Events

In addition to our annual Soil & Nutrition Conference and seasonal workshops on high bionutrient crop production that we offer, the Bionutrient Food Association continues to travel throughout the country, connecting with growers - farmers, gardeners, and those generally interested (we all eat food!) – to explain the process and benefits of growing crops with higher bionutrient levels.

Upcoming

Oct 27-28
2018

Workshop: Principles of Biological Systems
When: October 27 & 28, 2018
Where: Westminster, MA

This two-day workshop is designed to teach the basic principles and practices of biological farming for higher quality crops – for better taste, pest & disease resilience, and shelf life, plus higher levels of nutrients beneficial to human health. Learn more and register

Dec 1-2
2018

The 8th Annual Soil & Nutrition Conference
When: Dec 1-2, 2018
Where: Southbridge Hotel & Conference Center, Southbridge, MA
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The annual Soil & Nutrition Conference explores how the intersection of farm and human ecosystems holds the key to environmental sustainability, quality food and overall well-being. Bringing together the collective knowledge of the food movement from the perspectives of successful farmers, cutting-edge researchers, enlightening health practitioners, and pioneers of food quality, this conference is a nexus of information and networking for all interested in delving deeper into the connections and importance of soil and nutrition. Learn more


Past

Sep 11
2018

GOT WEEDS?
When: September 11, 2018 from 6-8 pm
Where: Online at http://bit.ly/got-weeds

GOT WEEDS? Learn how to use your WEEDS to radically improve your SOIL! Discover the TRUTH about why WEEDS grow PLUS how to get rid of them quickly, naturally and for GOOD! Go to http://bit.ly/got-weeds for instant access to free trainings to see how Vail Dixon of Simple Soil Solutions transformed a forest of lambsquarters into healthy productive soil in two years with no mowers, chemicals or any purchased amendments!

Want to go DEEPER & get your questions answered? Join Vail on Tuesday, September 11, 2018 from 6-8 pm (Eastern Time) for a GOT WEEDS? Live Call and Q&A Discussion. Let her show you what has worked to heal land quickly so that you can implement positive change on your land more effectively and efficiently. These principles work on gardens, crop and tree farms, as well as pastures. What is possible for YOU?

Uncover how you can use wastes you already have in different ways to quickly heal your weediest fields – Naturally! Learn how to PREVENT weed germination instead of fighting them once they are dominating. Why not heal the source of the problem instead of fight the symptom? The secret is in the soil!

CLICK HERE for Instant Access to the free GOT WEEDS? trainings. The live calls are held once a month where we get together and people can ask questions. We have a lively discussion group that meets by phone/video Zoom call. We also take questions live and also answer any submitted in advance. If people submit questions at least 30 minutes before the start of the call, they receive a coupon for 20% off any of our programs).

July 22
2018

Workshop: Growing and Preparing Nutrient-Dense Food for Better Health & Resilient Communities
July 22, 2018 from 9:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Where: Wyatt Run Farm & Ecology Center, Amesville, OH  [ map ]

Learn how to grow and prepare the finest bionutrient-rich food from seed, to soil, to serving plate. BFA Southeast Ohio Chapter leader Mark Cohen will take a practical look at an innovative food philosophy for improving health, sequestering carbon, and increasing resiliency. Attendees will learn what crop varieties to focus on, how to develop healthy, mineralized, and biologically active soil, and how to prepare their food with techniques such as nixtamalization and fermentation to maximize potential nutrient availability. This workshop emphasizes community food security, but applies to cash crops as well.

After exploring food production techniques, Mark will conclude with a demonstration of food preparation and a delicious farm lunch featuring crops from the fields viewed throughout the day.

Cost: $40 for OEFFA and/or BFA members, $50 for non-members. Cost includes a locally-sourced lunch.
Registration: https://salsa3.salsalabs.com/o/50235/p/salsa/event/common/public/?event_KEY=96695
Pre-registration is required by July 16. For more information, contact Milo Petruziello at (614) 421-2022 or milo@oeffa.org.

May 12
2018

Understanding The Water Cycle for Soil, Climate & Life: Workshop with Walter Jehne
When: May 12, 2018
Where: Immanuel Lutheran Church, Amherst, MA
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Sponsored by NOFA and Bionutrient Food Association
The regeneration of soil ecosystems (and the plant communities with which they are interdependent) is critical to the sequestration of carbon, the mitigation of climate change and the future of life on earth. But there is a vital part of the story of soil regeneration and global climate mitigation that hasn’t been as well covered as the carbon cycle - and that is the global water cycle. Australian soil microbiologist Walter Jehne spends a lot of his time considering and explaining the role of the water cycle in the regulation of the planet’s heating and cooling processes.

