Environment Celebration Institute

Life in the Soil Class (closed to new students)


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Our soil teams with a multitude of organisms which provide the necessary work for healthy plants to grow free from disease, pests, and infertility. These interconnected interactions and feeding relationships (quite literally “who eat who”) help determine the types of nutrients present in soil, its depth, and pH, and even the types of plants which can grow.

Registration is now open for the self-paced Life in the Soil Class and you can start immediately.

18 Videos

23 Recorded Video Webinars

18 Audio Recordings

18 Video Transcripts

300 Video Slides

19 Quizzes & Feedback


Healthy soil has all the interconnected elements of a “web”, retaining and cycling nutrients into the right forms at the right rates for each individual while building soil structure, suppressing disease-causing organisms, protecting plant surfaces, producing plant-growth-promoting hormones and chemicals, and decomposing toxic compounds. In this class you’ll look at the elements of a healthy soil foodweb.

  • Understand Soil Health
  • Learn Why Fungal To Bacterial Ratios Are Important
  • Learn the Secret That Fertilizer Salesmen Don’t Want People To Know
  • Why Is Compaction So Bad?
  • Why Are Roots of Plants Prevented From Growing Deep Into Soil?

You will learn the basic principles of the Soil Foodweb, plant relationships, and bacteria to fungi ratios in these 18 class sessions. Not only will you gain a fundamental understanding of the way soil biology drives plant nutrition, you will learn how modern agriculture selects for disease and pests. A must for anyone wanting a complete understanding of soil health and healthy plants.

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)

This class will be your guide, to teach you about what these organisms do in the soil, who the organisms are and, really, to help you understand the conditions that are going to select for the beneficial organisms in the soil or select for the detrimental organisms in the soil.

Class Sessions

Session 1. Overview of Microorganisms in Soil
Session 2. Appearance of Microorganisms in Soil
Session 3. The Morphology of Predator Organisms
Session 4. A Healthy Food Web
Session 5. Assessing The Soil
Session 6. Soil Profiles and Horizons
Session 7. Mineral, Organic Matter, and Organism Interaction
Session 8. How Microorganisms Affect Soil Chemistry
Session 9. Castle Walls That Plants Build
Session 10. The Green Revolution
Session 11. Nutrient Cycling and Nitrogen Cycle
Session 12. Soil Depth
Session 13. Conditions In All Ecosystems
Session 14. Aerobic and Anaerobic Conditions
Session 15. Practical Examples of Different Kinds of Systems
Session 16. Biology Working In Real World Situations
Session 17. More Real Life Examples of Practical Applications
Session 18. How Much Organic Matter is Too Much Organic Matter
Session 19. Final Quiz


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