Biodynamic Gardening and Farming Events


Harald Hoven is a renowned international lecturer and founder and director of Raphael Gardens at the Rudolf Steiner College in Fair Oaks, CA. The Gardens are a teaching site and have been certified Biodynamic by Demeter since 2004. Harald’s special interest is Agricultural Individuality…a holistic approach whereby a farmer or gardener tries to supply all their gardening and farming needs internally.

Tuesday, April 15: Introduction to Biodynamic Gardening

3:00 pm – 6:00 pm at Treska’s Porch, Highland Lake Cove, 215 Rhett Drive, Flat Rock, NC. Cost: $20 for the workshop. This experiential workshop is designed for people unfamiliar with biodynamics, but interested in learning more. All are welcome. Come prepared to walk and work in the garden and learn about composting!

A dinner, hosted by Pat Hart and Kerry Lindsey follows at 6PM. Donations of money for the dinner are appreciated. Please RSVP for the workshop and dinner by April 12:

Pat Hart ([email protected] or 952-334-4510). Payment due at the event.

Wednesday, April 16: One-on-one conversations or site visits

8:00 am – 4:00 pm. If you are interested in having some one-on-one time with Harald Hoven at your farm or garden or an agreed on meeting place, please call Jim Smith to schedule it. Contact Jim at 864-313-5106 or jimsmith1945@gmail.co[email protected]. Price will be determined depending on location of visit and length of time of the visit.

Wednesday, April 16: The Fundamentals of Biodynamics

6:30 pm – 9:00 pm. This evening session is being arranged by Ashevillage and will take place in Asheville. Details to be announced later.

Friday, April 18: Biodynamic Farming Principles and Applications

1:00 pm – 5:00 pm at the Mountain Horticultural Crops Research and Extension Center, 455 Research Drive, Mills River, NC. This workshop is designed for farmers and gardeners who have some knowledge of Biodynamics but is open to everyone. Topics to be covered include transitioning from organic to biodynamic, how to handle not having animals on the farm, making compost, biodynamic preparation, and the relationship of the soil to human health and well-being. Interaction with the audience is encouraged and expected. Weather permitting, there could be an outside component to this workshop. Please pre-register on EventBrite. Cost: $10. Contact Jeanine Davis for more information at [email protected] or 828-684-3562.

Saturday, April 19: Visit a Farm Transitioning from Organic to Biodynamic

10:00 am – 1:00 pm. New Moon Farm, address, Fairview, NC. Gregg Adams is transitioning his long-term organic farm to biodynamics and is currently gathering materials for making a Biodynamic compost. There will be a walk-about and discussion about the transition. Meet at the Food Lion parking lot, 1350 Charlotte Hwy (across from Fairview Elementary School) at 9:30 am to carpool over. RSVP to Jim Smith 864-313-5106 or [email protected].

 

The organizing committee for these events: Jim Smith (Earth & Spirit Design), Pat Hart (Highland Lake Cove), Jeanine Davis (North Carolina State University), and Harald Hoven (Rudolf Steiner College).

Faerie And Earth Festival

Time: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm, Saturday, May 17, 2014,

Highland Lake Cove Retreat

215 Rhett Drive (Look for Signs) 

Flat Rock, NC 28731

www.highlandlakecove.com

COME and put on your Fairy Wings, your Earth Hat or Sparkle Up to enjoy the magical experiences awaiting “YOU” with vendors, music, puppeteer, fae troupe, storytelling, workshops, face painting and more throughout the entire day.

SPONSORS: Avalon Grove, Storyteller Vixi Jil Glen, Organic Armor, Oracle 20-20 Magazine, David Raymond, True Nature Country Fair.

Tickets @ Festival Gates: Adult – $10.00 & Child (5-15) – $5.00 Wrist tagged.

PROCEEDS TO BENEFIT:

The Center for Honey Bee Research in Ashville, NC; www.HoneyBeeResearch.org

www.facebook.com/fairyandearthfestival

Created By: Enchanted Walkabouts & GUS

Chuck March Free Lecture

Chuck MarshUPN Founder, Chuck Marsh, is honored to present the Ninth Annual Kehr Lecture at Blue Ridge Community College on Tuesday, April 8, 7:00pm

 
The Neo-horticultural Revival and the Restoration of Abundance to our World
 
Is it possible that the solutions to many of our pressing global challenges can be found in a food growing revival? In this presentation, Chuck explores how we can use horticultural and gardening strategies to enhance regional food security, liberate ourselves from big ag, conserve energy and resources, strengthen the local economy, and restore health and abundance to our planet.
 
Growing a food and medicine garden, sharing your surplus yields with others, teaching your children how to provide for their sustenance, cultivating a community of reciprocity and connectedness – these are simple steps in the reclaiming of our lives and communities that our new gardening culture is bringing to life.
 
Join us for a reception at 6pm in the Thomas Auditorium Gallery, followed by the lecture at 7pm in the Thomas Auditorium. For additional information, see the BRCC website.

