biological Liquid Amendments to your soils using different equipment, depending on the scale of your project. And how you can use conventional spraying equipment with some minor modifications.

Foundation Course 4: Introduction to Microscopy (FC4)


In Foundation Course 4 you will learn:

  •  How to correctly set-up and use a compound microscope.
  •  About the biological morphology of the 4 major groups of beneficial soil microorganisms.
  •  How to identify and quantify the key groups of beneficial microbes that all soils need in order to be fully functional, using the compound microscope. This will enable you to conduct your own soil biology assessments.
  •  How to process and interpret data.
  •  How to recognize microarthropods, algae, pollen and other objects in your soil.

Free Bonuses

Soil Food Web Essentials

What's included in The Soil Food Web Essentails?

Built on the Soil Food Web Approach, this visionary and transformative course will teach you about the role of soil life in our biosphere and transform your understanding of how to work with microorganisms to grow plants, crops and food more successfully. For anyone who wants to build naturally fertile soil and to understand ways of becoming a better grower, gardener, farmer, or land steward, this course was designed for you.

Led and presented by a dynamic, diverse, and inclusive team at the forefront of soil science, you’ll receive all-new self-paced online lectures and presentations. This short course acts as an introduction into the world of the Soil Food Web Approach and is the perfect place to start your educational journey. After completion of this module, we are sure you’ll wish to continue your learning journey with the next 2 stages of the all-new Permaculture Design Course (PDC), due to be released later in 2024.

The Soil Sponge Workshop

What's included in The Soil Sponge Workshop?

This workshop on whole-systems landscape function will give you an alternate view of climate, soils, water, and economics. You will learn why the living matrix of a healthy “soil sponge” is fundamental infrastructure that makes life on land possible, how the work of other species creates our climate and weather, and underlies all successful economies. Completion of the course also serves to fulfil the prerequisite for those who want to join the international Land and Leadership Development Community.

The SSW is a 5-part live discussion workshop with Didi Pershouse, one of five speakers at the United Nations-FAO World Soil Day in 2017 and author of The Ecology of Care: Medicine, Agriculture, Money, and The Quiet Power of Human and Microbial Communities and Understanding Soil Health and Watershed Function. In this workshop, you’ll meet people from around the world and come away feeling inspired by a new understanding of how we can address many of our major challenges through simple changes in land management. It will also provide a stepping stone to Didi’s new ‘advanced’ courses, due to be launched throughout 2024.

The regeneration of a deep soil sponge can provide interrelated benefits such as:

  • Healthier crops, animals, and people
  • Food and water security
  • Cooler regional temperatures
  • Reduction of wildfire risk
  • Increased resilience to flooding and drought
  • Reduced erosion, dredging, and road repairs
  • Prevention of algae blooms and dead zones
  • Cleaner air and water
  • Reduced conflicts over resources
  • Thriving local economies
  • Putting atmospheric carbon to work creating landscapes that support all of life.

This isn’t your usual “how to” workshop. It isn’t about using heavy equipment to move soil around. It isn’t about buying biological or chemical products. This workshop helps to develop the mind that can see watersheds/catchments as working wholes, see and measure the work of other species, and understand where specific well-designed local actions can create enormous positive outcomes downstream.

We will draw on the diverse experiences within the group, as well as successes of innovative land managers who are providing real value to their communities by reducing damages from storms and crop diseases, while restoring the dignity and profitability of farming.

Participants will gain:

  • An increased ability to evaluate the effectiveness of land-management decisions, practices, and policies
  • A clearer picture of soil’s central role in addressing current economic, social, and environmental needs
  • An introduction to working with living-systems frameworks as an instrument for personal development and effective decision making
  • A community of practice: deep discussions with people working toward similar goals

Receive a $150 Coupon

Where/When can I use this coupon?

Receive a $150 Coupon to redeem on the all-new forthcoming PERMACULTURE DESIGN COURSE (PDC)

About the Permaculture Design Course:

Deepen your ecological understanding of nature’s brilliance while you explore permaculture through video presentations, live webinars, and personal projects. You can build your capacity to collaborate with plants and microorganisms across every garden, farm, or landscape. Learn to use the concepts and techniques from permaculture to overcome obstacles and address problems. Learn to navigate the decisions and design opportunities in your life, home, work, and relationships more effectively. Join a global community of like-minded people and upgrade your resume with a formal sustainability certificate. This diverse and inclusive course features more than 70 teachers from 6 continents.

Who will benefit from the PDC?

  • Land stewards who want to utilize their time, energy, and money effectively.
  • Anyone wanting to grow more of their own food
  • Seekers of self-sufficiency and resiliency.
  • Those who have always wanted to learn about permaculture but have not yet found the right fit.
  • Permaculture practitioners who want to bring in more diverse perspectives and deepen their learning.
  • Those wanting to play a more active part in addressing pressing planetary problems.
  • People interested in learning more about natural processes.
  • Those wanting to live in deeper alignment with nature.
  • Those seeking a community of like-minded people.
  • Those wanting to learn from nature’s wisdom.
  • Gardeners who want to take their plot to the next level.
  • Growers who want to partner with soil biology for more abundance.
  • Professionals seeking a regenerative framework for their career or business.
  • Technical experts who want to upgrade their understanding of nature’s design.
  • Landscapers who want to green their business practices.
  • Citizen scientists who want to contribute more effectively.
  • Individuals striving to engage with citizen science.
  • Students of any discipline who want to bring an ecological understanding into their education.
  • Permaculture practitioners who want a comprehensive refresher.
  • Organizational leaders who want to green their approach.

SOIL FOOD WEB ESSENTIALS

In this all new course for 2024, soak up the essential science of soil ecology and biology so you can steward resilient ecosystems. This accessible and affordable course invites you into the transformative world of practical microbiology. Explore with Dr. Elaine Ingham and over a dozen additional Soil Food Web School Science Educators to level up your collaboration with living systems.

Free Bonus

Receive a $150 Coupon

Where/When can I use this coupon?

Receive a $150 Coupon to redeem on the all-new forthcoming PERMACULTURE DESIGN COURSE (PDC)

About the Permaculture Design Course:

Deepen your ecological understanding of nature’s brilliance while you explore permaculture through video presentations, live webinars, and personal projects. You can build your capacity to collaborate with plants and microorganisms across every garden, farm, or landscape. Learn to use the concepts and techniques from permaculture to overcome obstacles and address problems. Learn to navigate the decisions and design opportunities in your life, home, work, and relationships more effectively. Join a global community of like-minded people and upgrade your resume with a formal sustainability certificate. This diverse and inclusive course features more than 70 teachers from 6 continents.

