[permaculture] [Fwd: PLEASE FORWARD: TRANSITIONING TO BIODYNAMIC AG CONFERENCE Nov 12-14, DURHAM, NC]

Lawrence F. London, Jr. lfl at intrex.net
Mon Nov 8 10:53:48 EST 2004


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Subject: PLEASE FORWARD: TRANSITIONING TO BIODYNAMIC AG CONFERENCE Nov 12-14, DURHAM, NC
Date: Mon, 8 Nov 2004 07:18:12 -0500
From: Allan Balliett <igg at igg.com>
To: lfl at intrex.net

November 12-14, 2004 TRANSITIONING TO  BIODYNAMIC  AGRICULTURE - AN
ECONOMIC  PATH TO QUALITY BIODYNAMIC FARMING & GARDENING ASSOCIATION
2004AGRICULTURE  CONFERENCE

The annual conference of the Biodynamic Farming and Gardening
Association will be held on November 12-14, 2004 at the Durham
Armory, 220 Foster Street, in downtown Durham, North Carolina. The
Association, the oldest organic farming and gardening organization in
North America, will present a conference detailing the steps involved
in converting a farming operation to biodynamic practices, focusing
specifically on the importance of "quality" in agriculture. The
conscientious consumer is willing to pay higher prices for higher
quality food in today's market, and the biodynamic approach to
agriculture is ideally suited to meet this call for quality.

Over the course of the conference, the Biodynamic Farming and
Gardening Association will bring together an impressive lineup of
leaders in the fields of organic and biodynamic agriculture, research
science, and marketing. Well-known farmer, marketing innovator,
writer, and educator, Joel Salatin, will deliver the keynote speech,
"Holy Cows and Hog Heaven." Janet Barkercomes from Switzerland to
share her expertise with a talk entitled "Imaging Methods: Can These
Show Quality?" Janet is internationally recognized for her work using
the Steigbilder imaging method to determine optimum quality of
medicinal herbs for pharmaceutical production. In his presentation on
"The Whole Farm Individuality,"Hugh Williamswill draw upon his
experience at Threshold Farm in Philmont, New York to illustrate the
processes involved in developing a self-contained biodynamic farm in
a setting that combines CSA, an orchard, and livestock. Steffen
Schneider, manager of Hawthorne Valley Farm in Ghent, New York, and
Rachel Schneider, a member of the general management team of the
Hawthorne Valley Foundation, round out the weekend with a talk that
considers "How Does the Concept of Quality Affect the Development of
Hawthorne Valley Farm?"

  Workshops on conversion to biodynamic practices, compost tea
brewing, on-farm value-added products, relationship marketing,
Steigbilder imaging, seed growing, intensive grazing, integrating
orchards into the farm, working consciously with natural rhythms of
the earth and solar system, biodynamic cut-flower production, and
meaningful marketing will provide opportunities to learn from leaders
in the agriculture of the future. An all-day series of presentations
on Friday, November 12 will address the needs of the practicing
farmer who is interested in making the transition to biodynamics.
Experienced practitioners, including Hugh Courtneyof the Josephine
Porter Institute for Applied Biodynamics, Gena Nonini, Steve Storch,
and Paul Sansone, will work with a panel of beginning biodynamic
farmers to present workshops on converting to biodynamics,
large-scale composting with the Pfeiffer BD Compost Starter, making
and applying the biodynamic spray preparations, and more. Please join
us as we explore these and other whole-systems approaches to growing,
marketing and community-building based on this eighty-year effort in
alternative agriculture. Talks and workshops, lively entertainment,
good food, and the opportunity to meet and exchange ideas with folks
from across the country, promise to make this an exciting and
informative weekend.

The Biodynamic Association would like to thank Sally and John Fallon
of New Trends Publishing; Nathan and Beth Corymb of Turtle Tree
Seeds; Raphael Gardens at Rudolf Steiner College; and the Demeter
Association for the generosity they've shown in sponsoring the
conference.

Hosted by the josephine porter institute for applied biodynamics
Supported by the mid-atlantic biodynamic food and farming conference

For more information, see www.biodynamics.com


Biodynamic  Farming and Gardening Association, inc. 25844 butler
road, junction city, or 97448 (888)516-7797; biodynamic at aol.com;
www.biodynamics.com






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