Biodynamics & Earth Evolution / Autumn Tasks

Side Room at Threefold Auditorium 260 Hungry Hollow Rd, Chestnut Ridge, NY, United States

Mac Mead introduces biodynamics in the context of the spiritual-scientific understanding of earth evolution. In the garden, we do hands-on work with the horn manure preparation, transplanting, raised beds, and planting cover crops.

Large Animals and the Farm Organism

Side Room at Threefold Auditorium 260 Hungry Hollow Rd, Chestnut Ridge, NY, United States

The ideal biodynamic farm is a self-contained individuality to which cows contribute milk, meat, and soil fertility. Megan Durney shares about the essential nature of the animal, and Kim Vaughan covers the basics of biodynamic dairy herd management, including rotational grazing and pasture management. The day includes a visit to our herd, cow barn, and dairy, the only one in Rockland County.

The Individualized Farmscape and Pruning Fruit Trees

Side Room at Threefold Auditorium 260 Hungry Hollow Rd, Chestnut Ridge, NY, United States

Hugh Williams, one of the best orchardists in the East and a biodynamic farmer for over forty five years, brings his perspective on harnessing the local ecology to cultivate the farm individuality. Also covered: the science and art of pruning fruit trees, including a few hours of pruning the Pfeiffer Center’s orchard under Hugh’s expert guidance.

Seeing Nature Whole / Life Rhythms and Planting Calendar

Side Room at Threefold Auditorium 260 Hungry Hollow Rd, Chestnut Ridge, NY, United States

In the morning, Craig Holdrege explores how to work with the living dynamic qualities of plants and animals to better understand the world around us. In the afternoon, Sherry Wildfeuer, a long-time editor of the Stella Natura planting calendar, explains how the calendar is created, what it tells us, and how we can use it to learn to work with, rather than against, nature’s rhythms and forces.

Barrel Compost / Weed & Pest Control Preparations / Small Animals

Side Room at Threefold Auditorium 260 Hungry Hollow Rd, Chestnut Ridge, NY, United States

Barrel compost is an efficient way to boost soil fertility, especially when access to cow manure is limited. In the garden, Mac Mead leads the class through every step of making this valuable substance, and how to use it. Mac also covers weed and pest control using biodynamic preparations, and discusses small animal stewardship (primarily chickens and sheep). An afternoon artistic activity rounds out the day.

Water: Beyond H2O

Side Room at Threefold Auditorium 260 Hungry Hollow Rd, Chestnut Ridge, NY, United States

Water is crucial to biodynamics: Not only to water plants, but for the process of stirring, which potentizes the preparations. But do we really know what water is, what tasks it has in life processes, or how it carries them out? Jennifer Greene of the Water Research Institute takes us far beyond what we commonly know, or suppose we know, of this element.

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