Who will benefit from the PDC?

  • Land stewards who want to utilize their time, energy, and money effectively.
  • Anyone wanting to grow more of their own food
  • Seekers of self-sufficiency and resiliency.
  • Those who have always wanted to learn about permaculture but have not yet found the right fit.
  • Permaculture practitioners who want to bring in more diverse perspectives and deepen their learning.
  • Those wanting to play a more active part in addressing pressing planetary problems.
  • People interested in learning more about natural processes.
  • Those wanting to live in deeper alignment with nature.
  • Those seeking a community of like-minded people.
  • Those wanting to learn from nature’s wisdom.
  • Gardeners who want to take their plot to the next level.
  • Growers who want to partner with soil biology for more abundance.
  • Professionals seeking a regenerative framework for their career or business.
  • Technical experts who want to upgrade their understanding of nature’s design.
  • Landscapers who want to green their business practices.
  • Citizen scientists who want to contribute more effectively.
  • Individuals striving to engage with citizen science.
  • Students of any discipline who want to bring an ecological understanding into their education.
  • Permaculture practitioners who want a comprehensive refresher.
  • Organizational leaders who want to green their approach.

Offers

Level Up Your Soil Package

$2,950

What's Included

  • You are registering for the Soil Food Web Foundation Courses for just $2950, saving over $2000
  • You’ll also receive two free bonus courses with this offer: the all-new Soil Food Web Essentials course and the Soil Sponge Workshop with Didi Pershouse, for an additional savings of $499.
  • Plus, you’ll receive a coupon for $150 to redeem against the forthcoming Permaculture Design Course
  • This package has a total value of $5499, for which you’ll pay only $2950, saving you a total of $2549. That’s a saving of over 46%!

You’ll get a 30-day, no questions asked, money-back guarantee on the total price paid. The only condition is that you have watched fewer than 32 lectures of the Foundation Courses.

You’ll get a 30-day, no questions asked, money-back guarantee on the total price paid. The only condition is that you have watched fewer than 32 lectures of the Foundation Courses.

Soil Food Web ESSENTIALS

$199

What's Included

  • You are registering for the Soil Food Web Essentials course for just  $199,
  • Plus, you’ll receive a coupon for $150 to redeem against the forthcoming Permaculture Design Course

You’ll get a 15-day, no questions asked, money-back guarantee on the total price paid. The only condition is that you have watched fewer than 16 sections of the Soil Food Web Essensials.

You’ll get a 15-day, no questions asked, money-back guarantee on the total price paid. The only condition is that you have watched fewer than 16 sections of the Soil Food Web Essensials.

*Rates from 0% APR or 10-36% APR. Payment options through Affirm are subject to an eligibility check and are provided by these lending partners: http://affirm.com/lenders. See http://affirm.com/licenses for important info on state licenses and notifications.

Case Studies

Whether you’re growing on a small scale or large, alfalfa or almonds, United States or United Emirates, the Soil Food Web Approach simply works. Watch these short case studies to hear more…

Farmer Case Studies

Adam York

10,000 acres Illinois, USA

York Farms is a 10,000 acre multi-generational family farm in Illinois growing soy and corn, servicing 100,000 acres of surrounding farms. Adam York reported saving over $1M by reducing chemical inputs in the first 3 years.

Jenn Sirp

¼ acre California, USA

Jenn’s farm was experiencing problems with fertility, compaction and disease. Working with Soil Food Web Consultant, Brain Vagg, has helped her to make great improvements in year 1.

Roberto Silva

Piura, Peru

In this awesome film you can hear how Roberto has collaborated with Soil Food Web Consultant, Miles Sorel, reported yield increases of over 100% in year 1, and nearly 100% in year 2.

Cory Miller

3,000 acres Montana, USA

Cory operates Grass Valley Farms where he produces high quality hay, beef, eggs and honey. He’s seen multiple improvements each year.

Consultant Case Studies

Corn & Soy 10,000 Acres

York Farms (USA)

York Farms is a 10,000 acre multi-generational family farm in Illinois growing soy and corn, servicing 100,000 acres of surrounding farms. Todd reported that as the chemical and fertilizer costs went down, his client saved more than $1,000,000 in the first three years.

Potatoes, Onions, Greens…

Market Garden Makeover (Sweden)

Soil Food Web Consultant, Renald Flores, reported an average increase in yields of 72% across 8 different types of crops on this market garden near Stockholm, Sweden.

172 Acre Park Project

Governor’s Island, NYC (USA)

Dr. Elaine & Todd Harrington discuss Todd’s work at Governor’s Island in the heart of New York Harbor. This 172 Acre Park Project created a public parkland from concrete rubble and bare ground.

Grapes, Cannabis, Turmeric

Ecuador, India, Peru, & USA

Terraforma saved one client $600 per acre and increased yields for another client by 146%. In this amazing webinar, Soil Food Web Consultant Miles Sorel presented case studies on projects from 4 different countries.

FAQs

Will it work in my region?

Dr. Elaine has used the Soil Food Web Approach to regenerate soils on 6 continents. We now have students in over 80 countries and so far we haven’t found anywhere in the world where the soil ecosystem cannot be restored. (Antarctica is the obvious exception since the soil isn’t accessible there!)

Will it work on all crops and plants?

All plants form symbiotic relationships with microorganisms in the soil. That’s because when plants first evolved on the land, around 500 million years ago, the world’s soils were already populated with microbes. So these relationships have been there from the beginning. Our persistent disturbance of the soil, with the plow and more recently with chemicals, has destroyed the balance that existed in the soil ecosystem. Fortunately, we can put that right very rapidly with the Soil Food Web Approach, which is all about harvesting microbes from the local area, multiplying the aerobic microbes using Dr. Elaine’s close-control composting system, and then re-introducing them to the soil. With regenerative agricultural techniques like no till, the soil biome is protected and so repeated treatments may not be necessary.

Will it work at a large and/or small scale?

