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• Biodynamic Orcharding for a Changing World, Saturday, April 25, 2020

January 10, 2020

Saturday, April 25, 2020 – 10am-4pm
Location – Josephine Porter Institute, Floyd, VA

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There is no doubt that the world around us is changing in so many ways. In order to cope with these changes and to create a better world for all, it’s imperative that humanity adopt new ways of approaching how we grow food. As regenerative agriculture becomes the rallying cry of progressive farmers everywhere, biodynamic principles and practices play a key role in your orchard as they underlie a comprehensive, holistic approach to stewarding the interactive biologically-driven organism that is your orchard.

We cover topics like pruning, grafting, thinning, and weed control. We’ll dive into Integrated Pest Management (IPM) as art and science for biodynamic practitioners. Though we will cover many basic orchard management practices, this will all be encapsulated in the sphere of biodynamic principles and practices, including the use of biodynamic preps. We’ll discuss the roles that carbon sequestration, developing a disease suppressive soil, Indigenous MicroOrganisms, compost teas, biochar, and other regenerative practices can play in a successful biodynamic orchard.  We'll spend a good portion of the time in the field [weather pending], so come prepared.

Mike Biltonen is a pomologist from Trumansburg, NY. You can find more information about his family business, Know Your Roots, by following this link. 

Mike has a Bachelor’s degree in Horticulture from Virginia Tech and a Master Degree in Pomology from Cornell University. He has grown fruit throughout the eastern United States and is available for sustainable orchard consults, speaking engagements, educational seminars, and workshops.

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Participants will receive a grafted tree for their home orchards and gardens. Please call the office if you would like additional trees to take home additional  ($7): 540-745-7030. Water and snacks are available, please pack a lunch!


Associative Contract deadline has been extended to April 31st!

We will be extending the deadline for applying for an Associative Contract with JPI. We have heard from our biodynamic community that during this crisis,  more time is needed for this service. Click this popup to continue to our Associative Contract page.