Allan Balliett igg at igg.com
Mon Nov 8 07:10:28 EST 2004


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 

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; 

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