The Fellowship of Preparation Makers, a national collegial group of farmers, biodynamic preparation-makers and activists, is holding a conference at Memorial Hall in Hotchkiss to address the North Fork area's diverse agricultural interests. The conference and related events run Feb. 28-March 3, with a special on-farm event scheduled for March 4 near Carbondale.
Sponsored locally by the Valley Organic Growers Association and The Learning Council, national and local speakers include Hugh Lovel, Ryan Herring, Lloyd Nelson, Patricia Frazier and Brook LeVan. Local speakers include Wind Clearwater, Dawn Rains and Alicia Michelson. A pre-conference event on Thursday, Feb. 28, is specifically designed for local farmers interested in transitioning to biodynamic farming practices. Some of those practices include biodynamic growing of herbs, composting, Permaculture and biodynamic design marriage, and backyard gardening.
The main conference, scheduled for March 1-3, focuses on the theme of "The head and heart of the biodynamic farm organism: Making formative forces visible." Herring, a soil researcher from Washington state, will lead the discussion. Attendees will learn the method of making chromatograms, and study their interpretations.
Lovel, a world-renowned biodynamic farmer and educator, regular contributor to Acres USA periodical, and the author of two books, "A Biodynamic Farm," and "Quantum Agriculture," will lead a study of the compost preparations of nettle and oak bark. Lovel currently consults for dairy farms, orchards, diversified farming operations, vineyards, and biodynamic ally-managed hemp operations around the world.
On Monday, March 4, Brook LeVan will host a post-conference, on-farm educational event at Sustainable Settings, located outside of Carbondale on Highway 133.
Registration deadline is Friday, Feb. 15. To learn more, visit www.thelearningcouncil.org.