Everyone Wins With Our Proven Regenerative Approach
There is no better way to grow plants and heal our planet than the way that Nature herself has devised. See below how our regenerative methodologies benefit all!
There is no better way to grow plants and heal our planet than the way that Nature herself has devised. See below how our regenerative methodologies benefit all!
Plants absorb carbon from the atmosphere during photosynthesis and they invest a substantial proportion of this into the soil (~40%) to feed microorganisms. This is the basis of the mechanism that pumps carbon into the world’s soils. It is possible that by regenerating the world’s soils, we may be able to halt climate change.
Recent studies have shown that the world’s insect populations have been declining by around 25% every decade for the last 30 years! Bird populations are also plummeting, and other animals are being affected too. The major causes have been identified as habitat destruction and the use of pesticides.
Typically only about 40% of the inorganic fertilizers, applied in conventional farming, are absorbed by plants. The rest pollutes our air, rivers, lakes, and oceans, causing major damage to those ecosystems and to the world’s oceans. With a balanced soil food web in place and the use of regenerative practices, inorganic fertilizers are not required.
The earth’s topsoils are being eroded at an alarming rate. The UN has estimated that we only have 60 years left before they are completely depleted. The Soil Food Web is nature’s way of building the structure that prevents soils from being washed-away by heavy rain or blown away by the wind. Intensive plowing and the use of chemicals destroys this structure, leaving the soil vulnerable to erosion.
Having a healthy, functional soil results in several benefits that farmers are becoming aware of as the Regenerative Ag movement grows. Many of these benefits can be seen in months, rather than years, once the Soil Food Web is restored. That’s the microbial community that drives the soil ecosystem.
With beneficial biology in the soil, plants get to control their own nutrition by exchanging exudates for the nutrients they need, when they need them. Click here to learn more.
Improved nutrition and soil structure as well as protection against pests and diseases are some of the ways in which plants are positively affected, resulting in increased yields. Learn more.
Beneficial soil microbes build soil structure, which enables water to better infiltrate clay soils while increasing the water-holding capacity of sandy soils. Increased organic matter is also very important. Learn more.
With the Soil Food Web Approach, we enlist the help of beneficial microbes to build soil structure and we also adopt management practices such as no till to ensure that compaction doesn’t recur. Learn more.
Your plants can get what they need from the soil once you have the right biology in place. This includes nutrition and protection from pests and diseases. Click here to learn more.
Thanks to our partnership with John D. Liu & Ecosystem Restoration Communities, we now have the capability – and comprehensive curriculum – to teach you soil regeneration, microscopy, permaculture design, AND ecosystem restoration. Armed with this knowledge, you’re empowered to make a massive difference in your local community – and beyond!
Study anytime, anywhere within our online learning system, experience 1:1 mentorship, and turn your knowledge and skills into a meaningful and profitable career. Qualified consultants are in high demand!
You’ll learn all about how soil functions on a biological level in the Soil Food Web Foundation Courses. You’ll learn how to make biological compost and liquid soil amendments and how to apply them to the soil so that the soil biome can be rapidly restored to health. You’ll also learn about the management practices that need to be adopted to protect the soil biome. You’ll get to attend monthly Q&A sessions with Dr. Elaine and her team and you’ll get access to a dedicated forum where you can ask questions. You’ll also study the microscopy technique that Dr. Elaine developed, that will enable you to identify and quantify beneficial microorganism groups in the soil and in your compost. These are all great skills to have at your disposal if you are working on regenerating farmland or on an ecosystem restoration project, as repairing the soil biome will dramatically accelerate the regeneration process, so you can start to see the results in the first growing season.
You’ll also receive complimentary access to the following online programs.
This is where you’ll study ecological principles and ecosystem restoration techniques. You’ll learn about the Earth’s natural cycles and how they can be repaired; the services that ecosystems perform and how they operate; the different phases and stages of ecosystems and the restoration continuum; how species interact with each other; how to restore ecosystems back to full health and functionality; how to increase biodiversity; how to measure the impact of an ecosystem restoration project and much more! This course will prepare you to make a meaningful contribution to any ecosystem restoration community, where people are coming together to restore their landscapes. Please take a look at the “Pathways” video for more information on this. This is a great tool to have in your box if you are a Soil Food Web Consultant, working with farmers to support their transition to regenerative agriculture, because it will empower you to have a positive effect on the wider ecosystem, beyond the soil biome and cropland. You’ll be able to have a positive impact on streams and rivers, on woodland and on the animals that occupy the local area too.
