We'll be gathering 8 times throughout the year on appropriately timed days for various biodynamic tasks.
As we move through the biodynamic year, you will gain an understanding of biodynamic philosophy and the tenets and practices of biodynamics.
Each farm or household uses biodynamics in a personalized and different way. At Midsummer Farm, we have practicing and developing our own relationship to biodynamics over the past 15 years. In this program, we'll move through the practices together. This program will be a sharing of the magic and the interconnected spiritual side of gardening, farming, producing food, harvesting food, and preparing and eating food.
Biodynamic Preparations - Use of the 9 major "preps" is one of most fulfilling ways to experience biodynamics as their effects on the land are palpable and dramatic.
We will be working with all 9, creating many from scratch.
Compost Preparation #502, 503, 504, 505, 506, and 507
And Land Preparations 500, 501, and 508
Herbs - You will establish a working relationship with the major biodynamic herbs - Yarrow, Dandelion, Valerian, Chamomile, Stinging Nettle, White Oak Bark, Horsetail, Comfrey, and more. We will also explore other herbs we have found to have dynamic pertinence in the garden, farm, and human body.
In Garden - On Farm - In Kitchen
8 full day classes
10 am - 3 pm
By following the practices and processes of biodynamics, you'll generate a better working relationship with your garden and help to fully restore balance and vital health.
This program is perfect for you if you have been feeling there is something more your garden is needing to thrive or if you have been wanting to have a better relationship with your plants and garden and the land you live on.
Midsummer Farm's Biodynamic Experience Program
8 full day classes
10 am - 3 pm
This course is not currently scheduled; consider taking our short workshop, "How We Use Biodynamics at Midsummer Farm" which is currently scheduled for Saturday, June 27th from 10 am to 1 pm
Each class day will consist of short lectures/demos on biodynamic practices, hands-on working with nature, potentizing and applying preps, discussion of garden practices... lunch is included and will demonstrate how the biodynamic principles also work in the kitchen.
1) February 3rd (Imbolc, Groundhog Day)
2) March 17th (St. Patrick's Day, Spring Equinox)
3) April 7th
4) May 5th (Beltane, Mid-spring)
5) June 30th (Start of Summer, St. John's Day)
6) July 28th (Midsummer, Lammas/Lughnasadh)
7) September 29th (Michaelmas)
8) October 27th (Descending Moon in Mid-autumn)
If you have taken biodynamic courses before such as the course offered by the Pfeiffer Center, this program will compliment it nicely by demonstrating how an individual farm entity can integrate and evolve within biodynamics. But this program can also act as an introduction to biodynamics as well.
We've designed this program to let you experience - in a hands-on way using the biodynamics preps and other biodynamic practices - a traditional way to harness and focus the balancing processes. We feel that growing and living sustainably is not enough - the world is in need of restoration - and it is part of our job to actively restore the balance in the earth around us. You can start with a compost pile, with the microcosmic space beneath a cabbage plant, with a patio container garden - you work toward balancing larger and lareg spaces - adding healing to the earth as a whole....
Humans act as guides and mediators in the balancing process - we work toward establishing healthy relationships between plants, the land, the soil organisms, the moon, and universe. Plants and animals grown in harmony and balance are better tasting, higher in nutrients, and help balance us humans as we consume them.