[Market-farming] Nov 14 Conference focuses on Holistic Biological Management of Wine Grapes

Allan Balliett igg at igg.com
Wed Nov 5 08:10:08 EST 2003


>Friends - Sorry for the late notice on this one. On a normal year, a 
>conference of this quality with acclaimed European speakers would 
>have been filled (Man, maybe it's that anti-France thing!!) during 
>early bird rates, but I've still got plenty of room   right now.
>
>If you are interested in any level of biological viticulture, this 
>conference is a must. If you are interested in biological/biodynamic 
>farming in general, these speakers will give you a clear 
>understanding of how the principles are applied to a hi-value crop. 
>Once you know the principles, you have the power to apply them to 
>other crops.
>
>If you have any questions, please contact me, Allan Balliett 
>igg at igg.com or 304 876-3382.
>
>Extension agents (and everyone), please pass this to your lists. 
>Currently, we have attendees from all over the country, I don't 
>think anyone who understands what this speaker list offers will 
>exclude themselves due to distance.
>
>
>Looking forward to seeing you next weekend!
>
>-Allan Balliett
>Biodynamics Now!
>The International Biodynamic Food and Farming Discussion Group
>
>
>Biodynamic Viticulture
>
>The 9th Annual Mid-Atlantic Biodynamic Food and Farming Conference
>
>November 14-16, 2003 at Leesburg Holiday Inn (Virginia)
>
>Featuring:
>
>Nicolas Joly
>
>Philippe Armenier
>
>Bob Schaffer
>
>Mark Trela
>
>And moreŠŠ
>
>Presented by Gardening for the Future with Support from The 
>Josephine Porter Institute for Applied Biodynamics and Loudoun 
>Commercial Horticulture Program
>
>Info at: http://www.gardeningforthefuture.com
>
>Background Emphasizing the essence of terroir brings forth the 
>individuality of soil and microclimate. It is this individuality 
>that creates a demand for quality wines from small vineyards. 
>Biodynamics is ideally suited for promoting these unique qualities.
>
>Particularly suited to the task of achieving a magnificent wine, 
>biodynamics acts with subtlety, allowing
>
>wine to give expression to the personality of the soil, a soil which 
>in turn gives expression to the forces of the atmosphere and cosmos. 
>from the back cover of Wine from Sky to Earth by Nicolas Joly
>
>REGISTRATION INFORMATION PLEASE NOTE This conference is funded 
>entirely by registration fees. For this reason, we request that you 
>register as early as possible to support our efforts in a very 
>practical fashion.
>
>CONFERENCE FEE: Conference fee is $150 after October 15. 
>Pre-registration is encouraged. Early Payment is appreciated.
>
>LOCATION: Holiday Inn Leesburg, VA. 70mi from Washington DC and 20 
>min. from Dulles Airport.
>
>RESERVATION/PAYMENT: To make reservations: Call (304) 876-3382 or 
>email info at gardeningforthefuture.com or send your check, made out 
>to: "MABFFC2003" to MABFFC, POB 3047, Shepherdstown, WV 25443. 
>Payment can be by check or by credit card (credit cards only via 
>PayPal www.paypal.com id: igg at igg.com). Checks or Cash only at the 
>door (No credit cards at the door.)
>
>Late breaking information is at our web page: 
>http://www.gardeningforthefuture.com
>
>QUESTIONS? Contact Allan Balliett at 
><mailto:info at gardeningforthefuture.com>info at gardeningforthefuture.com
>
>Holiday Inn Leesburg, 703-771-9200, 1500 East Market Street, 
>Leesburg, VA 20176
>
>Rooms Blocked Until October 31 at special Rate of $69 - as 
>Biodynamic Viticulture Conference
>
>Directions:
>
>From Leesburg, Take Route 7 East toward Tyson's Corner.  The Hotel 
>is on the left - 1.5 miles past interchange with Route 15 Bypass. 
>Note: a U-turn is required to enter the conference center at River 
>Creek Parkway, if you pass Route 659 (Bellmont Ridge Road) you 
>passed it.
>
>From Washington, DC, From Interstate 495 Take Route 7 West to 
>Leesburg.  The Hotel is on the right - approx. 20 miles. Hotel is 
>just before Route 15 at Leesburg.
>
>Tentative Agenda (subject to change)
>
>Friday Nov. 14
>
>10:30am to 12:30pm - Dr. Michael Glenn and Dr. Jerzy Nowak
>
>2:00pm to 5:00pm - Phillipe Armenier And Hugh Courtney
>
>7:00pm to 9:00pm - Hugh Lovel
>
>Saturday Nov. 15
>
>8:30am to 4:30pm - Nicolas Joly
>
>7:00pm to 9:00pm - Wine Reception Featuring a Selection of 
>Biodynamic Wines (please also bring a bottle from a Winery Near you)
>
>Sunday Nov 16
>
>8:30am to 12:30pm - Bob Schaffer and Mark Trela
>
>*Conference will offer Light Fare for Breakfast Daily, Coffee, 
>Water, Juices, Sodas, Cookies. Lunch and Dinner will not be 
>provided. Holiday Inn will offer its own Buffet for a charge, and 
>dinning options will be handed out at the conference.
>
>
>
>The Mid-Atlantic Biodynamic Food and Farming Conference
>Post Office Box 3047, Shepherdstown, WV
>304.876-3382 / info at gardeningforthefuture.com
>www.gardeningforthefuture.com
>
>SCHEDULED SPEAKERS
>
>NICOLAS JOLY is best known in the U.S. as author of the ACRES USA 
>book, Wine from Sky to Earth: A Growers Appreciation of Biodynamic 
>Wine. He is commonly given credit as the international popularizer 
>of biodynamic viticulture. Wines produced under his management have 
>consistently received rave reviews from critics like Robert Parker. 
>Mr. Joly will be conducting a full-day workshop on Whys and Hows of 
>biodynamic viticulture, an incredible opportunity for any 
>viticulturist interested in consistently producing - - even in 
>difficult years - - wines of value and character.
