OUR WORK WITH YOUR SUPPORT Your membership and donations help the Biodynamic Association to transform the practice and culture of agriculture by: TRAINING NEW FARMERS: Our North American Biodynamic Apprenticeship Program (NABDAP) trains the next generation of biodynamic farmers through two years of structured on-farm learning and mentoring, classroom coursework, and independent projects. Apprentices benefit from a competency-based training curriculum, 35 carefully selected mentor farms, and access to networking, support, and educational resources. Over 50 beginning farmers are currently enrolled in the program, and more than 35 have graduated to date. SHARING and FOSTERING RESEARCH: Our research program makes available the results of decades of research on biodynamics conducted to date, convenes researchers to foster collaboration, and supports emerging biodynamic research projects and priorities to advance the understanding and practice of biodynamics. ORGANIZING CONFERENCES and EVENTS: We organize the biennial North American Biodynamic Conference, the largest biodynamic gathering in North America, and we partner with other regenerative and organic agricultural organizations to curate and organize biodynamic workshops for national and regional farming conferences such as EcoFarm, PASA, NOFA, the National Young Farmers Conference, and many more. OFFERING ONLINE BIODYNAMIC LEARNING: Our distance-learning courses and webinars give farmers and gardeners across North America and beyond the opportunity to learn from leading biodynamic educators, delve deep into the principles and philosophy of biodynamics and build communities of support among peers. Our “Introduction to Biodynamics” webinar has been viewed more than 1,200 times. PUBLISHING the BIODYNAMICS JOURNAL and BOOKS: Through our Biodynamics journal, in continuous publication since 1941, we share original educational material, research results, and community updates with our members. We also publish seminal biodynamic books, such as Agriculture: Spiritual Foundations for the Renewal of Agriculture by Rudolf Steiner and Gunther Hauk’s Toward Saving the Honeybee. BRIDGING THE AMERICAS: Through this new initiative we are nurturing connections, collaboration, and regionally relevant education among biodynamic practitioners and groups throughout the Americas—Central, South, North, and Caribbean—with a focus on mutually beneficial relationships. SUPPORTING EDUCATION through SCHOLARSHIPS: Since 2010, our Biodynamic Scholarship Fund has provided over $130,000 in scholarship support to more than 600 farmers, apprentices, gardeners, educators, and changemakers to deepen their learning through biodynamic conferences and workshops. CONNECTING the BIODYNAMIC COMMUNITY: Both online and offline, we help thousands of people who are practicing and interested in biodynamics to connect to and learn from one another. Over 100,000 people visit our website every year, and we have more than 60,000 followers on Facebook. Our regional groups listings, online forums, calendar of events, and Biodynamic Directory help biodynamic enthusiasts find local friends and collaborators, jobs, and learning opportunities.
WELCOME Dear friends, It is such an honor to convene this gathering of the biodynamic movement in North America. Thank you, so much, for being here. There are so many who have helped make this event possible, not the least Tierra Viva, the living earth herself. What a gift it is to be alive at this time! I want to express deep gratitude and appreciation for the Pueblo ancestors who first lived here over a thousand years ago, and for the many people who are carrying their wisdom into the present moment. We are honored that a number of individuals from indigenous communities will be joining us here at the convention center over the next few days. We also appreciate the warm welcome and generosity we have received from so many New Mexicans over the past two years of planning, and we are glad that many of them can join us for the conference as well. For the Biodynamic Association, this conference weaves together the threads of all of the work we do day in and day out, year after year. It is an outstanding educational event with myriad ways to deepen our understanding of biodynamics in its many dimensionsâ€”from living soil and living water, to social and economic justice. These days will also include many opportunities to explore the intersections of biodynamics with permaculture, holistic management, and indigenous wisdom. I hope you will find new ideas and inspiration to carry forward with you. The conference is also a community celebration, a confluence of hundreds of people from near and far, each one bringing their own story, experience, and questions to enrich this amazing event. As a membership association, community building is as important to the Biodynamic Association as education. I encourage you to take every opportunity to start a conversation, ask a question, and be curious about your fellow travelers on this journey. We need each other for the work ahead, and this is a wonderful opportunity to connect. Together with my fellow Co-Director Robert Karp, our staff and Board of Directors, our volunteer conference planning committee, and everyone else who helped make this conference possible, I wish you a joyful and transformative experience here in Santa Fe. In the spirit of biodynamics, Thea Maria Carlson Co-Director and Conference Weaver
Workshops at a Glance
The Biodynamic Association
Biodynamic Scholarship Fund Donors
SCHEDULE Wednesday, November 16 7:00 am - 8:30 am 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Breakfast Pre-Conference Workshops Connecting the Sacred in Agriculture to a Moral Economy Farm Field Day: Tesuque Pueblo and The Succulent Garden Farm Field Day: The Biodynamic Farm Organism as Illustrated by the Demeter Farm Standard NABDAP Workshop: From Outer Sensing to Inner Activity— Developing the Capacities of the Human Soul Lunch Dinner Exploring the Mysteries of Biodynamic Wine The Development of Spiritual Scientific Research Methods from Art Work, with Frank Chester
Ballroom Coronado Tesuque Pueblo and The Succulent Garden Abiquiu Valley Farm Peralta Ballroom or on site Ballroom CAVA Lounge, Eldorado Hotel Ballroom
Thursday, November 17 7:00 am - 8:30 am 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
5:00 pm - 7:00 pm 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm 9:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Breakfast Full-Day Pre-Conference Workshops Agricultura Biodinámica, Enlazando el Continente Americano/ Biodynamics Bridging the Americas From Seed to Grocery: Growing the Biodynamic® Marketplace Hands-On with the Biodynamic Preparations Restoration Agriculture and Biodynamics: Designing the Whole Farm Entity Water Resilience on the Farm Songs of the Living Earth (Children) Lunch Half-Day Pre-Conference Workshops Agricultural Astronomy Biodynamic Beekeeping Biography Work: New Possibilities for a More Human Future Land as Commons Conference Opening Celebration: Tastes of Tierra Viva Bookstore Open Young Farmer Social Film Screening: SEED: The Untold Story Social Space
Ballroom Peralta Kearny Santa Fe Waldorf School O’Keeffe Milagro Pojoaque Ballroom or on site Coronado Lamy Nambe Ohkay Owingeh Farmers’ Market Pavilion Ballroom Farmers’ Market Pavilion Ballroom Ballroom
SCHEDULE Friday, November 18 7:00 am - 8:30 am 7:30 am - 8:15 am 8:00 am - 10:00 pm 8:30 am - 12:30 pm
12:00 pm - 6:00 pm 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
5:30 pm - 7:00 pm 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm 9:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Breakfast Morning Movement Eurythmy Taiji/Qigong Bookstore Open Conference Welcome Opening Ceremony, with Pueblo of Tesuque Governor Fredrick Vigil Keynote: Regenerating Earth and Community, with Angela Hofmann, Karen Washington, Courtney White, Larry Littlebird, Mark Shepard, and Osiris Abrego Plata Exhibit Hall Open Lunch and Regional Networking Workshop Session 1 BD Basics: The Living Earth and the Cycle of the Year Biodynamics in Costa Rica Biodynamic Permaculture Collaborative Farming Enlivening Water, Earth, Ourselves From Seed to Grocery: Growing the Biodynamic® Marketplace Growing Biodynamic Vegetables Owl Eyes and Coyote Ears: Nature Awareness Activities (Children) The Spirit of Healing Plants Weather Is Not Climate Workshop Session 2 Acequia Culture and Regional Food Systems Advanced BD: The Future of the Biodynamic Preparations Aztec Wisdom and Biodynamic Farming in México BD Basics: Making Biodynamic Compost Biodynamic Fruit within a Whole Farm Organism CSA Farms: Awakening Community Intelligence Heirloom Food and Story: The Seed Basket Nourishing the Soul in Nature (Children and Adults) The Seed as Expression of the Farm Individuality Working with Elemental Beings Dinner and Meetups Honoring Devon Strong Bridges Between Biodynamics and Indigenous Agriculture Tea and Social Space
Ballroom Coronado Peralta Ballroom Ballroom Ballroom Ballroom Lobby Ballroom Coronado Devargas Peralta Nambe Lamy Milagro O’Keeffe Pojoaque Ballroom Kearny Nambe Ohkay Owingeh Coronado Peralta Lamy Devargas Milagro Pojoaque O’Keeffe Kearny Ballroom Ballroom Ballroom Ballroom
SCHEDULE Saturday, November 19 7:00 am - 8:30 am 7:30 am - 8:15 am 8:00 am - 6:00 pm 8:00 am - 9:30 pm 8:00 am - 10:00 pm 8:30 am - 10:30 am 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
12:30 pm - 2:00 pm 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Breakfast Morning Movement Eurythmy Taiji/Qigong Exhibit Hall Open SeedBroadcast Bookstore Open Keynote: Farming the Living Earth, with Chris Tebbutt, Sally Fox, and Hugh Williams Workshop Session 3 Around the World with Natural Dyeing (Children) BD Basics: Principles and Science of Biodynamics Building Regional Biodynamic Communities Advanced BD: Geographic Medicine: Fostering Healthy Communities Growing and Selling Biodynamic Seed The Hidden Logic of the Compost Preparations How to Develop School Farms and Gardens Integrating Draft Animals into a Biodynamic Farm Pueblo Architecture, Permaculture, and Biodynamics Water Resilience on the Farm Lunch and Meetups Workshop Session 4 Advanced BD: Take a Walk in the Belly of Your Farm BD Basics: Understanding and Working with a Biodynamic Planting Calendar Experiencing Soil and Compost through Color, Form, and Pattern Farming, Food, and Fairy Tales (Children) Holistic Landscape Ecology: Biodynamics, Grazing, and Permaculture Liberating Farmland for Farmers and Communities Reconnecting Formerly Incarcerated People to Nature and Society Restoring the Health and Spiritual Integrity of Corn Sacred Self within the Universe SEKEM and Sustainable Development Workshop Session 5 The Alchemy of Bee-ing BD Basics: Small-Scale Biodynamic Market Gardening Breeding and Growing Biodynamic Cotton Brother Crow Sister Corn (Children) Cultivating the Social Field in Biodynamic Education Entwining Biodynamic and Indigenous Ways of Working with the Land Farms, Finance, and Food Systems
Ballroom Coronado Peralta Lobby Outside Ballroom Ballroom Pojoaque Coronado Milagro Peralta O’Keeffe Ballroom Kearny Nambe Devargas Lamy Ballroom Devargas Ballroom O’Keeffe Pojoaque Coronado Nambe Milagro Kearny Peralta Lamy Kearny Coronado Devargas Pojoaque Nambe Peralta O’Keeffe
5:30 pm - 7:00 pm 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm 8:00 pm - 8:45 pm 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm 9:15 pm - 10:45 pm
Integrating Conference Lessons into Your Farm or Garden Q&A: Biodynamic Composting and Preparation Making Re-membering the Future Water on the Edge Dinner and Meetups A Native American View on the Rooted People, with Steve Stonearrow NABDAP Apprentice Graduation Danza Azteca de Anahuac Film Screening: The Alchemists Seed Exchange Music and Dancing with Baracutanga
Ballroom Milagro Ohkay Owingeh Lamy Ballroom Courtyard Ballroom Ballroom Coronado Lobby Ballroom
Sunday, November 20 7:00 am - 8:30 am 7:30 am - 8:15 am 8:00 am - 1:00 pm 8:30 am - 9:45 am 9:45 am - 12:15 pm 12:15 pm - 12:30 pm 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
Breakfast and Meetups Morning Movement Eurythmy Taiji/Qigong Bookstore Open Keynote: Living Earth, Living Climate, with Dennis Klocek The Future of the Biodynamic Movement and the Biodynamic Association Conference Closing Lunch
Ballroom Coronado Peralta Ballroom Ballroom Ballroom Ballroom Ballroom
KEYNOTE SPEAKERS Regenerating Earth and Community Friday, November 18, 8:30 am - 12:30 pm Stories of sustainable development, biodynamic and regenerative farming, gardening and ranching, and community engagement from New Mexico, New York, Tanzania, Uganda, and across Latin America. Sponsored by the Independent Natural Food Retailers Association.
Agricultural Coordinator at SEKEM
Artist, Filmmaker, Social Activist, and Founding Director of Hamaatsa
Community Activist and Farmer at Rise and Root Farm
CEO of Restoration Agriculture Development and Author of Restoration Agriculture
Co-Founder of Quivira Coalition and Author of 2% Solutions for the Planet
Osiris Abrego Plata
Organic and Biodynamic Inspector and Social Responsibility Auditor
KEYNOTE SPEAKERS Farming the Living Earth Saturday, November 18, 8:30 - 10:30 am Three successful farmers share how they build water resilience and grow fruit and fiber within diversified, living farm organisms.
Landscape Designer and Farmer at Filigreen Farm
Naturally Colored Cotton Farmer at Viriditas Farm and Vreseis
Farmer and Orchardist at Threshold Farm
Living Earth, Living Climate Sunday, November 20, 8:30 am - 9:45 am An exploration of how we can experience Earth as a living being and work with the dynamic consciousness of the living Earth to address climate change.
