Carbon Farming & Economy Courses - Santa Barbara

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Soil Food Web with Dr. Elaine Ingham
by Owen Habluzel, Permaculture Research Institute USA

"A wise person once said that soil is not only more complex than we know, it is more complex than we can ever know! ...Renowned microbiologist Dr. Elaine Ingham kicked off the West coast leg of the first-of-its-kind Carbon Economy Course with a powerful three-day learning-fest centered on the soil food web. The bionics of biology, miracles of super-charged soils, blessings of extra-strength compost, and explosive results of super-activated compost teas were all on abundant offer in this powerful course..."

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“I am so inspired from my weekend with Elaine Ingham at Orella Ranch. Thank you for having the vision and energy to put this together!” – Jodi Levine

“I had the great fortune of taking Elaine Ingham's Soil Microbiology class for 3 days at Orella Ranch. It was one of the most valuable things that I have done for myself in the area of learning how to heal our planet. I highly recommend that you check out the rest of the Carbon series and beg, borrow or trade your way to the class that most interests you. This is a great opportunity and Orella ranch is a beautiful example of what sustainability looks like in a rural setting.”  -Lynne Latham

“I went to the first course of the Carbon Economy Series put on by Quail Springs and Orella Ranch. Dr. Elaine Ingham taught “Soil Food Wed and Compost Tea Technologies” and I was thrilled to spend my weekend learning from this incredible expert in soil biology. For those of you who do not know, my life’s goal is to be a farmer. Every farmer I speak to tells me that the most important part of farming is “growing your soil.” They do not say, “take care of your soil” or “water your plants” they say, “grow your soil.” I learned this weekend that people most often say “grow” because there are living organisms in the soil that have a symbiotic relationship with our crops and orchards. These organisms fight off disease, feed root systems, and produce the nutrients that we enjoy through our produce. I saw them in a microscope, watch slides of the positive effects of good biology in our soil, and listened to hours of lecture that thrilled my mind. Compost is not just about waste reduction, it is about growing our soil so that we bring healing to an otherwise broken biological nutrient cycle.”  
- Jen Corey, Center for Urban Agriculture at Fairview Gardens


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