Savory Institute International Conference – London 2014

Savory Institute are continuing to highlight a selection of the speakers presenting at the International Conference, “Putting Grasslands to Work,” on Aug 1st & 2nd in London.

Dr. Elaine Ingham is President of Soil Foodweb Inc., an international laboratory system that assesses the balance of bacteria, fungi, protozoa, nematodes and mycorrhizal fungi in all materials. The major emphasis of her work is to return health to soil, so that natural nutrient cycling and disease suppression mechanisms are present, allowing the desired plants to grow without requiring use of pesticides or inorganic fertilizers. Dr. Ingham has been conducting workshops and seminars around the world for the past 30 years. She has authored many books for farmers, gardeners, and university students. A huge part of her career has been focused around helping farmers minimize, even eliminate, inputs while increasing yields, to maximize profits and ultimately resilience in their operations for generations to come.

Dr. Ingham earned her PhD from the Colorado State University in 1981. Her doctorate is in Microbiology with an emphasis on soil. Along with her husband Russ (who also has a doctorate from Colorado State University in Zoology, emphasizing nematology), she was offered a post-doctoral fellowship at the Natural Resource Ecology Lab at Colorado State University. In 1985, she accepted a Research Associate Fellowship at the University of Georgia. In 1986, Ingham moved to Oregon State University and joined the faculty in both Forest Science and Botany and Plant Pathology. She remained on faculty until 2001. Dr. Ingham is also an Affiliate Professor, Graduate Research, at Southern Cross University in Lismore, NSW, Australia, and an Affiliate Professor of Sustainable Living at Maharishi University of Management in Fairfield, Iowa, and was Program Chair of the Ecological Society of America from 1999 to 2000. She was recently Chief Scientist at  Rodale Institute.

Connection to Holistic Management:

I work with many growers on issues of importance to Holistic Management, particularly how life in the soil influences and interacts with animal grazing. Most people don’t consider that one of the reasons why Holistic Management works is because of the organisms in the soil. To properly build soil, with all the benefits that a healthy soil can bring, one must understand the soil food web” – Elaine Ingham


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As a serious academic, Dr. Ingham has spent years researching the life forms that constitute the soil food web. She brings this knowledge into her speaking with the energy and clarity to inspire anyone looking for greater connection to the soil. Join the conversation with Dr. Ingham and dozens of other visionary, solution-focused presenters at our International Conference, “Putting Grasslands to Work,” on Aug 1st & 2nd.
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Related Films/CDs

 Dr. Elaine Ingham – Critical Invisible Soil Fertility Solutions  About the Film “Critical Invisible Soil Fertility Solutions
Dr Elaine Ingham is highly recommended to any farmer who wants to develop and fully understand how to get healthy, living soils.
 Dr. Elaine Ingham – True Fertility Compost & Compost Tea Workshop About the Film “True Fertility Compost & Compost Tea Workshop
It is full of comprehensive advice for all practitioners and “would-be” practitioners of the art of compost and compost tea making. It is a full and faithful filming of both days including whiteboard illustrations and slides as used by Elaine. This Film set is a basic and essential tool and is highly recommended for every grower.
 Dr. Elaine Ingham – Compost & Compost Tea Revision Day 2008 About the Film “Compost & Compost Tea Revision Day 2008
“Revision Day 2008” has past attendees sharing, questioning and deepening their knowledge from practical experiences learnt since applying the skills from previous attendance in past years at the “True Fertility Workshop – Combining Soil Biology, Chemistry and Structure”.
 Dr. Elaine Ingham – How To Make Organic Compost About the Film “How To Make Organic Compost
Watch as Dr. Elaine Ingham, one of the worlds foremost authority in microbiology and soils, reveals the secrets to making organic compost scientifically and simply!
Discover as Dr. Elaine Ingham reveals the methods, materials and equipment required to make the highest quality compost for ALL Gardeners and Growers!
 Dr Elaine Ingham – Compost – Just do it! About the Film “Compost – Just do it!
World leader in practical, farm friendly, soil microbiology. Established 12 Soil Foodweb (SFI) laboratories worldwide. Now millions of acres being farmed under her system. Listen as she talks to 270 keen farmers who gathered to hear her principles. It is these principles that had the local farmers slash input costs by over 50%, increase production, pasture and animal health. The take home message was COMPOST to get the soil life going.
 Dairy Farmers Discover The Unexpected Profits & Extra Benefits About the Film “Dairy Farmers Discover The Unexpected Profits & Extra Benefits
This Film is all about compost and the unintended results from getting the soil biology going.
 What is Compost? About the CD”What is Compost?
We initiated this interview after finding out on our travels that all compost definitely ain’t compost. It is a really great interview and well worth listening too given the ground that gets covered, especially for anyone who is puzzled about making compost.
 What is Compost Tea? About the CD”What is Compost Tea?
This interview is a follow up on “What Is Compost?” Topics covered include: The Benefits of Compost Tea, 5 Essentials that Must be correct, Equipment, Common problems, Results.
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