Events

Upcoming

The formation of Chapters under the BFA umbrella is now underway! Around the country, passionate individuals are beginning to gather together to share with each other and further their knowledge in growing nutrient rich crops, and spreading the news about the mission of the organization. To learn a bit more about BFA Chapters - click here. We hope you can join us as an important part of a growing food movement.

June 2
2014

BFA Discussion Group meeting @ Eastview Farm in East Hardwick, VT, on Monday, June 2, 2014
Mary-Ellen Lovinsky will be hosting a potluck supper meeting at her farm in East Hardwick to initiate the process of forming a local BFA Chapter.
Eastview Farm
East Hardwick, VT
tel: 802 472-9428
maryellen.lovinsky@gmail.com

June 2
2014

BFA Discussion Group meeting @ Ag Hall in Boston, MA on Monday June 2, 2014 - 6:30pm
Dee Blake and George Zahka plan on reviewing the goals for this local BFA chapter and to share stories/experiences with applying the concepts learned in Dan's presentations.
Agricultural Hall
245 Amory St
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130
Contacts: Dee Blake (dee@savinhillseedlings.com) and George Zahka (gzahka@gmail.com)

June 8
2014

Growing a Colorado Bionutrient Local Chapter @ Harvest Farm in Wellington, CO
There will be a farm tour and potluck and workshop view event.
Date/Time: June 8, 2014 @ 1:00 - 3:00pm
From the invite: "Starting around 1 PM at Harvest Farm. We're located two miles north of Wellington due west of I-25. Our address is 4240 E. County Road 66, Wellington CO 80549. Feel free to bring food or non alcoholic drinks if you would like. Park by the barn and we'll meet there for starters. To get to the barn head north from the main entrance towards the windmill. Feel free to contact me with questions at 720-371-8415. Kelly"

June 29
2014

Potluck and Workshop in Northern Fort Collins, CO
Beal and Nancy will be hosting a potluck lunch and workshop given by John Anderson on vermiculture. Drinks will be provided. Located in Northern Fort Collins - address and details to follow.
Date/Time: Jun 29, 2014 @ 2:00 - 4:00pm

 

Past

Feb 26
2014

Screening of "Dirt! The Movie" followed by panel discussion with soil specialists
Wed, Feb 26, 6:30-9:00pm @ BNAN, 62 Summer Street, Boston, MA [ map ]
Join Boston Natural Areas Network’s Resilient Garden program for a screening of Dirt! The Movie. Inspired by Bryant Logan’s acclaimed book, Dirt! The Movie takes a humorous and substantial look into the history and current state of the living organic matter called soil. A panel discussion with soil specialists will immediately follow the film with special guests:

  • Bruce Fulford, President, City Soil and Greenhouse, LLC
  • Wendy Heiger-Bernays, PhD, Associated Professor of Environmental Health, Boston University School of Public Health
  • Dan Kittredge, Executive Director, Bionutrient Food Association
EVENT IS FREE & OPEN TO ALL, but pre-registration is required.
Contact dana@bostonnatural.org or 617-542-7696 to register.

More info at: http://www.bostonnatural.org/calendar.asp?M=2&D=26&Y=2014
and http://www.bostonnatural.org/PDFs/latest2014filmseries%20opt.pdf

Increasing Quality in the Food Supply - Free Introductory Lectures About Bionutrient Food
In anticipation of our upcoming High Bionutrient Crop Production workshop series, Dan Kittredge will be touring the Northeast offering free intro lectures for you to learn more about the importance of bionutrient-rich foods and the exciting form of biological and energetic farming that integrates scientific principles in simple, common sense ways that empower growers to significantly improve their crops. Explains Dan, "For me, it’s about looking at food and plants in a new way – providing the ideal environment for a plant’s genetic potential to manifest itself.” Scheduled locations to date include:

Feb 12
2014

Wethersfield, CT @ Comstock, Ferre & Co., 6:30pm [ map

Jan 26
2014

Fort Collins, CO @ River Rock Commons Community House, 12-2pm [ map

Jan 25
2014

Boulder, CO @ Community Room at the George Reynolds Branch Library, 3:00 - 5:00 pm [ map ]

