Elaine Ingham on Soil Microscopy

Elaine Ingham is a world renowned soil scientist. She is famous for coining the phrase Soil Food Web, and has been holistically studying the complex interactions of soil biology for several decades.

This presentation is called Common Ground and was presented in 2012 in the small town of Kapa’au in North Kohala on the Big Island of Hawai’i.

Understanding how the biology works in compost can lead a Korean Natural Farmer to improve their practice and scientifically analyze the interactions with indigenous micro organisms. Elaine shows the theory behind biological composting and how to use a microscope to analyze samples of soil and compost.

Primarily in KNF we use the microscope to analyze how much beneficial fungus is present in a sample. This gives us an idea of how effective our collection and teas are. Using simple techniques of microscopy we can adjust the amount of KNF Solutions to add to suit our plant’s needs.

For me, Elaine gave me the ability to take Korean Natural Farming out of a black box, and I hope this benefits you as well.