The short answer is ‘yes’. Dr. Elaine has worked on large scale projects that cover thousands of acres. She has also worked on some smaller projects too. BioComplete™ Compost and liquid amendments can be produced at large scale, using industrial equipment and also at very small scale, using hand tools and home-made brewing kits. Of course, application at large scale is very different than it would be in someone’s garden, but the good news is that conventional spraying equipment and irrigation systems can be used to deliver BioComplete™ Liquid Amendments to the soil, with some very minor modifications.

Do I need a science background?

Our training programs are designed for people with no scientific or agricultural background. Dr. Elaine has an informal teaching style that makes the lectures easy to follow. You’ll have access to the Student Forum and monthly live Q&A sessions where your questions will be answered.

Will the program fit my schedule?

The Level Up Your Soil Package (LUYSP) is a flexible online program, so you can work at your own pace. The Foundation Courses can be completed in as little as 4 weeks or in as long as 12 months.

The Soil Food Web Essentials (SFWE) is also flexible, and you’ll have 12 months to complete it.

The Soil Sponge Workshop is a three-part, live online discussion workshop.

  • Students can choose between Workshop A and Workshop B, both held in March 2024, OR wait to be notified of the upcoming sessions, at dates yet to be determined.
  • The Workshop A, Weekend Intensive takes place Friday, Saturday, Sunday, March 8, 9, 10. Daily sessions will be held from 10 AM to 2 PM Eastern Standard Time (New York, USA).
  • The Workshop B, Weekend Intensive takes place Friday, Saturday, Sunday March 29, 30, 31. Daily sessions will be held from 2 PM to 6 PM Eastern Daylight Time. (New York, USA).
  • Students can only attend only one Workshop; they cannot attend both Workshop A and Workshop B.
  • The workshops will be held on the Zoom platform. You will be sent the relevant link after registration.
  • The entire workshop will be recorded so that if you miss a session, you can watch the replay and get caught up.

Foundation Courses

What will I learn?

  • About the various groups of microorganisms that make up a fully-functional soil ecosystem, and how their interactions result in a constant flow of nutrients being made available to plants and trees.
  • How plants and trees control the army of microorganisms in their root zones. Plants feed specific groups of microorganisms in order to harvest the particular nutrients required at any given moment. This results in vibrant, healthy plants and in super-nutritious fruits and vegetables.
  • That there is an abundance of nutrients locked away in the crystalline structure of the mineral particles that make-up all of the world’s soils – from the desert sands to prairies and forests, there is no soil on earth that is incapable of providing all the nutrients that plants require. The missing-link is the army of soil microorganisms that can access these nutrients and make them available to plants.
  • How beneficial soil microorganisms prevent diseases and pests from attacking plants. By occupying infection sites all over the roots and all of the above-ground parts of the plant, beneficial microorganisms make it impossible for the ‘bad-guys’ to get access to the plant. In addition to this, beneficial microorganisms create aerobic conditions in which the ‘bad-guys’ (which are mostly anaerobes) cannot survive.
  • That beneficial microorganisms build structure in the soil, thus preventing soil erosion whilst simultaneously improving water holding capacity, infiltration and oxygenation. Having structure in the soil enables roots to go much deeper into the ground, where they can access greater quantities of water and nutrients.
  • About the way in which the presence of beneficial fungi results in diminished weed pressure. Have you ever noticed how there are very few weeds to be found in a forest?
  • How introducing the Soil Food Web can drastically increase the ability of a soil to capture and store carbon from the atmosphere.
  • The history of agriculture and how certain practices have resulted in the destruction of the soil food web in so many of the world’s soils.
  • Basic plant physiology and biochemistry. The course covers the basics that are required in order for you to be able to fully understand the processes that are taking place in a living, functional soil.
  • About how the soil food web has been reintroduced to over 5 million acres worldwide. You will review a number of case-studies that demonstrate the effectiveness of the soil food web and how it can be implemented on projects of any scale, any crop and in any climate.
  • How to make and apply BioComplete™ compost and liquids.
  • About the different kinds of equipment you can use to make and apply the amendments you make.
  • The farming practices that are harmful to soil biology and what farmers can do to avoid them.
  • How to quantify the different organism groups in a soil, compost or liquid sample, using the compound microscope. This will enable you to measure results as they happen underground and before they happen above ground.

What's included in FC1?

In Foundation Course 1 you will learn:

  • About the damage that modern agriculture has done to soils all over the world.
  • How Regenerative Agriculture is the soil-ution and how you can rapidly regenerate your soils with the Soil Food Web Approach.
  • How the Soil Food Web Approach can be adopted on any scale and in almost any environment, with a multitude of crops.
  • About the 4 major groups of Beneficial Microorganisms that are needed to restore ecosystem functions to your soil.
  • How Beneficial Microbes work in harmony with your crops to nourish and protect them.
  • How benefits such as increased yields, reduced erosion, reduced pest, disease and weed pressures etc. can be achieved.
  • About several projects from around the world that Dr. Elaine Ingham has worked on personally.
  • About some of the management practices you can adopt to ensure that the biology in your soils is not compromised.
  • How soil structure is created by beneficial microbes, improving water infiltration in clay soils and better water retention in sandy soils. And how good structure enables plants and beneficial microbes to penetrate deep into the soil profile, improving plant health.
  • How beneficial microbes access the abundance of nutrients stored in the parent material (think sand and clay particles) and how this is then made available to your plants.
  • How plants influence the soil biome, by releasing sugary exudates that feed specific groups of beneficial microbes, in return for nutrients.
  • How having a balanced soil biome can result in great benefits, such as Weed Suppression and Increased Carbon or Organic Matter content.

What's included in FC2?

In Foundation Course 2 you will learn:

  • About the different definitions of compost and why we consider it as a means of multiplying beneficial microbes instead of just a way of delivering nutrients to the soil.
  • How to make your own Biological Compost, using Dr. Elaine’s close-control composting method that enables beneficial microbes to multiply rapidly, while suppressing detrimental microbes.
  • Techniques that can be used to balance the biology in your compost, ensuring that the 4 main groups of microbes are present.
  • How to apply Biological Compost to your soils so that beneficial microbes can interact with your plants in the root zone, offering nutrition and protection.
  • About the various types of methods and equipment that can be used to produce Biological Compost, depending on scale. This includes vermicompost and hot-composting.

What's included in FC3?

In Foundation Course 3 you will learn:

  • How to produce Biological Extracts and Teas from your Biological Compost, using different types of equipment depending on the scale you are operating at.
  • About the uses and application methods of Biological Extracts and Teas
  • How to apply Biological Liquid Amendments to your soils using different equipment, depending on the scale of your project. And how you can use conventional spraying equipment with some minor modifications.

