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Soil Foodweb

New Zealand

Soil Foodweb New Zealand are soil rehabilitation specialists working with the New Zealand biological farming industry since 2003.
We are the foremost soil testing laboratory for micro-biology. Much of what we base farm production on relates directly to the soil microbes. Knowing what levels of soil biota exist in our soil and how active they are allows farmers and growers to optimize their production systems.

Above ground growth is dependent upon what is occurring underground. Reduce input costs and boost profitability by improving your soil biology. Soil Foodweb NZ are committed to helping farmers and growers to maximise profit margins from their operations. The science behind our system is simple and effective. Thousands of NZ farmers and growers have successfully applied and benefited from our services.

What we offer

Biological Soil testing provides an important management tool in developing healthy, productive, soil systems, as well as monitoring the effectiveness of other inputs and your soil remediation program.

Whilst a soil test provides a lot of valuable information on the status of your soil biology and how it is functioning, a test is only reliable if the soil sample is taken correctly and is handled properly after collection.

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Easy Soil Sampling

Collection of soil samples is as easy as sampling for minerals. Soil analysis can provide important information about physical conditions, fertility (nutrient) status, and chemical properties that affect a soil’s suitability for growing plants. Routine sampling and analysis can be useful tools for the management of small acreages.

Maintaining a record of soil analysis results also can give valuable information on long-term changes in soil properties.


Easy Report Format

Reports with interpretations are emailed and include phone consultation. Each report comes with a telephone consultation.

In our efforts to ensure complete understanding of the data on each report, we encourage you to take up our offer and phone the lab for further discussion regarding the results. We recognise that many farmers and growers will be new to the biological approach. We are commited to ensuring that the informations makes sense and becomes a valuable resource to assist in the right decisions being made.

Foremost soil testing laboratory for micro-biology

Soil Foodweb NZ are the foremost soil testing laboratory for micro-biology. Much of what we……READ MORE

Benefits associated with biological farming

Reduction of chemical inputs, suppression of weeds and pests, improve animal health and fertility……READ MORE

Soil, Compost and Compost Extract Packages

A selection of Packages is available from the Total Foodweb option to individual assays….READ MORE

“Thank you so much for your great talk – one of the trainees from the BG said it was the best Hort talk she has attended (she has to attend every one as part of her training).  From my point of view you were fantastic – up in our top five of great speakers! And we have sure had some good ones over the last 8 years.”

Kim Thomas

Teaching and Research Assistant, Otago Polytech

The Soil Foodweb NZ Difference

Our specialised soil analysis service offers a comprehensive range of tests to determine the biological composition, diversity and activity of our soils, composts and compost extracts.
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Experts in our field

New Zealand’s foremost soil testing laboratory.

Soil Microbiology

The study of organisms in soil, their functions, and how they affect soil properties.

Customer Service

Personal contact and ongoing service.

Simple Delivery

NZ Post, simple and fast.

Forms to download

Download Sample Submission Forms and Information/Instruction Sheets
Taking soil or compost samples is as easy as taking samples for mineral testing and can be done by using an auger, a spade or a hand trowel. The more information you provide on the submission form the more detailed and appropriate the comments will be on the report.

Books available

We have 4 great books available at $35 ea plus GST

Written by Dr Elaine Ingham these manuals provide an easy-to-read, informative reference to the biological processes in soil, compost and compost tea/inoculums

For more information on her workshops contact her website

How to Order

Please use our ‘ORDER HERE’ to go to our ‘CONTACTS’ page to send us an email indicating your choice of book(s) with your full name, Postal Address and Phone number in the message field. We will contact you within 3 days.

Alternatively you can phone us on 03 315 7676 or 021 082 14323 for further information.

Compost Team Manual 5

Compost Tea in some form or other has been around since Roman times, but this manual instructs the reader how to take the process to a whole new level. Dr Ingham explains the full process from the importance of; The quality of the compost; The actions of the microbes; Aeration; Quality control and, finally, Application.

Soil & Foliar Foodweb

This informally written manual contains an explanation on how the soil and folia foodwebs effect and optimise the healthy production of plants. Containing plenty of illustrations and diagrams it describes in detail the roles and functions of the bacteria, fungi, protozoa and nematodes.

The Foodweb in Compost

Whether you are making a back-yard compost heap or involved with commercial compost production this manual will provide essential guidance in achieving a quality end product. It explains how to collect and classify your starting materials, how to manage and monitor the biology which in turn will help create compost for each specific production system.

Soil Biology Primer

This beautiful little booklet published by the Soil and Water Conservation Society in co-operation with the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Services. Text written by Dr Elaine Ingham. It is basically a synopsis of soil biological processes with pictures.

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Soil Foodweb New Zealand are soil rehabilitation specialists working with the New Zealand biological farming industry since 2003.