Cornelia from KoruKai Herb Farm has training in organic horticulture and has completed Dr Elaine Ingham's thorough Soil Food Web Foundation Course with distinction in 2018. She has spent the last 2 years applying the knowledge on the herb farm and on her 7 hectare grazing block for sheep and house cows. The course will include hands-on knowledge of set-up and equipment and results and observations from the farm. We are excited to be offering these modules online and share with you this amazing soil food web approach of healthy soil, healthy planet and healthy people.
This course is taught online via zoom on 4 weeknights. You will get a link and meeting ID of the individual session sent to your inbox, so make sure you give us the correct email address.
You will have exclusive access to a private forum to ask questions, engage with other participants. This is also the place where you can download the slides for each session beforehand and where we will upload the recordings. This space can be as interactive as you like it to be.
If you miss or have missed a session you get the recording and you can watch at a later date.
Times are in NZST.
o Module I: WATCH RECORDING
- Microbial life in relation to plant succession
- Nutrient pools in soils
- Benefits of a healthy soil food web
- Nutrient cycling by the soil food web
- Nitrogen cycle and nitrogen fixation by bacteria
- Plant exudates, pH
o Module II: Thursday, 23rd July 2020, 7pm, 1 hour session followed by 30 minutes questions
- Members of the soil food web
- Possible disruption to the soil food web
- Gardening and farming guidelines when working with the soil biology
- Biological assessment on a farm
- Biological seasonal plan
o Module III: Tuesday, 28st July 2020, 6:30pm, 2 hour session followed by 30 minutes questions
- Making bio-complete compost on the farm
- Carbon/Nitrogen ratio of compost materials
- Suitable materials for compost
- Video: Thermal compost heap construction
- Video: Worm farm set up at KoruKai Herb Farm
o Module IV: Thursday, 30th July 2020, 7pm, 1 hour session followed by 30 minutes questions
- Compost extract and compost tea
- Set up to make compost extract
- Compost tea brewer and basic formula
- Foods to enhance fungi and foods to increase bacterial numbers
- Application rates of compost tea and extract on the farm
Cornelia has taught soil biology and microscopy to diploma students at Lincoln University and at the BHU - in a classroom setting as well as online.
This is what students have said: "I've done a fair bit or reading and tinkering around this topic, but nothing beats the opportunity to be taught by Cornelia who has completed a full course with Dr Elaine Ingham and is out there doing it for herself and seeing great results. I learnt so much and it was all very clearly explained and backed up by personal experience. I would highly recommend a course with Cornelia for anyone setting out in gardening or wanting to take their garden or operation into a new paradigm." PC
"I've done two workshops with Cornelia as part of my organic horticulture course. Both sessions have been extremely informative and I've picked up different information each time. Cornelia is very knowledgeable about the Soil Food Web and it's great to see examples and photos of how this has been applied in real life on her own farm. I definitely think differently about my soil now and have a new appreciation of the intricacies of the soil biology." CG
Many of us work with soils, plants and compost but very few have a deep understanding of how soil health and fertility is built at a biological level.
Become part of a fantastic movement to bring back fertility to our soils, restore the microbial balance, build soil structure and heal the land that has been damaged by the over application of synthetic fertilisers, pesticides, fungicides and herbicides.
The Soil Foodweb Approach has been used on over 5 Million acres worldwide to help farmers and growers to reduce their input costs and to increase their yields by as much as 300%. It actively restores soil, while growing super-nutritious foods and simultaneously sequestering enough carbon to potentially stop climate change.
This approach is easy to do in your home garden or orchard, for organic market gardeners, in a commercial vineyard, on sheep and beef farms or cropping operations. It is also for people generally interested in agriculture, organics and cutting edge science.
And the best thing is, once you have gained the knowledge you can make BioActive Compost at home, making BioActive Compost Tea and apply this to your soil – for FREE. No more disease pressure, no more pest problems and fungal diseases will be a scary thing from the past!
A healthy soil food web will suppress diseases, retain nutrients and stopping leaching and run-off, filters toxins out of the soil and improves water quality downstream, make nutrients available for the plants at the rate the plant needs and resulting in healthier animals and humans who eat those plants. You will get higher yields and more flavourful, nutrient-dense crops and it will build soil structure which leads to increased water holding capacity and increases root depth of the plants. This is very important in our changing climate with varied water supply and more severe droughts than before. A lot less irrigation is needed or none at all to grow the same amount of food or even more than before.