Step by Step Introduction to Biodynamic Gardening Workshops: Feb - July 2020 at 5 venues across the UK | Biodynamic Association

Step by Step Introduction to Biodynamic Gardening Workshops: Feb – July 2020 at 5 venues across the UK

Finding the Spirit in Agriculture: International Biodynamic Agriculture Conference 2020
15th November 2019
Roundtable Discussion Groups
19th August 2019

Grow Your Own is becoming ever more popular; there is growing recognition, too, that being outdoors, getting in touch with Nature  is hugely beneficial and brings many positive health and wellbeing rewards.
Now you can experience both, plus the power and vitality of biodynamic gardening, and discover its benefits for yourself.

Comprising of 6 x 1 day sessions during Feb to July 2020, this course is a great way to learn about all the biodynamic principles and practices and enable you to put them into action in your own garden or allotment.
The courses take place at Ruskin Mill Trust biodynamic gardens and are run by their experienced biodynamic gardeners.  For more information about Ruskin Mill Trust  see  http://www.rmt.org

These courses are being offered free of charge; please note that in exchange,  participants are asked to commit to attending all 6 sessions and complete feedback sheets at the end of each session which will contribute to the ongoing research that began in 2018.

A simple, tasty, homemade vegetarian  biodynamic lunch will be served – Cost of lunch is  £5 per session / £30 for all 6 – to be paid at the time of booking. Places are strictly limited so we advise booking early!

Course Locations & Dates  – Click on the location of your choice for more details about the tutors and directions to the venue.
To Book your place click on the online booking links below or contact the BDA Office
E: Office@biodynamic.org.uk  Tel:  01453 759501

Cumbria: The Plot, Urswick Road ,Ulverston LA12 9LL. & Brantwood, East of Lake Coniston
BOOK ONLINE HERE
Dates: 23rd Feb ( The plot), 29th March ( Brantwood), 26th April ( The Plot)
31st May ( Brantwood), 28th June ( The Plot),  26th July (The Plot) 

North East England  Clervaux Trust, Jolby Lane, Croft-on-Tees DL2 2TF
BOOK ONLINE HERE
Dates: 29th Feb, 28th March, 25th April, 16th May, 13th June, 11th July  2020

West Wales:  Coleg Plas Dwbl, Mynachlog-ddu,, Clynderwen SA66 7SE
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Dates: 29th Feb, 28th March, 18th April, 16th May, 20th June, 18th July

Gloucestershire:  Upper Grange, Lovedays Mead, Stroud GL5 1XB
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Dates: 29th Feb, 28th March, 25th April, 16th May ( Gables Farm Nailsworth) 13th June, 11th July 2020

Worcestershire / South Staffs   – NEW venue for 2020!
Valehead Farm, Compton Rd, Kinver, DY8 5NJ
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Dates: 22nd Feb, 14th March, 25th April, 16th May, 20th June, 18th July

Course Outline  – Click here to download it as a PDF
Or see below:

All sessions run from  09.45 am -15.00 pm

Day 1
Seed connects with Soil

  • Observation exercise – the seed
  • A brief overview of the course
  • The seed as a microcosm
  • Soil – basic soil science, silica-clay-lime processes, soil testing
  • Soil health – fertility building, digging and no-till and cultivation methods
  • Compost – understanding the composting process, creating a compost pile, different methods
  • Compost preparations – the science and application
  • The seed touches the soil
  • Practical: seed sowing

Day 2
Planning our garden

  • Observation exercise
  • Genius loci – the spirit of place
  • What, where, how?
  • Root-leaf-flower-fruit
  • Practical: planning a rotation
  • Practical: preparing a seed bed (if possible, otherwise in April)
  • Rotations and layout
  • Companion planting and complementary practices
  • Stirring and spraying the Horn Manure preparation (500)

Day 3
The Plant between the Sun and Earth

  • Observation exercise
  • The plant, the planets and their place on the Earth (form and substance, elemental relationships)
  • Plant propagation –sowing the seed, bed preparation, direct sowing and transplanting
  • Lunar rhythms and the BD sowing calendar
  • Practical: pricking out and planting out
  • Weeds: who are they, what do they tell us and how to we establish a happy relationship?

Day 4
The Biodynamic Preparations

  • Observation exercise
  • The birth of the biodynamic movement – history, herstory and today
  • Stirring and spraying the Horn Silica preparation (501)
  • Making the BD preparations (Horn Silica, , dandelion, yarrow, , CPP)
  • Infrastructure, tools and equipment for the home garden and allotment

Day 5
Tending the garden

  • Observation exercise
  • Garden health, plant health and plant care
  • Preparation making: Chamomile, Equisetum (horsetail)
  • Working with daily and seasonal rhythms and conditions
  • Watering; cultivating, harvesting, crop covers
  • Foliar feeds, liquid manures and other home-made solutions

Day 6
The garden as an organism

  • Observation exercise
  • The garden organism – the farm organism and individuality
  • Biodiversity in the garden (above and below ground) – the role of flowers, insects, birds and bees
  • Creating habitats for insects, birds, mammals and worms with trees, hedges and ponds, etc.
  • Earth-Water-Air/Light-Warmth/Fire
  • The seed and seed saving
  • Storing and processing principles