Designed for farmers, land managers, and students of natural resource conservation, environmental science, and sustainable farming and food systems, this program will provide a deep look at the intersection of soil regeneration practices and the restoration of hydrological processes. Participants will gain insight and inspiration toward practices they can apply to their own farms and gardens, as well as a larger context of theory that integrates our knowledge of the water cycle and its role in regulating global temperature with current efforts toward conservation and regeneration of living soils.

In this day-long intensive workshop, this internationally-recognized scientist will take participants back to the beginning of soils and explain the implications of pedogenesis on our contemporary thinking about soil regeneration. He will describe the ways in which soil and plant ecosystems regulate and control the water cycle, and therefore impact energy systems on earth, as heat is embodied, drawn down, or released in phase transformations.

Walter Jehne is an internationally-recognized Australian climate scientist and soil microbiologist and founder of Healthy Soils Australia. Jehne was one of the early researchers on glomalin, myccorrhizal fungi, and root ecology, and has been a leader in the grassroots movement to educate farmers, policymakers, and industry alike on the crucial role of soil ecosystems in global climate change. He has since been working at the national (CSIRO - Australia’s scientific research organization) and international level (UN) to create global change in food systems and climate response.   Learn more and register today

May 7-8
2018

Gathering for Open Ag Technology (GOAT) Conference
When: May 7-9, 2018
Where: Omega Institute, Rhinebeck, NY

Are you passionate about farming or open tech? Do you work to solve real world farming issues with open technologies?
If so, then the GOAT wants you! Apply now to the 2018 Gathering for Open Ag Technology, to be held on May 7-9, 2018 at the Omega Institute in Rhinebeck, NY.

Sponsored by the Bionutrient Food Association, the Gathering for Open Ag Technology will bring together the nascent open ag tech community to meet, learn, share, and establish a common vision for creating open technologies for our food system. Learn more about the conference at http://goatech.org/conference/

April 25
2018

Increasing Quality in the Food Supply with Dan Kittredge
When: April 25, 2018 @ 6:30
Where: Westminster Public Library, Westminster, MA
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You Are What You Eat!!
We’ve all heard that – but what does it really mean? To you? Did you know that you grow most of a new body every 6 months – and every part of your body is renewed (including your bones) many times during your lifetime? That renewed body is only as strong as the building blocks used to actually grow it. What you eat really does become who you are and what you will become.

Degenerative diseases are often based on enzyme insufficiency and mineral deficiency…those same diseases that are draining families’, communities’ and countries’ financial and emotional resources.

OK - but now what do you do? You need to understand your food supply – and that’s a BIG topic. Happily, Dan Kittredge, Director of the Bionutrient Food Association can walk you through just that. Dan has spent his entire adult life working out the backbone of what food quality really means – and even more to the point – how to grow the food supply – plant and animal to the level of health that can support your health (and your family’s). Join us, as Dan speaks on Increasing Quality in the Food Supply.

For more information on this series, please contact ML Altobelli at altobelliml260@comcast.net and put BYG in the subject line.

April 21
2018

Improving Soils and Plant Nutrition: Workshop with Dane Terrill
When: April 21, 2018
Where: Circle Pines Center, Delton, MI
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The Michigan Bionutrient Food Association Discussion Group is very excited to bring Dane Terrill of Crop Services International to present a day-long soil workshop on Saturday April 21 9:30am – 5:00pm. Learn about:
    • Soil Testing & Interpretation
    • Mineral Balancing for Nutrition and Soil Structure
    • Improving/Maintaining the Soil Food Web
    • Stages of Plant Growth and their Nutritional Needs
Whether you are a large or small farmer, home gardener or just getting interested, this workshop will help you improve your soil’s food web while improving the quality and yield of your farms and gardens. This workshop is the first of a series of events being planned by the newly forming Michigan chapter of the BFA. Cost for this day-long workshop, lunch included, is only $75.
Learn more and register today.

Apr 12-15
2018

How To Produce Nutrient Dense Food
When: April 12-15, 2018
Where: Paicines Ranch, Paicines, CA
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This four day workshop is led by Dan Kittredge and Spencer Smith of the Jefferson Center for Holistic Management, and focuses on soil health and the economic feasibility of farming and ranching. Gain an understanding of the current issues with industrial food systems and how farming practices directly impact the nutrients in food and forages produced. Throughout the four days we will explore the tenets of soil health, nutrient density and the relationship between food production practices and human health. Attendees will learn the processes of Holistic Management and work on their own Holistic Context and plans. Learn more and register

Apr 7-8
2018

Workshop: Principles of Biological Systems
When: April 7 & 8, 2018
Where: Westchester Land Trust, Bedford, NY
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This two-day workshop is designed to teach the basic principles and practices of biological farming for higher quality crops – for better taste, pest & disease resilience, and shelf life, plus higher levels of nutrients beneficial to human health. Learn more and register

