Do You Ever Find Yourself Asking These Questions?

How can I measure soil health? What are my underground livestock and how do I feed them? Is my water quality suitable for my animals and farming/ranching needs? How do I know if my soil is compacted? What does a healthy soil look, smell and feel like? Are my weeds trying to tell me something? How can I get rid of my weeds without using poisons?

When growing foods, it can seem easier to reach for a bag, or enlist the advice from others.

Put the power back into your hands!

" Without measurement, there is no management."

With increasing climatic pressures, building resilient, healthy systems is critical. The key to healthy soil and production lies in being able to read and assess your own resources and know that you're on the track to regeneration.

When it comes to assessing soil health and where to start on your journey, it's easy to get overwhelmed. Learning has never been so easy with our casual yet informative teaching style.

Course curriculum

  • 1


    • Introduction to Soil Health Foundations with Nicole Masters

    • Disclaimer

    • Welcome to Soil Health Foundations

    • Topics Covered

    • Getting the most from your course

    • Essential Materials

    • Optional site to source materials

    • Background on your tutor Nicole Masters

  • 2

    Module One: Paradigms, Mindsets and Goals

    • Paradigms, Mindsets and Goals

    • How do paradigms shape the way we see the world?

    • Goal setting

  • 3

    Module Two: Natural Soil Building Processes

    • Natural Soil Building Processes

    • Biomes

    • The influence of latitude

    • Water and biomes

  • 4

    Module Three: Human civilizations influence on soil

    • Human influences on soil

    • Soil Texture

    • Human impacts

    • Soil Losses

  • 5

    Module Four: The Triage of Enabling Factors

    • The triage of Enabling Factors

    • Refractometer Instructions

    • Refractometer additional considerations

    • Take your measurements

    • Brix and minerals

  • 6

    Module Five: Soil Carbon

    • Soil Carbon

    • Digging into your soil carbon

    • Carbon breakdown

  • 7

    Module Six: Mycorrhizae and the Rhizosheath

    • Mycorrhizae and the Rhizosheath

    • Mycorrhizae and Rhizosheaths

  • 8

    Chapter Seven has moved! Don't Panic!

    • Chapter Seven has moved! Don't Panic!

  • 9

    Module Eight: Why is airflow important?

    • Just Breathe

    • What causes compaction?

    • Are your soils breathing?

  • 10

    Module Nine A: Water Cycles

    • Whole Catchment water cycles

    • Water Quality Testing

    • Water sources and testing

    • Rehydrating landscapes

  • 11

    Module Nine B: Is Your Water Effective?

    • Infiltration


    • Catching every drop

    • Infiltration tests

  • 12

    Module Seven: Assessing Soil Health

    • Assessing Soil Health

    • Scoring soil health

    • Score your soil health

    • Soil Health Results

  • 13

    Module Ten: The Underground Workforce

    • Viruses and Bacteria

    • Viruses and Bacteria

    • Fungi

    • Fungal life

    • Protists and Nematodes

    • Protists and Nematodes

    • The Earthmovers

    • Insect benefits

    • Make your own Berlese Funnel

    • Count on your bugs!

  • 14

    Module Eleven: Weeds as Indicators

    • Weeds as indicators

    • Weeds as indicators

    • What are weeds trying to tell you?

  • 15

    Module Twelve: Monitoring

    • Monitoring

    • Setting up a transect

    • Monitoring

  • 16

    Final Summary

    • Bringing it all together

    • Resources

Over the past few decades (and hundreds of workshops later), we've developed a range of methods to support your learning around the factors involved in building soil health.