ABOUT THE COURSE: This workshop is for farmers, landscapers, ranchers, creators and distributors of agricultural products, waste management professionals, soil and garden enthusiasts of all types, and anyone who touches the earth. Come to beautiful GreenFriends Farm to learn about the exciting microcosmic world of the soil food web to make your farm, garden, or orchard plant and root friendly, as well as much more water efficient! Dive into the basic principles of the Soil Food Web, plant relationships, and bacterial to fungi ratios, with renowned soil biologist, Dr. Elaine Ingham. Learn how to select proper Carbon:Nitrogen ratios, and about composting strategies that will get the right biology based on different types of plants needs. Maximize biological diversity with compost tea technology. Get hands on training on effective light microscope techniques and identification. Learn from the master herself about what constituents good compost and compost tea on a microscopic level. Simply put, this information needs to be central to any sustainable agriculture or land management.
MORE ABOUT THE PROFESSOR: Dr. Elaine Ingham is a world renowned soil microbiologist who pioneered many of the currently used biological soil amendment techniques and also pioneered the testing of soil biology as an indicator of soil and plant health. She founded the Sustainable Studies Institute as an educational institution and the company Soil Foodweb Inc. which currently has soil testing labs in the US, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, the UK, and Mexico. Dr. Ingham is the key author of the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture’s Soil Biology Primer and has been the mentor of numerous soil scientists and practitioners of ecologically balanced landscape design, gardening, and farming in this country and abroad.
Is there any discount if my organization or company wants to send more than one person to the course?
If your organization sends 5 folks to the course at full price, the 6th is free. It amounts to about a 20% discount. Please contact us with your organizations name and website to receive the affiliate link: firstname.lastname@example.org
What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event?
There is parking onsite for the course. The nearest Bart station is Castro Valley. We also do our best to help people figure out carpooling options from locations around the Bay Area.
What can I bring into the event?
Food: A vegetarian lunch is included in the course fee. For folks that stay onsite, a simple vegetarian breakfast is provided (vegan and gluten free options available). For dinner, there are many restaurants nearby in San Ramon and Castro Valley.
Staying onsite: Bring your own bedding and toiletries. There is no camping onsite.
How can I contact the organizer with any questions?
We'd love to hear from you! Email us: email@example.com
What's the refund policy?
No fee if cancellation request is made more than 48 hours before course start
$50 cancellation fee if request is made less than 48 hours before course start
$100 cancellation fee if request is made the day of course start