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August 25-26, 2012
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Biodynamic Workshop Series with BING at GeerCrest Farm in Oregon
BING intern Christopher Chemsak says:
This relationship between GeerCrest Farm and Biodynamic Initiative for the Next Generation (BING) is shaping up to be an incredible opportunity for people of all ages to learn more about Biodynamics as a means of reconnecting with agrarian culture and understanding the importance of soil health from the perspective of Biodynamics practitioners. There is a particular emphasis on educating the next generation of farmers. This is also a chance to have all your questions answered about the "esoteric" aspects of this practice.
GeerCrest Farm is a very special place, with a LOT of history.. one of the oldest settlements in Oregon.
Biodynamic Workshop Series at GeerCrest Farm
In partnership with the Biodynamic Initiative for the Next Generation (BING)
Held monthly at Historic GeerCrest Farm on a series of
four Saturdays, from 2 - 5 pm
Workshops offered by Beth Weiting, Master Biodynamic Gardener
Suggested donation of $25 /workshop, $80 for series
(Sliding Scale donation for young farmers, interns and apprentices)
Coordinated by Erika Toler and Christopher Chemsak
Workshop 1 - March 24, 2-5pm
Introduction to Biodynamic Agriculture: Why are these methods important?
Workshop 2 - April 21, 12-5pm
12pm: Lunch Potluck
12:30: Film Screening of " One Man, One Cow, One Planet": The inspiring story of Peter Proctor, a modern man responsible for the spread of Biodynamics in India
2:30 Building a Biodynamic Compost Pile: The preparations used in the pile and their effects on the compost, soil and food.
Workshop 3 - May 19, 2-5pm
Use of the two main Biodynamic Sprays:
Preparations 500 and 501
Workshop 4 - June 2, 2-5pm
Using the Stella Natura Planting Calendar
Elizabeth (Beth) Weiting has given lectures and workshops on Biodynamics for over twenty years throughout the United States and Canada. She has served as a board member of the Biodynamic Farming and Gardening Association from 1985-1995 and was its Vice President from 1990-1995. She is the author of the book "Nature Spirits: Endangered Like the Bees"
Find more information here or contact BING intern Christopher Chemsak.
12 Ways to Learn More About Biodynamics
Announcing a new resource from the Biodynamic Association!
We've compiled a list of 12 ideas for learning about biodynamics, with links and resources to get you started. Whether you or a friend is curious to see what biodynamics is all about, or you want to delve deeper, there is something for everyone.
Check out the complete list on our website...
Welcome our newest BING intern in Ontario!
Courtney Dutchak is a second-year NABDAP apprentice at Whole Circle Farm in Ontario. She joined BING as an intern in February, and is planning a one-day gathering this spring where she and several others will share some of what they learned at two different biodynamic intensives they attended this winter.
Courtney says: I am inspired by the interconnected nature of biodynamic practices and the deep understanding of life that it offers. While the ideas are relatively new to me, often complex and sometimes mystifying; the ideas that Steiner puts forth resonate. Bringing new practitioners and those curious of biodynamics together will encourage us, motivate us and help us grow in this exciting path.
If you're interested in participating in the Ontario gathering, please contact Courtney.
A new project through the Goetheanum...
It arose during the Agriculture Conference of February 2011: Young people who have completed their biodynamic training want to experience the world before they make a long term commitment to a farm. Would it not be possible for those newly trained to go somewhere where the biodynamic work is just starting in for example South Africa, Morocco, southern India or Peru? For it is the farmers on these pioneering farms who most frequently ask for help with the practical implementation of biodynamics.
The biodynamic ambassadors
The ambassadors are people who both give and receive. They help to make biodynamics a reality in a particular place, and they get to know the project and the surrounding local culture. A practical form of cultural exchange which helps to weave a personal network between north and south, east and west.
View the UK Biodynamic Association website or download the flyer for more information.
Job & Internship Openings
For more details, additional openings, or to share an opportunity, please visit our forums.
Openings for apprentices in the North American Biodynamic Apprenticeship Program
NABDAP combines two years of structured on-farm training and mentoring with a course of classroom study in biodynamics. Apprenticeship openings for 2012 are still available at several of our participating mentor farms in the US and Canada. Apply now!Seeking skilled farmer Winter Green Farm Noti, Oregon
We are seeking several skilled farmers with work starting mid/late spring of 2012. Specific work will be determined by worker's skills and interests and the farm's need. Activities could include virtually any of the many aspect of our diverse farm.Finca Luna Nueva seeks interns - Costa Rica
We are an organic and biodynamic farm and eco lodge, located next to the Children's Eternal Rainforest in northern Costa Rica. This is a wonderful opportunity for those interested in studying and expanding knowledge about tropical biology, farming rhythms and practices and Costa Rican culture. As a farm intern here, you will engage in biodynamic and sustainable farming, rainforest ecology/gardening, medicinal plants and animal husbandry. BioDynamic/Organic Farmer Manager, Molokai, Hi
Opportunity to live and work on unique 14,000 ac biodynamic farm and ranch on the east end of the island of Molokai, Hi. Overseeing the production of food for the ranch retreat center, local markets, as well as value added products for export.Interns for Shining Mountain Herbs a certified organic herb farm in Ridgway CO
Shining Mountain Herbs is a small certified organic medicinal herb farm, in process of obtaining their Demeter certification, located at the base of the Mount Sneffles Range of the San Juan Mountains at 7,000 ft. Shining Mountain Herbs is an excellent place to learn about high altitude farming, medicinal herbs, and herbal medicine making.
For details on these events and more, or to share your event, visit our calendar.
March 24: The Honeybee (Natural Beekeeping Series Session 1)
, Fair Oaks, California
March 24 & 31: Building Season Extenders Part I & II
, Hygiene, CO
March 24, April 21, May 19 & June 2: Biodynamic Workshop Series at GeerCrest Farm
, Salem, OR
March 31: Beginning a Vegetable Garden
, Spring Valley, NY
April 8: Introduction to Biodynamics
, Fair Oaks, CA
April 14: Gardening Tips from a Biodynamic/Organic Perspective
, Nashville, TN
April 14: Long Island Small Farms Summit
, Long Island, NY
April 14-15: BDANC Spring Meeting
, Grass Valley, CA
April 21: Community Earth Day Gathering in the Pfeiffer Center Garden
, Chestnut Ridge, NY
April 21, 28 May 5, 12, 19, 26: Establishing a New Garden
, Hygiene, CO
April 26-29: Impulse Festival: Metamorphosis
, Placerville, CA
April 28: Towards Saving the Honeybee: Principles of Sustainable/Biodynamic Beekeeping Practices
, Floyd, VA
April 28: Introduction to Biodynamic Agriculture
, East Troy, WI
Biodynamic Initiative for the Next Generation
BING is a program of the Biodynamic Farming & Gardening Association