Founder of the Coros Institute and Author of Climate: Soul of the Earth
Session 5 Saturday, Nov. 19 4:00-5:30 pm
BD Basics: Understanding and Working with a Biodynamic Planting Calendar
Session 4 Saturday, Nov. 19 2:00-3:30 pm
Daphne Amory, Megan Durney
Integrating Conference Lessons into Your Farm or Garden
BD Basics: Small-Scale Biodynamic Market Gardening
Matias Baker, Kirk Gadzia, Christian Shearer
Holistic Landscape Ecology: Biodynamics, Grazing, and Permaculture
BD Basics: Principles and Science of Biodynamics
The Hidden Logic Inherent in the Compost Preparations
Jose Ma. Anguiano Cardenas
Aztec Wisdom and Biodynamic Farming in MĂŠxico
Breeding and Growing Biodynamic Cotton
Growing Biodynamic Vegetables
John Bloom, Kate Danaher, Micaela Fischer
Farms, Finance, and Food Systems
Experiencing Soil and Compost through Color, Angela Hofmann Form and Pattern
SEKEM and Sustainable Development
Water Resilience Growing and on the Farm Selling Biodynamic Hugh Williams Seed and Don Tipping Beth and Nathan Corymb
Biodynamic Fruit The Seed as within a Whole Expression of Farm Organism the Farm Individuality Hugh Williams Don Tipping
Enlivening Water, Earth, Ourselves
Entwining Water on the Biodynamic Edge and Indigenous Ways of Chris Tebbutt Working with the Land
Advanced BD: Sacred Self Take a Walk in within the the Belly of Your Universe Farm Patricia Anne Cory Eichman Davis
Emigdio Ballon, Louie Hena Steven Johnson
Advanced BD: Geographic Medicine: Fostering Healthy Communities
Pueblo Agriculture, Permaculture, and Biodynamics
BD Basics: Making Biodynamic Compost
CSA Farms: Awakening Community Intelligence
Peralta Biodynamic Permaculture
BD Basics: The Biodynamics in Living Earth Costa Rica and the Cycle of the Year Danilo Solano
Session 3 Saturday, Nov. 19 11:00 am - 12: 30 pm
Session 2 Friday, Nov. 18 4:00-5:30 pm
Room Ballroom The Spirit of Session 1 Friday, Nov. 18 Healing Plants 2:00-3:30 pm Claudia Ford and
First Floor Milagro
Nourishing the Soul in Nature (children and adults)
Brother Crow Sister Corn (children)
Farming, Food, and Fairy Tales (children)
Eileen Frechette, Rachel Susan Gilbert, Schneider, Vicki Mansoor Steffen Schneider, Ursula Versteegen
Cultivating the Social Field in Biodynamic Education
John Bloom, Robert Karp, Martin Large, Severine von Tscharner Fleming
Pojoaque Owl Eyes and Coyote Ears: Nature Awareness Activities (children)
Integrating Draft Around the Animals into a World with Biodynamic Farm Natural Dyeing (children) Cory Eichman, Cameron Genter, Elise Bowan, Suzette Garcia Mac Mead Davis, Jennie Furman, Angelita Surage
Acequia Culture and Regional Food Systems
Liberating Farmland for Farmers and Communities
Re-membering the Future
Brook Le Van
Advanced BD: The Future of the Biodynamic Preparations
Thea Maria Carlson, Kelly Kiefer, Jeff Schreiber, Karen Washington
Restoring the Health and Spiritual Integrity of Corn
Helen-Ann Ireland, Brad Miller, Nicki Robb, Erin Schneider
Q&A: Biodynamic The Alchemy of Composting and Bee-ing Preparation Making Michael Joshin Thiele Matias Baker, Laura Riccardi Lyvers
Rachel Schneider, Beth Waitkus, Karen Washington
Reconnecting Formerly Incarcerated People to Nature and Society
Pat Frazier, Jim Fullmer, Hilary Higginbotham, Jeff Poppen
How to Develop School Farms and Gardens
Harald and Cynthia Hoven
Deborah Littlebird, Larry Littlebird
Building Regional Biodynamic Communities
Working with Elemental Beings
Heirloom Food and Story: The Seed Basket
Nikhil Arora, David Byrnes, Elizabeth Candelario, Andreas Schneider
From Seed to Weather is Not Grocery: Growing Climate the BiodynamicÂŽ Marketplace Dennis Klocek
2016 Conference Workshops at a Glance
Supporting the Health of the Earth through Biodynamics SINCE 1967
WORKSHOPS Wednesday Wednesday, November 16
Full-Day Workshops, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm Farm Field Day: The Biodynamic Farm Organism as Illustrated by the Demeter Farm Standard — Erin Sojourner Agostinelli, Cesar Barrionuevo, Jim Fullmer (Abiquiu Valley Farm; bus leaves from Santa Fe Convention Center) The Demeter Biodynamic Farm Standard was originally created following Rudolf Steiner’s Agricultural Lectures and has been continuously maintained for more than ninety years through a democratically administered coalition of Demeter organizations throughout the world. It is a comprehensive agronomic standard that views the farm as a living organism: self-contained, self-regulating, in tune with the cycles of nature. In the US, the Demeter Farm and Processing Standard provides the marketplace definition of Biodynamic for commercial farms and products. The intention of this workshop is to provide a comprehensive and practical overview of the Farm Standard, which is organized around seven interrelated principles: 1) Biodiversity 2) On-Farm Fertility 3) On-Farm Weed and Pest Control 4) Biodynamic Preparations and Wider Influences 5) Water and Waterway Conservation 6) Integration of Livestock 7) Gentle Post Harvest Handling The workshop will be held at the vibrantly beautiful Demeter-certified Abiquiu Valley Farm, and led by Demeter Co-Director Jim Fullmer and Abiquiu Farm Manager Cesar Barrionuevo. Presented in collaboration with Demeter USA. Connecting the Sacred in Agriculture to a Moral Economy — Zane Adams, Neddy Astudillo, Deborah Madison, Dan McKanan, Carolyn Pace, Kierstan Pickens, Rachel Schneider, Steffen Schneider, Robin Gail Seydel, Michael Joshin Thiele, Appachanda Thimmaiah, Beata Tsosie-Peña, Ursula Versteegen (Coronado) Our current times pose a great and urgent challenge to us, which can be approached by the following question: How can we learn to live in “right relationship” once again with our earth, with each other, and within our own individual
beings? The Institute for Mindful Agriculture will pose this question in a day-long, highly interactive workshop. We will begin with brief presentations by two panels: one of spiritual practitioners with a deep relationship to sacred earth practices and agriculture, and the second of food activists and entrepreneurs striving to bring conscious awareness and collaboration into our current food system to shape a more socially just and moral food economy. During the day, individual and small group conversations and artistic work will help us explore this impulse: re-discovering the sacred within agriculture and connecting it with a truly compassionate economy to help heal the three great divides we have created within ourselves, and between each other and our earth. Presented in collaboration with the Institute for Mindful Agriculture. Farm Field Day: Tesuque Pueblo and The Succulent Garden — Emigdio Ballon, Sam Hitt (Tesuque Pueblo and The Succulent Garden; bus leaves from Santa Fe Convention Center) We will first travel to Tesuque Pueblo, north of Santa Fe, where Emigdio Ballon and members of the Pueblo have developed farm fields, orchards, greenhouses, compost, and a seed bank, incorporating traditional pueblo agriculture as well as permaculture and biodynamics. Participants will help with several hands-on projects at the Pueblo and then enjoy lunch together at the farm. After lunch, we will travel to a neighborhood on Santa Fe’s southern edge to visit The Succulent Garden, Sam Hitt’s diverse, thriving small-scale market garden and nursery. We’ll see many examples of season extension, including cold frames and tunnels, intensively grown vegetables in raised and in-ground beds, and a wide variety of succulent plants, as well as chickens and compost. NABDAP Workshop: From Outer Sensing to Inner Activity — Developing the Capacities of the Human Soul — Anthony Mecca (Peralta) At this special pre-conference workshop, apprentices and mentor farmers participating in the North American Biodynamic Apprenticeship Program will gather for a full day of presentations, experiences, conversations, and shared exploration of how we can develop the potential of our human souls to meet the challenges present in our farming communities today. The human soul acts as a bridge between self
WORKSHOPS Wednesday - Thursday and world. Through its development, we can more intimately know ourselves and the other, whether the other is mineral, plant, animal, or another human being. This knowing fosters understanding and discernment, helping us to deepen and clarify everyday experiences and find opportunities to learn in every part of life. In this workshop, we will explore ways to see through our preferences and habits to recognize what a given situation is asking of us, making space for new ideas and creative solutions to enter. Understanding and strengthening our soul capacities supports progression in our relationships with the natural world, between mentor and apprentice, on our farms, and in our wider communities. The workshop will include conversation spaces specifically for apprentices and mentors to connect with their peers, as well as opportunities for mentors and apprentices to meet and converse with each other.
shop will provide a space for people from throughout the Americas (Central, South, North, and Caribbean) to meet and connect, learn about biodynamics in the context of the American continent and its unique mission, and share heart stories about working with biodynamics here. We will explore the deep basis of this approach to agriculture and experience how it is grounded in a new way of thinking. Some objectives of the workshop are to share information about existing biodynamic initiatives throughout the Americas and to provide a space in which to exchange ideas, identify opportunities, communicate the needs of each region, and strengthen the work already being done. The workshop will be conducive to building partnerships and collaborations. Participants with any level of knowledge of biodynamics are welcome—newcomers, intermediate, and experienced practitioners alike.
Wednesday, November 16
From Seed to Grocery: Growing the Biodynamic® Marketplace — Nikhil Arora, Lance Benson, David Byrnes, Elizabeth Candelario, Greg Fleishman, Jim Fullmer, Greg Georgaklis, Todd Kluger, Leandro Martelletti, Andreas Schneider, Steffen Schneider, Errol Schweizer, Scott Silverman (Kearny) This workshop will provide a unique window into the growing Biodynamic® marketplace and many of the key individuals and businesses active in it. With their help, we will take up the burning question of how biodynamic agriculture can be scaled up in the Americas to meet growing consumer interest while also maintaining quality and integrity. A host of issues will be addressed in this session from consumer education, to finance, to various supply-side challenges. Can the biodynamic movement model fair and associative trade all along the value chain? How can we protect the Biodynamic standards and the quality of the ingredients while also meeting growing demand? Where will tomorrow’s Biodynamic farmers come from? Come join us as we roll up our sleeves to shape the future of the Biodynamic marketplace.
Evening Workshop, 6:30 - 8:30 pm Exploring the Mysteries of Biodynamic Wine — Robert Eden, Joseph Mora (CAVA Lounge, Eldorado Hotel) This workshop and tasting will offer an up-close and personal look at the farming and viticulture practices of what’s increasingly considered the greenest and purest form of wine-making. During this two-hour program we’ll be joined by Robert Eden, owner of Château Maris in the Languedoc region of southern France, first for an in-depth conversation on how Chateau Maris utilizes biodynamics in its vineyards, cellar, and ground-breaking hemp-brick winery design. After a brief intermission, we will taste five wines from Chateau Maris paired with small plates, while Robert discusses the individual wines and their provenance.
Thursday, November 17
Full-Day Workshops, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm Agricultura Biodinámica, Enlazando el Continente Americano/Biodynamics Bridging the Americas — Matias Baker, Bruno Follador, Osiris Abrego Plata, Eduardo Rincon, Danilo Solano, Thomas Spaulding, Sarah Weber (Peralta) The workshop will be conducted in Spanish, with simultaneous translation to English for those who need it. This pre-conference work-
Hands-On with the Biodynamic Preparations — Patricia Frazier, Brook Le Van, Lloyd Nelson (Santa Fe Waldorf School) This workshop will provide a complete introduction to the nine biodynamic preparations. We will outline their history and relationship to the soil, plants, animals, the earth and
WORKSHOPS Wednesday - Thursday the cosmos, and why today’s farms and gardens need the preparations. We will describe how and when they are made, stirred, and applied in a practical way, in a variety of situations from small urban gardens to large-scale farms. We will review the fundamentals of making and using the six compost preps, the importance of Equisetum for fertility, and the significance of barrel compost. This workshop will incorporate slide talks, stories from the three mentors, and hands-on making of a preparation, all culminating to a group stirring and spraying/application. Restoration Agriculture and Biodynamics: Designing the Whole Farm Entity — Mark Shepard (O’Keeffe) In his Agriculture Lectures of 1924, Rudolph Steiner emphasized that the ideal farm would include the proper mix of trees and shrubs, pastures, flowers, and fungus along with the proper balance of animals. In short, he advocated for designing an ecological system. In this full-day workshop, we will explore the principles and framework of restoration agriculture and biodynamics in parallel as a basis for designing and creating a farm that is a self-contained, ecological whole. Participants will be introduced to biome and ecosystem mimicry; earthworks and water management strategies; the agroforestry practices of alley cropping, silvopasture, and forest farming; and the management of integrated, polyculture systems. We will also touch on designing the farm business and the financial ecosystem. Water Resilience on the Farm — Don Bustos, Don Tipping, Hugh Williams (Milagro) With a changing climate, historical weather patterns can no longer be relied upon, and developing water resilience is a must for every farm. Hugh Williams of Threshold Farm will describe how to create a whole-farm Keyline plan, including off-contour farming, drought-proofing your farm, engineering of Keyline dams and reservoirs, Keyline scale of permanence, and how Threshold Farm is implementing these to manage the flow of water across its land. Don Tipping of Seven Seeds Farm will share water harvesting methods incorporated into his farm, including ponds, swales, soakaway pits, hedgerows and riparian areas with annual crops, and intensive animal grazing systems. Don Bustos of Santa Cruz Farm will describe New Mexico’s acequia system and
how it has been used to collaboratively manage water in the desert for centuries. All of these methods can be employed to create vibrant whole farm landscapes that better utilize rain when it comes and continue to thrive even in times of drought.
Thursday, November 17
Afternoon Workshops, 1:00 - 5:00 pm Agricultural Astronomy — Dennis Klocek (Coronado) The rhythms of the sun and the moon can be seen as the source of many of the evolving patterns in natural systems. To study these rhythms can seem difficult to those who work the land and are immersed in such complex relationships in time and space. This workshop will address the most fundamental sun and moon rhythms that can serve as a sound methodology for those who work in nature. Biodynamic Beekeeping — Gunther Hauk, Alex Tuchman (Lamy) This workshop will delve into an exploration of the needs and nature of the honeybee from the perspective of biodynamic beekeeping. Through beekeeping methods that honor the wisdom and instincts of the honeybees, we arrive at the great need to transform the land surrounding the bees into a place of nourishment and vitality. Biodynamically managed land has the potential to offer the honeybees a sanctuary where they can heal, grow, and eventually thrive. In this presentation, broad understanding will be paired with the practical steps that must be considered for you to welcome the honeybee into your farm individuality and create a sanctuary for them on your land. Biography Work: New Possibilities for a More Human Future — Leah Walker (Nambe) We live in a time when higher human qualities must be consciously cultivated. Soul-spiritual maturity is no longer a given, but rather something that must be sought and actively developed. Creating an imagination of—and intimate relationship with—the Spirit Self, that aspect which draws us upward and is arguably a necessary foundation for such ideals as social understanding and moral activity, will be increasingly vital to the future evolution of humanity. In this
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and biodynamic) were statistically compared over a period of two years. The observed results were especially interesting because this year the Central American region experienced a severe drought.
Land as Commons — Devon Peña, Tezozomoc, Severine von Tscharner Fleming (Ohkay Owingeh) What is the commons? What is the public trust? How do such broad and lofty concepts play out on the ground for the incoming generation of organic and biodynamic farmers contending with the climate change and market pressures? Who are our allies and precedent-setters as we look at structural solutions to the land access dilemma we face? Laws of nature are well known to those who make a living from the land directly. Can our judicial branch represent the moral authority of the people? Can contracts, new economic forms, and the sharing economy factor into our shared governance of the farmland commons? Our speakers will help orient us to issues of popular sovereignty, resource rights, Native American codes of ethics, and historical examples of successful commons-based governance systems. Presented in collaboration with Agrarian Trust.
Biodynamic Permaculture — Mark Shepard (Peralta) In his Agriculture Lectures of 1924, Rudolf Steiner made recurring references to designing the farm as a closed-loop, individual farm entity. He suggested that, in order for a farm to be truly self-sustaining, it should have the proper mix of trees and shrubs, bushes, and vines. The pastures should be meadows with an abundant mix of aromatic herbs, flowers, and fungi. Join lifelong biodynamic grower, agroforester, and permaculture teacher Mark Shepard to explore the common threads that weave together biodynamic agriculture and permaculture. Learn how to consciously join with the non-material forces of your “place” in order to restore the processes of soil creation, pest and disease control, biodiversity, and optimum system health.
