Upcoming Classes!

Saturday ~  March 26, 2016 ~ 9am ~ 4pm

Life in the Soil: Biology and Health of the Soil Food Web with Elaine Ingham — REGISTER HERE!

8:30 Class Sign-In/Registration. Location: The Good Acre, 1790 Larpenteur Ave W, Falcon Heights, MN 55113

$135.00  — Lunch & Beverages Provided.


Dr. Elaine Ingham: Founder, President and Director of Research for Soil Foodweb Inc., is a world-renown leader in research on the soil food web– truly a maverick soil scholar. She will visit the Twin Cities from Corvallis Oregon for her day-long class, Life In The Soil: Biology & Health of the Soil Food Web, on Saturday, March 26th at the new Good Acre Classroom in Falcon Heights. Registration sign-in begins at 8:30am. The Women’s Environmental Institute is excited to present this extraordi-nary opportunity for anyone interested in a pioneering vision of sustainable farm-ing.
For organically-minded farmers and growers, Elaine has developed a way to manage the soil web and the organisms that dwell there to grow healthy plants with the least expensive inputs and in companionship with this microbial life. Her mission is to translate scientific knowledge into actions that ensure a healthy food web that in turn, promotes vigorous plant growth, soil fertility, ecosystem balance and less reliance.
In addition to her work with Soil Foodweb Inc., Elaine has worked as Chief Scien-tist for the Rodale Institute in Pennsylvania, initiated a growers lab in Southern Cross University in Lismore, Australia, served as a faculty Member in Forest Sci-ence and Botany and Plant Pathology at Oregon State University, served as a Re-search Associate with the University of Georgia, Most recently she has developed a unique Soil Microbial Biomass Service to measure microbial life in the your soil. Of special note, Elaine started her academic career at St. Olaf College with a B.A., Biology and Chemistry, and later earned an M.S. in Microbiology at Texas A & M University and her Doctorate in Microbiology, (with an emphasis in soil,) from Colorado State University.

In the morning session, you will learn about the elements of a healthy soil foodweb. Healthy soil has all the interconnected elements of a “web”, retaining and cycling nutrients into the right forms at the right rates for each individual while building soil structure, suppressing disease-causing organisms, protecting plant surfaces, producing plant-growth-promoting hormones and chemicals, and decomposing toxic compounds.

In the early afternoon session, you will learn how to make incredible, biologically rich compost.  The difference between good compost which will benefit plants and reduced waste piles which often harm plants, will be explored. Learn how to manage making compost with minimized turning of thermal piles, and how to manage good compost temperature regulation, successful worm-composting bins, and the soil biology your desired plants need to thrive.

The late afternoon session, we will briefly explore how to make high quality compost extracts and teas to replenish beneficial organisms in the soil and on all plant surfaces. Learn how Actively Aerated Compost Tea (ACT) and Liquid Compost Extract (LCE) are most efficient methods for restoring microbial diversity in your soil.  Tailor your soil and root zones to support the growth of the plants you want.  Eliminate the need for inorganic fertilizers, pesticides and herbicides that decrease bio diversity and soil health.


Saturday ~  April 2, 2016 ~ 10am ~ 3pm

Organic Berry Workshop with Jim Riddle of Blue Fruit Farm   — REGISTER HERE!

9:30 Class Sign-In/Registration.  Location: The Women’s Environmental Institute, 15715 River Road, North Branch, MN 55056


Free Organic Soup/Bread Lunch Provided. Juice and Coffee served. Feel free to bring a bag lunch if desired.

This interactive workshop will focus on the establishment, management and production of perennial fruits, including blueberries, black currants, elderberries, aronia berries, juneberries, honeyberries and plums. It will not cover strawberries or raspberries. Jim will go into berry planning, site selection, soil preparation, weed control, aisle maintenance, irrigation, propagation and pollination along with specific production and management considerations. Jim is an experienced, engaging presenter who welcomes question and discussion. If you are interested in perennial fruits, don’t miss this informative and fun workshop!