Special Thanks to:

Heller FoundationInn at Morro Bay


If you would like to be put on the distribution list to receive a Center 'update' announcement 1-2 times per month regarding events and activities in sustainable agriculture happening at Cal Poly and on the Central Coast, click here or email the Center For Sustainability with the word "subscribe" in the subject. Please use the same address to notify the Center of any pertinent announcements!

For detailed listings of other events, opportunities and resources for sustainable agriculture at Cal Poly and on the Central Coast, please visit recent postings on our Announcements page!
Elaine Ingham

Healthy Foodwebs, Healthy Soils

Event was SOLD OUT. Thanks to everyone for a great event!

SPECIAL Sustainable Ag Lecture Series (SALS) event!
Friday, April 21, 2017
(9 am - 5 pm)
Inn at Morro Bay
6 Certified Crop Advisor (CCA) CEUs have been approved (4 Soil & Water Mngt, 2 Nutrient Mngt)

We are pleased to host Dr. Elaine Ingham in San Luis Obispo at very special pricing thanks to generous support for our healthy soils and climate-smart agriculture initiatives from USDA's Western SARE program and the Clarence E. Heller Charitable Foundation.

The soil foodweb is comprised of an incredible array of organisms that range in size from tiny one-celled bacteria, algae, fungi, and protozoa, to more complex nematodes and micro-arthropods, to the visible earthworms, insects, small vertebrates and plants. As these organisms eat, grow and move through the soil, they help clean water and air, and release nutrients for healthy plants. Understanding who they are and how they work together enables farmers and gardeners alike to harness their power for more environmentally-sound and economical management of a wide range of agro-ecosystems.

Workshop topics will include soil foodweb principles, soil organism identification, how to make aerobic compost/humus to enhance soil life, making and applying biological extracts and teas, and case studies in improving soil ecosystems. Participants will gain a fundamental understanding of the way soil biology enhances plant nutrition, promotes agricultural health, and drives climate resilience.

Download a flyer by clicking here (PDF)

Attendees are eligible for a special conference rate of $119+tax/night for Thurs/Fri nights, please ask for
'Cal Poly Rate' at the Inn at Morro Bay

About Elaine Ingham

Elaine Ingham

Dr. Elaine Ingham is currently Founder and President and Director of Research for Soil Foodweb Inc., a business that grew out of her Oregon State University research program in soil ecology. Since 2014, Dr. Ingham has been the Managing Scientist at Environment Celebration Institute in Berry Creek, California, a non-profit research facility focusing on scientific experiments assessing the impact of soil biology on plant production. From 2011 to 2014, she was the Chief Scientist for the Rodale Institute in Pennsylvania. Dr. Ingham has an M.S. in Microbiology from Texas A & M University and a Doctorate in Microbiology (with an emphasis in soil) from Colorado State University. She is co-author of the USDA’s Soil Biology Primer and scores of peer reviewed scientific publications.

Dr. Ingham has a user-friendly approach to understanding soil health that is grounded in years of research into the organisms that make up the soil foodweb. Her goal is to translate this knowledge into actions that ensure healthy soils. She has developed three new methods of rapidly assessing soil and foliage-related organisms, and assessing how soil and foliar biology changes with different management practices. She has shown that improvement in biology leads to reduced water use, reduced weed populations, improved nutrient cycling, and elimination of toxic chemicals while improving plant production and nutrition.

More information on Soil Foodweb Inc. can be found at: www.soilfoodweb.com

For more information, please contact us at cfs@calpoly.edu or call 805-756-5086.