The Soil Food Web Approach To Farming
There are so many reasons why conventional agriculture is not working. Farmers spend thousands of dollars each year to improve soil fertility and to protect their crops against pests and disease, but the results are frustratingly ineffective.
Many farmers are realizing that the chemical approach to agriculture is a never-ending story, that results in pollution of our rivers and oceans and the destruction of natural habitats.
The Soil Food Web Approach offers farmers a way out. Working in harmony with nature can be far more cost-effective and rewarding than you might imagine. This 3-step process enables farmers to reduce their expenses and to increase their yields. Take a look at the video below for more information.
Launch Your Lab+
Learn the Theory + Master the Microscope + Explore Permaculture
Step 1: Foundation Courses
ALL ABOUT SOIL BIOLOGY
You'll get to know the beneficial microbes that were once found in soils all over the world, and how they can be rapidly restored to your soil.
COMPOST, TEAS & LIQUIDS
How to make compost and liquids amendments containing the 4 major groups of microbes required to get your soil working in harmony with nature again.
APPLICATION AT SCALE
You will review a number of case-studies on large-scale projects that Dr Ingham and some of the Soil Food Web Professionals have worked on.
Step 2: Certified Lab-Tech Program
MASTER THE MICROSCOPE
Develop your skills with the microscope to the high standard required for certification. You will work online 1-on-1 with a dedicated microscopy mentor.
DEMONSTRATE YOUR SKILL
The Microscopy Proficiency Assessment (MPA) is designed to ensure that you can perform soil assessments with confidence, helping farmers to really see what’s in their soil.
As a Certified Soil Food Web Lab Technician, you will be listed on our website, where farmers from your region will be able to find your information and contact you directly for help.
Bonus Course: Introduction to Permaculture
In this program you will learn about Permaculture, a design system where we consciously design to meet all human needs while caring for all living things and respecting human justice.
Permaculture is all about being in balance with the planet and is an ideal tool to have in your bag whenever you are considering making a change.
About the instructor
This introduction to Permaculture has been produced by Graham Bell, Chair of Permaculture Scotland and longest serving Permaculture Teacher in UK with over thirty years’ experience teaching on six continents.
Student Success Stories
Keisha Wheeler & Casey Ernst
Keisha & Casey came from a permaculture background and they now run a successful commercial composting business in California – Catalyst BioAmendments.
Nick Tomasini is founder and operator of Humankind Oregon. He is a Certified Soil Foodweb Consultant and Independent Organic Farm Inspector. Nick specializes in consulting with organic farms and large-scale compost producers.
Meet our Founder:
Dr. Elaine Ingham and her colleagues discovered the Soil Food Web nearly 4 decades ago. She has been pioneering research ever since, working with farmers on 5 continents. Widely recognized as the one of the world’s foremost soil biologist, she’s passionate about empowering ordinary people to bring the soils in their community back to life.
Dr. Elaine’s™ Soil Food Web Approach has been used to successfully restore the ecological functions of soils on six continents.
Not a Scientist? Not a Farmer? Not a problem.
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!