Friday, November 18
Session 1, 2:00 - 3:00 pm BD Basics: The Living Earth and the Cycle of the Year — Mac Mead (Coronado) Each biodynamic preparation has its own unique properties and timing. This workshop addresses how to make and use each preparation to fit in within the earth as a living being, weaving each into the course of the year, helping to bring the individuality of the farm. Biodynamics in Costa Rica — Danilo Solano (Devargas) Biodynamic agriculture has been growing in the Costa Rican tropical rainforest, which offers many unique opportunities and challenges compared with other growing systems and other climates. Danilo Solano will share the results of the Tropical Farm System Trial, whose main objective was to determine the agricultural practices that most significantly contribute to capturing carbon in the soil. In this project, three distinct forms of agriculture (conventional, organic,
Collaborative Farming — Thea Maria Carlson, Kelly Kiefer, Jeff Schreiber, Karen Washington (Nambe) The way farmers organize work and relationships on their farms is changing—traditional hierarchical and family-based models are giving way to more dynamic, holistic, and inclusive approaches. As forward-looking farms and organizations experiment with these innovative new social structures and technologies, we need to share and discuss both successes and failures. In this participatory workshop, Karen Washington will share her experience developing Rise and Root Farm together with five other women, and Jeff Schreiber and Kelly Kiefer of Three Sisters Farm will discuss what they’ve learned—so far—as they seek to join forces with another couple to create a larger, more holistic farm enterprise. Biodynamic Association Co-Director Thea Maria Carlson will also give an overview of the evolutionary organizational management model adopted by the BDA in 2015 and share thoughts about how it might be applied to farming. Participants are encouraged to bring questions and stories to share, and will leave with some practical techniques and resources for successfully working with others on farms.
WORKSHOPS Friday Enlivening Water, Earth, Ourselves — Frank Chester (Lamy) Since the seven-sided Chestahedron was discovered in the year 2000, a new understanding of the geometry that underlies the Earth’s form and the human heart is accessible to us. The heart’s activity of re-oxygenating “used up” blood is a picture of the re-enlivening we seek to create for all of nature as biodynamic farmers. Frank Chester will share his scientific-artistic approach to spiritual research and practical applications of geometric discoveries that allow light and sound to transform the water we use for irrigation and for preparations. From Seed to Grocery: Growing the Biodynamic® Marketplace — Nikhil Arora, David Byrnes, Elizabeth Candelario, Andreas Schneider (Milagro) This workshop will give an overview of the growing Biodynamic® marketplace and some of the opportunities it is creating for farmers, as well as challenges raised by this growth. How can we protect the Biodynamic standards and the quality of the ingredients while also meeting growing demand? Can the biodynamic movement model of fair and associative trade be incorporated all along the value chain? Where will tomorrow’s Biodynamic ingredients and products come from? Come join us as we roll up our sleeves to shape the future of the Biodynamic marketplace. Growing Biodynamic Vegetables — Jeff Poppen (O’Keeffe) Jeff Poppen, the “Barefoot Farmer,” has been growing vegetables for 35 years and has helped hundreds of others to learn and start their own farms and gardens. In this workshop, he will cover all aspects of the biodynamic approach to growing vegetables, including planning, soil preparation, sowing, transplanting, companion planting, crop rotations, weeding, and harvest. Bring your vegetable questions to get them answered by this living legend. The Spirit of Healing Plants — Claudia Ford, Deb Soule (Ballroom) The sustainable agriculture, biodynamic, and food justice movements carefully promote the protection, care, and production of healthy ecosystems, soils, vegetables, fruits,
and livestock, but do not focus equal attention on medicinal plants and herbs. Reviewing indigenous knowledge about our relationships with the medicinal plants reminds us that, beyond a just concern for plant species, what is at stake is the reclamation of lost sacred and healing knowledge for humans—and for the land. This session will include a discussion of traditional ways of knowing plants, an experience of being present and mindful with a healing plant, and reflection through writing and drawing on our connection with the plant. Weather Is Not Climate — Dennis Klocek (Kearny) To understand the current climate debate, it is useful to be able to see the difference between the forces that form weather and the forces that form climate. Although these different domains have overlap, the crucial issues regarding climate are often blurred by the large number of daily weather forecasts available to people today. This workshop will look at how a climate phenomenon such as El Niño can be understood independent of the daily weather forecast.
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Session 2, 4:00 - 5:30 pm Acequia Culture and Regional Food Systems — Miguel Santistevan (Nambe) Acequias are gravity fed, communally managed irrigation systems that are related to the agri-cultures of Central Asia, the Middle East, and the Iberian Peninsula. Acequia culture in New Mexico is an amalgamation of Spanish, Arabic, Mexican, and Puebloan foods, traditions, and techniques and is an important part of the food security and economic base of the region, especially in rural areas. This presentation will illustrate the essence of acequia culture in terms of the practices, food traditions, and crops that offer lessons of resiliency in times of climate change. Some contemporary challenges of urban development, water rights adjudication, and intergenerational transmission of knowledge will also be outlined.
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WORKSHOPS Friday Advanced BD: The Future of the Biodynamic Preparations — Brook Le Van (Ohkay Owingeh) With the increases in agro-chemical toxins, radiation, EMF, top soil loss, and other environmental degradation since Rudolf Steiner’s time, how can we best work with biodynamic preparations to meet the challenges of today and the future? In this conversation with advanced preparation makers and seasoned biodynamic farmers and gardeners, we will discuss research and experiences in the field related to topics such as dynamizing, homeopathically potentizing, combining preparations, increasing application rates and frequencies of the foundational preparations, and developing new preparations. Please come prepared to share your experiences and your burning questions with the group. Prerequisite: working knowledge of making and using the biodynamic preparations. Aztec Wisdom and Biodynamic Farming in Mexico — Jose Ma. Anguiano Cardenas (Coronado) The wisdom of the Aztec empire developed in Tenochtitlan in pre-Hispanic times was demonstrated in the arts, education, agriculture, and society, under leadership of the great Aztec priest Tlacaelel who, based on observation of the cosmos, managed to bring the human to deeper regions of consciousness and spiritual being. Aztec remedies, which are analogous to the biodynamic preparations developed in Europe, include preparations made with pumpkin stuffed with cow dung, pumpkin stuffed with cempasuchil flowers (Tagetes erecta), and coconut shell filled with cow dung. These preparations, as well as the knowledge reflected in the Aztec sun stone (better known as Aztec calendar), are an important support in developing biodynamic agriculture in Mexico. It is therefore important to share this alternative prehispanic Aztec knowledge with all those who practice biodynamic farming. This workshop will be presented in English with simultaneous interpretation to Spanish. BD Basics: Making Biodynamic Compost — Colum Riley (Peralta) Use the preps. Make biodynamic compost. Understanding biodynamics starts with the doing. From here, the living processes at work become easier to follow as one incorporates experience into understanding. We will explore how healthy soil functions, how conventional gardening products
and pollution destroy soil, and how a focused effort on composting and the use of the biodynamic preparations can bring your soil back to life. What are the physical, biological, chemical, and microbiological processes at work? Special emphasis will be placed on home composting: methods, materials, and uses for incorporating biodynamics and compost into your own home garden or farm. This workshop will also be interactive as we stir biodynamic compost tea, dig into biodynamic compost, and end with applying biodynamic foliar sprays around the Santa Fe Community Convention Center. Biodynamic Fruit within a Whole Farm Organism — Hugh Williams (Lamy) By creating a balanced and diversified biodynamic farm organism, we can develop high levels of soil fertility out of the farm’s own resources, providing great flexibility in the mix of possible enterprises and ensuring financial stability over the long term. This workshop will track the development of the orchards of Threshold Farm over 23 years of profitable operation with very low debt load. Hugh Williams will show how soil fertility and the mix of enterprises can be developed in parallel such that the main enterprise of the farm fulfills its promise and is buffered by a carefully calibrated mix of secondary activities. There will be plenty of hard data on all aspects of fruit growing, on our unique marketing model, and on crop rotation over decades, as we graft and plant out new orchards on a Keyline pattern. CSA Farms: Awakening Community Intelligence — Steven McFadden (Devargas) Community is as essential to the success of a CSA farm as healthy soil and skilled farmers. But to fulfill their role with CSA successfully, communities must have their intelligence awakened and they must step willingly into action. Through exploration and application of associative economic concepts, CSA is incubating a quintessence of social, economic, and environmental intelligence. What has been incubated so far is wholesome and has potential to seed a wealth of blessings. The necessity and the opportunity is before us to help awaken hundreds of thousands of CSA farms in communities around the world and to thereby employ an emerging, egalitarian model to address the radically changing circum-
WORKSHOPS Friday - Saturday stances in our climate, economics, and social relationships. What is a healthy vision for CSA moving forward? How do we get there? And how might biodynamic understandings continue to foster the growth and healthy development of CSAs? After a 40-minute talk with Powerpoint, through group process and interaction the participants will craft a statement and report to share with the full conference. Heirloom Food and Story: The Seed Basket — Deborah Littlebird, Larry Littlebird (Milagro) Heirloom Food and Story is a project of Tano Farm that rekindles sharing our cultural legacies around sacred food and deepening our connection to land, story, heritage, and each other. In this storytelling session, Larry and Deborah Littlebird will share their work with Tano Farm at Hamaatsa, which is rooted in place, story, and ancestry—bringing back the sacred in the way we eat, grow, and share our food. Through regenerative farming practices, permaculture, and indigenous land wisdom, Tano Farm is committed to creating a healthy, genetically diverse ecosystem. This offgrid sustainable living farm, located halfway between Santa Fe and Albuquerque in the rolling foothills of the Ortiz Mountains, runs on 100% renewable energy through solar power and is part of Hamaatsa’s 320 acres of environmentally protected lands, once homelands to the Pueblo Indian people. The Seed as Expression of the Farm Individuality — Don Tipping (O’Keeffe) Thoughtful seed saving, selection, and plant breeding may very well be one of the best tools that we have to adapt gracefully to climate change. Don Tipping has been growing seeds using biodynamic methods at Seven Seeds Farm for the past 20 years, fine-tuning a menagerie of species to the Cascadia bioregion. The adaptation of plants to the landscape gives a voice to the soul of the land and diverse elements that come together in the living plant. Saving seeds was once the defining hallmark of agriculture, but is now sadly relegated to another input on most farms or is shrouded in mystery by intellectual property rules and patents. Through re-integrating seed as a vital aspect of living farm systems, we celebrate the gift of life from seeds and honor
our agrarian roots. Working with Elemental Beings — Cynthia Hoven, Harald Hoven (Kearny) Get to know the different kinds of elemental beings (gnomes, undines, sylphs, and salamandars) and how they are manifest in the forms of the plants. Learn about their role in the garden and how to work more consciously with these beings to create greater harmony and abundance. There will be time for study, eurythmy, and conversation about personal experiences.
Saturday, November 19
Session 3, 11:00 am - 12:30 pm BD Basics: Principles and Science of Biodynamics — Hugh Lovel (Coronado) Biodynamics grew out of the work of Rudolf Steiner, whose brilliant integration of his early scientific studies of mathematics, chemistry, and biology led to the deepest penetration of nature’s mysteries of our times. Biodynamics provides insights into and answers to the problems that hinder and discourage practitioners of all other forms of farming and gardening. Hugh Lovel will explain the core principles of biodynamics and the science behind why biodynamics works so well. Building Regional Biodynamic Communities — Patricia Frazier, Jim Fullmer, Hilary Higginbotham, Jeff Poppen (Milagro) There is a strong gesture toward building regional biodynamic communities that are capable of creating and maintaining a bioregionally defined foodshed, unique and diverse farm organisms, and regional preparation making. This gesture has been supported recently by the development of DemeterLOCAL certification, the purpose of which is consumer, farmer, and preparation-making education at a regional level, and implementing the Demeter farm standards through development of curriculum unique to each region. The workshop will profile two active communities, including their farms, strengths, challenges, opportunities,
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WORKSHOPS Saturday and methods of implementing strong biodynamic impulses. Advanced BD: Geographic Medicine: Fostering Healthy Communities — Steven Johnson, DO (Peralta) Continuing our co-working between agriculture and medicine from the 2014 Biodynamic Conference, in this workshop we will endeavor to deepen our common understanding of salutogenic (healing) forces hidden within the human being and our surrounding geography. Taking as a basis Rudolf Steiner’s lectures titled “Geographic Medicine” (GA 178), we will explore this unique basis of illness as well as how geography and our environment influence the potential for social activity and community. We will also look at some particular mineral remedies and plants from the standpoint of spiritual science and our theme. This workshop is for individuals interested in anthroposophy and the deeper spiritual mysteries of health and illness that concern agriculture and medicine. Growing and Selling Biodynamic Seed — Beth Corymb, Nathan Corymb (O’Keeffe) In this workshop, Beth and Nathan Corymb will share their 30 years of experience, with suggestions about how to begin seed growing on your farm or to further your expertise. We will discuss the role of seed in the farm organism, the cultural and artistic benefits of growing seed, integrating seed growing into market and CSA production, growing seed for your farm, and growing seed to sell. Practical considerations such as plant families, populations, pollination, and isolation will be addressed, as well as finding markets and how to become a sought-after grower for seed companies. We will also explore how growing seed can help unfold your farm individuality, how seed from a diversified biodynamic whole farm approach offers special attributes for the future, and the deeper aspects of anthroposophical striving and understanding in relation to the seed. The Hidden Logic of the Compost Preparations — Gunther Hauk (Ballroom) The details of how the biodynamic compost preparations are made can scare off newcomers to biodynamics—uncommon ingredients and techniques can sound like voodoo or just crazy. And yet there is a deep logic in why the cham-
omile is put into the intestines of a cow, yarrow in a deer bladder, oak bark in a skull. Discovering this logic is not only awe-inspiring, but can give farmers and gardeners practicing biodynamics tools for explaining these preparations to their customers and their communities. How to Develop School Farms and Gardens — Helen-Ann Ireland, Brad Miller, Nicki Robb, Erin Schneider (Kearny) School farms and gardens provide a place for students to experience how science, philosophy, economics, art, and literature are all interconnected. They also offer a place to develop the system thinking skills necessary to address the wicked problems of our time, such as climate change, food security, biodiversity collapse, and the growing disconnect between humans and nature. Plus, school gardens provide the space and time for contemplation, reflection, and connection with nature, each other, and the inner soul. Within this workshop, experienced educators will share how to work with youth within gardens and farms, how to integrate school gardens into the broader curriculum, and how to gain support from staff, students, and parents. Through this session we hope to begin building momentum towards fostering the next generation of gardeners, farmers (both urban and rural), and supporters of organic and biodynamic agriculture. Integrating Draft Animals into a Biodynamic Farm — Cory Eichman, Cameron Genter, Mac Mead (Nambe) Four biodynamic farmers at different stages of working with animal power (some for decades, some brand new) will share their experiences on how they have integrated draft animals into their farm individualities. They will explore their approach to the work, using tried and true equipment as well as new on-farm inventions that make their systems work for them. Conversions from a primarily tractor-powered farm to a primarily horse-powered farm will be discussed, as well as starting from scratch with draft animals. Come hear the successes and challenges of working with fellow living, sentient beings to grow our food.
