article written by Tarinii Shanai, Board Member at Organic Growers School
News Flash: OGS is pleased to make a last minute addition to our Spring Conference to include Jeff Poppen, “The Barefoot Farmer” who will be discussing Biodynamic Preps 101. It will cover fundamental biodynamic preparations and their purpose, use and how to make them yourself! He will be teaching both Saturday and Sundayin Session 2 from 12-12:30pm in the THINKING BIG Track in Day 205 on MHU Campus (please note, this session was originally scheduled to be Cultural Healing, Wellness & Resilience with Christina Bouza, which was been cancelled). Poppen is a pioneer in organic agriculture and biodynamics, owning and operating on the of oldest and largest organic farms in Tennessee. For the past 15 years Poppen has appeared on Nashville PBS’ television program Volunteer Gardener, for over 20 years he has written a gardening column for the Macon County Chronicle, and he is the author of two books, The Best of the Barefoot Farmer Vol. 1 & Vol. 2. Poppen’s diversified farm offers Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program with the food he grows using about 8 acres of his farmland and about 40 head of cattle.
Author: Sera Deva
Sera Deva has a B.S. in Microbiology & Agroecology from The Evergreen State College. She was hired at OGS as the Farmer Programs Associate in 2016, and as the Conference Coordinator in 2017. She has served on the board of the Southern Sustainable Agriculture Working Group (SSAWG) since January 2018. When she’s not geeking out over genetics, systems theory or soil hydrology, she spends her time working for farmers, homesteading, and river jumping in the South Toe Valley in Burnsville, NC.