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The Future of Biodynamic Agriculture

  • Grange at SHED 25 North Street Healdsburg, CA, 95448 United States (map)

The Future of Biodynamic Agriculture
with Jim Barausky
part of SHED’s Biodynamic Series
Saturday, November 7, 10:30AM-12:00PM
Grange at SHED, 25 North Street, Healdsburg

The kickoff of SHED’s 2015-2016 Biodynamic Series, this class is a thorough introduction to Biodynamic farming, its background, and its increasing importance in the modern sustainable farming movement.

Jim Barausky, former president of the Biodynamic Association and a Biodynamic farmer with 40 years of experience, will discuss the role for Biodynamic farming in agriculture’s future. What sets Biodynamic farming and gardening apart from other sustainable gardening methods, and how are its principles applied in gardens, farms and vineyards to reflect a new understanding of profit?

Join us for a lively presentation and come away with inspiration and knowledge you can apply to your own garden or farm.

Jim Barausky originally trained at Emerson College, England, and in Fuhlenhagen, Germany. He has over 40 years of experience as an organic/biodynamic farmer and gardener. Jim’s expertise includes a wide range of large- and small-scale projects, as well as teaching and public outreach. Jim has managed commercial organic farms, market gardens, and small land holdings and has developed educational and service programs for three colleges. He has worked with students and apprentices in many capacities, including establishing a farm and biodynamic training course at Kimberton Hills, Pennsylvania. With his wife, Cheryl Mulholland, he has also created a K-12 on-farm-based curriculum.

As adjunct faculty at the Naropa University, Jim developed a 100-member CSA and market garden at Naropa’s Hedgerow Farm. He worked at Warren Wilson College in Asheville, North Carolina, as the garden manager and developed 8 acres of market garden to serve in the school cafeteria and train students in organic/biodynamic gardening.

Working together with the City of Albuquerque, New Mexico, as farm manager for Rio Grande Community Farms, Jim helped design and operate a food security project on 300 acres of public land. This project delivered fresh food to local food banks, made public garden plots available, offered volunteer service programs and educational programs, and produced farm-based public events that drew 60,000 people per year.

Jim has consulted on several projects in Colorado and California. He has also served as president of the Biodynamic Association and as a regional coordinator for the North American Biodynamic Apprenticeship Program.

Later Event: November 7
Beeswax Candlemaking