WORKSHOPS Saturday Pueblo Agriculture, Permaculture, and Biodynamics — Emigdio Ballon, Louie Hena (Devargas) What are the connections, similarities, and differences between traditional pueblo agriculture, permaculture, and biodynamic agriculture? How can they be interwoven and complement each other? In this workshop, Emigdio Ballon and Louie Hena will share the diverse agricultural work they have been developing at the Tesuque Pueblo, with examples of how they are incorporating all these streams of agriculture into a single landscape. They will also share their insights, observations, and questions about weaving together these different forms of agriculture while maintaining the integrity of each. Water Resilience on the Farm — Don Tipping, Hugh Williams (Lamy) With a changing climate, historical weather patterns can no longer be relied upon, and developing water resilience is a must for every farm. Hugh Williams of Threshold Farm will describe how to create a whole-farm Keyline plan, including off-contour farming, drought-proofing your farm, engineering of Keyline dams and reservoirs, Keyline scale of permanence, and how Threshold Farm is implementing these to manage the flow of water across their land. Don Tipping of Seven Seeds Farm will share water harvesting methods incorporated into his farm, including ponds, swales, soakaway pits, hedgerows, and riparian areas with annual crops and intensive animal grazing systems. All of these methods can be employed to create vibrant whole farm landscapes that better utilize rain when it comes and continue to thrive even in times of drought.
Saturday, November 19 Session 4, 2:00 - 3:00 pm
Advanced BD: Take a Walk in the Belly of Your Farm — Cory Eichman (Devargas) When biodynamic agriculture began almost 100 years ago, Rudolf Steiner suggested that the doctors work closely with the farmers. This wasn’t only because food was seen as important to human health or that farmers could be potential producers of medicines. The farm individuality, the
central image of a biodynamic farm, is modeled after the human individuality. The forces that go into the makeup and life of the human being as microcosm are the same forces (although modified) that go into the makeup and life of our farm as macrocosm. Whereas health care practitioners meet their patients as fellow human beings, treating them from “outside,” farmers are “walking around in the belly of their farm” and are an active part of the farm individuality. Farmers can work as participatory health care practitioners within the being of the farm. This workshop will look at the parallels between human and farm health primarily through the use of the biodynamic preparations as the endocrine gland system for the farm, helping to regulate and balance all the different systems that are at work within a farm. Prerequisite: working knowledge of biodynamic principles and practices, including the preparations. BD Basics: Understanding and Working with a Biodynamic Planting Calendar — Sherry Wildfeuer (Ballroom) Want to know what biodynamic planting calendars are all about? In this workshop, Sherry Wildfeuer will offer an introduction to basic astronomy, the history and context of biodynamic planting calendars, and a practical explanation of how to work with the charts in the Stella Natura calendar to inform your work with your farm or garden. Experiencing Soil and Compost through Color, Form, and Pattern — Bruno Follador (O’Keeffe) Ehrenfried Pfeiffer’s Round Filter Chromatography offers a fresh and engaging possibility for farmers and gardeners to learn more about the biological processes taking place in their compost piles and fields. In this workshop, we’ll explore how Goethean science and Pfeiffer’s chromatography offer a new perspective and approach for qualitative research in agriculture. We’ll observe in an interactive and practical way different original chromatograms of soils and compost. We’ll also consider the following questions: What are the potential uses for this method? Could it be seen as an empowering tool for farmers and consumers? If so, in which way? And, ultimately, could we begin to see it as an inner path for the schooling of imagination?
WORKSHOPS Saturday Holistic Landscape Ecology: Biodynamics, Grazing, and Permaculture — Matias Baker, Kirk Gadzia, Christian Shearer (Coronado) Using a unique blend of biodynamic agriculture, Holistic Management, and regenerative permaculture design, PEG farm project in Barbados is working to create a biodiverse working and living space on a landscape that was farmed in a monoculture of sugar cane for over 400 years. The farm incorporates holistically managed cattle with local blackbelly sheep, poultry, biodynamic preparations, compost, a host of indigenous pollinating plants and cover crops, gardens, and food forests to create a unique and thriving environment. Watershed renewal, water catchment, and wetland rehabilitation all use Keyline-inspired landscape patterns to catch and store and move water in a restorative way. This workshop will outline the projects’ achievements and vision in detail, as well as give opportunities for participants to inquire, suggest, and inspire future results. We will also share our beginning research on how biodynamics can support and be supported by other systems like Holistic Management and Keyline/permaculture design processes. Liberating Farmland for Farmers and Communities — John Bloom, Robert Karp, Martin Large, Severine von Tscharner Fleming (Nambe) A key challenge facing the current and the next generation of biodynamic and regenerative farmers is long-term, affordable access to land. This workshop will give an overview of the principles and challenges of farmland protection, stewardship, and succession and will share success stories from the work of land trusts and other innovative organizations working to address these challenges. Should farmland be viewed as a commons that no one can own individually? Can investors play a positive role in securing farmland for the next generation? How do we spark a movement for farmland liberation? Come join the discussion. Reconnecting Formerly Incarcerated People to Nature and Society — Rachel Schneider, Beth Waitkus, Karen Washington (Milagro) In 2016, Rachel Schneider of Hawthorne Valley Farm launched a collaborative Community Garden Internship Project to connect formerly incarcerated people with com-
munity gardening opportunities in New York City. In this program, HVF is working with Insight Garden Program, well-known community facilitators in the New York area (including Karen Washington), and the Bard Prison Initiative to deliver IGP’s curriculum to people in reentry, along with opportunities for hands-on community gardening. With IGP’s long history of working with people living in California prisons, HVF’s approach to community building and social change, and Karen’s community activism and urban gardening experience, the panelists will share their goals, stories, and impacts of this innovative initiative that helps reconnect formerly incarcerated people to nature and society. Restoring the Health and Spiritual Integrity of Corn — Walter Goldstein (Kearny) Delve deep into the world of corn—its domestication, richness, and significance; its development by native people; its development by European Americans; and the present dilemma between world views of the two groups. Corn breeder and researcher Walter Goldstein will share about the work of the Mandaamin Institute to breed and commercialize new corn with enhanced nutritional value and competitive, modern yields, using a phenomenological, biodynamic approach based on working with corn as a partner. He will also discuss efforts to breed corn that will not allow itself to be pollinated by GMO corn and that partners with microbes to obtain nitrogen from the soil and the air. Sacred Self within the Universe — Patricia Ann Davis (Peralta) Patricia Ann Davis is a Native American elder who has translated Dineh blessedway ceremonial principles into an Indigenous Ceremonial Change Process, a healing process designed to correct out-of-balance conditions within people, society, or the environment. During this session, she will lead participants through theIndigenous Ceremonial Change Process, allowing us to experience co-creative power-within and co-creative power-with others, which eliminates the need for power-over that is jeopardizing holistic ecology practices for our collective survival. The purpose is to learn and teach about our sacred-self within our sacred place in the universe.
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WORKSHOPS Saturday SEKEM and Sustainable Development — Angela Hofmann (Lamy) Founded by Dr. Ibrahim Abouleish in 1977, SEKEM is a diverse and interconnected initiative that combines biodynamic farming and sustainable development to bring vibrant life to the desert in Egypt. SEKEM has brought over 1,500 desert acres into biodynamic cultivation and has helped over 700 farmers in Egypt to shift from conventional to organic agriculture. SEKEM has also established a number of companies that connect to its agricultural production, including phytopharmaceuticals, organic textiles and clothes, and organic food and beverages, where they are a market leader in Egypt. Furthermore, the independent SEKEM Development Foundation is running various schools, a kindergarten, a vocational training center, and a medical center, among other projects. The latest achievement was the establishment of the Heliopolis University for Sustainable Development, which successfully started its operations in the year 2012. In this workshop, Angela Hofmann will describe some of these aspects of SEKEM in more detail and share lessons that can be applied anywhere in the world.
Saturday, November 19 Session 5, 4:00 - 5:30 pm
The Alchemy of Bee-ing — Michael Joshin Thiele (Kearny) When we step into the world of honeybees, we are entering a multidimensional landscape of being. Bees are agents of transformation and a phenomenon that Rudolf Steiner perceived as an “enigmatic-world-being.” Our journey into the world of bees will naturally lead to an inquiry into our own consciousness. It is a gate into the wisdom of the bees and the landscape of the human soul. This workshop will explore the alchemical qualities of our relationship with honeybees. We will combine the study of their unique matrix of life with a sensuous-intuitive approach and examine how this encounter can shift our sense of self, enrich our life, and imbue the growth of a new paradigm of being.
BD Basics: Small-Scale Biodynamic Market Gardening — Sam Hitt (Coronado) Sam Hitt will share the story of how he came to create a diverse, thriving small-scale market garden and nursery in a changing neighborhood on Santa Fe’s southern fringe. He will cover crop selection, hand tillage, propagation, irrigation, planning, pest management, egg production, specialty nursery plants, and marketing. The focus will be on lessons learned, mistakes made, and the many challenges and opportunities of sustainably growing and marketing high-value produce in an increasingly water-stressed environment. Breeding and Growing Biodynamic Cotton — Sally Fox (Devargas) Sally Fox has been breeding and growing organic cotton since 1982, and her farm recently became Demeter certified Biodynamic®. Through classical plant breeding, she has developed varieties of cottons whose lint grows in shades of brown and green that can be machine spun. Her brown cotton varieties are as flame resistant as wool. In this workshop, she will share practical insights into how to breed and grow colored cotton varieties and turn them into finished fabrics. Cultivating the Social Field in Biodynamic Education — Rachel Schneider, Steffen Schneider, Ursula Versteegen (Nambe) More and more people of all ages and backgrounds want to learn about biodynamic agriculture. As we endeavor to teach the principles and practices of this holistic and ecological form of agriculture, how can we develop educational opportunities that reflect the holism of the human being and the ecology of our social relationships? Drawing from their experiments in leading the Biodynamic Winter Intensives at Hawthorne Valley Farm, Rachel and Steffen Schneider and Ursula Versteegen will present and practice with participants tools and techniques that are proven to “fertilize” and regenerate the social aspects of our biodynamic educational offerings. Entwining Biodynamic and Indigenous Ways of Working with the Land — Stephen Clarke (Peralta) In the face of ever more toxic and pervasive threats to the health of the planet we need to draw on diverse sources of wisdom to create an effective spiritual practice that will sup-
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WORKSHOPS Saturday port the continuity of biological life on Earth. Drawing on both European and American wisdom streams, this workshop will share spiritual pathways that any farmer or gardener can draw on to bring a spiritual dimension to their work. Our ideas about the environment have expanded greatly over the last century, but they need to expand even more into the deeper formative dimensions of the natural world. We must deepen and broaden what we mean by “working with the land.” - Cultural Origins of the Western Mystery Tradition - Healing Our Relationship to the Earth - Meditating the Tree of Life into the World - Pathways for Remediating the Presence of Radiation - Finding How the Christ Works in the Western Hemisphere - Open Topic, per interest of attendees Farms, Finance, and Food Systems — John Bloom, Kate Danaher, Micaela Fischer (O’Keeffe) In this interactive session, we will explore emerging trends in the intersections of farms, finance, and food systems. With the increase in the number of innovative food hubs, cooperative approaches to production, aggregation, and distribution, the issue of financing remains a challenge. What is needed? What has worked successfully? Is the conventional marketplace being transformed to a more associative condition? We will explore these and further questions. Integrating Conference Lessons into Your Farm or Garden — Daphne Amory (Ballroom) Within this session, farmers and gardeners will have an opportunity to draft an action plan for their own farm or garden with the guidance of veteran biodynamic practitioners. This session will offer a space to take the information you are learning at the conference and apply it to your own land at a reasonable, doable scale with a little guidance. Prepare to return home with concrete next steps on how to integrate and transform your own space.
Q&A: Biodynamic Composting and Preparation Making — Matias Baker, Bruno Follador, Laura Riccardi Lyvers (Milagro) This interactive session will be an opportunity for those individuals seeking to develop new imaginative ways for practicing biodynamics to ask questions to a panel of experienced biodynamic practitioners. These panelists, each in their own way, have brought new thinking to biodynamics and are working to address the core challenge of transforming our myopic perceptions in agriculture. This workshop will help those who are searching for new answers and inspirations for deepening their work in preparation making, composting, and building a personal relationship to the land and the spirit of nature. Topics that may be addressed, depending on participant interest, include biodynamic composting, quality preparation making, qualitative testing and chromatography, building a personal relationship to nature, working with cosmic rhythms, and the history and foundations of Rudolf Steiner’s work. Re-membering the Future — Leah Walker (Ohkay Owingeh) Often it is crisis that throws us into turmoil and ultimately sends us in a new direction. At a certain point, most of us want to feel less thrown about and more firmly in the driver’s seat. In the sea of choices that lay before most of us, at any given moment, really, can we feel clearer about the course of life that is right for us? Is it possible to develop a more objective view of the road? To know which way to turn? You bet! It can help to think of life itself as a map. Through the practice of biography work, it is possible to know where we’re going, individually and as a whole. In this workshop, we’ll do some life charting and engage in socially artistic activity, including conversation. Water on the Edge — Chris Tebbutt (Lamy) What can the search for water’s qualities reveal for biodynamics? This workshop will explore “the world as a drop” and how to engage formative forces that foster Tierra Viva in the farm and garden. Chris Tebbutt will explore these concepts, highlighting practical experiments from his home at Filigreen Farm in northern California, inspired by the frontiers of water science.
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EN ESPAÑOL La Conferencia Biodinámica de 2016 en Español Le damos una cordial bienvenida a nuestros participantes hispanohablantes en la conferencia. Tenemos varios eventos bilingües en la conferencia, y damos la bienvenida a su participación en todos los eventos.
Jueves, 17 de Noviembre Agricultura Biodinámica, Enlazando el Continente Americano/Biodynamics Bridging the Americas 9:00 am - 5:00 pm, Peralta Osiris Abrego Plata, Matias Baker, Bruno Follador, Eduardo Rincon, Danilo Solano, Sarah Weber Este taller pre-conferencia proporcionará un espacio para las personas del continente americano, en el cual podrán conocer, conectarse y aprender de la agricultura biodinámica. En la actividad, tendremos invitados especiales que nos visitan de diferentes puntos del continente (Sur, Centro, Norte y Caribe), algunas de estas personas compartirán su experiencia e historias personales. Al explorar los principios de esta forma de agricultura, los participantes tendrán herramientas suficientes para desarrollar nuevos y mejores pensamientos, que les permitirá develar la misión única de la agricultura biológico-dinámica en el continente Americano. Uno de los objetivos del taller será compartir las distintas iniciativas existentes por toda América y a la vez propiciar un espacio para el intercambio de ideas, fomentar oportunidades, comunicar las necesidades de cada movimiento de agricultura biodinámica en América, pero sobretodo, fortalecer el trabajo que han venido haciendo las y los agricultores biodinámicos. Este taller será un espacio propicio para entablar alianzas y colaboraciones futuras. El taller se presentará en español, con traducción al Inglés y trabajará con algunas actividades grupales. Los participantes con cualquier nivel de conocimiento de la biodinámica son bienvenidos — practicantes avanzados, principiantes e intermedios. Interpretación simultánea al español estará disponible para los siguientes eventos.