Jan 25
2014

Denver, CO @ Earth Links, 10:00am - 12:00pm [ map ]

Jan 21
2014

Worcester, MA @ Worcester Recovery Center and Hospital (WRCH), K2 Conference Room, 1:45-3:15pm [ map ]

Nov 24
2013

Increasing Quality in the Food Supply - Free Intro Lecture About Bionutrient Food, Boston, MA
Nov 24, 2013 @ Trephin Salon, 2:00pm - [ map ] [If planning on attending, please RSVP to: Dee Blake via deeblake@gmail.com]

Sep 26
2013

Harvard, MA @ The Center on the Common, 6:30pm - [ map ]

Sep 25
2013

Byfield, MA @ Byfield Community Arts Center, 6:30pm - [ map ]

Sep 24
2013

Westminster, MA @ Forbush Memorial Library, Eloronta Room, 6:15-7:30pm - [ map ]

Sep 22
2013

Cleveland, OH @ First Unitarian Church of Cleveland, 1:30pm - [ map ]

Sep 21
2013

Athens, OH @ Athens Public Library, 12:30pm - [ map ]

Sep 19
2013

Morgantown, WV @ Morgantown Church of the Brethren, 6:30pm - [ map ]

Sep 18
2013

Thomas, WV @ Thomas Education Center, 6:30pm - [ map ]

Sep 17
2013

Brookhaven, NY @ Post Morrow Foundation, 6:30pm - [ map ]

Sep 16
2013

Hillsborough, NJ @ Duke Farms, 6:30pm - [ map ]

Sep 13
2013

Portland, ME @ The Resilience Hub, 6:30pm - [ map ]

Sep 11
2013

Utica, NY @ Kirkland Town Library, 6:30pm - [ map ]

Sep 10
2013

Garrison, NY @ Desmond-Fish Library, 6:00-8:30pm - [ map ]

Sep 9
2013

Bennington, VT @ One World Conservation Center, 6:30pm - [ map ]

Sep 7
2013

Craftsbury Common, VT @ Simpson Hall 3 @ Sterling College, 7:00pm - [ map ]

Sep 7
2013

Acworth, NH @ Acworth Town Hall, 12:00pm - [ map ]

May 10-11
2013

Soil Building Bootcamp: A Two-Day Workshop, Litchfield, NH
May 10-11, 2013  ||  Normanton Farms, Litchfield, NH  [ map ]

Eight inches of subsoil transformed into topsoil in one year?! It CAN be done. Learn how with Eric Noel and Abe Collins, as they present a two-day, hands-on, intensive and entertaining workshop about how to build deep highly active, nutrient rich soil on your farm. Topics to be covered include planned grazing, infrastructure and fencing strategies, keyline plowing, subsoiling, soil boosting amendments, cocktail cover cropping, and much more!

Download a flyer for more information, or contact Eric Noel at ericRnoel@hotmail.com or 802-868-5083.

April 19
2013

Increasing Quality in the Food Supply - a free intro lecture on Bionutrient-Rich Food, Hopedale, MA
April 19, 2013, 7:00pm  ||  Hopedale Unitarian Parish, 65 Hopedale St, Hopedale, MA [ map ]
As the growing season swings into gear, Dan Kittredge will be offering a free intro lecutre at the Hopedale Unitarian Parish on Sunday, April 19, discussing the importance of bionutrient-rich foods and an exciting form of biological and energetic farming that integrates scientific principles in simple, common sense ways that empower growers to significantly improve their crops. Explains Dan, "For me, it’s about looking at food and plants in a new way – providing the ideal environment for a plant’s genetic potential to manifest itself.”

Mar 30
2013

For EATERS & GROWERS: Soil is KEY to Quality Food: A Two-Day Workshop, New York, NY
March 30, 2013, from 9:30am-4:30pm  ||  353 West 48th St (8th & 9th Ave)   [ map ]

This is the second session of the two-part workshop.