Mar 17-18
2018

Workshop: Principles of Biological Systems
When: March 17 & 18, 2018
Where: Altona Grange Hall, Longmont, CO
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Presented in partnership with Mad Agriculture.
This two-day workshop is designed to teach the basic principles and practices of biological farming for higher quality crops – for better taste, pest & disease resilience, and shelf life, plus higher levels of nutrients beneficial to human health. Learn more and register

Mar 9-11
2018

Organic Growers School Spring Conference
When: March 9-11, 2018
Where: University of North Carolina, Asheville, NC

The Spring Conference is a one-of-a-kind event that offers regionally specific workshops on organic growing and sustainable living. Our mission is to provide down-to-earth, practical advice while remaining affordable and accessible to anyone who wants to participate. For 25 years, the Spring Conference has brought together environmentally minded folks from 17 states and Canada. Join our celebration for a weekend of learning, networking, and growing.
Dan will be offering workshops on Saturday and Sunday, as well as an all-day workshop on Friday, March 9, titled "Human Health = Soil Health", where he will discuss thriving and diverse gut flora as the key to health. Science is discovering the vast similarities between the gut and root microbial communities. Their capacity for symbiosis and harmony or depletion and disease is all based how we approach them. When the soil is full of life-supporting probiotics, the food grown there is your ally in gut health, nutrient absorption, and immune resilience. When the soil is not healthy it leads to chronic disease and degeneration. In order to invest in our collective health, we need to invest in rebuilding the soil.
Learn more and register

Mar 3-4
2018

Workshop: Principles of Biological Systems
When: March 3 & 4, 2018
Where: Rural Action, Athens (The Plains), OH
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This two-day workshop is designed to teach the basic principles and practices of biological farming for higher quality crops – for better taste, pest & disease resilience, and shelf life, plus higher levels of nutrients beneficial to human health. Learn more and register

Feb 24
2018

Grazing for Change Conference 2018
When: February 24, 2018
Where: Chico State University Farm Pavilion, Chico, CA
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Hosted by the Jefferson Center for Holistic Management and CSU Chico Regenerative Agriculture Initiative
Let's take back our food system! Producers, graziers, innovative agriculturalists: gain valuable knowledge about viable market opportunities and production techniques that are not based on consolidation and commoditization. Dan will be discussing the connection between regenerative farming/grazing practices and nutrient dense food and how to make informed choices about the food we eat. Other featured speakers include Will Harris of White Oak Pastures and Dr. Sina McCullough, Author "Hands Off My Food!" Learn from speaker presentations, a discussion panel and a social hour with refreshments. Network with regional and national producers, and leaders in regenerative agriculture. Enjoy a meal of locally produced meats, grains, vegetables and other products. Learn more and register

Feb 17
2018

NOFA-VT Winter Conference
When: February 17-19, 2018
Where: University of Vermont, Burlington, VT

Dan will be presenting at the NOFA Vermont Winter Conference, a highlight of the winter for farmers, gardeners, homesteaders and enthusiastic eaters. Please join us—and 1,100 of your fellow organic food enthusiasts —for three days of learning, inspiration, good food, great conversation, and community building. Dan will provide an overview of what environmental conditions plants evolved to flourish in and how growers of all sizes can manage their ecosystems to support that result. He will discuss the implications of these principles when implemented broadly. The Real Food Campaign and its efforts to identify quality and support growers in producing it and consumers in identifying it will also be covered. Learn more and register

Feb 9
2018

FREE Introductory Lecture About Principles of Biological Systems with Dan Kittredge
When: February 9, 2018 at 2:00pm
Where: 75 Laurel St, Hartford, CT
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Dan Kittredge will be offering this intro lecture 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.” Introductory Lectures are offered free and welcoming to all!

Jan 28
2018

NOFA-NJ Winter Conference
When: January 28, 2018
Where: Rutgers Douglass Student Center, New Brunswick, NJ
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Dan Kittredge will be presenting an intensive workshop about the exciting progress of the Bionutrient Meter prototype, a hand-held device that anyone can use to flash a light at food and discern levels of nutrient density, or a farmer can use in the field to determine relative crop quality. Under the banner of the Real Food Campaign, it is the goal of the BFA that such a tool made widely-available could be a consumer-driven catalyst to revolutionize the food system. Overtly focusing on nutritive value in crops - flavor, aroma, and their corollaries - could be a high ground around which the larger food movement can coalesce is an idea that Dan will explore in his presentation. But how do we get there? How do we empirically determine quality? And how do we grow it? In short, the health of our soils, and a regenerative, biologically-focused agriculture is the necessary foundation to growing nutrient-rich food, community health and ecological health. Not to be missed! Learn more and register

