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It's The Soil That Counts Foundational

Start date: 02-08-2020

End date: 02-08-2020

Duration: 10:00 am - 4:00 pm AWST

Organised by: EarthWhile Australia

Location: Cooloongup WA 6168, Australia


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Cost: AUD 264


Price inclusive of workbook, use of microscopes, consumables, and lunch.


Soil microbes are essential to healthy soil and healthy soil is essential to healthy plants – this is the International Year of Plant Health. Let us build your knowledge and skills to understand how microbes build soil, so you can reduce water requirements, provide plant nutrients, protect our environment and break down toxins with these naturally occurring little workers. These interactive workshops will get you much more closely acquainted with our wonderful living soil whether it is on a town block, or acreage and are suitable for individuals, professional development, and as an introduction for commercial purposes.

The ‘It’s the Soil that Counts’ series comprises two workshops – in this the first of the series, we will provide foundational skills and knowledge of soil food webs and for the use of microscopes. The topics to be covered are outlined below.

Foundational Class

  • Soil food webs
  • Setting up your microscope
  • Identifying micro-organisms
  • Viewing soil samples
  • Suggesting strategies to assist soil health

By the end of the Foundation Class you will have a greater understanding of soil food webs (why we need bacteria and fungi to gather nutrients, and protozoa and nematodes to make those nutrients available to plants). You will be able to identify soil food web microbes when you look at a sample of soil through a microscope and have some ideas for how you can easily look after and attract microbes to your soil.

In addition to being named as a finalist in the Science Communicator of the Year in Peel, and Peel ESTEAM (entrepreneurship, science, technology, engineering, arts and maths) Champion, EarthWhile Australia has done podcasts with Deryn Thorpe of All the Dirt and Sabrina Hahn of Sabrina Hahn’s Dirty Deeds, been guests on Sabrina Hahn’s Roots and Shoots ABC radio show and Curtin FM’s gardening show, and presented as series of events across National Science Week. We feel privileged to have our work acknowledged by a range of academics, sustainability ‘experts’, ecologists and the people who have participated in our presentations and workshops and look forward to sharing our knowledge and skills on the topic of soil food webs with you.

About the Organizer:

EarthWhile Australia works with members of our community to raise awareness of how healthy soils, healthy food, and healthy people are all interrelated and how we as individuals can contribute to a better world.

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