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Seeing the Farm as a Living Organism

What does it mean to view our farms as living biodiverse organisms? How can we manage our farms using this lens? Jim Barausky will introduce the concept of the farm individuality, and then four biodynamic growers will take us on a slideshow tour of their farms, sharing some of the diverse ways that a farm organism can be co-created with nature.

Event Type: 
keynote
Date: 
Wed, 01/22/2014 - 08:30 to 09:45
Location: 
Asilomar Conference Grounds Pacific Grove , CA
United States
California

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.

Date: 
Thu, 11/15/2012 - 13:00 to Sun, 11/18/2012 - 12:00
Location: 
Monona Terrace
United States
Presenter(s): 

Renewing the Earth: An Evening of Sacred Stories, Poems, and Songs

Featuring Devon Strong, Arvol Lookinghorse, Venice Williams, Dennis Dietzel, Lorna Kohler, Louis Alemayehu, and Andreas Transo

This celebratory evening program will seek to awaken our sacred connection to the land through song, story, poetry, and movement, drawing upon the sacred traditions of diverse cultures and the emerging traditions of the future.

Followed by a reception featuring tastings of Theo Chocolates, with folk music from Andreas Transo and his band.

Date: 
Sat, 11/17/2012 - 19:30 to 22:00
Location: 
Grand Terrace, Monona Terrace
United States

Keynote: Practicing Sacred Agriculture

In past times the development of agriculture arose out of the teachings of the mystery schools. The cultivation of crops and animals was a way of linking human existence with the work of the divine world. The focus went beyond simply producing foodstuffs. Work on the land was simultaneously work on the relationship between the human being and the cosmos. In this way agriculture had a sacred dimension. The question is, can this sense of the sacred be discovered again today in the pressurized demands of production oriented agriculture?

Date: 
Sat, 11/17/2012 - 09:00 to 10:30
Location: 
Ballroom, Monona Terrace
United States
Presenter(s): 

Keynote: Peak Money and the Ecological Transition

Even though ecological agriculture occupies a growing niche in the food market, many farmers find that the more they produce with that market in mind, the less "ecological" they become. Money exercises a relentless pressure on farmers to compromise their deeply held values: often, it seems, the best financial decision is not the best ecological decision or the best decision for one's community and future generations.

Date: 
Fri, 11/16/2012 - 19:30 to 21:00
Location: 
Grand Terrace, Monona Terrace
United States
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Keynote: Building a Sacred Relationship with the Land

Featuring Katrina Frey, Frey Vineyards; John Peterson, Angelic Organics; Deb Soule, Avena Botanicals; and Steffen Schneider, Hawthorne Valley Farm

Date: 
Fri, 11/16/2012 - 09:00 to 10:30
Location: 
Ballroom, Monona Terrace
United States
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