- Access the Compost Class and its webinars and resources.
LEARN HOW TO MAKE COMPOST
This will be a balance of straight video lecture with Dr. Ingham and hands-on work with thermal, worm, and static composts. This will include choosing which types of Compost to use, different types of starting materials, temperatures required, turning regimes, aeration and will include monitoring of bacteria, fungi, protozoa, nematodes, and microarthropods. Learn how to select the proper fungal:bacterial ratios that will give your plants the exact biology they need to thrive.
9 Class Sessions
2 Practical Class Sessions (videos building compost piles & worm bins)
1-hour Live Q & A Session with Dr. Ingham each Month
Audio .mp3 Recordings
How can you tell when something labeled compost is not actually compost? The difference between good compost which will benefit plants and reduced waste which often harms plants, will be discussed and demonstrated. These classes will show you how to make incredible, biologically rich compost. One of the biggest mistakes people make when building a compost pile is not understanding what controls temperature in compost piles. Learn how to manage making compost so turning (thermal piles) is minimized, worm-compost bins don’t grow flies and annoying pests, and you can always end up with the exact biology your desired plants need to thrive.
- What Starting Materials Are Needed and Why?
- The Difference Between Good Compost and Reduced Waste
- How To Make Biologically Rich Compost
- Which Biology for What Plants?
These intensive classes are for farmers, landscapers, ranchers, creators and distributors of agricultural products, waste management professionals, soil and garden enthusiasts of all types, and anyone who touches the earth. Simply put, this information needs to be central to any effort to do sustainable agriculture.
You will be able to access past released video sessions for up to one year from the date the class begins. You will be able to view the approximately 45 minute video sessions at your convenience. There are no set times for the sessions. We ask that you complete the quiz for each session before proceeding to the next video session.
There will be transcripts and slides for each video that you can download and view as you are taking your quizzes. In addition, the webinars will be available to you during this year.
There will be Certificates of Completion issued at the end of the class for all who receive an average score of 70% or higher across all the quizzes. (To learn more see the FAQ)
After you have completed the 4 classes you can also go on the become a Certified Soil Life Consultant assuming you have passed all courses with an average quiz score of 90% or higher.
“What’s in compost? What makes it so good?”
Session 1. How to Make Compost
Session 2. The Composting Process
Session 3. Kinds of Composting Containers
Session 4. Different Kinds of Starting Materials
Session 5. Batch Systems — How Much of Each?
Session 6. Worm Composting — Flow Through Systems
Session 7. Organisms In Soil After Adding Compost
Session 8. Demonstration of Making Compost
Session 9. Vermicomposting
Session 10. Final Quiz