Virtual Professional Development — June 21-25, 2021

“By offering a national seminar we hope to offer a professional development workshop that offers new perspective and insight to the importance of teaching about soil nutrients withing the classroom,” said NFLF Executive Director Harriet Wegmeyer. “Our whole team’s effort is evident in the delivery of the workshop, and we are proud that past attendees have said it is the best workshop they have ever attended.”


Nutrients for Life Foundation (NFLF) will host the fourth annual Professional Development Event, Soil – Life’s Main Ingredient, June 21-25, 2021 virtually.

Each day we will host a live event and have independent study. Participants in the seminar will receive a package with resource and materials need for the workshop.

This virtual course is designed for teachers who wish to further their knowledge and understanding of soil and why it is Life’s Main Ingredient. Using the Nutrients for Life Foundation curricula and 4R principles students will learn the scientific reasoning behind soil, nutrients and the environment. Students participating in the virtual professional development will be provided the necessary knowledge, free resources and experience to take back to their classrooms with ready to go hands-on STEM lesson plans. Students will be evaluated on their participation, engagement, and completion of the course. 

We will travel back in time to look at what we didn’t know to understand where science and technology has advanced us to sustainably maintain our soil for optimized agricultural production. 

There is a $15 registration fee to help cover the cost of shipping workshop materials and resources to participants. You will receive more information about how to earn credit through Lindenwood after you register.


Day 1: Discovering where we’ve come from 

Where have we come from to understand what is naturally occurring in the soil?  Let’s explore the history of management practices and soil health. 

Day 2: Fertilizer 101 

We know nutrients are naturally occurring in the soil, but how are those nutrients made available to a plant? Soil and plant health is a vital part of Agricultural production. 

Day 3: Soil 101 

Soil is a living thing! We will take a deeper dive into chemistry and makeup of the soil. 

Day 4: Discovering the now and where we are headed 

We’ve learned about our past, but where has that taken us? We now have more knowledge and science on our side to guide each decision we make.  

Day 5Feeding a growing world 

What impact will students have on sustainably feeding a growing population? They are the decision makers of tomorrow. The science behind soil health can help direct their future.  


For more information or questions please email Debra at or Melissa at

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