You’ll have 12 months to complete this course online, and we advise students to commit to around 80 hours in total. The course is delivered by Ecologist Paul Morris, who is an expert in the fields of botany, ecosystem restoration and regenerative farming, with over 27 years of experience. Paul is a Certified Ecological Restoration Practitioner (CERP) with the Society for Ecological Restoration. His extensive experience in restoration ecology and conservation biology makes him a leader in the design and planting of restoration areas. You’ll have the opportunity to interact with Paul and other members of the training team in monthly student webinars and in the dedicated student forum, where you’ll be able to ask any questions about the course content and get to know some of the other students. This is a great opportunity to network with other people in the community.
This is an intensive, 3-month program designed to help you to master Dr. Elaine’s microscopy technique. You’ll work one-on-one with a Microscopy mentor, in 8 1-hour sessions, to develop your skills with the microscope to the required standard, enabling you to identify and quantify the 4 key groups of beneficial microorganisms that are required to make a soil function. Once you pass the assessment, you’ll be certified as a Soil Food Web Lab-Technician and you’ll then be listed on our website, so the farmers in your region can locate you to get their soils tested. This is such a powerful tool, because it enables you to measure the success of various techniques that you might be experimenting with on your ecosystem restoration project, or farm. You’ll be able to see how the soil biome responds in weeks – way before you start to see above-ground responses to the strategies you are using. And, you’ll be able to assess the quality of your compost and liquid amendments, so you’ll know how impactful they could be, before you put in the effort of applying them to the soil. This is kind of like having x-ray vision that enables you to see what’s happening beneath the surface of the soil. Armed with the microscope, you’ll be able to diagnose imbalances in the soil biome. You’ll also have the knowledge, from the Soil Food Web Foundation Courses, to create inocula that can be used to bring the biome back to a state of health, literally repairing the ecosystem from the ground up!
This is an 18-lecture course that covers a wide array of Permaculture principles and themes, delivered by the late Graham Bell, Chair of Permaculture Scotland, and longest serving Permaculture Teacher in the UK, with thirty one years’ experience teaching on six continents. Permaculture is a regenerative design approach that can be applied to just about anything, from water management, growing systems, dwellings and much more. This is another great tool to have in your toolbox, as Permaculture principles can add tons of value to any project. The program is totally flexible and can be taken at your own pace. You’ll have 12 of months access and you can get any questions answered in the dedicated Permaculture forum.
In this video: What our students are saying.
Some of our students are farmers, or agricultural professionals, and some are people with no relevant background, who have a passion for the planet.
If you are looking for a new meaningful and impactful career, this could be for you!
Watch these testimonial videos to see how people from all walks of life are thriving and positively impacting their local communities.
”Creating the World We Want to Live In
Ecosystem Restoration Communities are a global, grassroots movement of people working to create a more abundant earth. We repair broken ecosystems together and, in doing so, provide humanity with hope and a better future. Our goal is to have 1 million people come together by 2030 to restore 3.1 million hectares of degraded ecosystems around the world.
Watch this video to see their amazing impact!Ecosystem Restoration CommunitiesNon-Profit Organization
”Used to Work in IT, Pivoted to his True PassionBrian Vagg, Owner of Sprouting SoilCertified Soil Food Web Consultant
"Becoming a Soil Food Web Consultant was a life-transforming event for me. My clients see the results so quickly... I feel really good about doing something so positive."
”From Permaculture to Thriving Commercial Composting BusinessKeisha & Casey, Owners of Catalyst BioAmendmentsCertified Soil Food Web Consultants
"Without the Soil Food Web, we wouldn't have this business. The training we got from Dr. Elaine Ingham... has completely shifted our life paths. We've more than doubled the normal compost prices in our area."