What's included in FC4?

In Foundation Course 4 you will learn:

  • How to correctly set-up and use a compound microscope.
  • About the biological morphology of the 4 major groups of beneficial soil microorganisms.
  • How to identify and quantify the key groups of beneficial microbes that all soils need in order to be fully functional, using the compound microscope. This will enable you to conduct your own soil biology assessments on-farm.
  • How to process and interpret data.
  • How to recognize microarthropods, algae, pollen and other objects in your soil.

Are the courses all online?

Yes, the Foundation Courses are 100% online, theory-based courses. You will watch a series of lectures and take a short quiz after each one.

Are the courses self paced?

Yes, they are. You’ll be able to login at any time, watch a lecture as many times as you like, then prepare for the short multiple-choice quiz that follows each lecture.

When can I start?

You can start as soon as you sign up.

Can I see a breakdown of the Foundation Course Lectures?

There are 63 lectures total in all four Foundation Courses. To see the full breakdown of the Foundation Courses and the lecture titles, please click here.

How much do they cost?

The regular price for the 4 courses is $5,000. With the January-February 2024 offer you pay $2,950, and you’ll get the all new Soil Food Web Essentials and the Soil Sponge Workshop for free.

How long will it take me to complete them?

Students typically require about 150 hours in order to complete the FC at a reasonable pace.

We expect that a student can complete the FC in 4 weeks, if studying full-time. The maximum time allowed to complete the FC is 12 months. You can apply for an extension if you need it.

Do I need any qualifications to start the courses?

Keisha and Casey Ernst came from backgrounds in Massage Therapy and Permaculture, and they now run a successful compost production business. Click here to watch their testimonial video.

Will this course enable me to find employment as a Soil Food Web Consultant?

Students wishing to pursue a career as a Soil Food Web Consultant will need to progress from the FC to the Consultant Training Program.

What do graduates do when they have completed their training?

Some become Soil Food Web Consultants who help farmers, ranchers, and growers to transition away from using chemicals to a biological/regenerative farming technique. Others focus on producing great compost, which they then can sell to soil consultants or direct to farmers. And others become Soil Food Web Lab-Technicians who perform biological assessments for farmers and growers, or for Soil Food Web Consultants.

Soil Food Web Essentials

Where/When can I use this coupon?

Receive a $150 Coupon to redeem on the all-new forthcoming PERMACULTURE DESIGN COURSE (PDC)

About the Permaculture Design Course:

Deepen your ecological understanding of nature’s brilliance while you explore permaculture through video presentations, live webinars, and personal projects. You can build your capacity to collaborate with plants and microorganisms across every garden, farm, or landscape. Learn to use the concepts and techniques from permaculture to overcome obstacles and address problems. Learn to navigate the decisions and design opportunities in your life, home, work, and relationships more effectively. Join a global community of like-minded people and upgrade your resume with a formal sustainability certificate. This diverse and inclusive course features more than 70 teachers from 6 continents.

Who will benefit from the PDC?

  • Land stewards who want to utilize their time, energy, and money effectively.
  • Anyone wanting to grow more of their own food
  • Seekers of self-sufficiency and resiliency.
  • Those who have always wanted to learn about permaculture but have not yet found the right fit.
  • Permaculture practitioners who want to bring in more diverse perspectives and deepen their learning.
  • Those wanting to play a more active part in addressing pressing planetary problems.
  • People interested in learning more about natural processes.
  • Those wanting to live in deeper alignment with nature.
  • Those seeking a community of like-minded people.
  • Those wanting to learn from nature’s wisdom.
  • Gardeners who want to take their plot to the next level.
  • Growers who want to partner with soil biology for more abundance.
  • Professionals seeking a regenerative framework for their career or business.
  • Technical experts who want to upgrade their understanding of nature’s design.
  • Landscapers who want to green their business practices.
  • Citizen scientists who want to contribute more effectively.
  • Individuals striving to engage with citizen science.
  • Students of any discipline who want to bring an ecological understanding into their education.
  • Permaculture practitioners who want a comprehensive refresher.
  • Organizational leaders who want to green their approach.

What's included in the Soil Food Web Essentials course?

Video presentations, short quizzes, downloadable slide decks, and a student manual that shares many resources, including links to research papers, books, websites, and movies.

Is this course completely online?

Yes, the course is delivered entirely online.

Is this course self paced?

Yes, you can take the course at the best pace for you.

When can I start?

You can start as soon as you sign up.

What will I learn?

The Soil Food Web School teaching team, including Dr. Elaine Ingham, Dr. Carla Ribeiro Machado e Portugal, Dr. Adam Cobb, and Loida Vasquez, present essential scientific and practical concepts of living soil. The team travels with you through presentations about the ecology and biology of soil, how to observe and support soil health, how to create and feed living soil, and how to take your understanding of soil life with you during the next steps of your learning journey.

How many presentations are in the Soil Food Web Essentials course?

The course includes 31 pre-recorded video presentations with about 6 hours of content.

How much time will students need to commit?

Students typically require about 10 hours to complete the SFWE at a reasonable pace.

Do I need any qualifications to start the course?

The course has no official prerequisites; however, English language comprehension and a reliable internet connection will help you get the most out of the course.

Does this course lead to other Soil Food Web School courses?

The Soil Food Web Essentials course sparks inspiration to learn more about living soils, ecology, and biology, as well as regenerative gardening and farming. Next steps at the Soil Food Web School could include:

Whatever your next steps are, we encourage you to go deeper with this uniquely meaningful, practical, and relevant learning journey. 

Soil Sponge Workshop

What's included in the Soil Sponge Regen Workshop?

Didi Pershouse is the author of The Ecology of Care: Medicine, Agriculture, Money, and the Quiet Power of Human and Microbial Communities and Understanding Soil Health and Watershed Function. She teaches participatory workshops both in person and online, helping to show the nested relationships between soil health, human health, water cycles, and climate resiliency. She is the founder of the Land and Leadership Initiative and the Center for Sustainable Medicine, and a co-founder of the “Can we Rehydrate California?” Initiative. She is an independent trainer and curriculum developer for the UN-FAO Farmer Field School Program and the Andhra Pradesh Community Managed Natural Farming Initiative in India. She was one of five speakers at the United Nations-FAO World Soil Day in 2017.

