The annual general meeting for the Society will be held on Saturday April 13th at the Christian Community Church, 901 Rutherford Rd., Vaughan, Ontario, from 9:00 am – 4:30 pm. https://www.google.com/url?sa=D&oi=plus&q=https://maps.google.ca/maps?ie%3DUTF8%26cid%3D4550290893797133274%26q%3DChristian%2BCommunity%2BThe%26iwloc%3DA%26gl%3DCA%26hl%3Den
This year we will stray slightly from our usual pattern of having the business meeting in the morning with presentations on some aspect of biodynamics in the afternoon. Instead we will dedicate the entire day on the Society itself. In the morning will have the familiar financial and committee reports and Q&A, but in the afternoon will follow with a structured program that will include members’ participation focussed on capacity building of our Society. The afternoon will encompass a development of our Society biography facilitated by Dorothy LeBaron and Lesley Diaz, and a collaborative exploration using the World Café method, as well as a plenary for bringing all of the days’ pieces together.
As an annual meeting, it will formally remain open for the duration of the day so that anything that may develop out of it can still be included as formal motions and voted decisions, and will only adjourn with the 4:30 pm ending. Late in the morning we will also hear the Board Nomination committee report and either acclaim or elect the Board members for the coming year – a new process for us coming out of the bylaw changes adopted last year (see Board Members Nomination below).
Doors open at 9:00 am; coffee & refreshments, book sales, BD preparations and greeting from 9:00 – 9:30; business meeting will begin promptly at 9:45. Lunch (salad, soup, sandwiches/wraps) will be catered by Mary Hanna (cost is $15 per person). We will have a potluck dessert so please bring something you’d like to share with others. Please also bring your own dish, bowl, mug, and cutlery for lunch, and bring containers for BD preparations if you plan on taking any with you.
Mary is quite happy to include any donations of members’ own farm or garden food products in the lunch. If you’d like to do this, please contact Mary directly at 647-860-5234 to coordinate it.
If you plan on attending, please RSVP to Laurie McGregor by Monday, April 8th at the latest so that we can properly organize catering and the day’s activities.
2013 Eastern Ontario Intro BD Course Brochure
Intro to Biodynamics course in Eastern Ontario
Starting Sunday April 21, 2013
For more information see attached brochure
A how-to workshop and discussion for farmers and gardeners wishing to get started using biodynamic preparations 500 (horn manure), 501 (horn silica) and Barrel Compost (BC). This workshop is geared toward those who have heard of the theory of biodynamic agriculture and would like more practical help.
Chris Boettcher and Uli Hack will discuss details about spraying the preps. A stirring of the preps will follow and application on the field and garden, weather permitting. A compost pile will also be inoculated. Bring all your questions and concerns!
Note: For farmers who are interested in field spraying, the speakers will discuss equipment, nozzle settings and any modifications that may be needed. (Feel free to bring your sprayers along for hands on modification suggestions)
Cost: Donation to the BD Society
Registration is requested no later than October 25th
To reserve a space in the workshop or for further information, call the BD Society Secretary, Laurie McGregor at 519-426-9021 or e-mail her at email@example.com
POT LUCK: Don’t forget your dishes, cutlery, cups etc., along with your pot luck dish.
As mentioned in the last newsletter, Cory Eichman will be teaching two intermediate/advanced Biodynamic courses beginning this fall at his farm in Durham:
The Individuality of the Farm course will work through the 7 life process in the development of the farm organism. This course will be offered weekly on Thursdays, starting September 13th thru November 1st. But, depending on interest, it may ALSO be offered monthly on Sundays as well starting on Sunday September 30th (for those who might be better able to attend on weekends).
The second course Cory will be teaching is Occult Science for Farmers (which is a study of Steiner’s “Occult Science” text in relation to biodynamic farming). This course will be offered monthly on Sundays starting Sunday, November 11. The Individuality of the Farm course is prerequisite for Occult Science for Farmers.
For more information, see Cory’s brochure downloadable through the link: 2 Biodynamic Courses, or contact Cory at 519-369-3567 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
So far there are two farms that will be hosting a day at the farm to experience the digging up of the biodynamic preparations.
The Hack Farm will be hosting their prep digging day on saturday, May 12, 2012. For more information contact Uli Hack
Address: RR 5 Kincardine, Ontario N2Z 2X6
Phone: (519) 396-8098, Email:email@example.com
Whole Circle Farm will be hosting their prep digging day on saturday, May 19, 2012. For more information contact Johann Kleinsasser
Address: RR 3 Acton, ON L7J 2L9
Phone: (519) 856-1384, Email:firstname.lastname@example.org
Please mark your calendars – the Society’s 2012 Annual General Meeting will be held on Saturday, March 31stat the Durham Town Hall, 185 George St. W., Durham, Ontario, 9:00 am to 4:30 pm. We will hold our business meeting in the morning. The afternoon will include sharing what we know about biodynamics, a presentation on “New Adult Learning” by Arlene Thorne, and then some participatory exploration of how we may use it in broadening knowledge of biodynamics.
Lunch and snacks will be catered by Megan Cookson, the chef at Chicory Common in Durham. If you`ve eaten at Chicory Common you`ll know how good Megan`s cooking is! She is happy to use ingredients donated by Society members in her lunch preparation (which will also help to offset the catering costs). If you have any of the following that you would like to donate for the lunch, please contact Heather Thoma (705-368-0460 or email@example.com) as early as you can (and March 15th at the latest):
carrots – 8 lbs
onions (cooking) – 15 lbs
garlic bulbs – 15-20
potatoes – 16 lbs
cabbages – 3 heads (large)
celery – 2 heads
summer sausage – 1 log
We will have the traditional potluck dessert as well.
Costs to attend the AGM are: business meeting is free to all; lunch and afternoon program is $20; and afternoon program only (without lunch) is $10. A separate AGM announcement will also follow in early March.
SAVE THE DATE!
Fellowship of Preparation Makers Annual Conference
“Harmonizing Heaven and Earth
By the Polarities of Horn Manure and Horn Silica”
Thursday March 1 – Sunday March 4, 2012
Hosted by the
Valley Organic Growers Association
Southbrook vineyards has Demeter certified hay for sale. This cut is in 50 lb square bales but we can also cut round bales at a later date. The hay is a mix of clover, timothy and other grasses with a small percentage of alfalfa.
Interested persons can contact Ann Sperling at firstname.lastname@example.org
Demeter (Biodynamic) & Pro-Cert (Organic)
Certified Vineyards and Winery
581 Niagara Stone Road
Niagara-on-the-Lake, L0S 1J0
From the BDA
We invite you to watch this video presentation on the Biodynamic Association’s emerging strategic plan from our recent National Conference. The video is followed by a survey where you can share your thoughts and perspectives. The plan is the result of hundreds of meetings and conversations with members and friends over the last 18 months and we would love to have further input from as many of you as possible!