Sacred Seed Stewardship - CANCELED

Seed is a precious common heritage and an essential component to the future sustainability of our food. Our ancestors have faithfully passed us this incredible gift of life over countless generations. Rowen White, in her work with Sierra Seed Cooperative and Indigenous SeedKeepers Network, is revitalizing the human connection to these sacred heritage seeds and honoring their cultural and practical context within our daily lives.

Event Type: 
workshop
Date: 
Saturday,
05:00pm to 06:30pm
Location: 
Pettygrove

Connecting to Spirit

Take time to balance stimulating conference content with the healing arts. Introducing simple watercolor techniques in painting and meditation exercises for developing discernment of the heart and cultivating our connection to spirit. Through the arts, we stimulate our imagination and develop a closer relationship of our inner landscape with the outer world of nature. No experience necessary; all beginners are welcome.

Event Type: 
workshop
Date: 
Friday,
05:00pm to 06:30pm
Location: 
Glisan

The Seven Life Processes and the Farm as Living Organism

In this workshop, we will explore the Seven Life Process identified by Rudolf Steiner­ — breathing, warming, nourishing, secreting, maintaining, growing, and reproducing — and how they can be a foundation for the understanding of our farms, not only as living organisms, but also as farm individualities. We will also inquire how, by supporting and understanding them, our farms can become more resilient, healthy, and creative.

Event Type: 
workshop
Date: 
Friday,
05:00pm to 06:30pm
Location: 
Lovejoy

Rudolf Steiner and Social Justice

Rudolf Steiner was at the cutting edge of social justice issues of his day, including sexism, racism, and poverty. In his book, The Philosophy of Freedom, he asks the question: since each human being is born into a particular gender, family, culture, and race, each of which has shared characteristics of others within the respective group, is it possible for an individual to truly be free?

Event Type: 
workshop
Date: 
Friday,
05:00pm to 06:30pm
Location: 
Overton

Results and Reflections from the International Biodynamic Research Conference

Join BDA Research Program Coordinator Sarah Weber and a panel of biodynamic researchers as they share the what they learned at the 1st International Conference on Biodynamic Research: "Evolving Agriculture and Food - Opening up Biodynamic Research," held this September at the Goetheanum in Dornach, Switzerland.

Event Type: 
workshop
Date: 
Friday,
05:00pm to 06:30pm
Location: 
Crown Zellerbach

Marketing Your Biodynamic Venture

Food. Farm. Skin Care. Remedy. Restaurant. Beverage. Wine. This is a hands-on workshop to help you market whatever it is you want to create and sell that comes from Biodynamic farming/gardening practices. This is not a workshop in how to lecture about biodynamics or what it means. This is about how to communicate the essence of what you are making or providing. This workshop will help you fashion your brand story that resonates with people who need your product or service. Come prepared to do the hard work and not rely solely on the Demeter certification.

Event Type: 
workshop
Date: 
Friday,
05:00pm to 06:30pm
Location: 
Weyerhaeuser

From Farm Organism to Farm Individuality

We will try to develop with an anthroposophical approach an understanding of the relation of the two in the sense that the farm organism is related to the body(s) in the human constitution, and the farm individuality is related to the soul and spirit in the human. How do the two interact? In which way is the one the condition for the other? In which way and with which tools can we foster each? Can we understand the biodynamic preparations in this context as the capacity builders for the individualization of the Earth?

Event Type: 
workshop
Date: 
Friday,
05:00pm to 06:30pm
Location: 
Grand Ballroom West

FaithLands

FaithLands Gathering, organized by the Greenhorns, brought together faith-based organizations from around the country under a shared vision of connecting religious traditions, agriculture, and ecological stewardship, inspiring a spiritual and ethical revolution in our relationship to each other and the land. Faith communities with farmland assets, connection to agriculture, and engagement in the food system are uniquely positioned to reengage with a deeper relationship to the communities they serve and to the greater communities within which they are located.

Event Type: 
workshop
Date: 
Friday,
05:00pm to 06:30pm
Location: 
Pendleton

Culinary Breeding Network: Building Community among Plant Breeders, Farmers, Chefs, and Eaters to Create Better Varieties for All

During this session, Lane and Adriano will discuss how increasing communication between stakeholders in the food community can result in more relevant and desirable cultivars. Lane will present examples of Culinary Breeding Network explorations, conversations, and celebrations that have inspired connection and collaboration throughout the food system. Adriano will share his experience in how biodynamic management affects the quality and flavor of plants.

Event Type: 
workshop
Date: 
Friday,
05:00pm to 06:30pm
Location: 
Washington

Biodynamics and Urban Agriculture: A Match in the Soil

Yisrael Family Urban Farm is "transforming the hood for good" in Sacramento through growing abundant and diverse food, education, and advocacy. Chanowk Yisrael will share stories from the farm and delve into biodynamics as a way not only to build a thriving soil biology, but also how to engage, empower, and employ communities.

Event Type: 
workshop
Date: 
Friday,
05:00pm to 06:30pm
Location: 
Clackamas