Biodynamic Conference 2014
in the 21st Century - Agriculture for today
An opportunity for interested farmers and gardeners to
· meet for discussion; and
· hear experienced, practical speakers; and
· see biodynamics working on a dairy farm or orchard
discussion will be on profitable production, healthy animals, sustainable management of soil fertility, with minimal weeds, pests and disease and off-farm inputs. There will be a focus particularly on practical biodynamics for commercial dairying/drystock, orchards, vineyards and gardens.
There will be visits to either a dairy farm on river silt, where fertility is being improved with dairy effluent treated with biodynamic preparations, or to a fruit farm where Demeter certified berries are grown.
· Steffen and Rachel Schneider from Hawthorne Valley Farm, New York State, US, a successful biodynamic cattle and mixed enterprise farm, that runs as community supported agriculture and features farmer education
· Glen Atkinson from Te Puke who has extensive experience of understanding and working with the biodynamic preparations and their effects on plants, pests and diseases
· Rachel Pomeroy from Hawke's Bay, an experienced educator in NZ and India
Practical farmers, orchardists and winegrowers will lead forums and workshops on how biodynamics can be practically and beneficially used. There will be plenty of opportunity for attendees to contribute and ask questions.
Further information soon
Other biodynamic events
Wednesday 5th March. 11am – 1.30pm, Seresin Estate, Marlborough. Compost preparation making (Preparations 503, 504, 505, 506) Contact Wendy Tillman, ph 0-21-802 318
Friday March 7th 8:30 am, Seresin Estate, Marlborough. Burying compost preparations and making preparation 500. Followed by afternoon barbecue. Contact Wendy Tillman, ph 0-21-802 318
Sunday 30th March 2pm, Whangarei. Putting down cow horn manure. Preparing and putting down the compost preps. In depth discussions while we work. Spreading of cow horn manure followed by a shared meal. Phone Bert Johnston for directions: 0-9-434 3120
Date to be advised (depends on weather), Baker Oaks, Hamilton. Preparation making. Phone Dianne Baker, 0-7-859-0030, to be on the list for further info
Saturday 8th March, 11am - 2pm, Rosebank Peninsula Hall, 212 Rosebank Road, Avondale, Auckland. Sustainable landscape designs for home gardeners, with Justin Newcombe. Avondale Community Gardeners' first workshop in series 2014. $5 entry, byo lunch. Register with Imi, ph 0-9-828 5854 email@example.com
Friday 21st March, Taruna College, Hawke’s Bay. Winter programme for Certificate in Applied Organics and Biodynamics begins.
Friday 4th, Saturday 5th & Sunday 6th April. ASB Showgrounds, Auckland. Association stall at Go Green Expo with Bert Johnston and Anne Dodds
Saturday 5th April, 7pm, TV1. Country Calendar visits Steve and Jenny Erickson’s Chaos Springs, near Waihi. Steve Erickson, ph 0-7-863 7975, www.chaossprings.co.nz
Saturday 12th April, 11am - 2pm, Rosebank Peninsula Hall, 212 Rosebank Road, Avondale, Auckland. Plants, thehuman body and biodynamic food quality, with Lis Alington. Avondale Community Gardeners' second workshop in series 2014 $5 entry, byo lunch. Register with Imi, ph 0-9-828 5854 firstname.lastname@example.org
Sunday 13th April, Kaipara area, north of Auckland City. Making tree paste (to be confirmed). Contact Leigh, email@example.com, to be put on the mailing list
Sunday 4th May. Muriwai Road, Waimauku. On farm field day. Contact Ruth Bookman, ph 0-9-411 9488
Sunday 4th May, Whakamarama, Bay of Plenty. Gathering for people interested in biodynamics. Contact Association office firstname.lastname@example.org for details
Sunday 16th March, Kaipara area, north of Auckland City. Making a cow pat pit (to be confirmed). Contact Leigh, email@example.com, to be put on the mailing list
Friday 10th October, nationwide. National Preparation Stirring Day
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Listen to biodynamic adviser Peter Proctor discussing biodynamics with Kim Hill on Radio NZ National.
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The Biodynamic Farming and Gardening Association was formed in 1939 to promote biodynamic methods.
The objects of the Association are to foster, guide and safeguard in New Zealand the biodynamic approach to agriculture, horticulture, forestry and animal husbandry as initiated by Rudolf Steiner in 1924 and as practised progressively since that time.
Membership is open to anyone interested in biodynamic farming and gardening methods. There are currently about 800 members who include farmers, processors, orchardists, commercial and home gardeners as well as others who wish to support this work. New members receive a copy of the current Bio Dynamic Farming and Gardening Calendar, copies of Harvests, and information booklets on a range of management practices such as how to use biodynamic preparations and how to make compost and liquid manures.
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Calendar: A comprehensive calendar providing information on moon and planet cycles and explanations on how to use the information to enable farming and gardening activities to be carried out at optimal times. Click here to see a recent calendar page.
College runs a certificate course in applied organics and
biodynamics. This increasingly popular course is distance
education with a difference. During the year there will be a
variety of regional meetings and workshops including:
Other activities for members: These include provision of the biodynamic preparations, book loans and sales. Click here for details and a members' order form.
Regional Groups: There are groups running activities in many regions. Click here for regional group contact names.
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