”Nick is Experiencing High Demand & Has a Client WaitlistNick Tomassini, Founder of Humankind OregonCertified Soil Food Web Consultant
"A lot of clients come to me from the Soil Food Web Website....What I love most about having these skills... is implementing them with farmers and seeing their reaction to the results."
”Saved Client $1 Million While Eliminating Pesticides & GMOTodd Harrington, Owner of Harrington’s Organic Land CareCertified Soil Food Web Consultant
"One of my clients out in the Midwest does soy and corn. In 3 years they completely eliminated Roundup… switched over to non GMO, and just that alone had saved them over $1M… What business can you go into, make money, and yet you’re giving back to society? You’re giving back to the environment and you’re giving back to your children."
”150% Increase in Yields with Many Costs Reduced by 60%Shane Plath, Passionate HorticulturalistOrganic Banana Farm Owner, Employing 2,000 People
"Our farm was in serious trouble, but after implementing Dr. Elaine’s approach we increased our yield by 150% in a single season, and repeated these results on different soils at different farms. We also cut many input costs such as fertilizers by at least 60%."
With this training bundle, you get access to 3 renowned teachers’ life works in one online platform.
Dr. Ingham has advanced our knowledge about the soil food web for over 4 decades. Widely recognized as the world’s foremost soil biologist, she’s passionate about empowering ordinary people to bring the soils in their community back to life.
Ecologist Paul Morris is an expert in the fields of botany, ecosystem restoration and regenerative farming, with over 27 years of experience. He is a Certified Ecological Restoration Practitioner (CERP) with the Society for Ecological Restoration, and his extensive experience in restoration ecology and conservation biology makes him a leader in the design and planting of restoration areas.
The late Graham Bell was Chair of Permaculture Scotland & Permaculture Association Britain, and was the longest-serving Permaculture Teacher in the UK. He was the author of The Permaculture Way and The Permaculture Garden. He was a registered Certified Teacher with PAB and Permaculture Institute of Australia. He was the first holder of the Elders Award in the UK and Honorary Elder in Australia.
The Soil Food Web Foundation Courses are where you’ll learn all about how soil functions on a biological level.
The Introduction to Ecosystem Restoration is where you’ll study ecological principles and ecosystem restoration techniques.
The Certified Lab-Tech Program is where you’ll master Dr. Elaine’s Microscopy Technique, enabling you to see what’s happening in the soil biome and to assess the quality of your compost.
The Introduction to Permaculture covers a wide array of Permaculture principles and themes, delivered by the late Graham Bell, world-renowned Permaculture teacher and chair of the Scottish Permaculture Association.
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 32 lectures or less of the Foundation Courses.
With the Ecosystem Restoration Bundle, you can register for the Soil Food Web Foundation Courses for just $3,800, saving $1,200. You’ll get the additional 3 programs absolutely FREE, saving a total of $3,800. That’s an incredible savings of 50% off the total bundle value ($7,600). The offer ends July 27th.
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This offer will end at midnight on July 27th, 2023
"I intend on this becoming my career and I am loving every minute! Worth every penny! [Dr. Elaine] does a really good job breaking down complex systems in a way that is easy to understand."Jennifer RalstonSoil Food Web Student
"I'm learning so much that I never knew before, after receiving a degree in Horticulture. She explains everything so well and precise! I'm so excited to start this journey with the Soil Food Web School!"Kyle BabcockSoil Food Web Student
"It was one of the greatest classes I have ever taken and I’m very excited at the possibility of being able to take the Consultant Training Program."Adam QueenSoil Food Web Student
"I would like to thank Dr. Elaine for her dedication to making our soils healthy and the excellent presentations she made during her lectures. She was very thorough and clear. I enjoyed it immensely!"Lynn ThurstonOwner of Blue Sky Produce, Soil Food Web Student
"I'd been somewhat floundering in and out of the scientific world for a lot of my adult life, not finding much to feel inspired about, and I feel like that's shifted with finding the Soil Food Web School."Joshua StoneSoil Food Web Student
Due to inflationary pressures, this is the final time we will be able to make the Ecosystem Restoration Bundle available at this price.
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!)
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.
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 homemade 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.
