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Pre Conference Workshops

March 11th, 2016 at UNCA, 9:30 AM to 4:30 PM 


The Principles of Biodynamics

An In-depth Study with The Barefoot Farmer

with Special Guest, Jeff Poppen
Friday, March 11, 2016, UNC Asheville
$60 with weekend registration, $75 without
Register here.

Join the Barefoot Farmer for a full day of inspiration as we look deeper into the knowledge of how people grew plants and animals before the advent of industrial agriculture. Nature knows best, and we can mimic her on our farms and in our gardens. This introductory workshop will take the foundational material and show how to grow a garden and tend farmland profitably, easily and sustainably, without extensive off-farm inputs.

This workshop will first give a general overview of the basic building block elements of plants and how the biodynamic method ensures healthy plant growth through microbial interaction with the whole farm organism. Biodynamic principles that will focused on include:  remineralization; legumes and cover crops; livestock and composting; and proper loosening of the soil.

Jeff Poppen, also known as The Barefoot Farmer, is coming to Asheville for two whole weekends in 2016!  He will be delivering intensive biodynamic farm education that is accessible and practical to anyone who is interested.

March 11th, 2016 at the Spring Conference. Register here. 
And July 9th & 10th at Living Web Farms:
In this two-day workshop event, Jeff Poppen will delve more deeply into biodynamic practice, while still keeping the principles accessible to any farmer. He will share his 30+ years of experience making and using biodynamic preparations; how simple it is, and how he uses the concepts from Steiner’s Agricultural course on his farm. He will read from Steiner’s work, and talk about how to study it, it’s historical aspect, and the practices he implements on farm to help understand it. On the second day, Poppen will be joined by local biodynamic growers Amy Hamilton and Craig Siska, for deeper exchange and perspective between seasoned practitioners and students of biodynamics. REGISTER FOR LIVING WEB FARMS WORKSHOP


10 Medicinal Herbs to Know & Grow

A Sustainable Apothecary in your Garden & Forest

with Special Guest, Patricia Kiritsi Howell
Friday, March 11, 2016, UNCA
$60 with weekend registration, $75 without
Register here.

Plant an apothecary in your garden and learn the practical art of herbal self-reliance! Discover 10 essential herbs that will produce medicine, food, and beauty for you and your family. This in-depth, full day workshop introduces each herb, its historical and current uses, detailed, easy-to-follow guidelines for growing and harvesting, as well as medicine making instructions and recipes for incorporating these herbs into everyday life. Get inspired in your garden and learn how to grow and use these wonderful herbs from a renowned herbalist.

Plants covered include: Ashwaganda (Withania somnifera); Boneset (Eupatorium perforatum); Echinacea (Echinacea spp).; Elder (Sambucus nigra/Canadensis); Holy Basil (Ocimum sanctum); Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinale); Sage (Salvia officinalis); Vitex (Agnus castus); Motherwort (Leonurus cardiac); Calendula (Calendula officinalis)

Backyard Chickens and Beyond!Jim_Adkins_square

with Jim Adkins
Friday, March 11, 2016, The Farm, Candler, NC
$45 with weekend registration, $60 without
Register here.

Are you interested in learning the entire process of breeding, hatching & growing your own chickens? This on-farm workshop will cover everything you need to know including: identify the poultry breed that best suits your farm; learn how to brood, properly feed & grow poultry, basic husbandry, disease control, and also the basics of processing & cooking. Join these sustainable poultry specialists for the A-Z of homesteading, backyard chickens; and you’ll be off and running in no time.


Author: OGS

Organic Growers School is a non-profit organization providing organic education since 1993. Our mission is to inspire, educate, and support people in our region to farm, garden, and live organically.

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