In conjunction with Traditional Nutrition Guild and Nourishing Cities, Dan Kittredge will be presenting a two-day workshop encompassing a practical and philosophical approach to soil management, where participants will learn innovative and reliable principles and practices for producing nutrient-dense food.

Cost for the workshop is $150 for both days, if registering on or before January 18, 2013. If you can only attend one of the workshop days, cost is $75 for either day individually. Registration at the door on the day of the first workshop will be $175. Inquire about barter opportunities for reduced rates.

For more information, download a flyer, or visit http://tiny.cc/fcs-soilworkshop2.

Registration for the workshop is available online at http://www.nycharities.org/Events/EventLevels.aspx?ETID=5641

The learning focus of the courses includes soil biology, mineralogy, and energy dynamics. Each session will consist of classroom style discussion including review of soil test results. Participants are encouraged to interact and form a network of like minded growers and eaters.

The courses will begin with an analysis of participants' soil tests, discussion about cover crops, and recommended soil amendments. These are ways to build the 'battery' of the soil and stimulate its digestive processes to assure maximum potential for effective crop growth and improved yield in the following spring and summer.

Specific forward-looking topics and themes will be addressed and explored, and a gradual immersion will take place as we reach an increasing depth of understanding about the multi-faceted nature of the biological system of the soil and the interaction that takes place between the soil, the air, the plants and our observations and interventions.

For more info or for a copy of the Soil Test form: email philipmarshall1313@yahoo.com or 718.441.0246

Mar 24
2013

Increasing Nutritional Quality in the Food Supply, Craftsbury Common, VT
March 24, 2013 at 6:30pm  ||  Sterling College, Simpson Hall

Dan Kittredge continues to travel around the Northeast, sharing the basic principles and practices of growing bionutrient-rich food. Dan will be presenting a one-day workshop on campus, and for those interested, but unable to participate in the workshop, he will be offering an introductory overview to the subject. More details to follow...

Mar 13
2013

An Introductory Lecture on Bionutrient-Rich Crop Production, Alstead, NH
March 13, 2013 at 7pm  ||  The Farmhouse at Orchard Hill Farm, 121 Old Settlers Rd, Alstead, NH  ||  (603) 835-7845

Curious about the basic principles and practices of this form of biological and energetic farming and gardening? Open to learning new concepts and practices for improving the fertility of your growing operation, but looking for a bit more information? In anticipation of our upcoming Bionutrient Rich Crop Production workshop series at this location, Dan Kittredge will be offering a free intro lecture for you to learn more about the basics of growing bionutrient-rich food, the principles behind the practice and it's successful implementation.

Feb 19
2013

Backyard Growing Series: Increasing Nutritional Quality in Food, Westminster, MA
What if the criteria for success in agriculture were the nutrient content of produce, rather than quantity of yield per acre? Farmers growing high-nutrient crops could command a higher price by delivering greater value, and consumers would reap the healthful benefits of plants and animals grown for full DNA expression. High-nutrient crops yield the best taste with the added bonus of needing much less disease and insect control (organic or conventional control is still control). Dan Kittredge will introduce the basic guidelines behind bionutrient-rich crops and show you a basic test that you can use to find out what kind of quality food your family is eating.
Details: Free and open to the public, the evening discussion will be Tuesday, February 19, from 6:30 - 7:30pm at the Eloranta Room, Forbush Memorial Library, Westminster, MA. [ Map ]
For more information, contact M.L. Altobelli and put "backyard" in the subject line.

Jan 31
- Feb 2
2013

2013 Soil & Nutrition Conference: Putting Principles into Practice, Northampton, MA
NOFA/Mass and Bionutrient Food Association present the 2013 Soil and Nutrition Conference with John Kempf, Dan Kittredge, and Derek Christianson.

This conference aims to grow the movement for enhancing soil fertility as a basis for the long-term ecological and economic sustainability of farming, the environment, and society as a whole. The focus of this year’s conference is applying practical management strategies on the farm from principles of biological soil fertility. Our lead speaker is John Kempf from Middlefield, OH. John speaks in clear practical language about scientific understandings of plant ecosystems and how the health of people is connected to healthy land and quality produce.

