DR ELAINE INGHAM
Dr Elaine Ingham is an energetic, easy-to-understand speaker who explains what life in the soil is all about. Behind this “user-friendly” approach lies a wealth of knowledge gained from years of intensive research into the organisms which make up the soil foodweb. Elaine not only understands the soil foodweb, she has knowledge on how to ensure a healthy foodweb to promote plant growth and reduce reliance on inorganic chemicals.
While truly an academic, Elaine is also passionate about sharing her knowledge and research findings with those at the grass roots level of working with soils. That includes not just farmers who grow crops, but also those who graze cattle, sheep and other livestock, fruit and vegetable growers, green keepers, parks and gardens workers, nursery operators – in fact anyone who grows things, even if it’s just plain old lawn grass.Elaine offers a way forward for sustainable farming. A way of improving the soils we work with now and a way to keep soils in this healthier state without damaging any other eco-system.
Attendance at Elaine’s courses is always very high with a broad cross section of people taking advantage of her knowledge sharing. It is exciting that a speaker with such a depth of knowledge and dynamic presentation style, who is respected the world over as a leader in research of the soil foodweb, is sharing this information with.
Instead of buying expensive chemical fertilizer, you can make your
own highly nutrient-rich compost for healthier crops.
Fossil fuels, deforestation and industrial agriculture have released dangerous amounts of carbon into the atmosphere. We can store and stabilize large amounts of carbon where it belongs – in the soil.read more
Class members evaluate soil health and soil management practices on their respective farms using the Northern Riven Soil Health Card and soil laboratory analyses.read more
Working with the SFI growers program is a sure way to check and measure at each step of your program, to make sure that what you are doing is going to be beneficial to the soil.read more
Members also had a practical demonstration of putting their compost tea examples under the microscope. A great day was had by all and much knowledge was shared.read more