Soil Biology Workshop (Soil Health Series #2)


Healthy soil is full of life. In one tablespoon, lives over 7 billion microorganisms! Over the last century, human practices have severely depleted this microbiological life that we rely on for nutrient cycling, decomposition, and supporting thriving ecosystems. To restore our soils, we need a greater understanding of the microorganisms who are hard at work beneath our feet.

This beginner level workshop will cover the following:

  • Overview of the different players in the soil food web
  • Hands on activities with microbes (using microscopes)
  • Strategies for supporting healthy soil biota
  • How to make compost tea as a practical example of applying soil biology

This workshop is one of three, as a course on soil biology, that we are hosting with the instructor – Emma Holmes.

About the Instructor

Emma Holmes (pictured above holding the umbrella during a workshop) is an agrologist, farmer and soil scientist. A regular face at the UBC Farm’s workshop series, she is a warm and friendly guide for beginners and experienced soil students. She studied at UBC’s Faculty of Land and Food Systems (B.Sc. Global Resource Systems, M.Sc. Soil Science) and completed a permaculture internship at the Bullock Permaculture Homestead in WA. Currently, Emma is teaching soil science at Kwantlen’s Tsawwassen Farm School and working for the Ministry of Agriculture as an Agrologist.

Karen Tomkins is a soil microbiology specialist and an ecosystem management technician. She has a Bachelors Degree in Environmental Studies from York University and a college diploma in Ecosystem Management from Sir Sanford Fleming College. Karen began her career working on a variety of wildlife studies across Canada. She is passionate about the intersection between food and ecology which led her to study permaculture design and to receive a certificate in Ecological Landscape Design with Gaia College. Over the years she has worked on a variety of farms from small market gardens to larger scale production facilities.

Date and Time

Saturday, September 16 | 10:00 AM to 12:30 PM (2.5 hours)


$39 ($32 student pricing) + GST

This workshop is one of three, as a course on soil biology, that we are hosting with the instructor – Emma Holmes.

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