Presenters:
John Kempf is a speaker on soil fertility, farm consultant, and proprietor of Advancing Eco-Agriculture.
Dan Kittredge is a farmer and director of Bionutrient Food Association.
Derek Christianson is a CSA farmer at Brix Bounty Farm in Dartmouth, MA.

For more information and to register:
http://www.nofamass.org/Soil_and_Nutrition_Conference

Conference Outline

Thursday, January 31 - 8:30am to 8:30pm: Day One

1. What a Plant Needs, Soil Tests, and the Costs and Benefits of Fertility: Understand how different soil tests can inform soil management that maximizes plant health, within a reasonable fertility budget.

2. Minerals (and Microbes) – In Depth: For 17 macro and trace minerals, we’ll cover specific functions in the plant, needed quantities per acre, sources, logistics for application, and conditions that affect bio-availability.

3. Tillage, Compost, and Cover Crops: Methods for these agricultural techniques that build organic matter and humus, break up plowpans, and incorporate crop residue by enhancing the biological vitality of soil.

4. Seed Quality, Sprouting and Germination Sequence: How seed quality affects healthy plant growth; preferred seed size and yield potential; using inoculants and nutrition to improve plant growth from germination to first week.

Evening Session, 7:00pm (open to the public): Screening and discussion of film, "Symphony of the Soil".

Friday, February 1 - 8:30am to 5:30pm: Day Two

5. Plant’s Biological Systems and Tools for Analysis: Looking at soil as the plant’s digestive system, we’ll review an array of instruments for analyzing that system’s health. The goal is identifying deficiencies before symptoms appear.

6. Visual Analysis and In Season Crop Management, Critical Points of Influence: Train your eye to see tell-tale signs in fruit, grass, and different vegetable families that indicate problems to come and short-term interventions to make.

7. In-Season Fertility Management, Crop Needs at Different Points in the Season: Focusing on practical fertigation and foliar programs, we’ll cover what to apply mid-season, how to apply it, and why. We’ll cover nutritional needs of multiple crop types.

8. Pests and Diseases – Enhancing Plant Immunity: Facilitate plant-microbial interactions for controlling plant pathogens and averting pest problems.

Evening Session, 7:00pm: Problem solving discussion on selected agronomic challenges conference participants face.

Jan 22
2013

An Introduction to the Principles of Growing Bionutrient-Rich Food, Newburyport, MA
Dan Kittredge will present a discussion on the basics of growing bionutrient-rich food, the principles behind the practice and it's successful implementation.
Sponsored by the Greater Newburyport Edible Garden Group, the event will be held at the Newburyport Public Library, Tuesday, January 22, 7-9pm. [ Map ]

Jan 19
2013

For EATERS & GROWERS: Soil is KEY to Quality Food: A Two-Day Workshop, New York, NY
January 19, 2013 & March 30, 2013, from 9:30am-4:30pm  ||  353 West 48th St (8th & 9th Ave)  [ map ]

In conjunction with Traditional Nutrition Guild and Nourishing Cities, Dan Kittredge will be presenting a two-day workshop encompassing a practical and philosophical approach to soil management, where participants will learn innovative and reliable principles and practices for producing nutrient-dense food.

Cost for the workshop is $150 for both days, if registering on or before January 18, 2013. If you can only attend one of the workshop days, cost is $75 for either day individually. Registration at the door on the day of the first workshop will be $175. Inquire about barter opportunities for reduced rates.

For more information, download a flyer, or visit http://tiny.cc/fcs-soilworkshop2.

Registration for the workshop is available online at http://www.nycharities.org/Events/EventLevels.aspx?ETID=5641

The learning focus of the courses includes soil biology, mineralogy, and energy dynamics. Each session will consist of classroom style discussion including review of soil test results. Participants are encouraged to interact and form a network of like minded growers and eaters.

The courses will begin with an analysis of participants' soil tests, discussion about cover crops, and recommended soil amendments. These are ways to build the 'battery' of the soil and stimulate its digestive processes to assure maximum potential for effective crop growth and improved yield in the following spring and summer.