Viernes, 18 de Noviembre Regeneración de la Tierra y la Comunidad 8:30 am - 12:30 pm, Ballroom
Patrocinado por Independent Natural Food Retailers Association Historias del desarrollo sustentable, agricultura biodinámica regenerativa, ganadería, paisajismo e inclusión comunitaria en el desarrollo de Nuevo México, Nueva York, Tanzania, Uganda y Latinoamérica. Osiris Ábrego Plata Inspector Orgánico y Biodinámico y Auditor de Responsabilidad Social Angela Hofmann Coordinadora Agrícola de SEKEM Larry Littlebird Director y Fundador del Hamaatsa Mark Shepard CEO de Restoration Agriculture Development and Forest Agriculture Enterprises y Autor de Restoration Agriculture Karen Washington Activista de la Comunidad y Agricultora en Rise and Root Farm Courtney White Co-Fundador de la Coalición Quivira y Autor de 2% Solutions for the Planet
La Tierra Viva y su Ciclo Anual 2:00 - 3:30 pm, Coronado
Cada preparación biodinámica contiene propiedades únicas recibidas en momentos del tiempo muy específicos. Este taller desarrolla, cómo hacer las preparaciones biodinámicas de
EN ESPAÑOL forma tal que calcen con los ciclos de nuestra Madre Tierra, con el fin de aportar individualidad a la finca. Mac Mead Director de Programas del Pfeiffer Center
El Conocimiento Azteca y la Agricultura Biodinámica en México
Sally Fox Agricultora en Viriditas Farm y Vreseis Chris Tebbutt Agricultor en Filigreen Farm Hugh Williams Agricultor en Threshold Farm
4:00 - 5:30 pm, Coronado
El conocimiento generado por el imperio Azteca desarrollado en la Tenochtitlan pre-hispánica, fue sin duda evidente en áreas como las artes, educación, sociedad y la agricultura. Gracias al liderazgo y la visión del gran sacerdote azteca Tlacaelel un hombre capaz de comprender bien el cosmos, manejar diferentes estados de conciencia y quien gozó de un alto nivel de espiritualidad. Algunas preparaciones hechas por los antiguos aztecas, se consideran análogas a las preparaciones biodinámicas desarrolladas en Europa, las preparaciones aztecas incluyen por ejemplo calabaza rellena con estiércol, calabaza rellena con flores de cempasúchil (tagetes erecta), cáscara de coco rellena con estiércol. Todas estas preparaciones, así como el conocimiento adquirido del calendario Azteca (La Piedra solar), son de vital importancia para apoyar el desarrollo de la agricultura biodinámica en México. Por esta razón es necesario difundir y compartir este antiguo conocimiento Azteca entre todos aquello practicantes de la biodinámica que deseen difundir esta práctica en América. Jose Ma. Anguiano Cardenas Consultor yInvestigador biodinámico; Profesor Asociado de la Universidad de Medio Ambiente en México
Sábado, 19 de Noviembre Labrando la Tierra Viva 8:30 - 10:30 am, Ballroom
Tres agricultores exitosos comparten cómo fueron capaces de crear resiliencia de su recurso hídrico y además cultivar frutales y fibras dentro de un organismo agrícola biodiverso.
La Lógica Oculta Detrás de las Preparaciones Biodinámicas de Compost 11:00 am - 12:30 pm, Ballroom
Los detalles de cómo elaborar las preparaciones biodinámicas del compost pueden asustar a los neófitos en el camino de la biodinámica — inusuales ingredientes y técnicas pueden parecer como vudú o simples locuras. Aun así, existe una profunda lógica en el porqué de la manzanilla dentro de los intestinos de la vaca, la milenrama dentro de la vejiga del venado y la corteza del roble en el cráneo. Descubrir esta lógica no resulta únicamente inspiracional, también faculta a las agricultoras y agricultores biodinámicos de herramientas para explicar estos preparados a sus clientes y comunidades. Gunther Hauk Fundador de Spikenard Santuario de la Abeja y Autor de Toward Saving the Honeybee
El Calendario Biodinámico y su Aplicación Dentro del Organismo Agrícola 2:00 - 3:30pm, Coronado
Te gustaría saber más acerca del calendario biológico dinámico? En este taller, Sherry Wildfeuer nos dará una introducción básica a la astronomía, la historia y los principios de la agricultura biodinámica, comprendidos en la mayoría de los calendarios agrícolas, En el taller se darán explicaciones prácticas de cómo emplear las tablas y guías del calendario Stella Natura con el fin de que los participantes puedan emplear este conocimiento en su contexto.
EN ESPAÑOL Sherry Wildfeuer Editor del Calendario de Plantación Biodinámica Stella Natura
Pequeñas Agroecosistemas Biodinámicas 4:00 - 5:30 pm, Coronado
Sam Hitt nos compartirá su historia, el nos explicará cómo llegó a crear un diverso y próspero agroecosistema periurbano en Santa Fe. En el taller Sam cubrirá selección de cultivos, preparación manual del suelo, propagación, riego, planificación, manejo de plagas, producción de huevos, plantas de invernadero y mercadeo de los productos. Se impartirá el taller desde el conocimiento adquirido por Sam, lecciones aprendidas, errores cometidos, así como las innumerables oportunidades y retos que se le presentan a los productores agrícolas de hoy en día. Este taller debe ser de especial interés para las personas interesadas en trabajar dentro de sistemas con un grado alto de stress hídrico.
Sam Hitt Agricultor en The Succulent Garden y Director de Wild Watershed
Domingo, 20 de Noviembre Tierra Viva, Clima Vivo 8:30 - 9:45 am, Ballroom
Una exploración de cómo podemos experimentar a la Tierra como organismo vivo y trabajar con una conciencia dinámica de nuestra Madre Tierra como ser vivo, capaz de enfrentar el cambio climático. Dennis Klocek Fundador del Coros Institute y Autor de Climate: Soul of the Earth
CHILDREN’S ACTIVITIES Thursday, November 17 Songs of the Living Earth — Lorna Kohler (Pojoaque) 9:00 am - 4:00 pm In this full-day workshop, children will learn songs, circle dances, and singing games that honor our relationship with the living earth and the cycle of seasons. We will listen to stories from different cultures and also share our own songs and stories, drawings, and dances of our experience of the living earth. In the afternoon, we will reflect on the themes that emerged in the morning and weave a collective offering that can be shared with parents and friends at the end of the day and, perhaps, with the larger community later on in the week. Lunch will be 12:00 - 12:50 pm.
Friday, November 18 Children’s Drama Workshop: “The Queen Bee” — Kim Snyder-Vine, Mary Ruud (Pojoaque) 8:00 am - 12:30 pm Children of all ages are invited to rehearse and perform “The Queen Bee,” by the Brothers Grimm. This wonderful and fun-filled “Simpleton Story” was chosen as “an homage to the bees.” The tale will be told first thing; however, children (some with the help of their parents) are welcome to familiarize themselves with the story beforehand if they wish. Children are also welcome and even encouraged to bring along simple materials (material, cloths, etc.) that might come in handy for simple costumes. Some parts of the story will be performed in eurythmy as well! Lunch and Break 12:30 - 1:50 pm No supervision. Children are to be with parents. Owl Eyes and Coyote Ears: Nature Awareness Activities — Stephanie Steigerwaldt (Pojoaque) 2:00 - 3:30 pm Have you ever wished that you could see like an owl, hear like a coyote, or walk as silently as a fox? When we learn to focus our senses, quiet our feet, and closely observe the natural world around us, an amazing array of sights and sounds
are revealed to us. In this workshop, children will have an opportunity to build nature awareness skills through a series of fun, hands-on activities and games. Break and Snack 3:30 pm - 4:00 pm Children will be supervised within workshop room. Nourishing the Soul in Nature — Lorna Kohler (Pojoaque) 4:00 - 5:30 pm How might we initiate a dialogue with the soul in nature? How might we listen for ways in which we might nourish this soul? How might this dialogue inform our dreams for the earth and aid us in earthing our dreams? In this workshop we will listen, individually and collectively, to the ways in which the soul of nature speaks to us through movement, drawing, listening, speaking, singing, and creating an offering that arises out of our exploration of this relationship. This workshop is for all ages and will include both adults and children.
Saturday, November 19 Growing after the Grocer — Jeremey Tackett (Pojoaque) 8:30 - 10:30 am Come along as we explore what else we can breathe life and imagination into with leftover scraps from the kitchen with Jeremy Tackett. With a few household items gathered from the pantry or the yard we will see what else we can do with the contents from an average compost bin. Break and Snack 10:30 am - 12:30 pm Children will be supervised within workshop room. Around the World with Natural Dyeing — Angelita Surage, Elise Bowan, Jennie Furman, Suzette Garcia Davis (Pojoaque) 12:30 pm-1:50 pm Come with us as we travel around the world, exploring how different cultures used plants for dyeing. This journey will include learning about how specific fibers were used, dyeing
CHILDREN’S ACTIVITIES techniques using natural found objects, and plants used in a variety of places and cultures. Children will get a chance to see an array of plants used for dyeing, macerate plants, and create dye baths, while trying multiple dyeing techniques on a variety of fabrics. We will explore color and the use of mordants while creating a community dye project, as well as a unique personal gift for each child to take home. Lunch and Break 12:30 - 1:50 pm No supervision. Children are to be with parents. Farming, Food, and Fairy Tales — Tara Dayton (Pojoaque) 2:00 - 3:30 pm “Just as our body has to have nutritive substances circulating through the organism, the soul needs fairy tale substance flowing through its spiritual veins.” (Rudolf Steiner) Is there more of a perfect way to show the connection between literature and biodynamic farming principles for our children than that of a fairy tale? The main element of a fairy tale is the idea of a transformation, which can be applied to the concept of food by talking about how a seed transforms into food we consume. We will explore food, farming, and fairy tales in a manner that is not only creative, but also easily understood by a young audience. Break and Snack 3:30 - 4:00 pm Children will be supervised within workshop room.
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Brother Crow Sister Corn — Eileen Frechette, Susan Gilbert, Vicki Mansoor (Pojoaque) 4:00 - 5:30 pm In this workshop children will experience an original marionette play inspired by creation stories of the Native Americans. The story begins with an imagination of what happens when Crow brings the seed of corn to humankind. The people tend their gardens and the Sister Corn sustains them. It is an image of respect
WORKSHOPS BY TRACK Advanced Biodynamics
NABDAP Workshop: From Outer Sensing to Inner Activity Advanced BD: The Future of the Biodynamic Preparations Advanced BD: Take a Walk in the Belly of your Farm
Agricultural Wisdom of the Americas
Farm Field Day: Tesuque Pueblo and The Succulent Garden Agricultura BiodinĂĄmica, Enlazando el Continente Americano/ Biodynamics Bridging the Americas Biodynamics in Costa Rica Acequia Culture and Regional Food Systems Aztec Wisdom and Biodynamic Farming in MĂŠxico Heirloom Food and Story: The Seed Basket Pueblo Agriculture, Permaculture, and Biodynamics Restoring the Health and Spiritual Integrity of Corn Entwining Biodynamic and Indigenous Ways of Working with the Land
Art and Movement
Biography Work: New Possibilities for a More Human Future Nourishing the Soul in Nature Sacred Self within the Universe Re-membering the Future
BD Basics: The Living Earth and the Cycle of the Year BD Basics: Making Biodynamic Compost BD Basics: Principles and Science of Biodynamics BD Basics: Understanding and Working with a Biodynamic Planting Calendar BD Basics: Small-Scale Biodynamic Market Gardening
Biodynamic and Regenerative Practices
Farm Field Day: Tesuque Pueblo and The Succulent Garden The Biodynamic Farm Organism as Illustrated by the Demeter Farm Standard Restoration Agriculture and Biodynamics: Designing the Whole Farm Entity Biodynamic Beekeeping Biodynamic Permaculture Growing Biodynamic Vegetables The Seed as Expression of the Farm Individuality Biodynamic Fruit within a Whole Farm Organism Integrating Draft Animals into a Biodynamic Farm Growing and Selling Biodynamic Seed Holistic Landscape Ecology: Biodynamics, Grazing, and Permaculture SEKEM and Sustainable Development BD Basics: Small-Scale Biodynamic Market Gardening Breeding and Growing Biodynamic Cotton
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WORKSHOPS BY TRACK Biodynamics and Health
The Spirit of Healing Plants Advanced BD: Geographic Medicine: Fostering Healthy Communities Advanced BD: Take a Walk in the Belly of Your Farm
Session 1 Session 3 Session 4
Biodynamic and Regenerative Practices
Farm Field Day: The Biodynamic Farm Organism as Illustrated by the Demeter Farm Standard Exploring the Mysteries of Biodynamic Wine Agricultural Astronomy Weather Is Not Climate Working with Elemental Beings BD Basics: Principles and Science of Biodynamics BD Basics: Understanding and Working with a Biodynamic Planting Calendar The Alchemy of Bee-ing
Community, Justice, and Economics
Connecting the Sacred in Agriculture to a Moral Economy From Seed to Grocery: Growing the Biodynamic® Marketplace Land as Commons Collaborative Farming From Seed to Grocery: Growing the Biodynamic® Marketplace CSA Farms: Awakening Community Intelligence Building Regional Biodynamic Communities Liberating Farmland for Farmers and Communities Reconnecting Formerly Incarcerated People to Nature and Society SEKEM and Sustainable Development Farms, Finance, and Food Systems
Discussion and Reflection
Integrating Conference Lessons into Your Farm or Garden
How to Develop School Farms and Gardens Cultivating the Social Field in Biodynamic Education
Wednesday Wednesday Thursday Session 1 Session 2 Session 3 Session 4 Session 5
Wednesday Thursday Thursday Session 1 Session 1 Session 2 Session 3 Session 4 Session 4 Session 4 Session 5 Session 5
Session 3 Session 5
Agricultura Biodinámica, Enlazando el Continente Americano/Biodynamics Bridging the Americas La Tierra Viva y su Ciclo Anual El Conocimiento Azteca y la Agricultura Biodinámica en México La Lógica Oculta Detrás de las Preparaciones Biodinámicas de Compost El Calendario Biodinámico y su Aplicación Dentro del Organismo Agrícola Pequeñas Agroecosistemas Biodinámicas
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WORKSHOPS BY TRACK Living Soil
Hands-On with the Biodynamic Preparations BD Basics: The Living Earth and the Cycle of the Year Advanced BD: The Future of the Biodynamic Preparations BD Basics: Making Biodynamic Compost The Hidden Logic of the Compost Preparations Experiencing Soil and Compost through Color, Form, and Pattern Q&A: Biodynamic Composting and Preparation Making
Thursday Session 1 Session 2 Session 2 Session 3 Session 4 Session 5
Water Resilience on the Farm Enlivening Water, Earth, Ourselves Acequia Culture and Regional Food Systems Water Resilience on the Farm Water on the Edge
Thursday Session 1 Session 2 Session 3 Session 5
Workshops for Children
Songs of the Living Earth Children’s Drama Workshop: “The Queen Bee” Owl Eyes and Coyote Ears: Nature Awareness Activities Nourishing the Soul in Nature Growing after the Grocer Around the World with Natural Dyeing Farming, Food, and Fairy Tales Brother Crow Sister Corn
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SPECIAL EVENTS The Development of Spiritual Scientific Research Methods from Art Work
Wednesday, November 16, 7:00 - 8:30 pm, Ballroom Frank Chester has quietly gained a following around the world for his awe-inspiring presentations in which the geometry behind his art is brought to life, often with jaw-dropping results. An artist and educator for more than 32 years, Frank began a specific geometric investigation 17 years ago based upon an indication by the Austrian philosopher Rudolf Steiner. In the 17 years since, Frank’s art has taken a decidedly spiritual direction while maintaining geometric lawfulness. He works with spiritual scientific research methods that belong to a contemporary alchemical tradition. Admission is free; donations accepted.
