I try to make my videos short and edit them well, hopefully they are useful...

Youtube is so good at helping you fix your car or get a stain out, but it's not so good for finding concise, well articulated info about the soil foodweb!

The soil foodweb approach has profound potential. Any soil that is productive, healthy, and efficient with holding water and nutrient will be packed with microbes, a complete network constantly eating eachoter that we call "the soil foodweb". Our job is to get our soils to this living condition. There is no turnkey guide. Everyone in this work needs to understand some general realationships withing the soil foodweb. When we applying biology (compost, tea, or extract) without a microscope it's a gamble, but the more we know the better the chance for a jackpot.

Too often I see oversimplified solutions, especially on youtube ("wood chips did this!" "Worm castings are the best thing ever, period" "The foam on this compost tea guarantees that it is excellent.") If you're ready to go deep read Teaming With Microbes, still want more? Look into Dr. Elaine Ingham's classes. If you're ready to glean a bit of this and a bit of that, get some visuals, see some microscopic life, and get some inspiration, well you're in the right place.

Help me build out my FAQ!

I've got a few original videos up now.  I want to keep the info in the videos as concise as possible, but sometimes this comes at the price of completeness.  Don't be shy!  Shoot me your questions using the contact form.  This will help me make a better website by building out my new FAQ section.

If you have a burning need for exhaustive instruction with these ideas, check out Life in the Soil Classes (and tell them I sent you).  


This is a great video that shows Elaine Ingham's composting method that I learned at ECI farm in Berry creek CA.  Elaine does not appear in the video, but her protégé (and my friend) Molly Haviland is the person giving good thermometer tips at the 14 minute mark.

This video was produced at Living Soil Lab, Sustainable Living Department, Maharishi University of Management. Shot and produced by Bill Dyer for his joint degree in Sustainable Living and Media and Communications. Elaine is a visiting faculty in the program.

I know I promised concise, well articulated info about the soil foodweb, but while I build out this website, enjoy the videos I've already made where you can just gaze upon some interesting creatures.

I know I promised concise, well articulated info about the soil foodweb, but while I build out this website, enjoy the videos I've already made where you can just gaze upon some interesting creatures.

Large-Scale Composting solutions. Aug 26, 2016 Nature's Best LLC field day. Take aways.