Transition Hendersonville Book Circle – April 16, 12014

Wednesday, April 16th, 6 P.M. Highland Lake, The Cove

Current focus is SPIRITUAL ECOLOGY: The Cry of the Earth, A Collection of Essays edited by Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee. See this link for a brief video review: http://vimeo.com/69037737 Essays/chapters 3 through 6 to be discussed.

We will meet at 6:00 pm, at the Tiny House area Highland Lake Cove, Flat Rock. Directions: South on Greenville Hwy., left on Highland Lake Rd, right on Highland Lake Dr., right on Rhett Dr. Rhett jogs left then right. Turn left at 215 Rhett Drive following the driveway through a wood fence. You’ll see the Tiny Houses directly ahead.

Show up at 5 PM, if interested, for a tour of Highland Lake Cove and the tiny house community. R.S.V.P. 904-504-5932.

Event is free. Questions? Call 828-707-1874.

Next Transition Hendersonville Book Circle: 6:00 P.M. Wednesday, May 21st..

Mother Earth News Fair

Western North Carolina Agricultural Center / Asheville, NC / April 12 -13, 2014

1301 Fanning Bridge Road, Fletcher, NC 28732 Saturday Fair hours: 9:00 AM-7:00 PM Sunday Fair hours: 9:00 AM-5:00 PM

About the Fair

MOTHER EARTH NEWS FAIRS are fun-filled, family-oriented sustainable lifestyle events. The FAIR features practical, hands-on demos and workshops:

  • Renewable energy
  • Small-scale agriculture
  • Gardening
  • Green building and more

We hand-select local and national exhibitors to bring you the best in:

  • Organic food and drink
  • Books and magazines
  • Tools and seeds
  • Clothing and more

Read more: http://www.motherearthnews.com

Slow Foods Potluck Sunday April 6th, Giardini Trattoria, 4:30 – 6:30pm.

Due to the schedule conflicts of Spring Break & Easter, Slow Food Foothills will meet earlier than normal for its’ April potluck.  This will be our first outdoor potluck of the year in Giardini’s outdoor pavillion so please dress appropriately!  One of Polk County’s original Farm to Table Restaurants, we are happy to be dining al fresco next to the latest of Giardini’s projects, fresca!

Giardini is located at 2411 NC 108 Hwy E, Columbus, NC 28722, (828) 894-0234. Beer and wine will be available for purchase. There is no theme this month but, as with all potlucks, please bring a local, seasonal dish to share along with your own tableware (plates, bowls, silverware, napkins). With your dish, please bring a description denoting dishes that are Vegetarian, Vegan, Gluten-Free (for people with dietary restrictions or food allergies)

“Running On Local”

Thursday, April 10th, from 5:30 to 7:30pm,

Mill Spring Agricultural and Community Center, 156 School Rd Mill Spring, NC 

“Running On Local,” to help get us all moving in that direction. Authors and locavists from North Carolina, Carol Peppe Hewitt, author of Financing Our Foodshed: Growing Local Food with Slow Money, and Lyle Estill, author of SMALL STORIES – BIG CHANGES, Agents of Change on the Frontlines of Sustainability and other books on alternative energy and local activism, are bringing their sustainability roadshow called “Running On Local” to Polk County.

Homesteading Fair

UHF_2014-handbillOver 30 vendors and educators will present a plethora of ideas and products, tentatively including: bee keeping, mushroom growing, poultry raising, mead making, permaculture, alternative energy sources, bread oven building, hops growing, alternative education, herbal medicine making, and fermentation. The event exemplifies the Food Co-op’s mission, to be a transformative force in the community, and two of the Co-op’s 7 Principles: Concern for Community, and Education. French Broad Food Co-op has been the only non profit, community-owned grocer in Asheville since 1975.

In addition to the outside exhibits, several educational classes will be held in the community room above the Co-op. Well known local musicians will be showcased on stage throughout the day, as will local dance groups. A chef’s tent will be serving food and local beers will be readily available. If you hang around long enough, even the staff will be playing some music. Come, join us and start transforming your homestead!

Organic Growers School

Date: April 1, 8, 15 (First 3 Tuesdays in April), 7-9pm Location: Jubilee!, 46 Wall Street, Asheville, NC Cost: $15 per class for $40 for the series Check out the Facebook page

Register online here!

An exciting three-part series on all aspects of Growing: planning, planting, production, and pests. Improve your established garden or start growing for the first time.

Class 1: Why grow organically; site, size, & design; soil & nutrient basics; seasons; tools; Q&A.

Class 2: Seeds & transplants, common problems; composting & vermicomposting; edible yard; Q&A.

Class 3: Mulch; water & fertility; compost tea; cover cropping & nutrients; disease & insects; Q&A.

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4_h140What is Transition?

The Transition Movement  is a grassroots effort that began in Kinsale Ireland, 2005

with the work of permaculture  teacher Rob Hopkins and his community

college students.   Rob began to seriously  question existing systems and assumptions

about growth and sustainability  when a transportation strike in England

left greater London with only three days of food. His class project grew into a

town effort, and then spread across the  globe inspiring people to form their own

group.  Unsustainable growth isn’t working. Instead  of prosperity, we have an economy

and environment that is rapidly degrading;  energy costs are skyrocketing while

we dig deeper and deeper for dwindling  sources of fossil fuels.

