Biodynamic Compost as a Catalyst for Transformation with Thea Maria Carlson, Executive Director of the Biodynamic Association
The biodynamic approach to composting is rooted in understanding, sensing, and engaging with compost as a living entity. This participatory workshop will demonstrate hands-on compost making as a pedagogical tool to decolonize post-secondary education. From identifying compostable materials available on campus to collaboratively building a compost pile using the biodynamic preparations, we will weave physical activity and skill-building together with an emphasis on observation and perception to move from an objectification model to a relational model of working with food and farming.
The 2018 conference will be organized around the themes of indigenous knowledge, decolonization and socio-ecological resiliency in agroecology and sustainable food systems education. Demonstrating the university’s commitment to becoming the world’s foremost indigenous serving school, the conference will offer many unique opportunities to explore how the University of Hawai‘i, and other indigenous serving institutions in North America, are working to integrate traditional ecological knowledge, practice and culture into post-secondary food systems education. Through presentations, workshops, field trips and hands-on activities, participants will share their theory, practices and vision for integrating these topics into university level and adult education programming about food, agriculture, sustainability and justice. For more information on past SAEA events and resources, please see the Sustainable Agriculture Education Association website.