Building Better Soil(s)

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Enrolled: 2 students
Duration: 1h 22min
Lectures: 22
Video: 18
Level: Beginner

Healthy soils are an important key to clean environments and nutrient dense food production. As such, healthy soils support the sustainability and the profitability of any farm.  Healthy soils also support the sustainability, health, and prosperity of any society.  

In this course, I will introduce basic principles about how soils work to clean the air and water around us, and to produce nutritious food.   

This course targets beginners, and does not dive deeply into the complexity of soil microbiology, chemistry and physics.   Rather, I seek to help home and market gardeners, hobby farmers, and growers with minimal scientific training understand those basic parameters they can monitor to ensure their soil is producing healthy crops.

Participants will be shown the 5 key components of soil, and how each component influences overall soil health. 

They will learn how to assess soil texture, improve soil structure, and manage soil minerals, organic matter, and microbiology to ensure that soil quality and crop nutrition improve. 

I avoid making any but the most general recommendations about additives that can be used to improve or restore soils.  Because the course reaches growers in vastly different natural and regulatory environments, it is important to stick to general principles that apply almost anywhere.

Soil Components

Optimizing Availability of Mineral Nutrients

* Farmers, Gardeners, Growers, Students, Scientists and other professionals seeking to: -understand basic soil chemistry, biology, and health principles. -optimize soil health in order to reduce the need for synthetic inputs. -maximizing production. -real life applications for basic soil ecology information.

Discover the World Beneath Your Feet!

We're excited to introduce our online course on soil sciences! Dive into the fascinating realm of soil and its vital role in creating clean environments and nutrient-rich food production, essential for farm sustainability and societal well-being.

Dr. Mary Lucero designed for beginners, making complex soil science accessible to all. Explore the five key soil components and their profound impact on overall soil health.

Learn practical techniques to assess soil texture, improve structure, and manage minerals, organic matter, and microbiology, ensuring better soil quality and crop nutrition.

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SO, what will you learn?

  • Understand the relationship between soil health, plant productivity, and nutrition.
  • Name the 5 soil components that make up a healthy soil.
  • Carry out qualitative, on site assessments of soil texture and structure.
  • Identify the 16 classic, and 18 contemporary mineral nutrients recognized as essential for plant health
  • Make practical decisions about when to run soil chemistry tests.
  • Understand why scarcity of a single nutrient may limit plant growth, even when other nutrients are abundant.
  • Reasons for measuring and managing soil cation exchange capacity (CEC) and pH
  • Why researchers are exploring soil redox chemistry as an indicator of soil health.



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