Specific forward-looking topics and themes will be addressed and explored, and a gradual immersion will take place as we reach an increasing depth of understanding about the multi-faceted nature of the biological system of the soil and the interaction that takes place between the soil, the air, the plants and our observations and interventions.

For more info or for a copy of the Soil Test form: email philipmarshall1313@yahoo.com or 718.441.0246

Nov 14
2012

Bionutrient-Rich Food and You, Hopedale, MA
Wednesday, November 14th, Dan Kittredge will be speaking at the Bancroft Memorial Library in Hopedale, MA. The talk will begin at 6:30pm, and cover a wide range of issues surrounding the topic of bionutrient-rich food, and what it means for you. If you know you'll be attending, the Hopedale Library is asking people to RSVP by 11/12/12, by calling 508-634-2209.

Sep-Oct
2012

Increasing Quality in the Food Supply - Free Introductory Lectures About Bionutrient Food
In anticipation of our upcoming Bionutrient Rich Crop Production workshop series, Dan Kittredge will be touring the Northeast offering free intro lectures for you to learn more about this exciting form of biological and energetic farming. Locations to date include:
Tuesday, September 11, 6:30pm - Wilton, CT
Thursday, September 20, 6:30pm - Jamaica Plain, MA
Wednesday, September 26, 6:30pm - Belchertown, MA (NESFI) [ map ]
Wednesday, October 3, 6:30pm - Byfield, MA
Sunday, October 7, 3pm - Shelburne, VT
Monday, October 15, 6pm - Saratoga Springs UMC, Saratoga Springs, NY
More locations & more details coming soon!

Not able to make any of the intro lectures, but curious about the basic principles and practices of this form of biological and energetic farming and gardening? Open to learning new concepts and practices for improving the fertility of your growing operation, but looking for more info about what you’d be getting into? We've posted some introductory videos about the principles and practices, as well as clips from Dan teaching in the field, and testimonials from past workshop students. Click here for the intro videos!

Aug 23
2012

Re-Mineralizing the Landscape, Lynnfield, MA
Go beyond compost for vibrant, long-lasting, resilient landscapes that resist disease, pests and weeds. One-hour workshop followed by a half hour of questions and discussion.

Successive generations of land use have depleted Northeast soils of minerals essential to plant health. As a result, landscapes are at a heightened susceptibility to pests, disease, and weeds. Compost, organic fertilizers, and biological inoculants are inadequate to correct these deficits - however, when applied to soil with a restored mineral profile, their effectiveness can be maximized. In this workshop, soil fertility expert Dan Kittredge will explain the scientific principles of soil re-mineralization, plant health, and resilience in landscape ecosystems; he will also suggest some ways to identify and address deficits for healthier organic landscapes and gardens.

This talk will be presented on Thursday, August 23, 7:00-8:30pm at the Old Meeting House, 617 Main St., Lynnfield, MA. [ Map ]
Open to the Public. Suggested Donation: $15 general public, $12 NOFA Members and AOLCPs. Register here: http://www.nofamass.org/programs/landcare/index.php

Aug 10-12
2012

Nutrient Density Track at the NOFA Summer Conference, Amherst, MA
Another fantastic series of speakers this year, covering nutrient density and many other topics related to organic agriculture at the NOFA Summer Conference. Read more...

July 19
2012

Field Walk & Discussion at the Farm of Enos Zook, Loganton, PA
Keystone Bio-Ag will be hosting a field walk with Sam Zook (tomatoes, vine crops, onions, sweet corn, potatoes, corn & alfalfa, in high tunnel and in field), followed by an afternoon talk with Dan Kittredge and a representative from Advancing Eco-Agriculture. Dan will be discussing how to read a soil test and the benefits of a balanced soil, and the AEA representative will be discussing how to reduce your need for chemicals and what proper nutrition can do for insect and disease pressure, among other topics.
Details: July 19, 2012, 9:00am-3:00pm @ the farm of Enos Zook, 2541 W. Winter Rd, Loganton, PA [ Map ]. Free lunch and drinks will be served.

