Soil lab report (approximate breakdown of the soil sample protocol)
Setting up the microscope and dialling in the correct focus = 2 minutes
Receive sample and prepare the correct dilutions = 5/10 minutes
Main assessment counting filamentous organisms, protozoa - 30-40 minutes
Nematode scan and count = 15-20 minutes
Bacterial dilution and count = 10 minutes
Total = approx 1hr - 1hr 22mins
Creating the report which you receive
Entering the counted microbe data into the spread sheet = 10 minutes
Creating your personal file to store the data for future reference = 2 minutes
Sending your attached reports by email = 1 minute
Total = 13 minutes
Receiving pictures and or videos (if you choose this service)
Pictures and videos of your sample can be taking live in the moment when I am assessing the sample by using a camera which is connected to the microscope, and it takes no time at all really to capture the images/videos. The time that is involved when you receive pictures is when I have to download the pictures/videos from the software to my laptop, create and save the images/videos to a file in your name, and then transfer that data into a format that you can receive. I then upload the images/videos to the email that I send to you along with the report.
Total= 10 minutes
Please note: If you order Microbe Media only without reports then this process does not take 10 minutes minutes as I have to set up the microscope and focus in order to take the images or videos. This service takes around 40 minutes
Businesses normally add into their pricing the 'running costs' of the business. As I operate on a donation bases I do not charge you this cost. Below is information that allows you to understand my business running costs which I must pay in order to offer my services free of charge.
In order for me to be a certified as a soil lab technician by Dr Elaine Inghams 'Soil Food Web school', it is required that I 're-certify' twice in 2022 (my first year certified) then once every year thereafter.
Total cost per individual certification = £120 ($150)
In order to run a soil lab I must buy adequate technological equipment which include; microscope, camera, laptop, microscope slides/ utensils and cleaning materials.
Back end businesses costs
As with most businesses I have on going running costs. In order to create a responsible and efficient business my back end business costs include; website, apps, accounting software, laptop and phone equipment. I pay sole trader tax on all earnings that are over £1000 from 6th April 2021 to 5th April 2022.
Financial Transparency and Gift Economy
Every service I offer and all of the information on this website is giving as a gift, free of charge. Gift economy operates on a 'free will' basis.
If you would like to donate for your soil lab report service, please find below an outline of the value involved 'per sample'. I have broken my services and costs down in this way to be transparent, and to better communicate the time, knowledge and value you receive from me.
Lab report 'without' images and videos
Total = 1hr 15 minutes/1hr 35 minutes
Lab report 'with' images and videos
Total = 1hr 25 minutes/1hr 45 minutes
Total time per sample