Third Tuesday Workshops at Work in Beauty House
The next workshop at Work in Beauty will be on July 19th. We will be talking about using the microscope to assess your soil life. We will go over how to use a microscope, how to prepare a soil sample for viewing under a microscope, and how to identify the life in your soil. This workshop is free and open to all.
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Welcome to WhooVIlle - a blog by Owl McCabe on growing in the high desert southwest.
On November 7th, over 100 people showed up at UNM-Gallup to hear the soil microbiologist, Dr. Elaine Ingham, give an inspiring talk titled, Restoring Life to Lifeless Soil. She described a world in which tilling, chemical fertilizers, pesticides, and even crop rotation make no sense. The "soil food web," as she calls it, is a universe of interdependent life, plants, and microbes that work together to extract nutrients from basic elements, hold water, and combat disease. All during the talk, live samples of this living community of microbes were projected on the wall next to her PowerPoint presentation.
Afterwards, during a Three-Sisters Potluck lunch-break, 17 people received awards for their Demonstration Projects that showed how to grow food in our area. Each winner had three minutes to describe their project, during which they shared hard-won knowledge gained by direct experience, thus proving that there are at least 17 different ways to approach growing food in our area.
Inspired by Dr. Ingham's presentation, Work in Beauty has decided to offer scholarships to Dr. Ingahm’s introductory course, Life in the Soil. All candidates for these scholarships must commit to leading workshops next summer. We hope to offer these free public workshops as soon as April. Watch for future announcements on this website and on Work in Beauty’s Facebook page.