Conference Opening Celebration: Tastes of Tierra Viva
newal of agriculture through personal initiatives, innovative practices, and shared themes of challenge and triumph.
Screening of SEED: The Untold Story
Thursday, November 17, 7:30 - 9:30 pm, Ballroom SEED: The Untold Story is a feature-length documentary featuring Vandana Shiva, Dr. Jane Goodall, Andrew Kimbell, and Winona LaDuke, following passionate seed keepers protecting our 12,000-year-old food legacy. In the last century, 94% of our seed varieties have disappeared. As biotech chemical companies control the majority of our seeds, farmers, scientists, lawyers, and indigenous seed keepers fight a David and Goliath battle to defend the future of our food. In a harrowing and heartening story, these reluctant heroes rekindle a lost connection to our most treasured resource and revive a culture connected to seeds. With Taggart Siegel and Emigdio Ballon.
Thursday, November 17, 5:00 - 7:00 pm, Santa Fe Farmers’ Market With special guests Javier Gonzales, Mayor of Santa Fe; Fredrick Vigil, Governor of Tesuque Pueblo; and Deborah Madison, founding chef of Greens restaurant in San Francisco. At this celebratory conference opening, enjoy a delicious tasting menu of farm-centric dishes made with local, organic and Biodynamic® ingredients, as well as tastings of local and Biodynamic wine, spirits, kombucha, hard cider, and beer. Listen to live music and connect with new and old friends. You won’t want to miss this wonderful tasting event! Register for this event as a supporter and receive a commemorative Biodynamic Association wine glass. Sponsored by Frey Vineyards, Kimberton Whole Foods, and Chateau Maris.
Young Farmer Mixer
Thursday, November 17, 7:00 - 9:00 pm, Santa Fe Farmers’ Market Join the Biodynamic Association, National Young Farmers Coalition, Northern New Mexico Young Farmers Alliance, and Quivira Coalition to meet other agrarians and share stories and passions as we enjoy live music with food and beverages. We will gather at 7:00 pm for introductions and move into social activities with dancing and refreshments. Offer your expertise and the resources you are seeking through a networking bulletin board and contact list. Celebrate a re-
Friday - Sunday, November 18-20, 7:30 - 8:15 am, Coronado As a beautiful movement discipline and artistic experience, eurythmy serves many people as their daily practice of sacred mindful movement, drawing upon the creative forces of the universe and their presence in their own body, soul, and spirit. Eurythmy teaches us how to connect with the planets and the constellations, with the forces that have shaped the natural world, with the forces of language, poetry, and music, and how to unfold all of these in deeply conscious, authentic gesture. It brings joy as an art form, grounding as a personal practice, and healing as a therapeutic modality. With Cynthia Hoven.
Friday - Sunday, November 18-20, 7:30 - 8:15 am, Peralta Taiji/Qigong is a holistic approach to mind/body/spirit health. Enjoy an introduction to Taiji through a set of 18 simplified movements. This session will be taught at a beginner level and will be preceded by a routine of warmup and loosening exercises. With Zachary Krebs.
SPECIAL EVENTS Meetups and Discussions
Friday - Sunday, November 18-20, During Meals, Ballroom Would you like to meet with other biodynamic urban gardeners, preparation makers, medicinal herb growers, or educators at the conference? How about talking about farmland succession or the future of seed saving work? Meetups and discussions will create space for conference participants to self-organize informal conversations where they can share questions, ideas, and experiences with one another during the following meals at the conference: Friday dinner Saturday breakfast Saturday lunch Saturday dinner Sunday breakfast Sunday lunch Anyone is welcome to host a meetup or discussion, and you can sign up on site during the conference. Each meetup will be assigned a table in the ballroom, and topics, times, and locations will be posted.
Honoring Devon Strong
Friday, November 18, 7:00 - 8:00 pm, Ballroom At each biodynamic conference, we take the time to honor a pioneering individual in the biodynamic movement, sharing our gratitude and celebrating their accomplishments. This year we will honor Devon Strong, who was a biodynamic farmer, buffalo rancher, sweat lodge water pourer, sheep shearer, and father. Devon died tragically in November 2015. We invite you to read more about Devon and his life at www.biodynamics.com/devon-strong. With Matias Baker, Robert Karp, Steve Stonearrow, Craig Strong, and Wali Via.
Bridges Between Biodynamics and Indigenous Agriculture
Friday, November 18, 7:40 - 9:00 pm, Ballroom Biodynamics has a unique capacity to integrate modern scientific and indigenous ways of knowing and working with the earth. In the spirit of the work of Devon Strong, this session will feature presentations from several biodynamic practitioners who are partnering with indigenous people and communities in North and South Americato pioneer a new
future for agriculture and for the earth. With Monique Camp, Walter Goldstein, Lilian Hill, Robert Karp, and Steve Stonearrow.
Saturday, November 19, 8:00 am - 9:30 pm, Outside SeedBroadcast will be honoring seeds at the Biodynamic Conference all day Saturday outside the convention center with the Mobile Seed Story Broadcasting Station. SeedBroadcast invites local seeds, seed keepers, gardeners, farmers, and inspiring seeds, as well as all Biodynamic Conference attendees to join in celebrating Seed Stories and swapping seeds. Come by to record your Seed Story, drop off some seeds, and pick some up too. We will have lots of seed saving how-to’s to distribute and we hope to bring people together to share their wisdom and inspiration of seeds.
Walking Tour to Santa Fe Farmers’ Market
Saturday, November 19, 11:00 am - 12:00 pm, Front of Convention Center Join Santa Fe Farmers’ Market Institute Executive Director Kierstan Pickens for a pleasant and informative walk to the legendary Santa Fe Farmers’ Market. We will meet at the front entrance of the convention center and walk together to the market in Santa Fe’s Railyard District (just under one mile), discussing some of the history and highlights of the market and local food scene as we go. Meet and talk with local farmers at the market and stay as long as you like before making your way back on your own.
NABDAP Apprentice Graduation
Saturday, November 19, 7:00 - 8:00 pm, Ballroom Celebrate the newest crop of beginning biodynamic farmers graduating from the North American Biodynamic Apprenticeship Program (NABDAP). Apprentices who have completed two years of on-farm training, classroom study, and an independent project will be awarded certificates of completion and share stories from their farming education.
Danza Azteca de Anahuac
Saturday, November 19, 8:00 - 8:45 pm, Ballroom Danza Azteca de Anahuac is a traditional, pre-Columbian Indian dance group based in Taos. They have been dancing for over 30 years in New Mexico.
SPECIAL EVENTS Screening of The Alchemists
Saturday, November 19, 8:00 - 9:00 pm, Coronado/Devargas A film by Frigyes Fogel and Christopher Mann. To all who want to heal and consecrate the earth, following those on their mission who have been called upon to form the earth throughout four continents. With Frigyes Fogel.
Saturday, November 19, 8:00 - 9:00 pm, Lobby Build biodiversity and sow seed sovereignty! Bring your heirloom and open-pollinated seeds to share with others, find new varieties to take home with you, and learn about seed saving techniques from experts in the field. Anyone can participate, whether or not you have seeds to share. If you are bringing seeds: please place them on one of the tables in the Lobby between 7:45 and 8:15 pm on Saturday, and label
them with variety, date, and location grown. This event is free and open to the public. Donations gratefully accepted.
Music and Dancing with Baracutanga
Saturday, November 19, 9:15 - 10:45 pm, Ballroom Bringing the flavor of South America with rhythms of Peru, Brazil, Colombia, and more, this experienced group of musicians will keep you dancing all night! BARACUTANGA is an Afrikaan voicing that means “people dancing.” BARACUTANGA proposes to build bridges between the south and the north, overcoming the barriers of discrimination. Their music carries a message of reflection to ignite a positive change of attitudes, which must begin within us and with the acknowledgement of cultural pluralism.
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INSTITUTE FOR MINDFUL AGRICULTURE A HAWTHORNE VALLEY INITIATIVE PRESENTS:
2017 Winter Intensive: Animals and Humans, Evolution and Biodynamics FEBRUARY 19-24, 2017 A foundational, highly-interactive one-week program bringing together biodynamic farming, spiritual science, and personal growth for farmers, gardeners and others seeking a renewed relation to the land, themselves and others. SINCE 1972, HAWTHORNE VALLEY FARM HAS BEEN A WORKING FARM COMMITTED TO THE UNDERSTANDING AND PRACTICE OF BIODYNAMIC AGRICULTURE. Background: The Yellow Cow by Franz Marc 1911
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PRESENTERS Osiris Abrego Plata Organic and Biodynamic Inspector and Social Responsibility Auditor Agricultura Biodinámica, Enlazando el Continente Americano/Biodynamics Bridging the Americas; Keynote: Regenerating Earth and Community Zane Adams Managing Partner at Buchi Kombucha Connecting the Sacred in Agriculture to a Moral Economy Erin Sojourner Agostinelli Member Services Coordinator at Demeter USA The Biodynamic Farm Organism as Illustrated by the Demeter Farm Standard Daphne Amory Advisor and Coach for Regenerative Processes or Garden
Integrating Conference Lessons into Your Farm Nikhil Arora Co-Founder of Back to the Roots
From Seed to Grocery: Growing the Biodynamic® Marketplace (pre- and main conference) Neddy Astudillo Eco-Theologian Connecting the Sacred in Agriculture to a Moral Economy Matias Baker Biodynamic Consultant and Preparation Maker Agricultura Biodinámica, Enlazando el Continente Americano/Biodynamics Bridging the Americas; Holistic Landscape Ecology: Biodynamics, Grazing and Permaculture; Q&A: Biodynamic Composting and Preparation Making; Honoring Devon Strong
Emigdio Ballon Agricultural Director of the Pueblo of Tesuque Farm Field Day: Tesuque Pueblo and The Succulent Garden; Pueblo Agriculture, Permaculture, and Biodynamics; Film Screening: SEED: The Untold Story Cesar Barrionuevo Abiquiu Farm Manager Farm Field Day: The Biodynamic Farm Organism as Illustrated by the Demeter Farm Standard John Bloom Vice President of Organizational Culture at RSF Social Finance and Author of The Genius of Money Farms, Finance, and Food Systems Elise Bowan Founding Board Member and Agricultural Arts Teacher at Mountain Song Community School Around the World with Natural Dyeing Don Bustos Farmer at Santa Cruz Farm Water Resilience on the Farm (pre-conference) David Byrnes Founder of Yellow Barn Biodynamic® From Seed to Grocery: Growing the Biodynamic® Marketplace (pre- and main conference) Monique Camp Owner of Sophia’s Garden Agricultura Biodinámica, Enlazando el Continente Americano/Biodynamics Bridging the Americas; Bridges Between Biodynamics and Indigenous Agriculture
PRESENTERS Elizabeth Candelario Managing Director of Demeter USA
Kate Danaher Senior manager of Social Enterprise Lending and Integrated Capital at RSF Social Finance
From Seed to Grocery: Growing the Biodynamic® Marketplace (pre- and main conference)
Farms, Finance, and Food Systems
Jose Ma. Anguiano Cardenas Biodynamic Consultant, Researcher, and Associate Professor at University of Environment in Mexico
Patricia Ann Davis Native American Elder; Teacher of “Indigenous Ceremonial Change Process”
Aztec Wisdom and Biodynamic Farming in
Sacred Self within the Universe Suzette Garcia Davis Spanish Teacher at Mountain Song Community School
Thea Maria Carlson Co-Director of the Biodynamic Association
Around the World with Natural Dyeing
Tara Dayton Liberal Arts Masters and Waldorf Education Student
Frank Chester Artist, Sculptor, and Geometrician
Farming, Food, and Fairy Tales
Enlivening Water, Earth, Ourselves; The Development of Spiritual Scientific Research Methods from Art Work Stephen Clarke Researcher of Native Ceremonials, Healings, and Spiritual Work Entwining Biodynamic and Indigenous Ways of Working with the Land Beth Corymb Co-Founder of Meadowlark Hearth Farm and Turtle Tree Biodynamic Seed Initiative Growing and Selling Biodynamic Seed Nathan Corymb Co-Founder of Meadowlark Hearth Farm and Turtle Tree Biodynamic Seed Initiative Growing and Selling Biodynamic Seed
Megan Durney Head Gardener at the Pfeiffer Center or Garden
Integrating Conference Lessons into Your Farm Robert Eden Manager at Chateau Maris Exploring the Mysteries of Biodynamic Wine Cory Eichman Farmer at Saugeen River CSA
Advanced BD: Take a Walk in the Belly of Your Farm; Integrating Draft Animals into a Biodynamic Farm Micaela Fischer Policy Officer at the Thornburg Foundation Farms, Finance, and Food Systems
PRESENTERS Greg Fleishman Purely Righteous Brands From Seed to Grocery: Growing the Biodynamic® Marketplace (pre-conference) Fritz Fogel Filmmaker and Founder of FogelMedia Film Screening: The Alchemists Bruno Follador Geographer, Biodynamic Researcher, and Consultant Agricultura Biodinámica, Enlazando el Continente Americano/Biodynamics Bridging the Americas; Experiencing Soil and Compost through Color, Form and Pattern; Q&A: Biodynamic Composting and Preparation Making Claudia Ford Teacher and Researcher on International Women’s Health and Development The Spirit of Healing Plants Sally Fox Farmer at Viriditas Farm and Vreseis Breeding and Growing Biodynamic Cotton; Keynote: Farming the Living Earth Patricia Frazier Farmer and President of Josephine Porter Institute for Applied Biodynamics Building Regional Biodynamic Communities; Hands-On with the Biodynamic Preparations Eileen Frechette Waldorf Educator at Homeadow Song Farm Brother Crow Sister Corn
Jim Fullmer Co-Director of Demeter USA The Biodynamic Farm Organism as Illustrated by the Demeter Farm Standard; From Seed to Grocery: Growing the Biodynamic® Marketplace (preconference); Building Regional Biodynamic Communities Jennie Furman Nutrition and Cooking Arts teacher at Mountain Song Community School Around the World with Natural Dyeing Kirk Gadzia Educator for Holistic Management International and Owner of Resource Management Services Holistic Landscape Ecology: Biodynamics, Grazing and Permaculture Cameron Genter Farmer at Light Root Community Farm Integrating Draft Animals into a Biodynamic Farm Greg Georgaklis Founder of Farmers to You From Seed to Grocery: Growing the Biodynamic® Marketplace (pre-conference) Susan Gilbert Waldorf Early Childhood Teacher at Homeadow Song Farm Brother Crow Sister Corn Walter Goldstein Corn Breeder, Researcher, and Founder of Mandaamin Institute Restoring the Health and Spiritual Integrity of Corn; Bridges Between Biodynamics and Indigenous Agriculture
BECOME A BIODYNAMIC FARMER North American Biodynamic Apprenticeship Program NABDAP helps aspiring farmers develop the skills and knowledge they need to build successful organic and biodynamic farms. The program combines: • 24 months of structured on-farm training and mentoring • An independent, on-farm project • Classroom study in biodynamics Apprentices benefit from a comprehensive training curriculum, carefully selected mentor farms, and access to networking, support, and educational resources. Upon completion of their training, apprentices are awarded a certificate in biodynamic farming from the Biodynamic Association. Have questions about NABDAP or want to learn more? Meet NABDAP coordinator Anthony Mecca here at the conference during Saturday or Sunday lunch at the BDA table in the Exhibit Hall.
