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Working with a Goethean Approach in Biodynamic Education and Mentorship

As Goethe wrote, “if we want to behold nature in a living way, we must follow her example and become as mobile and malleable as nature herself.” How do we develop such inner mobility and flexibility? How can we develop a more intimate perception and understanding of the organisms and processes that make up the life of a farm or garden? How can inner work flow into our day-to-day activities?

Event Type: 
pre-conference workshop
Date: 
Thu, 11/13/2014 - 09:00 to 12:00
Location: 
Hyatt Regency
United States
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Transforming a Conventional Hog Farm through Biodynamics

When the neighbor’s corn starts to twist and curl from drought, Philip Lyvers' corn looks normal. All surrounding wheat fields are sprayed with fungicides 2-3 times per year. Philip doesn’t need to apply any. The standard application of nitrogen fertilizer to grow a crop of corn is 150-200 units per acre. Philip uses none.

Event Type: 
pre-conference workshop
Date: 
Thu, 11/13/2014 - 13:00 to 17:00
Location: 
Lyvers Farm
740 Hagans School House Rd
Loretto , KY
United States
Kentucky
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The Spiritual Foundation for Biodynamics

This full-day workshop on the spiritual foundation for biodynamics will be divided into four sessions:

Event Type: 
pre-conference workshop
Date: 
Thu, 11/13/2014 - 09:00 to 17:00
Location: 
Hyatt Regency
United States

Permaculture in Practice at Salamander Springs Farm

Learn to implement permaculture principles and practices on your farm or homestead — to utilize local resources, nutrients, and energy and to cycle them through your farm systems. Drawing on 30 years of experience and practices developed at Salamander Springs Farm, Susana Lein will teach you how to create and maintain healthy, living soil — without tillage. The workshop will demonstrate staple grain and dry bean crops and intensive vegetable production — utilizing continuous cover crops, poultry forages, mulches, and living manures.

Event Type: 
pre-conference workshop
Date: 
Thu, 11/13/2014 - 13:00 to 17:00
Location: 
Hyatt Regency
United States
Presenter(s): 

Origins, Development, and Modern Trends in Biodynamic Agriculture

We will begin this workshop by looking at science as the art of knowing, using Goethean observation to work with both spirit and substance in science and to discover beauty and goodness as well as truth. We will also cover how Rudolf Steiner’s background in mathematics, chemistry, biology, and medicine relates to and can help us understand biodynamics.

Event Type: 
pre-conference workshop
Date: 
Thu, 11/13/2014 - 13:00 to 17:00
Location: 
Hyatt Regency
United States
Presenter(s): 

Merging Modern Methods and Old-Time Wisdom for Gardening and Farming

Jeff Poppen, Tennessee's "Barefoot Farmer'," will cover the practical aspects of biodynamic gardening and farming in this full day workshop, drawing on his 30+ years' experience as a biodynamic market gardener. Beginning with an overview of why biodynamics came into being, we will review Rudolf Steiner's agriculture course and discuss how to implement the indications for biodynamic agriculture throughout the life of your garden or farm.

Event Type: 
pre-conference workshop
Date: 
Thu, 11/13/2014 - 09:00 to 17:00
Location: 
Hyatt Regency
United States
Presenter(s): 

Health Strategies for Organic Livestock

In this workshop, we will address the basic tenets for farm animal health, the immune system, holistic approaches to internal parasities, allowed conventional medicines for certified organic livestock, biologics, botanicals, acupuncture, homeopathy, and intuitive energy.

Event Type: 
pre-conference workshop
Date: 
Thu, 11/13/2014 - 13:00 to 17:00
Location: 
Hyatt Regency
United States
Presenter(s): 

Fermenting: Enhancing Human and Soil Health

Join Shabari Bird for a demonstration fermentation of veggies, grains, and dairy for human health. For soil and farm health, Shabari will present easy methods for fermenting your weeds for fertilizers and minerals. Many of our most health-giving ferments are derived from soil bacteria. Natto has the highest source of Vitamin K and uses Bacillus subtilis as starter. Koji, the source of miso and sake, comes from soil fungus: Aspergillus orazae. Ginger provides a rich microbial and bacteria mix for the soil and for the Korean favorite kimchi.

Event Type: 
pre-conference workshop
Date: 
Thu, 11/13/2014 - 09:00 to 12:00
Location: 
Hyatt Regency
United States
Presenter(s): 

Bridging Biodynamic Agriculture and Anthroposophic Medicine

This is an advanced workshop for people with a strong foundation in biodynamics or anthroposophic medicine.  Space is limited, so please register soon to confirm your place.

This event responds to a common heartfelt need being expressed by many individuals presently working in the fields of biodynamic agriculture and anthroposophic medicine. Through a blend of presentations and discussions, participants will look at the connections between these spheres.

Event Type: 
pre-conference workshop
Date: 
Thu, 11/13/2014 - 13:00 to 18:00
Location: 
Hyatt Regency
United States

Biodynamic Boot Camp for Gardeners

Biodynamic Boot Camp introduces biodynamics to urban gardeners who have a small garden – as little as 10’x12’ – in a lawn, community garden plot, or shared garden site. Students will learn tools, techniques, and preparations for a successful small-scale experience in biodynamics. Attention is given to building quality soil and compost using barrel compost preparation (BC) and readily available local organic materials: green grass clippings, leaves, and animal manures.

Event Type: 
pre-conference workshop
Date: 
Thu, 11/13/2014 - 09:00 to 12:00
Location: 
Hyatt Regency
United States
Presenter(s): 

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