Biodynamic Farming Results in Mexico after Seven Years of Research - CANCELED

This workshop will look at a participative research project, conducted from 2010 to 2017, to implement biodynamic farming and Integrated Management in México in different crops like avocado (Persea americana Mill), Corn (Zea Mays), Tomatoes (Lycopersicum sculatum), and Citrus Tree (Citrus aurantifolia). The study was developed in 50 orchards (20 conventional and 30 organic) in Michoacan, Jalisco, and Colima states in México.

Event Type: 
workshop
Date: 
Saturday,
11:30am to 12:30pm
Location: 
Crown Zellerbach

Community Seed Systems: Connecting Soil to Table and Vase Through Seed

Within our annual crops, seed saving is quite likely the defining element of agriculture, yet most farms purchase all of their seed in from the outside, often from abstract foreign locales. Through their work with Siskiyou Seeds and the Seed Academy training, Stacey and Don have forged many connections towards fostering community seed systems, which include plant breeding, trialing, varietal adaptation, field days, education, outreach, seed growing, and distribution.

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

Thinking in Indian: Biodynamics at the Pine Ridge Reservation

We will share our experience bringing biodynamic methods to gardening in the third poorest census tract in America — the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, where we've been growing seedlings and tilling gardens for 33 years. Our highest number was 535 gardens; we average half that each year. The congruency of Native thinking and biodynamics is at the basis, and the need for our people to prosper and thrive is our subject matter. We will include our use of buffalo horns and manure for making biodynamic preparation 500, which was our biggest achievement.

Event Type: 
workshop
Date: 
Saturday,
11:30am to 12:30pm
Location: 
Pettygrove

The Farmer's Twelve Senses: Nourishing Our Senses as a Foundation for Healing Our Land and Creating Our Farm Individuality

In this workshop we will explore how our twelve senses can serve as a foundation for engaging in a more conscious, responsible, and participatory way with our farms. With a greater understanding and awareness of our senses, our experience of our landscape and farm can become deeper, intimate, and more meaningful. Within this context, we'll also explore questions such as: How do I participate — inwardly and outwardly — in the development of my farm and all that lives in its landscape? How can I become more conscious of the different qualities of my place?

Event Type: 
workshop
Date: 
Saturday,
11:30am to 12:30pm
Location: 
Multnomah

How to Invite Elementals onto Your Farm

In biodynamic agriculture, the role of elementals is often skimmed over or skipped completely. Yet these unseen helpers are eager to participate and increase the health of our farms and communities. We can invite them to come into partnership with us. Jacqueline's farm is a haven for nature spirits and elementals whose presence on the land is both palpable and visible. Using stories and images from her farm, we see how a relationship begins and how it progresses into a lively and responsive language.

Event Type: 
workshop
Date: 
Saturday,
11:30am to 12:30pm
Location: 
Flanders

From Here to Everywhere: Building a Regenerative Biodynamic Food System

In this workshop, we explore the notion of a thriving biodynamic food system serving a broad and diverse marketplace. We will start by acknowledging where we are, what such a food system might look like, and what some of the stages of development it will take to reach that marketplace. The panelists bring multiple perspectives and years of experience in the field.

Event Type: 
workshop
Date: 
Saturday,
11:30am to 12:30pm
Location: 
Glisan

Aiming for a New Generation in Finca Irlanda, Mexico

Farming and farmers are still at the end of the production chain, almost invisible to the modern world. Justice is the main idea we want to develop in our project in the farm: social justice, education justice, and welfare justice. In a 300-Ha coffee farm in Chiapas, Mexico that started in the 1920s, there have been a lot of changes and improvements, but there are also things that haven’t changed.

Event Type: 
workshop
Date: 
Saturday,
11:30am to 12:30pm
Location: 
Overton

The Evolution of Natural Wine: From the Ancient Wine of the Ancestors to the Contemporary Concept of Natural and Biodynamic Wine

.Take a fascinating journey following the evolution of wine through its millennium's long history — from its cradle, the Caucasus region where humanity first domesticated the vine about 8000 years ago, to the modern concept of natural and biodynamic wine.

Event Type: 
workshop
Date: 
Saturday,
11:30am to 12:30pm
Location: 
Clark

Rigor and Restlessness: Whither Biodynamic Practice?

Are we called to move beyond our current understanding of the biodynamic paradigm? Almost 100 years after the Agricultural Lectures, many of us are asking whether we should approach biodynamics differently. Should the practices themselves change? If so, how? If the practices change, how can we be sure they are still faithful to Steiner's vision? What is the essence of the biodynamic paradigm anyway? Does Steiner’s vision even matter, or are we called to act in new ways? There are many indications that humankind is on the doorstep of a profound shift in consciousness.

Event Type: 
workshop
Date: 
Saturday,
11:30am to 12:30pm
Location: 
Lovejoy

Combating Climate Change with Biodynamics

Biodynamics is on the forefront of carbon sequestration and helping to regenerate the Earth. Learn about what you can do on even the smallest of plots to combat the effects on huge stretches of land desecrated by the conventional agriculture of violence. We will explore humus-building, compost, mycorrhizal fungi, livestock rotation, and applied biodynamics.

Event Type: 
workshop
Date: 
Saturday,
11:30am to 12:30pm
Location: 
Clackamas