Out of respect for public health and an abundance of caution and care for our community, we've decided to postpone our Preparation Making Festival. Stay tuned for updates!
Join the Josephine Porter Institute of Applied Biodynamics and Spikenard Farm Honeybee Sanctuary in a celebration of biodynamics, community, and the natural world! This three-day gathering will include both classroom and practical sessions for understanding and making the biodynamic preparations, including Chamomile preparation #503, Oak Bark preparation #505, Dandelion preparation #506, Horn manure preparation #500, and more. Our instructors include dedicated preparation makers and biodynamic practitioners with a combined experience of over 50 years.
Our first night will feature a dinner and celebration, and lunch will be provided on days two and three. Join us for an event bursting with fellowship, learning, and joy!
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We're honored to have three preparation makers leading this educational experience. They are:
Larry Mabe: Larry Mabe began working with biodynamic preparations in February of 2001 under the direction of Hugh Courtney at JPI in Woolwine, VA. Soon becoming a Pfeifer™ technician, Larry quickly developed an appreciation and deep respect for biodynamics and the community of people practicing, developing, experimenting, and sharing this philosophy of agriculture.
Since finding this path over two decades ago, Larry has been grateful to stay with JPI as their Master Preparation Maker, making and sending biodynamic preparations to gardeners and farmers throughout the globe. Larry finds honor and joy in developing preparations infused with respect, love, and humility.
Laura Riccardi Lyvers: Laura began her preparation making journey in 2001 when she attended a five day event at JPI, learning from Hugh Courtney. A month later she fully embraced the biodynamic path and moved to Woolwine, VA where she lived and worked for four years before relocating to Foxhollow Farm in Kentucky. There, she fell in love with cows and managed the biodynamic aspects of Foxhollow’s 1400 acre grass fed beef operation.
Laura currently lives with her husband Philip, on his large-scale family farm where she tends their small herd of dairy cows and pastures, and works in the gardens.
The making of biodynamic preparations each year since 2000 has allowed Laura to experience the cycle of the year in a heightened way. She values helping others work with the mystery and many gifts that the biodynamic path reveals.
Alex Tuchman: Alex Tuchman is a beekeeper, educator, farmer, author, and student of nature. As the Director of Spikenard Farm Honeybee Sanctuary, Alex carries a wide variety of responsibilities on the farm, with the bees, in the classroom, and in administration. Alex arrived at Spikenard Farm in March of 2014 after three years as the Farm Manager of Loyola University Chicago’s Student Farm in Woodstock, Illinois, his home-state. Alex is an active contributor to the biodynamic agriculture and natural beekeeping movements and regularly teaches at conferences in the U.S., around the world, and online. Alex’s book, A Lively Hive, was published in 2021, outlining the basic biodynamic beekeeping methods that we practice and teach at Spikenard Farm.