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.
The Foundation Courses, the Introduction to Ecosystem Restoration and the Introduction to Permaculture Course are flexible online programs, so you can work at your own pace.
The Certified Lab-Tech Program is an intensive, online, 3-month program designed to help you to master Dr. Elaine’s microscopy technique. You’ll work one-on-one with a Microscopy mentor, in 8 1-hour sessions.
The Introduction to Ecosystem Restoration is also flexible; you’ll have 12 months to complete it.
The Introduction to Permaculture is also flexible, and you’ll have 12 months to complete it.
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.
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.
The regular price for the 4 courses is $5,000. With the July 2023 Ecosystem Restoration Bundle, you pay $3,800 and you get lots more FREE!
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.
The courses are designed for people with no background in the field.
Students wishing to pursue a career as a Soil Food Web Consultant will need to progress from the Foundation Courses to the Consultant Training Program.
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.
You will need to buy a suitable microscope and microscope camera, as well as some ancillary equipment such as test-tubes and slides, etc. Please take a look at this pdf for more information. You can buy a perfectly adequate microscope and camera for $500-$600.
That depends on you and how much effort you put into attracting new clients. You will need to identify and approach local farmers, growers, and compost producers. We will provide you with information on how to do that and some tips from other Certified Lab-Techs that have been successful.
You’ll get a maximum of 3 months to complete the CLP training program and the Microscopy Proficiency Assessment. During this time you will get 8 hours of 1-on-1 mentoring time.
You’ll need to complete the Foundation Courses (FC) first, but that can be done in just 4 weeks, working full time. We advise students that they need between 120-150 hours to complete the FC, so 4 weeks is plenty of time if you are focused. You’ll have up to 12 months to complete the FC if required.
You’ll get 2 attempts at taking the assessment. If you fail both times, then you will need to book some additional time with your mentor in order to work on whatever is going wrong. Once you have ironed-out the problems, you’ll be able to retake the assessment. Additional fees apply.
Your information, including name, address (optional), email, and phone number, will be featured on this page, once you have been certified as a Soil Food Web Lab-Tech. You can opt-out if you don’t want to be listed.
The short answer is yes. Some Certified Soil Food Web Lab-Techs tell us they charge between $120 and $150 per sample, but there are no restrictions. Remember it will take you about an hour to complete the assessment and the report.
We do receive inquiries from farmers, growers and compost producers who want to have an analysis performed. Some just go straight to the website and find a lab-tech by themselves. We make recommendations based on proximity, so if someone in your region contacts us, we’d recommend them to you.
That’s not a problem. This program is designed for beginners.
-Yes, the IER is 100% online. It comprises a series of lectures and quizzes that total 32 hours of content. You’ll have 12 months to complete this course online, and we advise students to commit to around 80 hours in total.
The IER comprises a series of lectures and quizzes that total 32 hours of content. You’ll have 12 months to complete this course online, and we advise students to commit to around 80 hours in total.
The regular price is $1,400 but the IER is free with the Ecosystem Restoration Bundle.
Please note that this is the last time the IER will be at this price as a standalone product.
No. The IER has been designed for people with no scientific or ecological background. You do need to have a good level of English, so that you can follow the lectures and take the quizzes.
Yes, the course includes 18 pre-recorded lectures and quizzes delivered entirely online. You can login any time you like, watch the lectures as many times as you wish, and then take the short, multiple-choice quiz.
Yes, you can access and view the lectures and take the quizzes at your own pace. Students typically require about 40 hours in order to complete the Introduction to Permaculture Course (IPC) at a reasonable pace. We expect that a student can complete the IPC in 1 week, if studying full-time. You will have access to the IPC content for as long as we maintain the program.
There are 18 lectures. Each lesson is a lecture delivered by the late Graham Bell with a PowerPoint presentation, with interspersed contributions from other Permaculturalists from various parts of the world. The PowerPoints will be available to download as PDFs. Each lesson is followed by a short quiz to help you track your comprehension.
No. Q&As are not available at this time.
$200 as a stand-alone, but it’s free with the Ecosystem Restoration Bundle
The courses are designed for people with no background in the field.