SUNDAY 28TH April at Huxhams Cross Farm, Dartington
Spring gathering of the SW Biodynamic Group,
Everyone most welcome. Please bring food to share for lunch. The day will take place at the Training Centre. The Apricot Centre will provide tea/coffee/elderflower cordial
Schedule for the day
10:00 Lifting and extracting the Biodynamic Preparations we made last autumn, These will then be stored at Velwell Orchard.
1.00 Bring and share lunch
2.00 – 3.00 Questions and Answers with Frankie van der Stok
3-4 pm: Making Horn Silica Preparations and Yarrow Preparations if we have enough flowers
Message from Rachel at Huxhams Cross Farm:
We are holding a seed and plant sale or swap on Thursday 2nd May at Huxhams Cross Farm, TQ9 6AA
Bring your seeds or excess plants and then swap or sell them with other people who also have an abundance! Have a cuppa tea and a biscuit/cake for a small donation and enjoy having a look at the farm.
10:30 am – 12:30 pm at the training centre; there will be a farm tour at 11:30 if people would like to have a guided wander around our wonderful farm and of course come and say hello to the cows.
All donations from refreshments will contribute to our wellbeing fund allowing children in the community to come along to free workshops in cooking, nature-based art and growing.
Earth Talk with Patrick Holden CBE:
The Future of Farming
Monday, 13 May, 2019 – 20:00
If we are to address the planetary emergency represented by climate change, soil and biodiversity loss, declining public health and growing food insecurity, transforming our food and farming systems, both globally and locally, must form a central part of our response. Patrick Holden will discuss the key characteristics of the food and farming systems which will be needed to produce sufficient food to promote the health of future generations, working in harmony with nature and operating within planetary boundaries.
Patrick Holden is the founder and chief executive of the Sustainable Food Trust, an organisation founded in 2012 and working internationally to accelerate the transition to more sustainable food systems. Prior to this he was director of the Soil Association (until 2010) during which time he led high profile campaigns on the misuse of antibiotics, genetic engineering and the case for vaccination in the 2001 foot and mouth outbreak. He farms 300 acres in West Wales, now the longest established organic dairy farm in the principality, where he produces Hafod, a raw milk cheddar from the milk of his 80 Ayrshire cows. He was awarded a CBE for services to organic farming in 2005, is Patron of the UK Biodynamic Farming Association and was elected an Ashoka Fellow in 2016.
Venue: Upper Gatehouse, Dartington Hall Estate
Date: Monday 13 May, 2019
Time: 8:00 pm
Entrance: £8.00/£7.00 concession
Book Online | Email: firstname.lastname@example.org | Telephone: 01803 847070
Introduction to Biodynamic Farming and Growing with Marina O’Connell
Saturday 16th March/Sunday 17th March and Saturday 27th April/Sunday 28th April
£250 inc VAT for 4 days over 2 weekends including refreshments
“Biodynamic Farming was the first form of ecological farming system, arising in 1924. It has also proven to be one of the most sustainable forms of farming with the highest levels of soil biodiversity found on farms.”
This course is designed for the gardener, grower or farmer who wants to find out more about the principles and practices of biodynamic systems in a simple and practical way. You will cover the context of biodynamic systems and the Demeter regulations; how to carry out the practices of biodynamic systems, the use of the preparations and the calendar on both a practical and theoretical way. You will look in-depth at how preparations are made by working with local biodynamic practitioners who will give an insight in to the preparations and their uses. The course will be held at Huxhams Cross Farm, Dartington, TQ9 6AA, a registered biodynamic farm. The course will give you the skills and knowledge to carry out some basic biodynamic systems on your own land.
The South West Biodynamic Group Spring Gathering and Preparation making will take place on Sunday 28th April (more details nearer the time). This will enable the members of the Biodynamic course being held at Huxhams Cross to join us – more details of the course to follow.