Our mission is to empower individuals and organizations to regenerate the soils in their communities.


Step 1 in the Soil Foodweb Approach


Productive Soils should be teeming with a plethora of beneficial microorganisms – the Soil Food Web.

The first step in regenerating soils using Dr. Elaine’s™ Soil Foodweb Approach is to figure out which microorganism groups are missing.

Step 1 in the Soil Foodweb Approach


Adding BioComplete™ Amendments restores the Soil Food Web so it can get back to work—to the benefit of farmers and the environment.

It’s a remarkably quick process that can result in dramatic improvements in just a few short months.

Step 3 in the Soil Foodweb Approach


Fortunately, caring for the newly regenerated soil isn’t complicated.

Farmers simply need to adopt some simple new management practices that can actually result in reduced labor, fuel and input costs, higher yields, and higher profits!

Dr. Elaine Ingham of The Soil Foodweb School


Dr. Ingham discovered the soil food web nearly 4 decades ago and has been pioneering research ever since. 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.

Dr. Elaine’s™ Soil Food Web Approach has been used to successfully restore the ecological functions of soils on six continents. The courses offered by Dr. Elaine’s™ Soil Food Web School have been designed for people with no relevant experience – making them accessible to individuals who wish to retrain and to begin a meaningful and impactful career in an area that will help to secure the survival of humans and other species.

B.A., Biology and Chemistry, St. Olaf College
M.S., Microbiology, Texas A&M University
Ph.D., Microbiology, Colorado State University


Dr. Eva Schneider

Consultant Training Program (CTP) Student Mentor & member of the Deep Knowledge Team

To say Dr. Schneider “loves microbiology” is a bit of an understatement. With a Ph.D. in biology and many years of experience, she’s an invaluable member of the Soil Foodweb team. She has recently joined the Deep Knowledge Team and will soon be working on the School’s Research Farm alongside Dr. Ingham. Eva really enjoys supporting students in the CTP as they work towards becoming Certified Soil Food Web Consultants.

B.S., Microbiology
M.S., Biology
Ph.D., Biology

Loida Vasquez

Consultant Training Program (CTP) Student Mentor & member of the Deep Knowledge Team

Loida first trained with Dr. Ingham back in 2001 and has spent several years working as a Soil Food Web Consultant in the US and in Mexico, working on several large scale projects. She now enjoys mentoring CTP students and consulting on large-scale projects with Dr. Ingham.


B.S. Sustainable Agriculture with an emphasize on Living Soils

Eric Feiler

Consultant Training Program (CTP) Student Mentor

Eric completed his graduate work in Paleo-Ecology at Northern Arizona University. He was a founding member of the PaleoCultural Research Group, a non-profit focused on the ecological and cultural history of the Western U.S. and the Great Plains. In 2001, Eric abandoned academia and research and moved with his family to Southern Utah to start farming. Frustrated with “traditional” farming, he attended a 2013 workshop held by Dr. Ingham. It was a life-changing experience and he returned to the scientific world where he has spent the last few years the Soil Food Web Approach with others. In 2019, he started a soil fertility consulting business. He’s a real go-getter!

B.S., Anthropology/Archeology

M.S., Quaternary Studies/Paleoecology

Tanja Dekker

Consultant Training Program (CTP) Student Mentor

Tanja had an extensive career in IT and describes herself as a “recovering IT specialist”. She fell in love with the Soil Food Web Approach when she saw Dr Ingham delivering a keynote speech at the Oxford Farming Conference in 2016. Today she is a soil biology consultant based in the Netherlands and is spearheading a number of exciting community projects in her hometown of Delft, including a neighborhood worm bin initiative in conjunction with the local government authorities. We are very proud of her!

B.S., Computer Science (Artificial Intelligence)

Drs., Industrial Psychology

Rodrigo Portugal

Consultant Training Program (CTP) Student Mentor & Translator

An agronomist engineer, with a master’s in plant genetics and sustainable forest management. Rodrigo started his career as a researcher, in the corporate sector implementing procedures for a biotech lab, while conducting several field trials for a range of crops. He worked with Governance agencies such as UNESCO to help emerging countries develop their own capacities to thrive in the global market. Rodrigo understands the urgent challenge food security faces and that the transition to a sustainable model is about a gradual change in the various farming cultures. He’s a real change-maker!  

B.S., Agronomic Engineering

M.S., Plant Breeding

M.S., Sustainable Forest Management

Carla Portugal

Consultant Training Program (CTP) Student Mentor & Workshop Mentor

Passionate about education and research, Carla joined the Soil Food Web team in 2019. With many years of experience in teaching and ecology, including the development of an International Education Center on Water Resource for Portuguese speaking countries with UNESCO, she’s an invaluable member of the Soil Food Web team. Carla cherishes the valuable moments supporting students in the CTP as they work towards becoming Certified Soil Food Web Consultants. She’s just finishing up her Ph.D. at Oregon State University. We look forward to celebrating that with her!

B.S., Biological Sciences

M.S.,  Environmental Engineering

Ph.D. Candidate, Environmental Sciences

Adrienne Godschalx

Consultant Training Program (CTP) Student Mentor  & Researcher

Adrienne kept to the trail to protect the biological soil crust in Moab, UT, while she dreamt of saving the Amazon Rainforest for the toucans. She taught in Oregon forests at Outdoor School, completed her Ph.D. on nitrogen fixation, and traversed Europe in her postdoc to study the scent of a flower that mimics dung. Amazed by the power of plants to use chemical signals that attract predators for their own defense, she was inspired to work towards reducing harmful pesticide use. Adrienne is thrilled to finally put this aim into practice with the Soil Food Web School!  

B.A., Biology

Ph.D., Biology

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Tommy Tepper

Certified Lab-Tech Program (CLP) Microscopy Mentor

Tommy likes talking to plants, humans, and animals (especially leeks, nice people, chickens, and cats). Tommy dreamed and kept dreaming that a place existed where he could combine all his interests into one job. As a former middle school teacher for over 10 years, he loves working with humanity and loves learning. As a former community garden coordinator and farm hand, as well as an avid home gardener, Tommy absolutely loves growing food for him and his wife, catnip for his cats, and absolutely loves the smell of mulch and living soil. One day his dream came true and he became employed at Soil Food Web School where he now has the opportunity to combine his passions of teaching and gardening into one pursuit.   

B.S. Sociology and Communications

Teaching License in Middle Grades Science, Social Studies, and English

Michael Pozesny
Michael Pozesny

Academic Quality Controller

Michael served as Chairman of a Task Force on Child Abuse and then became involved in Forensic Mental Health. He eventually held positions such as State Training Director, State Quality Assurance Director, and has trained public safety personnel at the local, state, and federal levels. He transitioned into academia, began teaching, and eventually served as Dean of Academic Affairs for a small technical college before transitioning back into mental health. There he applied environmental psychology techniques to the opening of two residential treatment centers, later owned his own counseling business, and then recently served as Director of Operations for a new Detox center. He is now applying his knowledge of environmental psychology and quality assurance in education to the Soil Food Web School.   

B.S. Social & Behavioral Sciences

M.S. Criminal Justice/Substance Abuse

M.S. Adult Education

M.S. Psychology

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