Healthy soil is the fundamental infrastructure that makes life on land possible, but only when it is alive and functions like a sponge. A living “soil sponge” can soak up rain, store and filter water; and provide health, resilience, and thriving economies for the communities that grow from it.

Farmers and communities that create conditions for a soil sponge to grow experience interrelated benefits such as:

  • Healthier crops, animals, and people
  • Abundant clean water
  • Cooler regional temperatures
  • Reduction of wildfire risk
  • Resilience to flood and drought
  • Reduced erosion, dredging, and road repairs
  • Higher farm profitability
  • Prevention of algae blooms and dead zones
  • Cleaner air
  • Increased biodiversity
  • Reduced conflicts over resources
  • Improved local economies
  • Putting atmospheric carbon to work creating landscapes that support all of life

Topics covered:

  • Landscapes that Work for All of Life
  • Collaborating with the Essential Workforce of Other Species
  • Measuring Change for Long Term Success
  • Money, Life, and Land
  • Choosing Effective Intervention Points

Participants will gain:

  • A working knowledge of whole systems landscape function
  • An increased ability to evaluate land management decisions, practices, and policies
  • Tools to create and lead soil health initiatives in your region
  • A community of practice: deep discussions with people working towards similar aims

Participants will also have:

  • A clear picture of soil’s central role in addressing current economic, social, and environmental pressures
  • A scientific understanding of the living matrix of the soil carbon sponge, and its relationship to carbon, water, and nutrient cycles

What you’ll get with this workshop:

  • Interactive peer learning environment
  • Network with other students/farmers in the group setting 
  • 3 weekly sessions each lasting ~4 hours

Is this course self paced?

No. This is a three-part, live online discussion workshop.

  • Students can choose between Workshop A and Workshop B, held in March and April 2024, OR wait to be notified of the upcoming sessions, at dates yet to be determined.
  • The Workshop A, Weekend Intensive takes place Friday, Saturday, Sunday, March 29, 30, 31. Daily sessions will be held from 2 PM to 6 PM Eastern Standard Time (New York, USA).
  • The Workshop B, Weekend Intensive takes place Friday, Saturday, Sunday April 12, 13, 14. Daily sessions will be held from 10 AM to 2 PM Eastern Daylight Time. (New York, USA).
  • Students can only attend only one Workshop; they cannot attend both Workshop A and Workshop B.
  • The workshops will be held on the Zoom platform. You will be sent the relevant link after registration.
  • The entire workshop will be recorded so that if you miss a session, you can watch the replay and get caught up.

When can I start?

This is a three-part, live online discussion workshop.

  • The workshops are weekend-long events held over three days. Sessions last ~4 hours and will be held daily for three consecutive days.
  • Sessions are scheduled for the following dates March 29, 30, 31, and April 12, 13, and 14, 2024
  • The sessions will be held on the Zoom platform. You will be sent the relevant link after registration.
  • Sessions will be recorded, so if you miss a session, you can get caught-up.

What will I learn?

Whether you are a farmer, a policymaker, a journalist, or an investor trying to make a change in the world, after taking this course you will see the potential of simple strategic land-management decisions to create the conditions for land to naturally regenerate its water-absorbing sponge-like structure and function.

How many sessions are in the Soil Sponge Workshop?

There are 3 sessions per Workshop, each 4 hours long.

How much does it cost?

$300 as a standalone workshop, but it’s free with your purchase of the January-February promotional offer on the Level Up Your Soil Package.

How long will it take me to complete it?

  • The workshop is a 3-day event (three daily sessions over a weekend) and is scheduled for the following 2 groups of dates: March 29, 30, 31, and April 12, 13, 14, 2024
  • Students can choose between Workshop A and Workshop B, held in March and April 2024, OR wait to be notified of the upcoming sessions, at dates yet to be determined.
  • The Workshop A, Weekend Intensive takes place Friday, Saturday, Sunday, March 29, 30, and 31. Daily sessions will be held from 2 PM to 6 PM Eastern Standard Time (New York, USA).
  • The Workshop B, Weekend Intensive takes place Friday, Saturday, Sunday, April 12, 13, and 14. Daily sessions will be held from 10 AM to 2 PM Eastern Daylight Time. (New York, USA).
  • Sessions will be recorded, so if you miss a session you can get caught up.
  • The sessions will be held on the Zoom platform. You will be sent the relevant link after registration.

Do I need any qualifications to start the course?

The courses are designed for people with no background in the field.

What will I take away from this course?

Whether you are a farmer, a policymaker, a journalist, or an investor trying to make a change in the world, after taking this course you will see the potential of simple strategic land-management decisions to create the conditions for land to naturally regenerate its water-absorbing sponge-like structure and function.

Permaculture Design Course (PDC) COUPON FAQs

What is the PDC?

The PDC is the Permaculture Design Course, launching in 2024.

The PDC offers you the opportunity to deepen your ecological understanding of nature’s brilliance while you explore permaculture through video presentations, live webinars, and personal projects. You can build your capacity to collaborate with plants and microorganisms across every garden, farm, or landscape. Learn to use the concepts and techniques from permaculture to overcome obstacles and address problems. Learn to navigate the decisions and design opportunities in your life, home, work, and relationships more effectively. Join a global community of like-minded people and upgrade your resume with a formal sustainability certificate. This diverse and inclusive course features more than 70 teachers from 6 continents.

Permaculture Design Course (PDC) Coupon: Terms and conditions

Terms & Conditions

  1. Only one coupon with a value of $150 redeemable on the Permaculture Design Course (PDC) can be used per person.
  2. This coupon is non-transferable.
  3. The coupon can only be redeemed against the Permaculture Design Course (PDC).
  4. To redeem your coupon for the PDC course (when launched), please checkout as normal and apply the coupon code on the order form.
  5. The coupon expires at midnight PST on December 31st, 2024.
  6. Cannot be used in conjunction with other coupons. Coupon cannot be used against SFWS products or offers other than the specified one.
  7. Coupon can be used only once.
  8. Unless otherwise stated, the coupon can be used in the same transaction as other promotional offers.
  9. The coupon cannot be used as partial payment for any other product or service.
  10. The coupon has no cash value.

How do I obtain the PDC coupon?

