As part of our commitment to sustainability, Quivira maintains a Demeter certified Biodynamic vegetable, fruit, and herb garden. The garden provides botanical diversity and pollinator habitat, as well as a resource for demonstration and education.
This year, garden manager Jim Barausky, is hosting themed tours and talks in the garden for people who wish to develop knowledge and skill about biodynamic farm and garden practices. Tours and talks are monthly on Saturdays 9-11. You can also arrange a private tour for your group. Contact: Jim at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Principles & Practices of Biodynamic Agriculture
Saturday, May 18, 9-11
In this introduction to Biodynamic Agriculture, we will discuss the Biodynamic “Idea”, and its application for large and small- scale operations. Topics will include Biodynamic compost and spray preparations, the biodynamic concept of the farm as a “super-organism”, and the influences of cosmic forces on plant growth and nutrition.
Attracting Pollinators and Saving The Honey Bee
Saturday, June 15, 9-11
Honey Bees and other pollinators are vital for the pollination of our food crops. Declining habitats and increasing pesticide have caused widespread reduction of pollinator populations putting food crops at risk. Come learn how we raise honeybees, and create habitat for pollinators in the Quivira biodynamic garden.
Saturday July 20 9-12
The Quivira garden displays an array of culinary and medicinal herbs. Herbalist Cheryl Mulholland will conduct today’s tour and talk. Cheryl will share her love of herbal folklore and recipes for her favorite summertime herbal teas and tisanes.
Saturday, August 17 9-11
The practice of seed saving is a ritual as old as gardening. Today, saving seeds is of vital importance for developing and maintaining open-pollinated vegetable, herb and flower seeds. At Quivira, we save our seeds from year to year. We also grow open-pollinated heirloom varieties for Turtle Tree Seed Company.
Soil Building & Composting Workshop
Saturday, September 14 9-12 (Note-longer time)
We will learn about the importance of creating and enhancing soil processes, and basic concepts of soil building. Using biodynamic methods and preparations, we will get our hands good and dirty while building a composting pile. Wear your boots and bring your gloves! There is a $20 fee for this workshop.