This one-day course will give participants the knowledge needed to assess the quality of soil, compost and compost tea/extract on their own, without the inconvenience and repeated expense of sending samples to a commercial lab.
The course includes a morning set-up and operation technique section followed by preparation of soil/compost materials for microscope examination. The rest of the day will focus on identification of diverse groups of soil organisms.
This course is part of a three-day program scheduled for June 21-23/2013. You have the choice to register for the Full Package (three days) or individual days, as they fit your personal schedule. The Full Package allows participants to use fresh information gained in the June 21 course to refine their skills in the use of a microscope to assess the quality of soil, compost and compost teas/extracts. To register, make your selection on the calendar page or click on: Full Package, June 22, June 23 or June 22 and 23.
We require that participants bring their own microscope or rent one of ours for a daily fee of $50. We recommend a microscope with 4X, 10X, and 40X objective lenses (40X is critical), and 10X eyepieces. If you do not already have a microscope and would like to buy one, we negotiated a 10% discount with the company where we buy our microscopes. Here is a link to their page:
The coupon code is "RODALE10P" (all in capital letters). The discount applies to the 4 microscopes sold with a camera. Make note that the discount does not apply to the M8311E microscope sold without a camera (item number 9401756). They also sell an aluminum case that will make it easier and safer to travel with your microscope.
For more information, contact Maria Pop, Education and Outreach Manager, at (610) 683-1481, or firstname.lastname@example.org
Tuition includes lunch, snacks and refreshments. Pre-registration is required.