Principles & Practices of Biological Management Sign up online today! This two-day course provides an overview of the principles and practices of biological farming. Our goal is to build upon your knowledge and experience to find ways to increase the health of your soil and crops for greater yields, healthier produce and better marketability. Nearly 2,000 growers have attended the course over the past five years; our attendance continues to grow thanks to word-of-mouth promotion of the course by previous attendees! Participation-based with questions and answers, the workshop is designed for farmers, growers, and gardeners of any type to learn current research and proven methods, and go step-by-step through the processes that will lead to optimum crop health and sustained yield. Course Instructor: Dan Kittredge Executive Director of the Bionutrient Food Association, Dan is the son of prominent leaders in the organic movement, and has been an organic farmer since childhood. His experience managing organic farms and developing sustainable agriculture techniques has connected him to farmers in Central America, Russia, India and the United States. Dan is passionate about raising the quality of nutrition in our food supply through collaboration with committed individuals, businesses, and organizations that support the value of people growing and eating really good food. Course Description The High Bionutrient Crop Production course is designed to help participants grasp and apply innovative, reliable principles and practices for producing healthier, better tasting food crops. The course (click here for detailed syllabus) begins with an analysis of participants' soil tests, and a discussion of recommended soil amendments and cover crops to address soil health deficiencies. We follow with a number of topics and themes related to helping plants achieve their full genetic potential through management of the environmental factors of soil, air, water, minerals and biodiversity. In day two, we immerse ourselves further with a review of plant nutritional needs by growth stage and an array of troubleshooting and diagnostic approaches to guide you throughout the growing season. Each session consists of a classroom-style discussion and illustrative examples. Registrants are asked to procure their own soil tests prior to the course, and instructions for interpreting those will be covered during the workshop. Course Fees The cost for a two-sessions workshop is $200, or $175 for BFA members. Substantial financial aid is available through a generous grant from the Forrest C. and Frances H. Lattner Foundation. More information about scholarships available below. Locations & Dates View Workshop Locations in a full screen map Note: We're just beginning to schedule new workshops for Fall 2016 through Spring 2017 - let us know if you are interested in helping organize a workshop near you! Please reach out to BFA Course Administrator, Gary Neves to inquire about scheduling a workshop in your community. 2016-2017 Courses Michigan Ann Arbor, MI at Washtenaw Food Hub (map) November 12 & 13, 2016 Recent 2015-2016 Courses Massachusetts Newbury, MA at New Harmony Farm (map) April 30 & May 1, 2016 Virginia Farmville, VA at Prince Edward Extension Office Meeting Room (map) April 16 & 17, 2016 New York Bedford Hills, NY at Westchester Land Trust (map) April 2 & 3, 2016 Connecticut Simsbury, CT at McCue Residence (map) November 7, 2015 & January 23, 2016 Vermont Shrewsbury, VT at and sponsored by SAGE (Shrewsbury Institute for Agricultural Education) (map) November 8 & 9, 2015 Introductory lecture in Shrewsbury, VT on October 9 Ohio Athens (The Plains), OH at Rural Action Offices / Kuhre Center for Rural Renewal (map) November 14 & 15, 2015 Iowa Fairfield, IA at Jefferson County Fairgrounds Activity Building (map) Hosted by SRI/Sky Factory Demonstration Farm December 12 & 13, 2015 California Santa Rosa, CA at Shone Farm / Santa Rosa Junior College (College map | Google map) January 9 & 10, 2016 New Jersey Pennington, NJ at Stony Brook-Millstone Watershed Reserve (map) Co-sponsored by NOFA-NJ and Stony Brook Millstone-Watershed Association February 13 & 14, 2016 New Hampshire Charlestown, NH at The Student Conservation Association - Charlestown Office (map) Sponsored by the Cheshire County and Sullivan County Conservation Districts February 20 & March 19, 2016 Introductory lecture at the same location on January 17, 2016 - 1:00pm Pennsylvania Myerstown, PA at Ammon Lapp Farm (map) Dates TBA Note: Special emphasis of this workshop will be on dairy forage and row crops — how to achieve better quality grazing and yield in pastures, and how to improve production of field crops, such as corn or alfalfa — and the key is better soil management. Registration & Financial Assistance Those registering and paying the full amount for any course may do so securely online with a credit card below. Those wishing to mail in a check may click below for a form to be printed out and mailed in. The cost of the workshops is $200 for the two sessions. Members whose status is current are entitled to a discounted workshop cost of $175. Substantial financial assistance is being offered by the Forrest C. & Frances H. Lattner Foundation to encourage farmer participation. This grant has been given in recognition of our efforts to increase the supply of bionutrient-rich food as rapidly as possible in our region, and offers generous support for growers who wish to attend the course, but need assistance. For more information about financial assistance, please contact the course administrator, Gary Neves. Sign up online Click here to register online today! Mail-in registrationOr click here to mail in your registration with a check or money order.