From: Joe Miazgowicz [mailto:[log in to unmask]]
Sent: Monday, January 05, 2009 11:07 AM

Flowerfield Enterprises



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Dr. E.R. Ingham, renowned soil expert, to speak at Riviera Theatre, Three Rivers, Michigan

Flowerfield Enterprises presents “Bringing Soil Back to Health” seminar Wed January 14, 2009



December 29, 2008 Portage, Michigan


Flowerfield Enterprises of Portage, Michigan announces today that renowned soil scientist, author, and lecturer Dr. Elaine Ingham will present a one day workshop entitled “Bringing Soil Back to Health” at the newly renovated Riviera Theatre in Three Rivers, Michigan on Wednesday, January 14, 2009. The Principles of the Soil Foodweb as developed by Dr. Ingham at the Sustainable Studies Institute in Corvallis, Oregon will be discussed. The focus of the upcoming event is the implementation of programs for growers which would reduce pesticide use by 99%, reduce inorganic fertilizer inputs by more than 50%, reduce water use by 25% to 75%, and increase root depth, root surface area, and tilth. For those unfamiliar with Soil Foodweb principles these outcomes are achieved by having a balanced and diverse foodweb which includes beneficial microorganisms such as bacteria, fungi, nematodes, and protozoa. This can be achieved by applying high quality composts and/or compost teas. The microorganisms then provide a range of valuable functions including disease suppression, nutrient cycling and retention, residue decomposition, and improved structure. These principles of soil management can be used by a variety of commercial growers/farmers. They can also be used by landscape professionals, home gardeners, nurseries, and in hydroponics applications.

Registration for the January 14th event is available at Flowerfield Enterprises website, or contact by email [log in to unmask]  or by calling 800 587 1478 or 269 327-0108.  The seminar will run from 9am to 5pm with lunch provided. The cost is $50 for single attendee; $45 for students; $90 for pairs



Dr. Elaine Ingham, President of Soil Foodweb, Inc and board member of the Sustainable Studies Institute, is an energetic easy-to-understand speaker who explains what life in the soil is all about. Elaine offers a way forward for sustainable farming; a way of improving soils we work with now and a way to keep soils in this healthier state without damaging any other eco-system. Dr Ingham has established soil biology laboratories in Australia, England, South Africa, and New Zealand as well as in the U.S. and Canada.



Flowerfield Enterprises was founded in 1976 by Mary Appelhof, world famous author of “Worms Eat My Garbage.” Since that time Flowerfield has helped thousands of institutions and individuals with their worm composting programs. Now after studying soil biology with Dr. Elaine Ingham, Flowerfield has established a comprehensive program to produce high quality lab-tested compost teas and extracts, to apply these products efficiently and economically, and to monitor the progress using proven scientific methods. Flowerfield Enterprises is currently consulting with many local lakeside communities to help them with water quality compliance issues, and with local farms to help in their transition to organic production.


Building healthy soils helps develop healthy local foods and a healthier local economy.


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