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Registration is now open for the 2011-12 One-Year Part-Time Training in Biodynamics
at the Pfeiffer Center
in Chestnut Ridge, NY. In thirteen full-day
workshops, participants gain a thorough grounding in the principles underlying biodynamics - plus classroom and hands-on work covering the biodynamic preparations, soil building, farm animal husbandry, pruning fruit trees, seed saving, weed and pest control, enhancing the nutritional value of produce, Goethean observation of nature, working with compost, and much more.
The faculty includes Mac Mead and Megan Durney (The Pfeiffer Center), Jennifer Greene (Water Research Institute), Craig Holdrege (The Nature Institute), Steffen Schneider (Hawthorne Valley Farm), and Hugh Williams (Threshold Farm).
The course fulfills the classroom study requirement in the Biodynamic Association's North American Apprenticeship Program
. Course registration includes a one-year introductory membership in the Association (new members only).Click here
for details and registration information.
Discussing Apprenticeship "Legality"
at the Farmer-Mentor Conference, Feb. 4-6
The third annual North American Biodynamic Apprenticeship Program (NABDAP) Farmer-Mentor Conference was a wonderful success, with 52 people attending from across the country. With a focus on the "hot" topic of the legality of apprenticeships, many farmers attending became aware of the issue for the first time. Download this PDF for an in-depth overview of the presentations and discussions, as well as many valuable links. Helpful appendices are also available here. NABDAP is a program of the Biodynamic Association.
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|Biodynamics and GMOs|
What can be the contributions of the biodynamic community to resolving the challenges posed by GMOs? Check out BDA Executive Director Robert Karp's recent blog post
on this issue and let us know what you think.
To help people in the biodynamic community to pursue various courses of action in response to the GMO threat, we are developing a resource page on our website. We would appreciate hearing about any resources or information you feel is important for others to know about on this topic; please email firstname.lastname@example.org
with any suggestions. Thanks to those on our Facebook page
who have already joined in this conversation.
|Opportunities |For a full and current list of opportunities available, please visit our online forums. To list employment, internship, or other opportunities in the forums, please email email@example.com.
Garden Share, On-Site Living Opportunity: Educational opportunity for a single person to live on site year round at Sharon's Natural Gardens, a biodynamic garden in Delmar, DE. Click here for more details. Biodynamic Farm Share:
Seeking people interested in biodynamic farming to share 3.66 acres in southwest Washington. Click here
for photos and more details.
Garden/Farm Manager Sought:
White Rose Farm in Gettysburg, PA seeks manager to assume primary responsibility for 2-acre market garden serving 32-member CSA and several farmers' markets. Click here
Woodbridge Farm, an 81-acre CSA farm in Salem, CT seeks apprentice. Skills that can be learned include livestock management, pasture rotation, seed propagation, greenhouse management, and use of the biodynamic preparations. Click here
for more details.
Sankanac CSA seeks apprentices for 170-member biodynamic CSA garden situated in Chester County, PA. 10-acre garden with diverse mix of vegetables, flowers, herbs, fruit, and small livestock. Click here
for more details.
|Upcoming Events|For full details on these and many more events, please visit our online calendar. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to submit events.
March 19: Biodynamics and Permaculture for the Home Gardener with David Perkins, Santa Cruz, CA
March 19: Mushroom Workshop with Patrick Garretson, Rudolf Steiner College, Fair Oaks, CA
March 19: Workshop for Beginning Beekeepers with Gunther Hauk, Spikenard Farm, Floyd, VA
March 26: Beginning a Vegetable Garden with Mac Mead, Pfeiffer Center, Chestnut Ridge, NY
April 2: Springtime - Growing Plants, Managing Weeds with Harald Hoven and David Basile, Rudolf Steiner College, Fair Oaks, CA
April 21: Sketching Nature: A Door to Perception with Dennis Klocek, Sophia's Garden, Petaluma, CA
April 29-30: Organic Beekeeping: Principles and Practices with Ross Conrad and Chris Harp, Pfeiffer Center, Chestnut Ridge, NY
April 30: Living with Bees: A New Holistic Approach to Apiculture with Michael Thiele, The Melissa Garden, CA
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