WORLD BIODYNAMIC WEEKEND, Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th June.

The National Biodynamic Association has suggested that a world-wide stirring and spraying of the Horn Manure 500 Preparation could be done, followed by the Silica Preparation 501. Whether alone or in groups, the connection made between the forces of our Planet Earth and the cosmic forces on a worldwide basis sounds like an opportunity not to be missed.

There will be two events taking place in our area:

HUXHAMS CROSS FARM has its annual Open Farm Sunday on 9th June which happily coincides with World Biodynamic Weekend.  Full details of the day can be found on the website below; events start with a Growing and Farm Tour at 10.30 am.

https://www.dartington.org/event/open-farm-sunday/

EXETER AREA : A Stirring of the 500 Horn Manure Preparation will be held in Whitestone, near Exeter on Saturday 8th or Sunday 9th June.    Val Collett has the Prep, and anyone interested in coming needs to bring their own bucket, stirring brush and lidded container so that they can take some of the stirred Preparation back to their own garden or fields.   Please phone Val on 01392 811260 or email her on val@merrymeet.org.uk to arrange a mutually agreed time or day.

Spring Gathering on Sunday!

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

Seed and Plant Sale/swap at Huxhams Cross Farm!

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 May 13th

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

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