It is included with your purchase of the Soil Food Web Essentials (SFWE) or the Level Up Your Soil Package during the January-February promotional offer. You will receive this risk-free special coupon, valued at $150 USD, to be applied toward the forthcoming Permaculture Design Course (PDC). There is no obligation to purchase this future course; you automatically receive this coupon now and can enjoy a discount on the full PDC, once it is released. Terms and Conditions apply.

How do I apply the coupon?

To redeem your coupon for the PDC course (when launched), please checkout as normal and apply the coupon code on the order form.

What is the value of the coupon?

The coupon is valued at $150 USD and only one coupon is redeemable on the Permaculture Design Course (PDC), per person. This coupon is non-transferable and has no cash value.

How much does the PDC cost?

The Soil Food Web School PDC is not yet available but is expected to be launched in Spring of 2024; the price is not yet determined.

Can I use this coupon on any Soil Food Web School course?

No, it only applies to the forthcoming Permaculture Design Course. Unless otherwise stated, the coupon CAN be used in the same transaction as other promotional offers for the forthcoming Permaculture Design Course but it cannot be used against Soil Food Web School products or offers other than the specified one.

How long is the coupon valid?

The coupon expires at midnight PST on December 31st, 2024.

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What Does This Privacy Policy Cover?

Soil Foodweb School LLC (“SOIL FOODWEB”) is committed to your right to privacy.  This privacy policy explains how we may use or disclose information that we obtain from or about you through your use or in connection with your use of our website.  For the purposes of this Privacy Policy, the term “website” or “websites” identifies all web pages found on or related to the following URL’s:

www.soilfoodweb.com

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us at [email protected].

How Do We Collect Personal Information:

SOIL FOODWEB provides access on or through its website to a wide range of content, services, and media.  Users may subscribe to register for classes and workshops, subscribe to electronic newsletters, request services, inquire about training sessions, and apply for job opportunities.  SOIL FOODWEB may require you to voluntarily provide personal information that we use to facilitate all of these features.

What Personal Information We Collect:

Personal information may include your name and contact information, like your company name, mailing address, phone number, user or login name, password, or email address, payment information (like credit card numbers).  Personal information also includes any written text or communications, notes, or inquiries that you provide either on our website or by e-mail communication directly or indirectly with SOIL FOODWEB.

How We Use Your Personal Information:  

SOIL FOODWEB uses (or “processes”) personal information only as necessary for our legitimate business interests, which include improvements to our products, services, and content on our website, and also in order to respond to queries or requests, complete registrations and payments, fulfill orders, and schedule service or training.  From time-to-time, SOIL FOODWEB may use personal information to contact you to send you information about our company, classes, or other services. 

You consent to these processes by providing your personal information.  You may update your personal information or “opt out” from receiving certain communications and correspondence from us at any time through email correspondence sent to [email protected].

Retention of Your Personal Information:

SOIL FOODWEB will retain your personal information for as long as necessary to fulfill respect processes, as well as to fulfill any obligations under applicable law.

Rights of Data Owners in and to their Personal Information:

Where applicable law requires (and subject to any exceptions), you may have the right to request SOIL FOODWEB to provide you with your personal information or to delete your personal information that is held by us.  You may also have the right to restrict or object to use or processing of your personal information. You may exercise these rights by contacting us through email correspondence sent to [email protected], using the subject line “Personal Information Review Request” or “Delete Account” or “Delete My Information.”

Disclosure And Access to Personal Information:

SOIL FOODWEB considers your use of our website to be private.  However, SOIL FOODWEB may access or disclose information about you and/or the content of your communications with us, in order to: (1) comply with the law or legal process served on SOIL FOODWEB; (2) enforce and investigate potential violations of our Terms of Use, including use of this site to participate in, or facilitate, activities that violate the law; or (3) protect the rights, property, or safety of SOIL FOODWEB employees, customers, or the public.  From time to time, SOIL FOODWEB may also disclose information to selected business partners, or other third parties offering products or services in which you may be interested, provided that such third parties agree to comply with the provisions of this Privacy Policy with respect to the use of your personal information. You consent to the access and disclosures outlined in this section.

How We Collect Non-Personal Information:

SOIL FOODWEB may obtain non-personal information from your use of our website and through the use of commonly-used information-gathering tools.  These tools may include “Cookies,” which are pieces of information shared between your web browser and a website. Non-personal information may include information about the browser that you use to access the site, the operating system that you are running, what items you clicked on the applicable web page, how long you viewed a certain page, and information about the website you accessed immediately before you accessed our website.  SOIL FOODWEB may aggregate your non-personal information with the non-personal information of other users of SOIL FOODWEB’s website or of other non-personal information collected offline. SOIL FOODWEB also may collect anonymous aggregated information, like general traffic patterns within our website, to help maintain the flow and content of the website. Any and all of this non-personal information may be used to support SOIL FOODWEB’s commercial, marketing, and customer service activities, or for any other reason.

Use of Cookies:

Use of cookies enables a faster and easier experience for the user.  A cookie cannot read data off your computer’s hard drive. For information on cookies, please refer to www.aboutcookies.org.

There are different kinds of cookies with different functions:

Session cookies These are only stored on your computer during your web session. They are automatically deleted when the browser is closed. They usually store an anonymous session ID allowing you to browse a website without having to login to each page. They do not collect any information from your computer.
Persistent cookies A persistent cookie is one stored as a file on your computer, and it remains there when you close your web browser. The cookie can be read by the website that created it when you visit that website again.
First-party cookies The function of this type of cookie is to retain your preferences for a particular website for the entity that owns that website. They are stored and sent between SOIL FOODWEB’s servers and your computer’s hard drive. They are not used for anything other than for personalization as set by you. These cookies may be either Session or Persistent cookies.
Third-party cookies The function of this type of cookie is to retain your interaction with a particular website for an entity that does not own that website. They are stored and sent between the third-party’s server and your computer’s hard drive. These cookies are usually Persistent cookies.

