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Launch Your Lab
Discover the World of Soil Biology & Start Generating an Income Assessing Soil Samples from Your Home in Just 6 Weeks!
With Just 6 Weeks of Dedicated Study, You Can…
Foundation Courses Online
In this series of 63 lectures you’ll learn all the theory behind the Soil Food Web, including how to make, assess and apply BioComplete™ Compost and liquid inoculums.
Certified Lab Program
As a Certified Soil Food Web Lab Tech, you’ll have the skills to show farmers what their soil needs to boost yields. This is a great way to start making connections for the future.
GENERATE AN INCOME
Soil and Compost
Having their soil assessed is often the first step farmers want to take when they start thinking about soil biology. Our lab techs charge around $120 or more per sample.
Brian used to work in IT. He pivoted to his passion. He’s now running his own successful business as a soil biology consultant and testing soil samples out of his home.
THE SOIL FOOD WEB IS NATURE’S OPERATING SYSTEM
There is no better way to grow plants than the way which nature herself has devised.
In the Foundation Courses you will learn the underpinning science of the soil food web, delivered in an easy to understand series of lectures, specially designed for those with no scientific/agricultural background.
Here are some of the benefits to the ENVIRONMENT, of restoring the soil food web:
Plants absorb carbon from the atmosphere during photosynthesis and they invest a substantial proportion of this into the soil (~40%), to the feed microorganisms. This is the basis of the mechanism that pumps carbon into the world’s soils. It has been estimated that by regenerating the world’s soils using the soil food web, we could halt and even reverse climate change within 15-20 years!
PROTECTING INSECTS & BIRDS
Recent studies have shown that the world’s insect populations have been declining by around 25% every decade for the last 30 years! Bird populations are also plummeting and other animals are being affected too. The major causes have been identified as habitat destruction and the use of pesticides.
CLEAN RIVERS & OCEAN
Typically only about 40% of the inorganic fertilizers, applied by conventional farmers, are absorbed by plants. The rest pollutes our air, rivers, lakes and oceans, causing major damage to those ecosystems and to the world’s oceans. With the soil food web in place and the use of holistic management practices, inorganic fertilizers are not required.
PREVENTING SOIL EROSION
The earth’s topsoils are being eroded at an alarming rate – some recent estimates suggest that we only have between 30-60 years left before they are completely depleted. The soil food web is nature’s way of building the structure that prevents soils being washed-away by heavy rain or blown away by the wind. Intensive plowing and the use of chemicals destroys this structure, leaving the soil vulnerable to erosion.
150% Increase in Yields with 60% Less Cost
“Our farm was in serious trouble, but after implementing Dr. Elaine’sTM approach we increased our yield by 150% in a single season, and repeated these results on different soils at different farms. We also cut many input costs such as fertilizers by at least 60%.
– Shane Plath
Shane and his family run the largest organic banana farm in South Africa, employing over 2,000 people.
RESTORING THE SOIL FOOD WEB IS THE ESSENCE OF ALL SOIL RESTORATION PRACTICES.
Most soil regeneration systems require a minimum of 5 years before the results start to show.
Learn how to fast-track the process and regenerate soils in just a few months with Dr. Elaine’s™ Approach!
Here are a few of the benefits for FARMERS:
HIGHER CROP YIELDS
With the soil food web in place, plants are continually given access to the abundance of nutrients that are in the mineral particles of the soil itself. Learn how plants feed and multiply an army of microorganisms in the root-zone, and how these microbes harvest nutrients from soil and rock particles, as well as from organic matter, thus providing the plant with any nutrients it requires, anytime! The result: super-healthy plants and super-nutritious foods for us humans!
REDUCED INPUT COSTS
If the correct management practices are adopted and if it is not disturbed, the soil food web can remain in place indefinitely – ensuring a constant supply of nutrients to the crops. Farmers no longer need to continually apply fertilizers and other chemical inputs. Another area where costs are reduced is irrigation: water requirements are often slashed by 50% in year 1. This is because of the increased water holding capacity of a well-structured soil and the increase in organic matter.
BETTER PRODUCT QUALITY
Increasing the quality of the yield is an important factor that can have a significant impact on profits. We have worked with many producers who have reaped the rewards of improving quality e.g tomato growers in South Africa who increased the percentage of their Grade 1 Produce from 18% to 50% in just 1 year. Shelf life can also be significantly improved by the soil food web. It is not currently understood how this works, but the results have been demonstrated.
DISEASE & WEED SUPPRESSION
The army of microbes that comprise the soil food web not only nourishes plants and trees, it also protects them from diseases and pest organisms. By covering the surfaces (above and below ground) of the entire plant of tree, beneficial microorganisms form a protective layer that prevents diseases from attacking the plant. This is just one way in which plants and trees are protected from diseases and pests. The presence of a balanced soil food web also drastically reduces weed pressure by creating conditions that are not advantageous to weeds.