>
>PHILIPPE ARMENIER grew up in a French vineyard. He made his first 
>wine in 1973. He started growing grapes biodynamically in 1989. He 
>has received many accolades for his work at Domaine De Marcoux, 
>which he owned with his sister, and for the wines produced there, 
>known as Chateauneu-du-Pape. A few years ago he sold his interest in 
>Domaine De Marcoux and currently lives and works in Santa Rosa 
>California where he consults for 9 vineyards in California, Oregon 
>and Washington. Pierre came to us highly recommended by the Alan 
>York, former president of the Biodynamic Association and the 
>foremost US-born biodynamic vineyard consultant in the U.S.
>
>BOB SHAFFER is co-founder of Soil Culture Consulting, has 30 years 
>experience as an organic farmer and is a consultant for the 
>production of premium quality wine grapes in Sonoma and Napa 
>Counties, as well as other high value crops in California and 
>Hawaii. Since 1989 Soil Culture Consulting has provided practical, 
>effective information and hands-on assistance for farms in 
>transition to sustainable organic agriculture, on thousands of 
>vineyard acres. Bob Shaffer is certified by the American Society of 
>Agronomy, served as president of the North Coast Chapter of 
>California Certified Organic Farmers from 1997-2001 and is currently 
>instructor for cover crops for vineyards, in the Department of 
>Viticulture and Winery Technology, at Napa Valley College. In 
>November in Virginia, Bob will discuss cover crops from a whole farm 
>perspective including soil biology, soil physics and how the cover 
>crop interelates with wine quality.
>
>HUGH COURTNEY, (The Josephine Porter Institute) Hugh makes most of 
>the high quality BD preps used in America. Brewer of the Pfeiffer 
>Field Spray and Pfeiffer Compost Starter. He will teach you how to 
>use them!
>
>HUGH LOVEL (Union Agricultural Institute) America's foremost teacher 
>and demonstrator of Cosmiculture and author of A Biodynamic Farm for 
>Growing Healthy Vegetables. Hugh will deliver an in-depth 
>introduction to biodynamics on Friday evening.
>
>BOB SHAFFER is co-founder of Soil Culture Consulting, has 30 years 
>experience as an organic farmer and is a consultant for the 
>production of premium quality wine grapes in Sonoma and Napa 
>Counties, as well as other high value crops in California and 
>Hawaii. Since 1989 Soil Culture Consulting has provided practical, 
>effective information and hands-on assistance for farms in 
>transition to sustainable organic agriculture, on thousands of 
>vineyard acres. Bob Shaffer is certified by the American Society of 
>Agronomy, served as president of the North Coast Chapter of 
>California Certified Organic Farmers from 1997-2001 and is currently 
>instructor for cover crops for vineyards, in the Department of 
>Viticulture and Winery Technology, at Napa Valley College. In 
>November in Virginia, Bob will discuss cover crops from a whole farm 
>perspective including soil biology, soil physics and how the cover 
>crop interelates with wine quality.
>
>Dr. JERZY NOWAK is a professor and Head of the Department of 
>Horticulture, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA. His research focuses on 
>the enhancement plants (including grapes) tolerance to stresses 
>using natural plant allies, beneficial bacteria. Technology 
>development for sustainable agriculture and landscape management, 
>based on "priming" plant propagules, the planting site, and 
>"precision" management of the rhizosphere, is the ultimate goals of 
>his program. He also initiated and implemented "Organic 
>Horticulture" program at Virginia Tech.
>
>Dr. MICHAEL GLENN is a Soil Scientist at the USDA-ARS-Appalachian 
>Fruit Research Station near Kearneysville, WV. Dr. Glenn's research 
>mission is to develop technology that will make the U.S. fruit 
>grower more efficient and competitive in both the global market and 
>the regional market. These new technologies focus on sustainable 
>techniques with novel or reduced inputs into the fruit production 
>system that improve fruit quality. In Dr. Glenn's 20 years of 
>research he has developed new irrigation technology and demonstrated 
>the cost effectiveness of tree fruit irrigation in the humid eastern 
>U.S. Dr. Glenn developed the killed sod system of tree establishment 
>that is standard throughout the eastern U.S. Dr. Glenn is one of the 
>inventors of particle film technology, of which, Surround Crop 
>Protectant, is the first commercial product. Surround Crop 
>Protectant is a general insect repellant and a heat reflectant that 
>is used worldwide in horticultural production systems.
>
>STEVE STORCH Steve is a farm advisor for JPI and is well known for 
>the biodynamic stirring equipment he fabricates. He has much 
>experience consulting on biodynamics for vineyards on Long Island.
>
>MARK TRELA designed and installed a 7-acre biodynamic vineyard in 
>New Harmony, Indiana. Located on the Wabash River, his successful 
>vineyard has been subject to the same disease pressures experience 
>in Mid-Atlantic vineyards. Mark will share his experiences on 
>building and managing this vineyard.
>
>
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>
>
>
>Jason D. Murray
>Commercial Horticulturist
>Loudoun Cooperative Extension
>30-B Catoctin Circle SE
>Leesburg, VA 20175
><mailto:jamurray at vt.edu>jamurray at vt.edu
>703-737-8978




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