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Biodynamic Principles and the Inner Path of the Farmer

Our earth is part of a living cosmos, and is interpenetrated by cosmic rhythms and vital forces that come from the sun, moon, stars, and other planets of our solar system. The biodynamic practitioner is a mediator artfully working to harmonize the terrestrial and cosmic influences and thereby create an enlivened environment for plant growth. Each farm or garden becomes an ecological organism – an expression of the great cycles and rhythms of life.

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Wed, 01/22/2014 - 10:15 to 16:30

The Biodynamic Preparations and Farm-Scale Composting

The biodynamic preparations and compost are vital tools any farmer can use enhance the life and health of the farm, especially in the face of such challenges as radiation, chemical use and pesticide residues. In this workshop we will delve into each of the nine biodynamic preparations – how they are made, their relationship to elements and processes within the farm organism, and their use both in and independent of a composting program, including compost teas and the Biodynamic Compound (BC) preparation.

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workshop
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02
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Wed, 01/22/2014 - 10:15 to 16:30

The Economics of a Small-Scale Self-Sufficient Farm

The term "economics" comes from the ancient greek word “oekonomia,” which Aristotle defined as stewardship of the household in imitation of nature providing for her offspring. In this session, farmer, academic and businessman Henning Sehmsdorf will show how this alternative idea of economics can transform the management practices of the small-scale, self-sufficient farm.

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workshop
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02
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Wed, 01/22/2014 - 16:50 to 17:35
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Biodynamic Viticulture and Winemaking

The cyclical process of farming grapes and then aiding it through fermentation, in modern times, has become 2 separate responsibilities divvied between the vineyard manager and the winemaker. Meet three ‘winegrowers’ who appreciate and direct the entire process and in so doing are creating vines and wines of resonance and intensity.

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workshop
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02
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Wed, 01/22/2014 - 10:15 to 16:30

Integrating Livestock and Vegetables for Sustained Fertility, Food, and Community

A self-contained farm can create health and vitality on the land and quality food for the community. Trying to create the modern biodynamic farm in today’s social and economic context is challenging but not impossible. Learn about Adam and Paula’s progress in achieving this goal, and how you can apply basic principles to your own operation. We incorporate producing livestock (cows, sheep, and pigs), feed (pasture and grain) and food (meat, fruits/vegetables, wine grapes and olives for oil) into a self-sustaining system that renews the soil’s fertility.

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workshop
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02
Date: 
Wed, 01/22/2014 - 10:15 to 16:30

Is Demeter Biodynamic certification for you?

Have you ever considered getting your farm or products certified Biodynamic? This workshop will outline the steps needed to obtain certification. What are the similarities to the requirements of the National Organic Program? What are the differences? How can the principles and practices of Biodynamic agriculture help you be a better farmer? There has never been a better time in the US to consider Biodynamic certification, as there is a strong need for Biodynamic ingredients and products. Come hear what all the buzz is about!

 

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workshop
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02
Date: 
Wed, 01/22/2014 - 16:50 to 17:35

The Competitive Environment in Local, Direct Marketed, Biodynamic and Organic Foods: The Guerilla Marketing Advantage

Most direct marketers know that they will never out Wal-mart Wal-Mart on pricing or Whole Foods on glitz. But many farm entrepreneurs have something these giant corporations can't buy at any price.....authenticity.

As the integrity of organic label continues to be challenged by a corporate agribusiness takeover, factory farm livestock production and commodity imports from China, India and other developing nations, the Biodynamic producers have a unique opportunity to differentiate themselves.

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Fri, 11/16/2012 - 14:00 to 15:30
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Spanish Translation

We are pleased to offer simultaneous interpretation in Spanish during keynotes and some workshops. Please indicate your interest in this service on your registration form.

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Thu, 11/15/2012 - 13:00 to Sun, 11/18/2012 - 12:00
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Living in the Gift: The Interface of Money and Farming

Featuring Charles Eisenstein

No one enters biodynamics or permaculture with the intention of making a lot of money. We want to feed people in a way that serves their health, and that honors and returns the gifts of the earth. In other words, we engage our work in the spirit of the gift. But we live among institutions — especially money — that suppress generosity and foster instead accumulation, scarcity, and competition. This collaborative workshop will explore inventive ways of engaging the world as it is: how do we interface with the world of money?

 

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Sat, 11/17/2012 - 14:00 to 15:30
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Biodynamics in Mexico

Moderated by Sarah Weber and featuring Dr. Jose Ma. Anguiano Cardenas, Ferdinand Vondruska, Eduardo Rincon, Berenice Escobar, and Pedro Cruz (invited)

Come and learn about the inspiring biodynamic initiatives happening in Mexico! Hear about biodynamics in the context of the Mexican culture, climate, people, groups involved, and agricultural setting. Presenters will share current biodynamic work in Cuernavaca and Colima areas, including activities of the organization Camino Verde.

 

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Sat, 11/17/2012 - 14:00 to 15:30

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