Also, we now offer a limited number of scholarships for most workshops. See event listings.
Mar 19, 2017 - Pruning Your Home Orchard, Anton Elbers, Orchard Hill Farm (click for more info)
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.
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.
Apr 23, 2017 - The Journey of the Labyrinth, Katie Schwerin, W.S. Badger (click for more info)
Description: Info coming soon.
May 7, 2017 - Backyard Compost Building - A Small Scale Biodynamic Model, Lynne Boudrea of Kroka Expeditions (click for more info)
Description: Join us for a hands-on workshop to explore the joys of decomposition! Every garden needs compost. It is really important to give back to the land and nourish it with compost so that we can grow strong and healthy plants which will produce healing foods. Come 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 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!
Lynne Boudreau is co-founder of Kroka Expeditions in Marlow, NH. Lynne has always been connected to the land through animal care and tending the Earth. 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. Lynne apprenticed on a biodynamic farm in Pennsylvania before officially becoming the Farm and Garden Manager/Educator at Kroka. The Farm at Kroka Expeditions uses biodynamic and organic practices with the intention of healing the land. She has a strong belief in sustainability and understands the importance of growing our own food and giving back to the land.
May 21, 2017 - Biodynamic Basics: Understanding and Working with a Biodynamic Planting Calendar, Sherry Wildfeuer, Stella Natura (click for more info)
Description: Want to know what biodynamic planting calendars are all about? In this workshop, Sherry Wildfeuer will offer an introduction to basic astronomy, the history and context of biodynamic planting calendars, and a practical explanation of how to work with the charts in the Stella Natura calendar to inform your work with your farm or garden. Each workshop participant will receive their own copy of the 2017 Stella Natura planning calendar.
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 is a long-term co-worker in Camphill Village Kimberton Hills (an intentional community that especially includes adults with developmental disabilities) in Kimberton, Pennsylvania.