YOU DON’T HAVE TO BE A SCIENTIST OR FARMER TO MASTER Dr. Elaine’s™ SOIL FOOD WEB APPROACH.
The Foundation Courses & Certified Lab Program are designed for people with no background in farming or in biology! Play the video below to hear what students are saying about our courses…
The Launch Your Lab Online Training Bundle Includes:
Keisha & Casey came from a permaculture background and they now run a successful commercial composting business in California – Catalyst BioAmendments.
We Know These Are Uncertain Times
We also know that demand for locally produced food is strong and that our planet’s food production systems will only be as healthy as our farmers’ soils.
This is a great opportunity to start generating an income and connect with farmers as you transition from the Foundation Courses to the Consultant Training Program, which is why we’ve combined 2 virtual training programs into one powerful bundle:
Serious about a career in Soil Regeneration?
Upon graduating from the Foundation Courses, you can immediately apply to our Soil Food Web Consultant Training Program, but why not become a Certified Lab first and start making a little money and a lot of contacts, who may one day become your clients?!
Play the video below to meet a few of our Soil Food Web Consultants…
Here’s a Recap of Everything You’ll Get with this Limited-time, Special Offer:
All 4 Online
63 lectures containing the science and theory behind the Soil Food Web Approach.
The FC Course Manual, Glossary and all of the Lecture Slide Decks.
Enjoy regular LIVE Q&A webinars with Dr. Elaine and members of the faculty.
Access to the
Post questions for Dr. Elaine and her team to answer and interact with other students.
CERTIFIED LAB PROGRAM
Up to 8 hours of virtual contact time with your Microscopy Mentor.
Pass the test within 2 attempts to get your Soil Biology Lab certified.
How to Launch
Your Lab Guidebook
Discover practical ways to find new clients and offer your soil assessment services.
You’ll get a free Certified Lab listing on the Soil Food Web School website.
You’ll get a 30-day, no questions asked, money-back guarantee. The only condition is that you have watched 30 lectures or less (applies to the Foundation Courses).
Demand for Soil Food Web experts is so strong, Nick has a waiting list of clients who want to work with him.
Meet Dr. Elaine Ingham
Founder of the Soil Food Web 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 as Soil Consultants.
Play the video above to meet some of the passionate people who work behind the scenes at the Soil Food Web School!
TOGETHER, WE CAN HEAL OUR PLANET.
As you complete Dr. Elaine’s™ Foundation Courses, you’ll join our global soil food web community comprising people who are out there making a difference. As part of our community, you’ll get access to the Foundation Courses Forum and to regular live Q&A webinars with Dr. Elaine and her team.
Completing and passing the Foundation Courses with a 90% average grade will ensure that you are automatically eligible to join our Consultant Training Program. Our Consultants are equipped to implement Dr. Elaine’s™ Soil Food Web Approach and turn their knowledge and skills into a meaningful and profitable career. Qualified consultants are in high demand!
Dr. Elaine’s™ APPROACH IS ACCESSIBLE TO ANYONE.
Here’s how to get started:
Sign up today and start watching the video lectures.
It’s a self-paced course, so you can learn in your own time. If you get stuck, you can ask a question on the forum or in the live webinars.
Download all the lecture slides, and written materials.
Make your own notes to ensure that you really learn this material well. Put all this together and you have a permanent record to refer back to.
Take a quiz after each lecture so you can test your knowledge.
You’ll get plenty of time and you are allowed to refer back to your notes and to the lecture slides too.
CHOOSE YOUR PAYMENT OPTION
Make 10 payments to access all 4 Foundation Courses and the Certified Lab Program. Start with Part 1 today and you’ll get immediate access to lectures 1 through 6!
10 x $660
10 x $395
Save $2,400 with the Launch Your Lab bundle! You’ll get immediate access to all 4 Foundation Courses. Then you can progress to your Certified Lab Program.
Foundation Courses FAQs
Yes the Foundation Courses are 100% online, theory based courses. You will watch a series of lectures and take a short quiz after each one.
Yes they are. You will need to commit around 100 hours in order to complete the 4 courses. You will be given access for 12 months – this is because we recognise that absorbing this much material requires a consistent and sustained effort. Time extensions after 12 months are considered on an individual basis.
You can start as soon as you sign up.
They have already been launched!
- About the various groups of microorganisms that make up a fully-functional soil ecosystem, and how their interactions result in a constant flow of nutrients being made available to plants and trees.
- How plants and trees control the army of microorganisms in their root zones. Plants feed specific groups of microorganisms in order to harvest the particular nutrients required at any given moment. This results in vibrant, healthy plants and in super-nutritious fruits and vegetables.
