Learn how to operate the microscope to obtain the best resolution of life in the soil in order to identify the creatures being assessed. Identification of each group of organisms, including beneficial and pathogen morphology, will be covered. Each participant should bring their own microscope or partner with someone who has a microscope. A microscope template to convert the concentration of organisms into biomass will be given to each participant (bring laptop). Microscopes should have cameras to take pictures to share what is being seen. Use of smart phones to take pictures pictures will also be shown. We will analyze the compost extracts and teas brewed on-site to learn what constitutes good compost and compost tea on a microscopic level. This day is essential for anyone who wishes to gain “eyes on” knowledge of the soil universe and what really goes on under our feet. Get the necessary training to identify the bacteria, fungi, protozoa, and nematodes that drive the health and well being of our plants. We will cover the processes that will maximize biological diversity to get the most bang for your buck and are the most efficient methods for bringing back microbe diversity. This allows you to eliminate oin organic fertilizers and herbicides which decrease diversity and degrade soil health. You will learn how to identify microbes with a microscope and count them using a spreadsheet.
9 Video Class Sessions
2 Sessions Practicing Quantifying Organisms
2 Live Q & A Webinars
4+ Recorded Live Q & A Webinars
Audio .mp3 Recordings
Dr. Elaine Ingham leads this very special class training people to use simple, but effective, shadowing light microscope methods to identify soil biology. Learn from the master herself about what constitutes good compost and compost tea based on microscope assessment. These sessions are essential for anyone who wishes to gain “eyes on” knowledge of the soil universe and what really goes on under our feet. Get the necessary training to identify bacteria, fungi, protozoa, and nematodes that drive the health and well-being of our plants. Students are required to have their own microscopes to follow along with the videos.
- “Eyes on” Knowledge
- Shadowing Light Microscope Techniques
- Identification of Bacteria, Fungi, Protozoa, Nematodes, etc.
- See the Soil Universe Unfold Before Your Eyes
Learn how to operate a simple light microscope to obtain the best resolution of life in the soil. Learn to identify the creatures in the soil, and differentiate beneficial from detrimental organisms. Each participant should have their own microscope or partner with someone who has a microscope. A spreadsheet to convert visual results in the concentration of organisms per gram (teaspoon) of soil, and into biomass per gram will be explained (laptop required). Microscopes with cameras (smart phones work if you have steady hands) are strongly encouraged to record images of the organisms. Practice sessions allow participants to analyze their own samples – from soil, to compost, to extract and teas, to water samples, or food — and learn what biology is present.
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.
“We are going to be talking about putting the microscope together, using the microscope, and the steps that you have to go through every time you start to use the microscope.”