Category Archives: biodynamics

Mer-Girls Garden Tour this Sunday, Aug 11

The Mer-Girl Garden Tour will be this Sunday from noon to 3 pm in La Villita north of Espanola by Alcade.

We are really looking forward to this field trip tour. If anyone wants to carpool, we will meet in the La Montanita Co-Op parking lot on the far east side (by the Womens Health Center) to join together and follow Alessandra and Steve up to the property. I will be there in the parking lot 10:45 and we will leave at 11:15 sharp. So don’t be late!

BRING WATER AND A HAT!

If you want to go on your own, be up there at the Mer-Girl Gardens in La Villita by noon.

Here are the DIRECTIONS to get there. 
directions to Mer-Girl Gardens

 

It is not too late to sign up below:

Sunday, Aug 11th
12 noon to 4 pm

Mer-Girl Gardens Tour
This is going to be a special field trip this year just north of Espanola in La Villita. This tour will be well worth the drive.  They practice sustainable and bio-dynamic farming with a focus on open-pollinated varieties. Ron Boyd and his wife Debora started Mer-Girl Gardens on about 6 acres and have expanded it. They have developed it into a beautiful farm with Certified Organic orchards, vineyard, culinary herbs, seasonal vegetables, fruits and flowers.

 

Debora has an image of a water bearer who brings water to their oasis in the drylands. Everything they’ve done started in 2001 from pretty much bare, lifeless, overused conventionally farmed fields. The old orchard was about 1 acre with 15 old apple trees.

In the last 20 years they’ve added 350 or so fruit trees, about 100 different varieties of apples 20 varieties of peaches 15 varieties of pears 15 varieties of cherries and plums and a few other curious additions. Around the same time they had restored the old fields, they added another acre, plus a bunch of berries and vegetables.  Debora and Ron did the Taos farmers market for about 10 years with piles of berries, 70 or so varieties of tomatoes, greens, garlic, and fruit when they were lucky. About five years ago the interest and focus has been about producing seed contracted by retail sellers, Baker Creek heirloom Seeds in particular.  Inspired by grain school in 2018 and the grain team, they are beginning to educate themselves and learn about old time varieties of small grain, wheat, rye, barley. They currently run and irrigate in the neighborhood about 12 acres.  They have a large focus on how to feed themselves with minimal fossil fuel and off-farm amendments. They’ve explored small farm tools and techniques. They welcome visitors and include school classes regularly in the spring and fall.

Instructor: Ron Boyd and Debora
Location: La Villita, NM (between Alcalde and Los Luceros) (directions given to participants)
Fee: Free to members/$10 for non-members

Please sign up through Eventbrite below:

Eventbrite - Mer-Girls Farm Tour

 

 

Biochar workshop and Miso demo update

The first two Home Grown New Mexico classes have been completed. Both were great!

The first class pictured above, a Biochar workshop by Michael Reed was on March 25 down in South Valley, Albuquerque and the participants learned about biochar, what it is and watched how to do a burn to make biochar and then took a tour of Michael Reed’s property.

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The second class pictured above, a Miso workshop by Nao Sadewic, was last Sunday, April 8th here in Santa Fe. It was great learning about koji, miso and other Japanese foods. We had samples of different foods made with koji, a slide presentation and a demo on how to make miso.

2016 Biodynamic Conference

Here is an exciting event that is coming to Santa Fe. Check it out!

biodynamics-conference

GET INSPIRED by incredible speakers from within and beyond
the biodynamic community doing groundbreaking work with the living earth.

DISCOVER how a living approach to agriculture can help us consciously collaborate with our planet to create healthy, living, vibrant landscapes and nourishing food.

WORKSHOPS
LEARN practical skills in biodynamic and regenerative practices and explore biodynamic principles and philosophy, whether you are new to biodynamics or have been practicing for decades.

CONNECT with hundreds of farmers, gardeners, educators,
activists, and earth lovers at a farm field day, local food tasting,
film screenings, mixers, meetups, artistic performances, and music and dancing

Online registration closes November 1. But you can register at the event too.
Register now to save $50 off the full on-site registration rate and guarantee your space in pre-conference workshops. For more info and to register go to:

https://www.biodynamics.com/2016conference

Biodynamics class wrap up

biodynamicsThe Biodynamics class was great! Biodynamics is a spiritual-ethical-ecological approach to agriculture, food production and nutrition, and a potent force for change worldwide. Poki talked about the ecological approach and showed us his barrel compost he makes and how to do it and the practical side of applying Biodynamic products and principles to his compost and soil, while Dominique talked more about the spiritual side of what Biodynamics represents.

We got a planting calendar page for the month and many handouts on the basics of Biodynamics. Then we went out to the fields to learn more. Biodynamics is so much more than just growing food.

Here are links to the handouts and resources:

BIODYNAMIC ASSOCIATION: www.biodynamics.com
12 ways to Learn More about Biodynamics:
https://www.biodynamics.com/content/12-ways-learn-more-about-biodynamics

PLANTING CALENDER:
Stella Datura-Biodynamic Planting Calender
https://steiner.presswarehouse.com/Books/BookDetail.aspx?productID=432258

JOSEPHINE PORTER INSTITUTE: (to buy preparations and literature)
www.jpibiodynamics.org

BIODYNAMIC FARMING AND REPARATIONS: (free 20 page doc from ATTRA)
www.demeter-usa.org/downloads/Demeter-Science-Biodynamic-Farming-&-Compost.pdf

PFEIFFER CENTER: (training and workshops)
www.pfeiffercenter.org

RUDOLF STEINER ARCHIVES: (free downloads-please donate)
http://wn.rsarchive.org

PURCHASING BIODYNAMIC COMPOST LOCALLY:
www.gardengaia.com
(Maggie: 505-982-6879)

BOOKS
Agriculture
Eight lectures given 1922-23 by Rudolf Steiner (free download)
http://wn.rsarchive.org/search=mode?query=agriculture&mode=context

Culture & Horticulture by Wolf D. Storl
https://steiner.presswarehouse.com/Books/AuthorDetail.aspx?id=24062

Gardening for Life by Maria Thun
https://steiner.presswarehouse.com/Books/BookDetail.aspx?productID=167

CONFERENCE:
2016 North American Biodynamic Conference
November 16-20, 2016
Santa Fe Community Convention Center in Santa Fe, New Mexico

 








 

Next class-Basics of Biodynamics this Sunday

biodynamics

It’s not too late to sign up for this class on this coming Sunday!

Sun. May 17
Biodynamics
Basics of Biodynamics
Time: 1 pm —3 pm
Instructors: Poki Pottin & Dominique Pozo
Location: Gaia Gardens-2255 Paseo de los Chamisos • Santa Fe

 

Eventbrite - Basics of Biodynamics

Come learn the basics of using biodynamics in your garden. Biodynamic farmers strive to create a diversified, balanced garden ecosystem that generates health and fertility as much as possible from within the farm itself. Poki will explain the principles of biodynamics and show you how to apply it to your gardens.

Help keep this class free! Become a 2015 Member for only $35 – includes all classes and tour. TAX DEDUCTIBLE!