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PRESENTERS Gunther Hauk Founder of Spikenard Honeybee Sanctuary and Author of Toward Saving the Honeybee Biodynamic Beekeeping; The Hidden Logic of the Compost Preparations Louie Hena Permaculture Design Consultant and Educator on Traditional Land Management Systems Pueblo Agriculture, Permaculture, and Biodynamics Hilary Higginbotham Co-Founder and Organizer for the TN-KY DemeterLOCAL Chapter Building Regional Biodynamic Communities Lilian Hill Director of Hopi Tutskwa Permaculture Institute Bridges Between Biodynamics and Indigenous Agriculture Sam Hitt Partner at The Succulent Garden and Director of Wild Watershed Gardening
Harald Hoven Founder and Director of Raphael Garden at Rudolf Steiner College Working with Elemental Beings Helen-Ann Ireland Waldorf Teacher How to Develop School Farms and Gardens Estefania Jiménez Farming and Horticultural Engineering Graduate Agricultura Biodinámica, enlazando el continente Americano/Biodynamics Bridging the Americas Steven Johnson Specialist in Integrative, Anthroposophic, and Internal Medicine Advanced BD: Geographic Medicine: Fostering Healthy Communities Robert Karp Co-Director of the Biodynamic Association Honoring Devon Strong; Bridges Between Biodynamics and Indigenous Agriculture
BD Basics: Small-Scale Biodynamic Market
Kelly Kiefer Farmer at Three Sisters Community Farm
Angela Hofmann Agricultural Coordinator at SEKEM
SEKEM and Sustainable Development; Keynote: Regenerating Earth and Community Cynthia Hoven Teacher of Eurythmy and Anthroposophy Working with Elemental Beings; Eurythmy
Dennis Klocek Founder of Coros Institute; Author of Climate: Soul of the Earth Agricultural Astronomy; Weather is Not Climate; Keynote: Living Earth, Living Climate Todd Kluger Head of Sales and Marketing at Lundberg Family Farms From Seed to Grocery: Growing the Biodynamic® Marketplace (pre-conference)
PRESENTERS Lorna Kohler Singer, Songwriter, and Performance Artist Nourishing the Soul in Nature; Songs of the Living Earth Zachary Krebs Technology Steward for the Biodynamic Association and Student in QI University Teacher Training Program Taiji/Qigong Martin Large Founder of the Biodynamic Land Trust (UK) and Community Land Trust and Social Business Enabler From Seed to Grocery: Growing the BiodynamicÂŽ Marketplace (pre-conference); Liberating Farmland for Farmers and Communities Brook Le Van Farmer and Executive Director at Sustainable Settings Advanced BD: The Future of the Biodynamic Preparations; Hands-On with the Biodynamic Preparations Deborah Littlebird Retreat, Seminar, and Conference Facilitator at Hamaatsa and Farm-to-Table Chef at Tano Farm Heirloom Food and Story: The Seed Basket Larry Littlebird Founding Director of Hamaatsa, Storyteller, Filmmaker, Artist, and Social Activist Heirloom Food and Story: The Seed Basket; Keynote: Regenerating Earth and Community Hugh Lovel Farmer and Author of A Biodynamic Farm and Quantum Agriculture BD Basics: Principles and Science of Biodynamics
Deborah Madison Author and Founding Chef of Greens Restaurant in San Francisco Connecting the Sacred in Agriculture to a Moral Economy Vicki Mansoor Artist and Education Coordinator at Homeadow Song Farm Brother Crow Sister Corn Leandro Martelletti Co-Founder and Director of Interrupcion From Seed to Grocery: Growing the BiodynamicÂŽ Marketplace (pre-conference) Steven McFadden Director of Chiron Communications and Co-Author of Farms of Tomorrow Revisited CSA Farms: Awakening Community Intelligence Dan McKanan Author and Emerson Chair at Harvard Divinity School Connecting the Sacred in Agriculture to a Moral Economy Mac Mead Program Director of the Pfeiffer Center BD Basics: The Living Earth and the Cycle of the Year; Integrating Draft Animals into a Biodynamic Farm Brad Miller Teacher at High Mowing School How to Develop School Farms and Gardens Joseph Mora Cook and Certified Wine Professional Exploring the Mysteries of Biodynamic Wine
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PRESENTERS Carolyn Pace Manager of the Colorado Food Hub Network Connecting the Sacred in Agriculture to a Moral Economy Devon Peña Co-Founder and President of The Acequia Institute Land as Commons Kierstan Pickens Executive Director of the Santa Fe Farmers’ Market Institute Connecting the Sacred in Agriculture to a Moral Economy Jeff Poppen Farmer at Long Hungry Creek Farm andAuthor of The Best of the Barefoot Farmer Vol. 1 and 2 Growing Biodynamic Vegetables; Building Regional Biodynamic Communities Laura Riccardi Lyvers Biodynamic Consultant at Foxhollow Farm and Owner of Biodynamic Agricultural Resources Q&A: Biodynamic Composting and Preparation Making Colum Riley Founder of Malibu Compost BD Basics: Making Biodynamic Compost Eduardo Rincon Biodynamic Researcher and Educator Agricultura Biodinámica, Enlazando el Continente Americano/Biodynamics Bridging the Americas Nicki Robb Developer of Land Stewardship Program at the Hartsbrook Waldorf School How to Develop School Farms and Gardens
Mary Rudd Eurythmy Teacher and Waldorf Teacher Training Course Instructor Children’s Drama Workshop: “The Queen Bee” Miguel Santistevan Conservation Farmer and Executive Director of Agriculture Implementation, Research, and Education Acequia Culture and Regional Food Systems Andreas Schneider Director of Hawthorne Valley Farm’s Food Production Business and Co-Founder of Capital Kombucha From Seed to Grocery: Growing the Biodynamic® Marketplace (pre- and main conference) Erin Schneider Environmental Educator How to Develop School Farms and Gardens Rachel Schneider Director of Place Based Learning Center at Hawthorne Valley Farm Connecting the Sacred in Agriculture to a Moral Economy; Cultivating the Social Field in Biodynamic Education; Reconnecting Formerly Incarcerated People to Nature and Society Steffen Schneider General Manager at Hawthorne Valley Farm and President of the Biodynamic Association Connecting the Sacred in Agriculture to a Moral Economy; Cultivating the Social Field in Biodynamic Education; From Seed to Grocery: Growing the Biodynamic® Marketplace (pre-conference) Jeff Schreiber Farmer at Three Sisters Community Farm Collaborative Farming
PRESENTERS Errol Schweizer Former Lead of Grocery Division at Whole Foods From Seed to Grocery: Growing the Biodynamic® Marketplace (pre-conference) Robin Gail Seydel Membership, Community Development, and Education Coordinator at La Montanita Co-op
Danilo Solano Researcher and Biodynamic Coordinator for Luna Neuva Farm Agricultura Biodinámica, Enlazando el Continente Americano/Biodynamics Bridging the Americas; Biodynamics in Costa Rica Deb Soule Herbalist at Avena Botanicals and Author of How to Move Like a Gardener
Connecting the Sacred in Agriculture to a Moral Economy
The Spirit of Healing Plants
Don Shaffer President and CEO of RSF Social Finance From Seed to Grocery: Growing the Biodynamic® Marketplace (pre-conference)
Thomas Spaulding Executive Director of Angelic Organics Learning Center Agricultura Biodinámica, Enlazando el Continente Americano/Biodynamics Bridging the Americas
Christian Shearer Founder and Lead Regenerative Agriculture Design Specialist at Terra Genesis International Holistic Landscape Ecology: Biodynamics, Grazing and Permaculture Mark Shepard CEO of Restoration Agriculture Development and Author of Restoration Agriculture Biodynamic Permaculture; Keynote: Regenerating Earth and Community; Restoration Agriculture and Biodynamics: Designing the Whole Farm Entity Taggart Siegel Filmmaker and Founder of Collective Eye Films Film Screening: SEED: The Untold Story Scott Silverman Vice President of Brands and Growth Solutions for KeHE Distributors From Seed to Grocery: Growing the Biodynamic® Marketplace (pre-conference)
Stephanie Steigerwaldt Lead for Lapham Elementary School’s Garden Activities
Owl Eyes and Coyote Ears: Nature Awareness Steve Stonearrow Healer at Little Thunder Medicine Society
Honoring Devon Strong; Bridges Between Biodynamics and Indigenous Agriculture; Plant Spirit Teaching Craig Strong Marine Biologist Honoring Devon Strong Angelita Surage Teacher of Agricultural Arts and World Languages at Mountain Song Community School Around the World with Natural Dyeing Kim Snyder-Vine Artistic Core Group Member of the Working of the Spirit International Theatre Initiative Children’s Drama Workshop: “The Queen Bee”
PRESENTERS Jeremy Tackett Head Agricultural Artist at Sun Mountain Shala Growing after the Grocer Chris Tebbutt Farmer at Filigreen Farm the Edge
Keynote: Farming the Living Earth; Water on Tezozomoc Community Activist, Board Member of Acequia Institute, and President of South Central Farmers Health and Education Fund
Alex Tuchman Farm Manager and Program Director for Spikenard Honeybee Sanctuary Biodynamic Beekeeping Ursula Versteegen Co-Founder of the Institute for Mindful Agriculture, Presencing Institute, and the Society for Organizational Learning Cultivating the Social Field in Biodynamic Education Wali Via Farmer at Winter Green Farm
Land as Commons
Honoring Devon Strong
Michael Joshin Thiele Founder of Gaia Bees
Severine von Tscharner Fleming Director of Greenhorns and Co-Founder of the National Young Farmers Coalition, FarmHack, and Agrarian Trust
Connecting the Sacred in Agriculture to a Moral Economy; The Alchemy of Bee-ing Appachanda Thimmaiah Instructor at Maharishi University of Management and Developer of Bhutanâ€™s National Organic Standards Connecting the Sacred in Agriculture to a Moral Economy Don Tipping Farmer at Seven Seeds Farm and President of the Family Farmers Seed Cooperative The Seed as Expression of the Farm Individuality; Water Resilience on the Farm (pre- and main conference) Beata Tsosie-PeĂąa Poet, Educator, Permaculture Specialist, and Chair for Honor Our Pueblo Existence Connecting the Sacred in Agriculture to a Moral Economy
Land as Commons; Liberating Farmland for Farmers and Communities Beth Waitkus Founder and Director of Insight Garden Program Reconnecting Formerly Incarcerated People to Nature and Society Leah Walker Faculty at the Center for Biography and Social Art Re-membering the Future; Biography Work: New Possibilities for a More Human Future Karen Washington Community Activist and Farmer at Rise and Root Farm Collaborative Farming; Keynote: Regenerating Earth and Community; Reconnecting Formerly Incarcerated People to Nature and Society
PRESENTERS Sarah Weber Research Program at the Biodynamic Association
Hugh Williams Farmer at Threshold Farm
Agricultura Biodinรกmica, Enlazando el Continente Americano/Biodynamics Bridging the Americas
Biodynamic Fruit within a Whole Farm Organism; Keynote: Farming the Living Earth; Water Resilience on the Farm (pre- and main conference)
Courtney White Co-Founder of Quivira Coalition and Author of 2% Solutions for the Planet Keynote: Regenerating Earth and Community Sherry Wildfeuer Editor of Stella Natura Biodynamic Planting Calendar BD Basics: Understanding and Working with a Biodynamic Planting Calendar
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SUPPORT THE BDA WITH YOUR MEMBERSHIP! Membership represents your stake in the movement as a gardener, farmer, educator, activist, business person, food lover, enthusiast, or a combination of those! This network is crucial to building the relationships that further the biodynamic movement. Members are the reason the Biodynamic Association • Trains new farmers • Shares and fosters research • Organizes conferences and events • Offers online biodynamic learning • Publishes the Biodynamics journal and books • Bridges the Americas • Supports education through scholarships • Connects the biodynamic community Annual Membership Levels • Supporter — $100 • receives all benefits, including the Biodynamics journal by mail and online • Full Membership — receives all benefits, including the Biodynamics journal by mail and online • U.S. — $45 • Canada & Mexico — $55 • Outside North America — $75 • Basic Membership — $30 • online-only access to the Biodynamics journal, plus benefits below • Introductory Membership — $20 • Only NEW members — online-only access to the Biodynamics journal, plus benefits below • Gift Memberships • Please call our office at (262) 649-9212 x2 to gift a membership to someone you love! Benefits • • •
of Membership Access to a growing collection of online member-only educational resources Discounts on BDA educational webinars and events Wealth of information and inspiration in the Biodynamics journal
Join now! • Visit the BDA membership table at the conference to talk to a BDA staff person and fill out a paper form • Online at www.biodynamics.com/join • By phone at (262) 649-9212 x2
EXHIBITORS Exhibit Hall Friday, November 18, 12:00 - 6:00 pm and Saturday, November 19, 8:00 am - 6:00 pm Browse our exhibit hall in the main lobby to find products and information from businesses and organizations from across the continent. The SteinerBooks bookstore will also be open throughout the conference in the ballroom and massage therapists will be located on the upper level on Friday and Saturday. 1. Biodynamic Association
25. Grounded LLC
2. Santa Fe Farmersâ€™ Market Institute
26. Exotica Nursery / Rudolf Steiner Research
3. New Country Organics
4. Quivira Coalition
27. Rancho del Gallo / Viva la Vida
5. Turtle Tree Seeds
6. New Form Technology
29. Artist Glenda Moore
7. Anthroposophical Society in America
30. Grow Yâ€™Own
8. Holistic Management International
31. Agrarian Trust
9. The Cutting Edge
32. Sero Seed
10. Dr. Hauschka
11. Pendragon Fabrication
34. Mudslide Stoneware
12. Quantum Agriculture
35. Mother Earth Rediscovered
13. Malibu Compost
36. Uriel Pharmacy
14. Quantum Culture
37. Espanola Valley Fiber Arts Center
15. Wildhood Farm
38. Artist Jennifer Thomson
16. Camphill Communities of North America
39. Massage Therapist Austin Alrad (Upper Level)
17. Celestial Planting Calendar
40. Massage Therapist Kim Gibbz (Upper Level)
18. Western Landowners Alliance
41. SteinerBooks (Ballroom)
19. RSF Social Finance 20. Demeter USA 22. Josephine Porter Institute for Applied Biodynamics (JPI) 23. Sustainable Settings 24. Rudolf Steiner Health Center
Biodynamic Association Business Partners Program Rethinking Agriculture Together Become a Business Partner
Support and communicate with the growing biodynamic movement, and join us in rethinking agriculture, by becoming a committed Business Partner of the Biodynamic Association. Business Partner packages are customizable and can include: Business Partners Membership Advertising Conference & Event Sponsorships Scholarship Fund Employee Giving Social Marketing To find out more, contact Penny Molina at email@example.com or (262) 649-9212 x7.