 

We generally use cookies as follows:

Functionality Some cookies allow our Sites to remember choices you make (such as your username, language or the region you are in) and provide enhanced features. For instance, a Site may be able to remember your login details, so that you do not have to repeatedly sign in to your account when using a particular device to access our Sites. These cookies can also be used to remember changes you have made to text size, font and other parts of web pages that you can customize. They may also be used to provide services you have requested such as viewing a video or commenting on an article. The information these cookies collect is usually anonymized. They do not gather any information about you that could be used for advertising or remember where you have been on the internet
Performance Some cookies collect information about how visitors use a Site, for instance which pages visitors go to most often, and if they get error messages from web pages. They also allow us to record and count the number of visitors to a Site, all of which enables us to see how visitors use a Site in order to improve the way that the Site works. The information these cookies collect is normally anonymous and is used to improve how our Sites works. However, some of these cookies may include Personal Information. Please consult your web browser’s ‘Help’ documentation or visit www.aboutcookies.org. for more information about how to turn cookies on and off for your browser
Marketing These cookies are used to deliver content relevant to your interests on a Site and third party sites based on how you interact with our advertisements or content

 

Use of Web Beacons:

Other tools include “Web Beacons,” which are clear electronic images that can recognize certain types of information on your computer, such as cookies, when you view our website tied to the web beacon, and a description of the website tied to the web beacon. SOIL FOODWEB may use web beacons to operate and improve our website and e-mail communications.  Web beacons can be used alone or in conjunction with cookies to compile information about users’ usage of our website and interaction with e-mails.  SOIL FOODWEB may use information from web beacons in combination with other data we have about our clients to provide you with information about SOIL FOODWEB and our services.  SOIL FOODWEB may conduct this review on an anonymous basis.

Use of Google Analytics:

SOIL FOODWEB may use Google Analytics, a web analytics service provided by Google, Inc. (“Google”).  Google Analytics uses cookies to help websites analyze how users use the site. The information generated by the cookie about your use of our website (including your IP address) will be transmitted to and stored by Google on servers in the United States.  Google will use this information for the purpose of evaluating your use of the applicable website, compiling reports on website activity, and providing other services relating to website activity and internet usage for SOIL FOODWEB.  Google may also transfer this information to third parties where required to do so by law, or where such third parties process the information on Google’s behalf. You may refuse the use of cookies by selecting the appropriate settings on your browser, however, please note that if you do this you may not be able to use the full functionality of our website.  By using our website, you consent to the processing of data about you by Google in the manner and for the purposes set out above.

Links To Other Websites:

Our website may contain third-party links that provide access to other websites, not maintained by SOIL FOODWEB or its affiliates.  If you click on these third-party links, you will be directed from our website to another external website, which SOIL FOODWEB has no control over and assumes no responsibility for the content, privacy policies, practices, or services.  Your use of any external website is not governed by this privacy policy.

Children’s Privacy:

SOIL FOODWEB does not knowingly solicit, collect, or retain information from any individuals who are under fourteen (14) years of age.  If we learn that we have obtained personal information of a child under 14, we will take steps to delete the information as soon as possible.

How We Secure Your Information:

To prevent unauthorized access to your personal information, maintain data accuracy, and ensure the correct use of such information, SOIL FOODWEB has put in place physical, electronic, and managerial procedures as well as encryption and transaction security software to attempt to safeguard and secure the information SOIL FOODWEB obtains from this website.  However, no safeguards or security procedures or software is completely effective, and we do not guarantee the absolute security of any information provided to SOIL FOODWEB through use of our website.

Attending Webinars

Soil Foodweb School LLC occasionally creates live webinars for either promotional or educational purposes, or other. Should you choose to attend such a webinar, your voice and/or image may be recorded during the course of the webinar. Soil Foodweb School LLC retains the right to publish the recording of the webinar on its website (soilfoodweb.com) and elsewhere. By attending the webinar, you are agreeing to this.

Policy Revisions:

SOIL FOODWEB reserves the right to revise this Privacy Policy from time to time in our discretion.  If SOIL FOODWEB makes modifications, SOIL FOODWEB will post the revised Privacy Policy on the website, which will take effect immediately upon posting. It is your responsibility to periodically review this Privacy Policy.

Contact Address:
PO Box 287
Corvallis, OR 97330

Our Privacy Policy

What Does This Privacy Policy Cover?

Soil Foodweb School LLC (“SOIL FOODWEB”) is committed to your right to privacy.  This privacy policy explains how we may use or disclose information that we obtain from or about you through your use or in connection with your use of our website.  For the purposes of this Privacy Policy, the term “website” or “websites” identifies all web pages found on or related to the following URL’s:

www.soilfoodweb.com

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us at [email protected].

How Do We Collect Personal Information:

SOIL FOODWEB provides access on or through its website to a wide range of content, services, and media.  Users may subscribe to register for classes and workshops, subscribe to electronic newsletters, request services, inquire about training sessions, and apply for job opportunities.  SOIL FOODWEB may require you to voluntarily provide personal information that we use to facilitate all of these features.

What Personal Information We Collect:

Personal information may include your name and contact information, like your company name, mailing address, phone number, user or login name, password, or email address, payment information (like credit card numbers).  Personal information also includes any written text or communications, notes, or inquiries that you provide either on our website or by e-mail communication directly or indirectly with SOIL FOODWEB.

How We Use Your Personal Information:  

SOIL FOODWEB uses (or “processes”) personal information only as necessary for our legitimate business interests, which include improvements to our products, services, and content on our website, and also in order to respond to queries or requests, complete registrations and payments, fulfill orders, and schedule service or training.  From time-to-time, SOIL FOODWEB may use personal information to contact you to send you information about our company, classes, or other services. 

You consent to these processes by providing your personal information.  You may update your personal information or “opt out” from receiving certain communications and correspondence from us at any time through email correspondence sent to [email protected].

Retention of Your Personal Information:

SOIL FOODWEB will retain your personal information for as long as necessary to fulfill respect processes, as well as to fulfill any obligations under applicable law.

Rights of Data Owners in and to their Personal Information:

Where applicable law requires (and subject to any exceptions), you may have the right to request SOIL FOODWEB to provide you with your personal information or to delete your personal information that is held by us.  You may also have the right to restrict or object to use or processing of your personal information. You may exercise these rights by contacting us through email correspondence sent to [email protected], using the subject line “Personal Information Review Request” or “Delete Account” or “Delete My Information.”

Disclosure And Access to Personal Information:

SOIL FOODWEB considers your use of our website to be private.  However, SOIL FOODWEB may access or disclose information about you and/or the content of your communications with us, in order to: (1) comply with the law or legal process served on SOIL FOODWEB; (2) enforce and investigate potential violations of our Terms of Use, including use of this site to participate in, or facilitate, activities that violate the law; or (3) protect the rights, property, or safety of SOIL FOODWEB employees, customers, or the public.  From time to time, SOIL FOODWEB may also disclose information to selected business partners, or other third parties offering products or services in which you may be interested, provided that such third parties agree to comply with the provisions of this Privacy Policy with respect to the use of your personal information. You consent to the access and disclosures outlined in this section.

