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Nationally recognized biologist Elaine Ingham to present at Whitworth Oct. 23

October 15, 2014

Discover what makes compost tea a sustainable option as soil biology expert Elaine Ingham presents “The Soil Food Web and Compost Tea” Thursday, Oct. 23, at 7 p.m. in Weyerhaeuser Hall’s Robinson Teaching Theatre. This event is free and open to the public.

“Ingham’s work on soil microbiology, and specifically compost tea, inspired Whitworth’s own compost tea initiative which we started this past year,” Fred Johnston, Whitworth’s compost tea project and resource conservation manager, says. “Whether you are a professional landscaper or simply an avid gardener, Dr. Ingham’s research and methods are applicable, allowing folks to increase the health and longevity of their soil and plants.”

In 1996, Ingham founded Soil Foodweb, Inc., and revealed that the key to growing more resilient crops is in the quality and nutrients of the soil. In her lecture, she will explore the biology and chemistry of soil, soil food web principles and myths, compost tea technology, and more.

Ingham received her Ph.D. in microbiology from Colorado State University and currently teaches as an adjunct at Maharishi University of Management, in Iowa. Her publications include 10 Steps to Gardening with Nature: Using Sustainable Methods to Replicate Mother Nature (2011) and The Field Guide for Actively Aerated Compost Tea (2005).

Located in Spokane, Wash., Whitworth is a private liberal arts university affiliated with the Presbyterian church. The university, which has an enrollment of 3,000 students, offers 60 undergraduate and graduate degree programs.


Fred Johnston, compost tea project and resource conservation manager, Whitworth University, (509) 777-4423 or

Lucas Beechinor, media relations manager, Whitworth University, (509) 777-4703 or