- That there is an abundance of nutrients locked-away in the crystalline structure of the mineral particles that make-up all of the wold’s soils – from the desert sands to prairies and forests, there is no soil on earth that is incapable of providing all the nutrients that plants require. The missing-link is the army of soil microorganisms that can access these nutrients and make them available to plants.
- How beneficial soil microorganisms prevent diseases and pests from attacking plants. By occupying infection sites all over the roots and all of the above-ground parts of the plant, beneficial microorganisms make it impossible for the ‘bad-guys’ to get access to the plant. In addition to this, beneficial microorganisms create aerobic conditions in which the ‘bad-guys’ (which are mostly anaerobes) cannot survive.
- That beneficial microorganisms build structure in the soil, thus preventing soil erosion whilst simultaneously improving water holding capacity, infiltration and oxygenation. Having structure in the soil enables roots to go much deeper into the ground, where they can access greater quantities of water and nutrients.
- About the way in which the presence of beneficial fungi results in diminished weed pressure. Have you ever noticed how there are very few weed to be found in a forest?
- How introducing the Soil Food Web can drastically increase the ability of a soil to capture and store carbon from the atmosphere.
- The history of agriculture and how certain practices have resulted in the destruction of the soil food web in so many of the world’s soils.
- Basic plant physiology and biochemistry. The course covers the basics that are required in order for you to be able to fully understand the processes that are taking place in a living, functional soil.
- About how the soil food web has been reintroduced to over 5 Million acres worldwide. You will review a number of case-studies that demonstrate the effectiveness of the soil food web and how it can be implemented on projects of any scale, any crop and in any climate.
- How to make and apply BioComplete™ compost and liquids.
- About the different kinds of equipment you can use to make and apply the amendments you make.
- The farming practices that are harmful to soil biology and what farmers can do to avoid them.
- How to quantify the different organism groups in a soil, compost or liquid sample, using the compound microscope. This will enable you to measure results as they happen underground and before they happen above ground.
The regular price is $5,000 for the 4 courses.
Students typically require about 100 hours in order to complete the FC at a reasonable pace. We would advise you to take your time and make notes that you can refer back to later. You will be able to download the slides from all the lectures and also the Course Manual which provides a great deal of supplemental information and an extensive glossary. You’ll have access to the lectures for the next 12 months so you can watch them as many times as you like.
The courses are designed for people with no background in the field. Basic chemistry and/or biology is an advantage.
Students wishing to pursue a career as a Soil Food Web Consultant will need to progress from the FC to the Consultant Training Program. Qualified consultants are currently in very high demand.
Some become consultants and help farmers to transition away from using chemicals, to using biology instead. Others focus on producing great compost, which they then can sell to soil consultants or direct to farmers. And some operate a Certified Soil Biology Lab from their own homes.
Certified Lab Program FAQs
You will need to buy a suitable microscope and some ancillary equipment such as test-tubes and slides etc.. You may also wish to buy a camera that fits onto your microscope, although you can get great images using a modern smartphone. Please take a look at this pdf for more information. You can buy a perfectly adequate microscope for around $300 (please see the recommendation in the pdf)
That depends on you and how much effort you put into attracting new clients. You will need to identify and approach local farmers, growers and compost producers. We will provide you with information on how to do that and some tips from other Certified Labs that have been successful.
You’ll get 8 hours of mentoring time and you can spread that out over a period of 3 months. You’ll need to complete the Foundation Courses (FC) first, but that can be done in just 4 weeks, working full-time. We advise students that they need between 120-150 hours to complete the FC, so 4 weeks is plenty of time if you are focussed. You’ll have 12 months to complete the FC.
You’ll get 2 attempts at taking the assessment. If you fail both times, then you will need to book some additional time with your mentor in order to work on whatever is going wrong. Once you have ironed-out the problems, you’ll be able to retake the assessment.
The short answer is yes. Most Certified Soil Biology Labs charge between $120 and $150 per sample, but there are no restrictions. Remember it will take you about an hour to complete the assessment and the report.
We do receive inquiries from farmers, growers and compost producers who want to have an analysis performed. Some just go straight to the website and find a lab by themselves. We make recommendations based on proximity, so if someone in your region contacts us, we’d recommend them to you.
We will provide you with information on how to do that and some tips from other Certified Labs that have been successful.
That’s not a problem. This program is designed for beginners.
“Dr. Elaine’s™ Soil Food Web Approach provides an effective and viable means of rapidly regenerating health and fertility in agricultural soils, enabling farmers to operate more productively and profitably without the use of chemical inputs, thus protecting the world’s waterways, insect and animal populations.”
– Dr. David Johnson, Research Scientist and Molecular Biologist, New Mexico State University