FOOD Breakfast and lunch will be served buffet-style, and a delicious and hearty plated dinner will feature local flavors and organic and Biodynamic® ingredients. See Schedule (pages 4-6) for meal and break times. A limited number of meal tickets are available for purchase at the registration tables. With special thanks to our food and beverage donors (page 64).
Wednesday Breakfast — 7:00 - 8:30 am Omelets to order, sausages, and oatmeal Bananas, almonds, blended fruit smoothie Apples, gluten-free scones, and almond butter Coffee and tea, cream, honey and sugar Lunch — 12:30 - 1:30 pm Spicy bean soup Pork enchilidas Cilantro rice Pear and fig sweet empanadas with cinnamon crème anglaise
Lunch — 12:00 - 1:00 pm Vegetarian tortilla soup Beef and vegetable fajitas Roasted corn and red and white cabbage slaw Soppapillas with honey Boxed Lunch Grilled vegetables or chicken sandwiches with apples Bottled water and cookie Conference Opening Celebration: Tastes of Tierra Viva — 5:00 - 7:00 pm at the Santa Fe Farmers’ Market Pavilion
Boxed Lunch Grilled vegetables or chicken sandwiches with apples Bottled water and cookie
See page 62.
Dinner — 5:30 - 7:00 pm Seasonal field greens with jicama, carrots, and honey-lemon vinaigrette Achiote-seasoned pork chop served with roasted corn and Hatch green chile quinoa and shallot demi Vegetarian option: vegetable Napoleon Almond and almond tart with fresh berries Assorted bread and rolls Coffee and tea, cream, honey, and sugar
Breakfast — 7:00 - 8:30 am Freshoatmeal bar with walnuts, almonds, raisins, brown sugar, sunflower seeds, blueberries, and strawberries Hard-boiled eggs Sausage Orange and grapefruit juices Assorted bagels with cream cheese Yogurts and fresh fruit Coffee and teas with cream
Thursday Breakfast — 7:00 - 8:30 am Southwest quiche with roasted potatoes Blueberry muffins, sausages, and oatmeal Bananas, almonds, apples, and almond butter Juices, coffee and tea, cream, honey and sugar
Lunch — 12:30 - 2:00 pm Tomato-basil soup Fresh salad bar with tomatoes, cucumbers, carrots, black olives, beets, broccoli, cauliflower, kidney/garbanzo beans, eggs, cheddar cheese, cottage cheese, croutons, and dressings Choice of grilled chicken breast or pan-seared Atlantic salmon
FOOD Cookies and brownies Iced tea and lemonade
Spiced bourbon bread pudding with pumpkin sauce Coffee and tea
Dinner — 5:30 - 7:00 pm Southwestern Caesar salad, crispy garbanzo beans, jicama, carrots, seasoned pepita seeds with chipolte parmesan dressing Blue corn meal-crusted fresh trout with cilantro rice, roasted tomato-squash and sage reduction Pinenut and red chile chocolate mousse tower with raspberry coulis Coffee and tea
Saturday Breakfast — 7:00 - 8:30 am New Mexican burritos with cage-free eggs, chorizo, cheese, potatoes, red and green chiles, scallions, and assorted spicy salsas Sausage Apple juice Assorted fruit and yogurts Gluten-free jalapeno corn muffins Coffee and teas with cream
Breakfast — 7:00 - 8:30 am Biscuits and gravy with chile and sausage Spicy, non-alcoholic Bloody Mary’s Scrambled and hard-boiled eggs Bananas and Oranges Yogurts and raisin-bran muffin Coffee and teas with cream Lunch — 12:30 - 2:00 pm “Healthy BBQ” with pulled pork, BBQ chicken and beef, and BBQ tofu Vegetarian baked beans Grilled corn on the cob Chopped salad with baby greens, grape tomatoes, carrots, cucumber, jicama, tortilla strips, and pomegranate dressing Harvest pear cobbler Iced tea and lemonade
Lunch — 12:30 - 2:00 pm Mexican-style bean and vegetable soup (gluten-free and vegetarian) Gluten-free green chile Vegetarian cheese and chicken enchiladas with sides and toppings of lettuce, tomatoes, fresh guacamole, and salsa fresca Red chile pork and vegetable tamales Carrot cake Iced tea and lemonade Dinner — 5:30 - 7:00 pm Three Sisters salad served with butter lettuce and cranberry-balsamic dressing Roasted turkey breast Green Chile mashed potatoes and pan gravy Garlic brussels sprouts Vegetarian option: quinoa cake with romanesco sauce
FOOD Conference Opening Celebration: Tastes of Tierra Viva
5:00 - 7:00 pm at the Santa Fe Farmers’ Market Pavilion, 1607 Paseo de Peralta
Sponsored by Frey Vineyards, Kimberton Whole Foods, Chateau Maris, and the Santa Fe Farmers Market Institute. With special guests Javier Gonzales, Mayor of Santa Fe, and Deborah Madison, founding chef of Greens restaurant in San Francisco. Enjoy a delicious tasting menu of farm-centric dishes made with local, organic, and Biodynamic® ingredients, as well as tastings of local and Biodynamic wine, spirits, kombucha, hard cider, and beer. Listen to live music and connect with new and old friends. You won’t want to miss this wonderful tasting event! A limited number of tickets to this event are available for purchase on site.
MENU Station 1: Meadowlark Hearth beef meatballs in Yellow Barn Biodynamic puttenesca sauce with organic olives and capers Station 2: Skewers of Lyver’s Farm pork and jalapeno tips Station 3: Mary’s Organic Chicken and Green Tractor organic green chiles tostada with Lifeline Farm cheese and organic salsa Station 4: Lifeline Farm’s Biodynamic sharp raw milk cheddar, Montana Jack with hot peppers, and Brie de Bitterroot with Natural Nectar’s Biodynamic spelt and rye flatbread crackers Station 5: White Duck Farm lettuce wraps with The Succulent Garden’s beets, carrots, and watermelon radish and Meadowlark Hearth cabbage slaw Station 6: DeLallo’s organic whole wheat pasta with organic olive oil, semi-dried organic tomatoes, organic kalamata olives, and organic parmesan cheese Station 7: The Succulent Garden’s beet soup and Morning Star Farm’s squash soup
Station 8: Synergia Ranch organic apple and pear galettes made with Rockwell Biodynamic flour and Wholesome Biodynamic sugar, with Guayaki organic yerba mate and Republic of Tea’s Biodynamic teas
BEVERAGES Benziger Family Winery Biodynamic, Frey Biodynamic, and Chateau Maris wines Peak Spirits Natural Nectar’s sparkling organic fruit juices New Mexico Hard Cider Local beer Buchi Kombucha Guayaki organic yerba mate Water
CHATEAU MARIS CHEMIN DES PARIGNOLES CRU LA LIVINIERE LANGUEDOC, FRANCE “THE BIODYNAMIC APOSTLES OF THE LANGUEDOC” “LES APÔTRES DE LA BIODYNAMIE DU LANGUEDOC” Wine Spectator. November 30, 2005
Chateau Maris is located in the Languedoc region in the South of France. Managed by bio-dynamic wine creator Robert Eden, Chateau Maris produces wines that are respected for their layers of fruit & supple texture. Chateau Maris is also the pioneer of the world’s first winery made from hemp. Good for the planet, good for the wine, good for you. Château Maris is the first European winery to achieve Certified B Corporation® status from B Lab® Europe. Already a leader in environmentally responsible winemaking, Château Maris is joining a global movement of people using business as a force for good™.
Thank You to Our Food and Beverage Sponsors Proudly presenting local, organic, and BiodynamicÂŽ food and beverages from:
The Succulent Garden White Duck Farm Live Springs Farm
Green Tractor Farm Lyvers Farm
Thank You to Our Product Donors
Thank You to Our Media Partners
PRACTICAL INFORMATION Children and Families at the Conference We are a family-friendly conference and encourage children to participate! Children are welcome throughout the conference accompanied by a parent. All children must be registered for the conference. In consideration of other conference participants, please encourage your children to entertain themselves quietly while they are in session rooms, and take children outside if they need to run around, sing, or do other things that might disrupt others’ learning. Children’s Activities Children ages 6-15 are welcome to participate in the variety of children’s workshops offered at the conference, Thursday through Saturday. (See pages 34-35 for a schedule and description of activities.) Children must be signed into and out of all workshops and can be dropped off 10 minutes prior to the start of each workshop and must be picked up no later than 10 minutes after workshop conclusion. Outside of the children’s workshop times, a parent must accompany their child(ren) at all times. Children’s Meals Children and families are welcome to join us for all conference meals. Meal tickets must be purchased in advance at registration—a reduced rate is available for ages 6-15. Children ages 5 and younger eat free with a paying adult. Nursing Mothers You are welcome to nurse your child anywhere at the conference. For those desiring more privacy, a quiet area is available on the second floor balcony.
following times during the conference. Please stop by with any questions or to make changes to your registration. Wednesday, Nov. 16 Thursday, Nov. 17 Friday, Nov. 18 Saturday, Nov. 19 Sunday, Nov. 20
8:00 am - 6:00 pm 8:00 am - 5:00 pm 7:00 am - 7:30 pm 7:00 am - 7:30 pm 7:30 am - 9:30 am
Message Board and Free Literature A message board for conference attendees is located in the main ballroom corridor. Free literature tables, Business Partners information, BDA membership and sales tables, and exhibitors are located on the first floor in the lobby area and main ballroom corridor. Visitor Information Tourist information and maps for Santa Fe and the surrounding region are available from the Visitors Bureau, located in the Convention Center building next to the lobby area. Bookstore and Author Signings SteinerBooks will be selling biodynamic and related books, calendars, and DVDs in the rear of the main ballroom starting at 5:00 pm on Thursday and continuing through 1:00 pm on Sunday. A number of presenters will be signing books at the conference. Please see the author signing schedule near the bookstore.
Evaluations We greatly appreciate your conference feedback on our evaluation forms. You received a paper form with your registration packet, which you may return to either the registration Audio and Video Recordings tables or the BDA table in the main ballroom corridor of Audio and video recordings of keynotes and most workshops are available for sale. Please visit the Biodynamic Asso- the Convention Center. You may also fill out the evaluation ciation membership and sales table in the main lobby of the online during or after the conference at www.biodynamics.com/conference/eval. And, of course, Convention Center to learn more and to place an order. we’d love to hear from you at any point with thoughts or suggestions. Thank you! Internet Free wireless internet is available at the Convention Center. Biodynamic Association 1661 N. Water Street, Suite 307, Milwaukee, WI 53202 Registration (262) 649-9212 The registration tables are located in the main ballroom firstname.lastname@example.org corridor of the convention center and will be open at the
BIODYNAMIC ASSOCIATION Board of Directors
Daphne Amory—Daphne Amory Consulting, California David Byrnes—Yellow Barn Biodynamic, New York Janet Gamble (Vice President)—Turtle Creek Gardens, Wisconsin Greg Georgaklis (Treasurer)—Farmers To You, Vermont Susan West Kurz—Rhode Island Peter Littell—Massachusetts Lisa Murgatroyd (Secretary)—First Light Farm, California Steffen Schneider (President)—Hawthorne Valley Farm, New York Wali Via—Winter Green Farm, Oregon
Rebecca Briggs—Communications, Website, Media email@example.com, x3 Thea Maria Carlson—Co-Director firstname.lastname@example.org, x5 Karen Davis-Brown—Journal email@example.com, x1 Kaitlin Downs—Scholarships, Volunteers, Webinars firstname.lastname@example.org, x8 Robert Karp—Co-Director email@example.com, x6 Zachary Krebs—Technology firstname.lastname@example.org Anna McAvoy-Emrick—Finances. Membership, Operations, email@example.com, x4 Anthony Mecca—Farmer Training firstname.lastname@example.org, x14 Penny Molina—Business Relationships email@example.com, x7 Cindy Moran—Conference Registration Sarah Weber—Research firstname.lastname@example.org, x10
BIODYNAMIC SCHOLARSHIP FUND DONORS We are proud to have awarded $35,000 in conference scholarships this year through the Biodynamic Scholarship Fund, the Devon Strong Scholarship Fund, and the Estevan Arrellano Scholarship Fund, allowing 123 individuals to participate in the conference who would not otherwise have been able to attend. Our deep thanks go out to the following generous donors who gave over $500 each, as well as more than 80 other individuals who contributed through the conference registration form and our crowdfunding campaign. Benziger Family Winery Chateau Maris Colorado Farm Development Initiative Paul Dolan Gordon Edwards Dr. Hauschka Foundation for Sustainability & Innovation Frey Vineyards Eco Terreno
Geary Rimmer Vincent Wolf Foundation Grupo Interrupcion Independent Natural Food Retailers Association Kimberton Whole Foods Julie Morley Juan Altmayer Pizzorno Dorothy Hinkle-Uhlig Ann West Yellow Barn/Good Boy Organics
Agricultural & Processing Machinery
BD Stirring Machines Ergonomic Lay-Down Carts Weeding & Cultivating Equipment Contact: John Bashaw 262.642.7793 email@example.com East Troy, WI www.pendragonfabrication.com
Thank You to Our Business Partners who have generously supported the 2016 Biodynamic Conference
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