How We Collect Non-Personal Information:

SOIL FOODWEB may obtain non-personal information from your use of our website and through the use of commonly-used information-gathering tools.  These tools may include “Cookies,” which are pieces of information shared between your web browser and a website. Non-personal information may include information about the browser that you use to access the site, the operating system that you are running, what items you clicked on the applicable web page, how long you viewed a certain page, and information about the website you accessed immediately before you accessed our website.  SOIL FOODWEB may aggregate your non-personal information with the non-personal information of other users of SOIL FOODWEB’s website or of other non-personal information collected offline. SOIL FOODWEB also may collect anonymous aggregated information, like general traffic patterns within our website, to help maintain the flow and content of the website. Any and all of this non-personal information may be used to support SOIL FOODWEB’s commercial, marketing, and customer service activities, or for any other reason.

Use of Cookies:

Use of cookies enables a faster and easier experience for the user.  A cookie cannot read data off your computer’s hard drive. For information on cookies, please refer to www.aboutcookies.org.

There are different kinds of cookies with different functions:

Session cookies These are only stored on your computer during your web session. They are automatically deleted when the browser is closed. They usually store an anonymous session ID allowing you to browse a website without having to login to each page. They do not collect any information from your computer.
Persistent cookies A persistent cookie is one stored as a file on your computer, and it remains there when you close your web browser. The cookie can be read by the website that created it when you visit that website again.
First-party cookies The function of this type of cookie is to retain your preferences for a particular website for the entity that owns that website. They are stored and sent between SOIL FOODWEB’s servers and your computer’s hard drive. They are not used for anything other than for personalization as set by you. These cookies may be either Session or Persistent cookies.
Third-party cookies The function of this type of cookie is to retain your interaction with a particular website for an entity that does not own that website. They are stored and sent between the third-party’s server and your computer’s hard drive. These cookies are usually Persistent cookies.

 

We generally use cookies as follows:

Functionality Some cookies allow our Sites to remember choices you make (such as your username, language or the region you are in) and provide enhanced features. For instance, a Site may be able to remember your login details, so that you do not have to repeatedly sign in to your account when using a particular device to access our Sites. These cookies can also be used to remember changes you have made to text size, font and other parts of web pages that you can customize. They may also be used to provide services you have requested such as viewing a video or commenting on an article. The information these cookies collect is usually anonymized. They do not gather any information about you that could be used for advertising or remember where you have been on the internet
Performance Some cookies collect information about how visitors use a Site, for instance which pages visitors go to most often, and if they get error messages from web pages. They also allow us to record and count the number of visitors to a Site, all of which enables us to see how visitors use a Site in order to improve the way that the Site works. The information these cookies collect is normally anonymous and is used to improve how our Sites works. However, some of these cookies may include Personal Information. Please consult your web browser’s ‘Help’ documentation or visit www.aboutcookies.org. for more information about how to turn cookies on and off for your browser
Marketing These cookies are used to deliver content relevant to your interests on a Site and third party sites based on how you interact with our advertisements or content

 

Use of Web Beacons:

Other tools include “Web Beacons,” which are clear electronic images that can recognize certain types of information on your computer, such as cookies, when you view our website tied to the web beacon, and a description of the website tied to the web beacon. SOIL FOODWEB may use web beacons to operate and improve our website and e-mail communications.  Web beacons can be used alone or in conjunction with cookies to compile information about users’ usage of our website and interaction with e-mails.  SOIL FOODWEB may use information from web beacons in combination with other data we have about our clients to provide you with information about SOIL FOODWEB and our services.  SOIL FOODWEB may conduct this review on an anonymous basis.

Use of Google Analytics:

SOIL FOODWEB may use Google Analytics, a web analytics service provided by Google, Inc. (“Google”).  Google Analytics uses cookies to help websites analyze how users use the site. The information generated by the cookie about your use of our website (including your IP address) will be transmitted to and stored by Google on servers in the United States.  Google will use this information for the purpose of evaluating your use of the applicable website, compiling reports on website activity, and providing other services relating to website activity and internet usage for SOIL FOODWEB.  Google may also transfer this information to third parties where required to do so by law, or where such third parties process the information on Google’s behalf. You may refuse the use of cookies by selecting the appropriate settings on your browser, however, please note that if you do this you may not be able to use the full functionality of our website.  By using our website, you consent to the processing of data about you by Google in the manner and for the purposes set out above.

Links To Other Websites:

Our website may contain third-party links that provide access to other websites, not maintained by SOIL FOODWEB or its affiliates.  If you click on these third-party links, you will be directed from our website to another external website, which SOIL FOODWEB has no control over and assumes no responsibility for the content, privacy policies, practices, or services.  Your use of any external website is not governed by this privacy policy.

Children’s Privacy:

SOIL FOODWEB does not knowingly solicit, collect, or retain information from any individuals who are under fourteen (14) years of age.  If we learn that we have obtained personal information of a child under 14, we will take steps to delete the information as soon as possible.

How We Secure Your Information:

To prevent unauthorized access to your personal information, maintain data accuracy, and ensure the correct use of such information, SOIL FOODWEB has put in place physical, electronic, and managerial procedures as well as encryption and transaction security software to attempt to safeguard and secure the information SOIL FOODWEB obtains from this website.  However, no safeguards or security procedures or software is completely effective, and we do not guarantee the absolute security of any information provided to SOIL FOODWEB through use of our website.

Attending Webinars

Soil Foodweb School LLC occasionally creates live webinars for either promotional or educational purposes, or other. Should you choose to attend such a webinar, your voice and/or image may be recorded during the course of the webinar. Soil Foodweb School LLC retains the right to publish the recording of the webinar on its website (soilfoodweb.com) and elsewhere. By attending the webinar, you are agreeing to this.

Policy Revisions:

SOIL FOODWEB reserves the right to revise this Privacy Policy from time to time in our discretion.  If SOIL FOODWEB makes modifications, SOIL FOODWEB will post the revised Privacy Policy on the website, which will take effect immediately upon posting. It is your responsibility to periodically review this Privacy Policy.

Contact Address:
PO Box 287
Corvallis, OR 97330

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