July 21
2012

Family Farm Field Day, Sugarcreek, OH
Family Farm Field Day is "to provide an educational format for grass-based agriculture that: supports low energy and a non-industrial way of farming; encourages family lifestyles that promote cohesive, economical, and healthy rural living skills; and seeks to build morale and enthusiasm in the farming community." Dan Kittredge will be presenting a talk in the Farmstead Track titled "Healthy Soil, Good Food and Healthy People". For a brochure with detailed information, click here.

July 15
2012

Colrain Grain Festival, Colrain, MA
Come together on Sunday, July 15 for a festive field day with Dan Kittredge, Cr Lawn, Tevis Robertson-Goldberg, Andrea Stanley, Justin Korby and Eli Rogosa. Learn practical skills to build living soil, saving heritage seeds, malting and brewing amazing beer from local grains. Celebrate the grain harvest! For more information, click here.

February 29
2012

Heart Of Maine RC+D Soils Conference, Bangor, ME
Heart of Maine’s annual Soils Conference. This year's topic: "We Can Feed Maine".

Feb 9-11
2012

Soil and Nutrition: An Education and Coalition-Building Conference, Northampton, MA
Featuring leading thinkers and practitioners of building healthy soils, this conference aims to grow the movement for enhancing soil fertility as a basis for the long-term ecological and economic sustainability of farming, the environment, and our society as a whole. Each of the three days is organized with a different format. Participants are invited to listen and share, as we all deepen our soils knowledge.

February 7
2012

Farming Solutions Spring Meeting, Geneva, NY

February 6
2012

Keystone Bio Ag, Annual Meeting Lancaster, PA

February 3
2012
January 30
2012

Ohio Ecological Food and Farming Association Webinar
On January 30, from 7:00-8:30 p.m. the first webinar in the series, “A Systematic Approach for Increasing Fruit and Vegetable Quality on Your Farm,” will be presented by Dan Kittredge of the Bionutrient Food Association and Real Food Campaign. Kittredge will discuss techniques and systems that can be used to increase the quality of fruit and vegetables produced on Ohio farms. Practices such as soil testing, mineral balancing, focusing on seed size and weight, and using brix to monitor crop quality will be shared. To register, go to https://www3.gotomeeting.com/register/117344990.

January 25
2012

Sustainable Agriculture Workshop - Bionutrient Rich Crop Production, Tufts University, Medford, MA
Hosted by American Institute of Chemical Engineers. Whether you are interested in Sustainable Agriculture on a global scale or want to improve the quality of the food you grow in your home garden - this workshop is for you!  Dan Kittredge says, “The approach that I teach in my courses helps to integrate scientific principles in simple, common sense ways that empower growers to significantly improve their crops. For me, it’s about looking at food and plants in a new way – providing the ideal environment for a plant’s genetic potential to manifest itself.”

January 14
2012

Boston Natural Areas Network/Master Urban Gardeners Course, Boston, MA

January 14
2012

NOFA/Mass Winter Conference, Worcester, MA
Soil and Fertility. Basic Steps for High-Quality Crop Production: An Overview of the Year.  Dan Kittredge will cover a number of steps that growers can follow to address limiting factors in their crop production, starting with soil tests and mineral balancing, proceeding to seed inoculation and sizing, potting soil, tillage, fertigation and irrigation, foliar sprays, conductivity and brix monitoring, and plant visual analysis symptomatology.

January 11
2012

Amherst Rotary Club, Amherst, MA


These lectures are a great primer for the Bionutrient Crop Production Workshops that BFA offers to meet your specific needs.

BFA founder and Director, Dan Kittredge, has more that 20 years experience farming and consulting in multiple farming modalities and agriculture systems. He can offer advice and feedback on many of your concerns and interests.

Dan is available at a fee or honorarium to present to academic, trade and organizational audiences on a number of topics related to bionutrient food production. Additionally, BFA seeks to extend introductory courses to other regions of the county to make this information available to more people. We are very interested in hearing of any resources to make this possible. Please contact Dan at dan@bionutrient.org for more information.