Environment Celebration Institute

Life in the Soil Class (Open to New Students)


The enrollment for this Class is open to new students. Learn about life in the soil and how you can replicate Mother Nature in your own growing environment, whether you are doing commercial agriculture, landscaping, or home gardening. You will learn the methods and techniques to transition from chemical to organic in a biologically sustainable way. Access the Life in the Soil class and its webinars and resources.

All classes are ECI copyrighted.




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 eats 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

315 Pages of Video Transcripts

300 Video Slides

19 Quizzes & Feedback


Healthy soil has all the interconnected elements like a web, retaining and cycling nutrients into the right forms at the right rates for each individual while building 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 what a healthy soil should look like.

  • Understand Soil Health
  • Learn Why Fungal To Bacterial Ratios Are Important
  • Learn Secrets 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 Life in the Soil, 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. The class is a must for anyone wanting a complete understanding of soil health and how to achieve and maintain healthy plants.

You will be able to access all video and recorded webinars for up to one year from the date you purchased the class. You will be able to view the approximately 45 minute video sessions at your convenience. There are no set times for the sessions. They are all self-paced.

There will be transcripts and slides for each video class session that you can download and view as you are taking your quizzes. In addition, the recorded webinars will be able for you to watch during this year.  You may watch and rewatch the videos and webinars as many times as you want to during the year, but they may not be downloaded. You are welcome to download all of the other materials and keep them with you forever – video transcript, video slides, quizzes and feedback, and audio recordings.

There will be Certificates of Completion issued at the end of the class for all who receive an average quiz score of 70% of higher.


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


“I just finished the Life in the Soil Class online and enjoyed it very much. It really pulled a lot of the pieces I had been learning from various other sources into a very coherent package. I really feel that I learned a lot and I am very excited to apply my knowledge to my farming operation. I am very much looking forward to completing the compost, compost tea and microscope classes in the very near future.” Allison

“I absolutely loved the first session, very informative and nicely structured.” N. Hasnain

“I am thoroughly enjoying your web classes. Thank you for going over everything so thoroughly, for taking the time to explain the science behind the soil food web….The background you are providing here feels really solid. I don’t understand why all soil scientists don’t approach soil fertility through the lens of soil biology. Does it simply go back to the issue of Who funds the land-grant research?? Thanks again for putting this class together. I’m having such a great time. Looking forward to the sessions to come.” K. Rutan-Jorgensen

“I…learned a ton about life in the soil, how large-scale commercial farming damages the environment and all life on earth, the nutritional value of plants that feed the food chain, and toxicity (GMO’s, glyphosate, and chemical crop amendments) that comes from ignoring Nature’s rules in favor of man’s questionable Big Ag techniques. The course explains how commercial farming practices and approaches destroy life in the soil, and with it nutritional value, resistance to disease, the breakdown of toxins by bacteria, and the earth’s ecology. (The) teachings make plants grow to their full potential (nutrient value, disease resistance, pest resistance, and stress-tolerant), feeds the food chain, heals the environment, and sequesters carbon back into biomass, instead of being released into the atmosphere. The principles and best practices are cutting edge information that every grower, food industry professional, healthcare educator, and parent of an affected child should learn, because this information is absolutely affecting all life on earth from the microscopic to the macroscopic, whether you know it or not. This information is more than important to Man’s future, and the future of the planet. It’s the only way we’re going to restore balance to world we live on as guests, and save ourselves.” R.

“For the first time I have found a profession that touches upon my personal sense of fulfillment and needs: helping others/environment, teaching, writing, continuous personal growth & challenge, working in nature, gardening, and sharing with my sons the importance of stewardship of the earth. And the more I learned in the classes the more I wanted to know and wanted to share. Now when I drive by a pasture, garden, orchard or agricultural field, I look at them in a completely different light and wonder whats going on underneath. I fell in love with soil and composting (as cheesy at it may sound). I know this newly found passion can help others and give people a better holistic option over fertilizers and pesticides. For all these reasons I’m driven to become a soil consultant.” J. Jurcevic


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