Principles & Practices of Biological Management 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. Over 1,800 growers have attended the course over the past four 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 $150, or $125 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 Note: Check back later as more course locations and dates become available. We are in the process of organizing a new series of courses to start in Fall of 2015! View 2014-2015 Workshop Locations in a full screen map Upcoming Courses California Sebastopol, CA at Sebastopol Grange (map) July 22 & 23, 2015 (9:00am - 4:00pm) Connecticut Simsbury, CT at McCue Residence (map) Nov 7, 2015 & Jan 23, 2016 Pennsylvania Myerstown, PA at Ammon Lapp Farm (map) 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. Dates TBA Sign up online today! Or click for mail-in registration Recent Courses Maine Portland, ME @ Zero Station/Resilience Hub (map) April 25 & 26, 2015 Massachusetts Newbury, MA @ New Harmony Farm (map) April 11 & 12, 2015 New York Oneonta, NY @ CADE (Center for Agricultural Development and Entrepreneurship) (map) March 14 & 15, 2015 Bedford Hills, NY @ Westchester Land Trust (map) March 7 & 8, 2015 Gardiner, NY @ Gardiner Town Hall (map) Dec 13, 2014 & Feb 28, 2015 Michigan Marion, MI @ Bakers Green Acres (map) February 21 & 22, 2015 Colorado Longmont, CO @ Pachamama Farm & Wellness (map) February 7 & 8, 2015 Vermont Marshfield, VT @ Jaquith Public Library (map) January 17 & 18, 2015 Connecticut Wilton, CT @ Ambler Farm (map) November 15 & 16, 2014 Ohio Amesville, OH @ OH State Grange of Patrons of Husbandry (map) November 8 & 9, 2014 Illinois Chicago, IL @ Garfield Park Conservatory (map) November 1 & 2, 2014 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 $150 for the two sessions. Members whose status is current are entitled to a discounted workshop cost of $125. 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.