Who are we?

Transition Hendersonville is a group of inspired  local residents and organizations that, along

with hundreds of other local initiatives in countries around the world, envision a thriving, resilient

community and a minimized dependence on  fossil fuel.   Transition Hendersonville is made up of people

from Henderson County, Hendersonville, NC,   that are voluntarily engaged in exploring ways

we can reclaim the diversity of local agriculture,  strengthen the local economy, and lower our energy

consumption while building community, personal   skills, and enlivening our imaginations. In

doing this, we hope to find meaningful ways to   reconnect with our neighbors.

 How will it happen?

A Transition Initiative is a process  through which the community (individuals,

organizations, businesses, and local government)   is brought together to create solutions

to the challenges posed by the end of   cheap oil, climate change, and an uncertain

economy.   The process begins with the formation of  an Initiating Group that raises awareness

through film screenings, handbook study  groups, and “reskilling” workshops. Networking

with area organizations is a vital  step leading up to an Initiative’s “Great  Unleashing”—an official launch of a Transition

Town.  After the Unleashing, working groups are  formed based on aspects of the community

and the local economy, such as food and  agriculture, transportation, energy, personal

skills, heart & soul work, and the  arts.  These groups conceive specific projects

for Transition, most importantly the formation  of an Energy Descent Action Plan,

and beyond…

Find Your Community

Finding Your People, Finding Your Tribe This column is the first of a series of monthly articles on building Community. Many of us desire a closer community, a “core” group small enough to know one another more intimately, to form closer bonds of understanding , compassion and love – perhaps akin to an extended family. …

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An Update on the Mason Bees

by Roger Bass and Meg Reim   Meg and Michael Reim and I released mason bee eggs on April 8. There were two different types and we released some at the Reim’s property, in my yard and at Highland Lake Cove. Nesting tubes will be placed at each location after the eggs and larva hatch. …

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Biodynamic Gardening and Farming Events

Harald Hoven is a renowned international lecturer and founder and director of Raphael Gardens at the Rudolf Steiner College in Fair Oaks, CA. The Gardens are a teaching site and have been certified Biodynamic by Demeter since 2004. Harald’s special interest is Agricultural Individuality…a holistic approach whereby a farmer or gardener tries to supply all …

Read more

Faerie And Earth Festival

Time: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm, Saturday, May 17, 2014, Highland Lake Cove Retreat 215 Rhett Drive (Look for Signs)  Flat Rock, NC 28731 www.highlandlakecove.com COME and put on your Fairy Wings, your Earth Hat or Sparkle Up to enjoy the magical experiences awaiting “YOU” with vendors, music, puppeteer, fae troupe, storytelling, workshops, face painting …

Read more

Chuck Marsh

Chuck March Free Lecture

UPN Founder, Chuck Marsh, is honored to present the Ninth Annual Kehr Lecture at Blue Ridge Community College on Tuesday, April 8, 7:00pm   The Neo-horticultural Revival and the Restoration of Abundance to our World   Is it possible that the solutions to many of our pressing global challenges can be found in a food …

Read more

Transition Hendersonville Book Circle – April 16, 12014

Wednesday, April 16th, 6 P.M. Highland Lake, The Cove Current focus is SPIRITUAL ECOLOGY: The Cry of the Earth, A Collection of Essays edited by Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee. See this link for a brief video review: http://vimeo.com/69037737 Essays/chapters 3 through 6 to be discussed. We will meet at 6:00 pm, at the Tiny House area Highland …

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Mother Earth News Fair

Western North Carolina Agricultural Center / Asheville, NC / April 12 -13, 2014 1301 Fanning Bridge Road, Fletcher, NC 28732 Saturday Fair hours: 9:00 AM-7:00 PM Sunday Fair hours: 9:00 AM-5:00 PM About the Fair MOTHER EARTH NEWS FAIRS are fun-filled, family-oriented sustainable lifestyle events. The FAIR features practical, hands-on demos and workshops: Renewable energy …

Read more

Slow Foods Potluck Sunday April 6th, Giardini Trattoria, 4:30 – 6:30pm.

Due to the schedule conflicts of Spring Break & Easter, Slow Food Foothills will meet earlier than normal for its’ April potluck.  This will be our first outdoor potluck of the year in Giardini’s outdoor pavillion so please dress appropriately!  One of Polk County’s original Farm to Table Restaurants, we are happy to be dining …

Read more

“Running On Local”

Thursday, April 10th, from 5:30 to 7:30pm, Mill Spring Agricultural and Community Center, 156 School Rd Mill Spring, NC  “Running On Local,” to help get us all moving in that direction. Authors and locavists from North Carolina, Carol Peppe Hewitt, author of Financing Our Foodshed: Growing Local Food with Slow Money, and Lyle Estill, author …

Read more