Elaine Ingham

SOIL not DIRT -  Soil Microbiology

Dr. Elaine Ingham talks about soil fertility and the role of soil microbial life.

The Roots of your Health

Article: Elaine Ingham on the science of soil

in sustainablefoodtrust.org


Elaine Ingham, Fertility Workshop, weeds

Unhealthy Plants

Nutrition in Food

Beneficial Fungi found in Compost

Natural Farming & Soil Biology

Natural farming information about soil and the importance of microbes in the soil biology and the need of natural, organic, sustainable farming methods without chemical fertilizers. This video clip features Dr Elaine Ingham, PhD of Soil Food Web.

YouTube Video

Crops that resist pest attacks

We have often read that pests do not attack healthy crops.But how do you grow crops that resist pest attacks?
At Horseshoe Bend Agrosystem an experiment was trialled to go
sustainable. It wasnt without its problems but after several years
where were the pests?
Listen in as Elaine Ingham explains what happened

Save Water & prevent Disease

Natural farming information about soil and the importance of a healthy soil biology to prevent diseases and to retain and save water usage.

Different forms of Nitrogen

Listen to why adding nitrogen can be damaging your soils. Organic farming does not need urea. 

How to Make Organic Compost

Dr.Elaine Ingham in " How to Make Organic compost". This will clip will reveal the basic overview of the compost making process, in particular the importance of keeping to a 55-65 C temperature range.

Actively Aerated Compost Tea

In this video Paul Taylor and Dr. Elaine Ingham of the Soil Food Web Institute demonstrate different design for actively aerated compost tea brewers and the importance of sufficient oxygen in the brewing process.

The SFI Growers Program

About the Soil FoodWeb Institute Growers program. 

The growers program is a yearly program that assists farmers with the health of their soils and the creation of compost and compost tea making.

for more information email: helen@farmingsecrets.com

Choosing a Microscope for Soil Microbiology

Dr. Elaine Ingham gives advice on choosing a microscope for soil microbiology.

How to Prepare and view a Soil Sample

Dr. Elaine Ingham demonstrates how to prepare and view a soil sample under the microscope.

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Elaine Ingham is an American soil biology researcher and founder of Soil Foodweb Inc.  > www.soilfoodweb.com
She is recognised around the world as a leader in soil microbiology and research of the soil food web. 
(see more in wikipedia)

Dr. Ingham is a world-renowned soil biologist who pioneered many of the currently used biological soil amendment techniques and pioneered the testing of soil microbial life as an indicator of soil and plant health. Dr. Ingham is the Chief Scientist at the Rodale Institute. 

She is the founder of the Sustainable Studies Institute and the Soil Foodweb Inc. soil testing labs. Dr. Ingham is the key author of the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture's Soil Biology Primer. 

She has been the mentor of numerous soil scientists and practitioners of ecologically balanced landscape design, and has helped farmers all over the world to grow more resilient crops by understanding and improving their soil life.


In Autumn 2009, Dr. Ingham taught a Soil Food Web Course in California. You can read a few tidbits from it here.