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Badger Ecology Center Workshops

At the W.S. Badger Company, we know that health and well-being depends upon a good relationship with both People and Planet. Our Ecology Center strives to do this in a few ways:

  • Offering educational workshops to the local community focused on a variety of homesteading arts, wellness topics, and creative & sustainable business planning.
  • Producing food for Badger employee lunches in our biodynamic vegetable & herb gardens
  • Overseeing a meditation labyrinth and flower gardens for employees and public to enjoy

This is our way of caring for the Earth while giving back to our local community.

Badger Ecology Center Gilsum NH

2018 Workshops at Badger

Pre-registration is required and some scholarships are available. See listings.

Workshop fee: free - Register now.

Join Emily Hall Warren and Jay Smeltz of Badger for an introduction on implementing and administrating a Babies At Work program in the workplace. Using Badger as a case study, we will delve into the why and how of this family friendly benefit. This workshop is free of charge and open to anyone interested in learning more about starting a Babies at Work program.

Bios: Emily Hall Warren is the Director of Administration at the W.S. Badger Company. Emily has an extensive background in Human Resources (SHRM-SCP) and a Master’s Degree in Organization and Management from Antioch New England University. She serves as a Trustee of the Trust Funds for the Town of Gilsum and as a Board Member for Keene Chamber of Commerce. As the mother of an active seven-year-old son and twin four-year-old boys, Emily appreciates and embraces the goal of a good work life balance.

Jay Smeltz, Human Resources Coordinator, has worked at Badger for 14 years and helps coordinate Badger’s Babies At Work program, as well as the Wellness Fund and family leave benefits. Through his years at Badger, what Jay feels most connected to and excited about has been helping employee benefit offerings evolve from “health and wellness” benefits to “well-being benefits”.

Workshop fee: $25) - Register and pay now. - or - Apply for a scholarship for this workshop.

Description: What are the benefits of pruning fruit trees? When, how and with what should we prune? Join us for an informative discussion and hands-on demonstration of the tools and techniques for pruning various types of fruit trees led by Anton Elbers from Orchard Hill Farm.

Bio: Anton Elbers has lived in NH since 1971 when he came to Alstead to learn farming as a young man. He helped plant and establish the orchard at Orchard Hill Farm in East Al¬stead back in 1972. Annual pruning is a large part of main¬taining this orchard that is primarily apples, but also pears, plums, and peaches on a variety of rootstocks. Anton will be sharing some of what he has learned from working with the trees at Orchard Hill over the years.

Workshop fee: $25 - Register and pay now. - or - Apply for a scholarship for this workshop.

Join us for a hands-on workshop to explore the joys of decomposition and learn how to make compost that will feed your plants and nourish your being! We will spend time discussing different materials and their properties, as well as the composting processes and the magical influence of various biodynamic preparations on the inner workings of the compost pile. We will then head outside to actually build a compost pile together.

Please wear appropriate shoes/boots and dress for the weather. Bring gloves if you desire, and a pitch fork or shovel if you can!

Bio: Lynne Boudreau is co-founder of Kroka Expeditions in Marlow, NH. Prior to becoming Kroka’s Farm and Garden Manager/Educator, Lynne apprenticed on a biodynamic farm in Pennsylvania. The Farm at Kroka Expeditions uses biodynamic and organic practices with the intention of healing the land. With a deep respect for the natural world and the wisdom and ways of elders and native people, Lynne farms using varied modalities, while also working by intuition and trust that the Earth knows how to care for itself.

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