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:
This is our way of caring for the Earth while giving back to our local community.
Pre-registration is required and some scholarships are available. See listings.
Description: In this journey of discovery, participants will learn how to design and use a labyrinth for meditation, renewal, and to find direction in life.
“All the world religions contain teachings that articulate the journey of the spiritual seeker; the path one must walk in order to grow in compassion and respond to the world with clarity and wisdom. In essence, the task is to grow the substance of the soul.” (Walking a Sacred Path: Rediscovering the Labyrinth as a Spiritual Practice, by Lauren Artress)
During this workshop, you will learn about different labyrinth forms along with various approaches to the journey that each one offers. You will also explore how to create a labyrinth at home. Each participant will create her or his own finger labyrinth to take home so that even if a full-scale labyrinth is not available where you live, you will still have a way to “walk” the labyrinth. We will end our time together by walking the 7-circuit classical labyrinth located at Badger.
Bio: Katie Schwerin has spent over 40 years on a spiritual path, and in the last 10 years, it has included the study of the labyrinth. She led the construction of the 7-circuit classical labyrinth at the W.S. Badger site. Most recently, Katie has been creating different labyrinths in the snow, guided by her exercises of drawing the various labyrinth forms. Katie is co-owner and COO of the W.S. Badger Co., and has been a teacher at the Monadnock Waldorf School for 17 years.
Description: 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.
Description: Curious to find out what biodynamic planting calendars are all about? In this workshop, Sherry Wildfeuer offers an introduction to basic astronomy, shares the history and context of biodynamic planting calendars, and explains how to use the charts in the Stella Natura calendar to inform the work on your garden or farm. Bring your 2017 Stella Natura calendar or purchase one at the door.
Bio: Sherry Wildfeuer is an adult educator and an active member of the Anthroposophical Society and its Agriculture Section. She is the editor of the Stella Natura biodynamic planting calendar and a long-term co-worker in Camphill Village Kimberton Hills, an intentional community that specifically includes adults with developmental disabilities located in Kimberton, Pennsylvania.
Includes speaking engagements, award ceremonies and more. These are not held at Badger but are open to the public
8 a.m. Registration and Continental Breakfast, 8:15 a.m. Program Begins - Free and open to the public. - Register now.
Location - This event is at the New Hampshire Institute of Politics at Saint Anselm College, Manchester, NH
The Promise and Perils of For-Profit Social Enterprise - John Boatright, Ph.D. Social enterprise is a recent development in which organizations seek to provide welfare benefits in a businesslike manner. Although many social enterprises are traditional nonprofits, some have adopted the for-profit form in order to realize their social mission more effectively. As for-profit businesses, social enterprises must compete successfully in a crowded market with traditional nonprofits and government welfare services, in addition to standard for-profit companies. This presentation provides an economic analysis of the market opportunities for pursuing a social mission in the for-profit form and a legal analysis of the governance problems confronting for-profit social enterprises.
B Corps: Creating Benefit for All - Rebecca Hamilton, Co-Owner and VP of Research & Development, W.S. Badger Company B Corps are businesses that strive to balance profits with a social mission. While mission-driven businesses are certainly not new, the certification helps to provide a common language and a set of best practices that businesses can use to benchmark and improve their social and environmental initiatives. B Corp values, such as being a force for good and an agent of positive change in the world, have always been part of Badger's vision and mission. Becoming a certified B Corp in 2011 gave Badger a verifiable way of demonstrating its commitment to always doing what's right for people and the planet. In 2014, Badger took their commitment to doing good in the world a step further, helping to pass Benefit Corporation Legislation in NH and then becoming one of the first NH businesses to register as a Benefit Corporation. Today, Badger is part of a global community of 1700+ certified B Corps using business as a force for good.
Free and open to the public. - More information
Location - Centennial Hall at the Alumni Center. Keene State College, Keene, NH.
This year marks the 27th Annual KSC President’s Outstanding Women of New Hampshire Awards Ceremony. These awards are part of the Celebration of Women’s History Month in March. The national theme this year is “Honoring Trailblazing Women in Labor and Business.” We will honor women who have promoted equality for women in business and in the paid labor force. Examples of contributions that relate to this year’s theme include (but are not limited to):