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Jan 19, 2017

185: Elaine Ingham on Life in the Soil.

Examining the biology of healthy soil to improve plant growth.

Dr. Elaine Ingham is the Founder, President and Director of Research for Soil Foodweb Inc., a business that grew out of her Oregon State University research program.  Behind her user-friendly approach to soil lies a wealth of knowledge gained from years of research into the organisms which make up the soil food web. Her goal is to translate this knowledge into actions that ensure a healthy food web that promotes plant growth and reduces reliance on inorganic chemicals. Elaine also offers a pioneering vision for sustainable farming, improving our current soils to a healthier state, without damaging any other ecosystem.

In her spare time, Elaine publishes scientific papers, writes book chapters and gives talks at symposia around the world. Elaine and her husband Russ (who also has a Doctorate from Colorado State University in Zoology, emphasizing nematology,) live in Corvallis Oregon.

In this podcast: Greg talks with one of the foremost experts on soil health Dr. Elaine Ingham and learns a lot about the world of microbiological life in the soil.  Her studies have been amazing and it is easy to see how being a student in one of her classes can be quite informative.  She tells about how she became so focused on the microbiological life in the soil and educates us on the importance of those first few dozen inches of earth our food is grown in.  This is a mini course of science in just one podcast.

Go to www.urbanfarm.org/lifeinthesoil for more information, photos and links on this podcast and to learn from our other great guests

1 Comments
  • two and a half years ago
    Mark Palas
    I've listened to multiple Ingham videos, and podcasts and have
    Some rather basic questions in regard to compost tea. I sense that compost tea is primarily a method of seeding soils with organisms that aren't there. My understanding of microorganism is that they reproduce so quickly it seems logical, that if you provide such life
    With food it should find a way to grow and prosper. So why do we need to seed our soil with compost teas???
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