David C. Johnson - "Soil Microbes: Their Powerful influence in Agroecosystems"

David "used to be an NPK junkie." Not anymore.  His perspective and research is remarkable.  A worthy use of an hour: listen to his presentation along with the powerpoint.

Powerpoint Slideshow:


A radio Interview with Dr. Johnson:



Life in the Soil Classes - Taught by Elaine Ingham Ph. D.


Elaine boils down 30 years of her research and experience into an extensive set of classes.  She thoroughly explains the theory and practice of managing the health of our soil by caring for the microbes who live and work there.  The information in these classes is invaluable.  Certainly the future of agriculture if we hope to persist.

Microbes in My Soil -    New Mexico/Colorado

Nina is like me; she offers microbial assays by direct observation with the microscope, makes some compost, and is gearing up to start offering honest-to-goodness full-foodweb compost.  Unlike me, she has experience in rangeland systems.  Reach her through "Microbes in My Soil" a facebook-based web presence where she also curates an excellent list of articles and video about soil from the curious to the promising.


 Kingdom Aquaponics LLC - Some seriously next level biological products

A project by excellent dude of note: Leighton Morrison.  Aside from that unicorn of full-foodweb compost, Kingdom Aquaponics LLC produces a full-foodweb material so fine that you can dilute it and spray, quality compost tea with no need to brew or mess with filter/extractor bags.  I wouldn't believe it without seeing it under the scope for myself.  I have, and it's the real deal.  I actually use their product to demonstrate what really nice compost should look like under the microscope in my presentations.  Get the full scoop on their website, and don't be shy to pick up the phone, Leighton is fun to talk with.


Wiggle Room - wonderful community vermiculture (vermiactivism?) in New England.

Monique went through the first wave on online soil food web courses in my cohort.  Now she runs a worm farm and worm accouterments business with her son.  Her special interest in soil biology has to do with nutrient dense foods.  I must say, I may rail against side by side images, but she's got some compelling ones from some side by side trials she's done!



My Own Presentation - A rundown of the soil foodweb and how to use it + microscope demo

These are the slides I use to introduce soil ecological theory to audiences.  The presentation includes a live microscope demo/microbe safari.  I've presented at varied and growing number of venues from a cozy group in central Virginia to the bright lights of the 2016 Seed Savers Exchange conference.