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Our Agrarian Future

A Conversation with Mary Berry, moderated by Robert Karp

Event Type: 
workshop
Date: 
Fri, 11/14/2014 - 11:00 to 12:30
Location: 
Gulfstream/Hialeah, Hyatt Regency
United States
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Vines and Ovines

As biodynamic wine continues to grow in popularity, we are finding innovative ways to integrate animals into the vineyard system. This workshop will explore intense rotational grazing of sheep on a commercial scale in vineyards. We will cover the practicalities of managing sheep in a vineyard, including stocking numbers, rotational periods, and how to adjust of the amount of feed and weather.

Event Type: 
workshop
Date: 
Sat, 11/15/2014 - 14:00 to 15:30
Location: 
Hyatt Regency
United States
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Starting, Growing and Maintaining a CSA: Lessons from the Founding Generation

From its humble — and radical — beginnings as an intimate, shared-risk partnership between a single farm and group of consumers, todays 13,000+ community supported agriculture (CSA) farms have become as diverse as the crops they grow (employing CSA as just one market channel or strategy among many) and some serving thousands of members with produce from multiple farms. How do we start, grow, and maintain high integrity CSA’s in this increasingly complex and competitive environment?

Event Type: 
workshop
Date: 
Sat, 11/15/2014 - 11:00 to 12:30
Location: 
Hyatt Regency
United States

Securing Capital from Social Investors

Organic and biodynamic farmers and food entrepreneurs need capital to start, maintain and grow their operations. Fortunately, a growing number of socially minded “slow money” investors and institutions are showing an interest in providing a source of affordable and friendly capital to local farmers and food entrepreneurs. What are we learning from these efforts? What are best practices? How can a farmer be prepared to work effectively with a social investor? What resources are out there for farmers, entrepreneurs and would be investors?

Event Type: 
workshop
Date: 
Fri, 11/14/2014 - 11:00 to 12:30
Location: 
Hyatt Regency
United States

Innovative Farm Succession and Land Ownership Strategies

In this workshop, we will explore how we think about and construct ownership, determine appropriate use, and connect to community as the basic elements of farmland preservation. This threefold view of land can be used as a framework for land use planning, as well as protection and stewardship. Ownership is a matter of destiny, use a matter of rights, and community an economic function. Based upon the practical experience gleaned from farmers and farmland trusts, this workshop is designed to help problem solve and and plan for the future of farmland.

Event Type: 
workshop
Date: 
Fri, 11/14/2014 - 14:00 to 15:30
Location: 
Hyatt Regency
United States

Understanding the Nature of the Vortex

The vortex is the principal water form that takes up the substances of the biodynamic horn manure (500) and horn silica (501) preparations. We will look at surfaces, movement, rhythm and pulsation as these give the matrix for the preparations to work. Through slides, video and direct experience we will explore the fascinating phenomenon of the vortex and its importance for biodynamics.

Event Type: 
workshop
Date: 
Sat, 11/15/2014 - 14:00 to 15:30
Location: 
Hyatt Regency
United States
Presenter(s): 

Young Biodynamic Farmers

What are the successes, challenges, hopes and dreams of the next generation of biodynamic farmers? Farmer John Peterson — lifelong farmer, author, social artist and star of The Real Dirt on Farmer John — will host this lively roundtable with four young biodynamic farmers from across the continent: Monique Blais (Grassroots Family Farm, PA), Sara Patterson (Red Acre Farm, UT), Andrew Stewart (Angelic Organics Farm, IL) and Eric Wooldridge (Bells Bend Farm, TN). 

Event Type: 
workshop
Date: 
Sat, 11/15/2014 - 14:00 to 15:30
Location: 
Hyatt Regency
United States

Working with Cosmic Rhythms and Planting Calendars

The plant is enveloped in the rhythms of sun, moon, and planets. Before you use a planting calendar to consult what should be done on a given day on the farm or in the garden, learn about the most important rhythms. Beginning with the sun and its influence on the day and the seasons, we will move on to consider the various rhythms of the moon, as well as basic understanding of the planets. Then we will explore Rudolf Steiner's comments on sun, moon, and planets and finally look at how different biodynamic researchers have turned all this into planting time suggestions.

Event Type: 
workshop
Date: 
Sat, 11/15/2014 - 14:00 to 15:30
Location: 
Hyatt Regency
United States

Why I Farm Biodynamically

In this workshop, three farmers, each of whom have been farming biodynamically for decades, will give a warm and candid picture of their farms and farming methods and share why biodynamics continues to be an inspiration and a source for personal and professional development. Mac Mead farms using draft horses and is the executive director of the Pfeiffer Center. Janet Gamble is owner-operator of Turtle Creek Gardens and developed and led a nationally recognized farmer training program at the Michael Fields Agricultural Institute.

Event Type: 
workshop
Date: 
Fri, 11/14/2014 - 11:00 to 12:30
Location: 
Hyatt Regency
United States

Who are the animals really?

The workshop will try to shed some light on the spiritual being of our farm animals and then, based on what we learn there, demonstrate practical consequences and techniques of husbandry and feeding and breeding.

Event Type: 
workshop
Date: 
Fri, 11/14/2014 - 11:00 to 12:30
Location: 
Hyatt Regency
United States
Presenter(s): 

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