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

3-STEPS TO SOIL REGENERATION

Step 1 in the Soil Foodweb Approach

IDENTIFY WHAT'S MISSING IN THE SOIL

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

REGENERATE THE SOIL

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

MAINTAIN THE SOIL FOODWEB

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

OUR FOUNDER: DR. ELAINE INGHAM

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. INGHAM’S COLLABORATORS

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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

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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

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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

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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

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Rodrigo Portugal

Consultant Training Program (CTP) Student Mentor & Translator

An agronomist engineer, with masters 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

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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 PhD 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

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