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Session 1: Introduction to the Soil Food Web (2.5 Hours)


Beginning August 20th 2024, Mayland Community College in Burnsville is presenting 11 sessions on producing great soils.
These will be interactive meetings on how to build and maintain healthy soil.
Focus will be on the interest of attendees. You may choose the sessions wish at attend.

Meet the instructors:

Mr. James “Jim” Smith

Farmed for ten (10) years and was a landscaper for over 35 years.
He is well-known as an educator and organizer for improving agricultural practices.
He is one of the founders of the Organic Growers’ School and managed the Sustainability Farm program through Asheville-Buncombe Community College for four (4) years in Madison County.

Contact Jim at or

Ms. Jane Weaver

Ms. Weaver is committed to meeting high standards for transforming blunders made in the past as we take on the transcendent task of working through Nature for nutritive food production, fabulous soil building, and compassionate planetary care-taking. As a child, she was involved in the development of the seedless watermelon. Practices BioDynamic Gardening and has continued studies with Dr. Elaine Ingham since the eighties

Session 1: Introduction to the Soil Food Web (2.5 Hours)

Based on the work of Dr. Elaine Ingham and others, we will examine the invisible workings of the troves of microbial life in our garden soils.
That vascular plants actually farm microbes for mutual benefit is an exciting scenario we want to understand in order to build great soil.
Minimum 4 students.

8/20, T, 5:30-8:00p.m.
$30                  Weaver
Yancey            828.682.7315

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