Jan 10
2018

Introductory Talk with Dan Kittredge
When: Saturday, January 10, 2018, from 6:00-8:00pm
Where: Whallonsburg Grange Hall, 1610 NYS Route 22 Whallonsburg, NY 12936
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The last century of farming practices has taught us that forcing out the most produce possible at any cost has a long term drawback – decrease soil and crop quality. Today, our fruits and vegetables have only a fraction of the nutrients they had even 100 years ago, and without these essential nutrients, our health is inevitably impacted, and chronic illnesses continue to rise… Join Dan Kittredge, Executive Director of BFA, for a discussion about how we can return nutrient-dense food, or food with high levels of bionutrients, to our markets, gardens, and farms. Dan will explore the the inextricable relationships between healthy soil, healthy food, and healthy community.

Jan 6-7
2018

Workshop: Principles of Biological Systems
When: January 6 & 7, 2018
Where: Community Health Center, Middletown, CT
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This two-day workshop is designed to teach the basic principles and practices of biological farming for higher quality crops – for better taste, pest & disease resilience, and shelf life, plus higher levels of nutrients beneficial to human health. Presented in partnership with CT NOFA.
BFA and CT-NOFA members receive $25 discount. Students are similarly eligible for a $25 scholarship. (Please bring your student ID with you to the workshop.)
NOFA-AOLCP Bonus! Organic land care professionals attending this event are eligible for 4 continuing education units. There will be a sign-up sheet at the workshop.
Learn more and register

Dec 2
2017

Introductory Talk with Dan Kittredge
When: Saturday, December 2, 10:00am-12:00pm
Where: Auer Farm, 158 Auerfarm Road, Bloomfield, CT 06002
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The last century of farming practices has taught us that forcing out the most produce possible at any cost has a long term drawback – decrease soil and crop quality. Today, our fruits and vegetables have only a fraction of the nutrients they had even 100 years ago, and without these essential nutrients, our health is inevitably impacted, and chronic illnesses continue to rise… Join Dan Kittredge, Executive Director of BFA, for a discussion about how we can return nutrient-dense food, or food with high levels of bionutrients, to our markets, gardens, and farms. Dan will explore the the inextricable relationships between healthy soil, healthy food, and healthy community.

Nov 28-30
2017

The 7th Annual Soil & Nutrition Conference
When: Nov 28-30, 2017
Where: Southbridge Hotel & Conference Center, Southbridge, MA
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The annual Soil & Nutrition Conference explores how the intersection of farm and human ecosystems holds the key to environmental sustainability, quality food and overall well-being. Bringing together the collective knowledge of the food movement from the perspectives of successful farmers, cutting-edge researchers, enlightening health practitioners, and pioneers of food quality, this conference is a nexus of information and networking for all interested in delving deeper into the connections and importance of soil and nutrition. Learn more

Nov 18
2017

High Bionutrient Production for Small Spaces
When: Saturday, Nov 18, 2017, 9:00am to 3:00pm
Where: Sportsman Tennis Club Farm Site, 950 Blue Hill Avenue, Dorchester, MA
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The Urban Farming Institute and NOFA/Mass are co-hosting this event on “High Bionutrient Production in Small Spaces.” Dan Kittredge will explore how the right combination of biological and regenerative farming approaches can steadily improve your crop quality - especially in urban and small garden settings. You will take away from this workshop new skills including:
  • Knowing how to detect and understand the unique advantages and limitations of your soil and your crops.
  • Understanding the important interactions between your plants, soil and air, and how attending to your soil health improves them all.
  • How to grow better quality food in a climate-smart fashion.
Learn more and signup

Nov 8
2017

Introductory Talk with Dan Kittredge
When: Wednesday, November 8, 6:00-8:00pm
Where: Schultz Family Farm, 10880 Oxford Rd, Longmont, CO
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The last century of farming practices has taught us that forcing out the most produce possible at any cost has a long term drawback – decrease soil and crop quality. Today, our fruits and vegetables have only a fraction of the nutrients they had even 100 years ago, and without these essential nutrients, our health is inevitably impacted, and chronic illnesses continue to rise… Join Dan Kittredge, Executive Director of BFA, for a discussion about how we can return nutrient-dense food, or food with high levels of bionutrients, to our markets, gardens, and farms. Dan will explore the the inextricable relationships between healthy soil, healthy food, and healthy community. Meetup info here.

Oct 17
2017

Impact Conference: Building Sustainable Landscapes
When: October 17, 2017
Where: Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Rd, Glencoe, IL
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Dan Kittredge will be presenting on the "Principles of Biological Systems and Implications" at the inaugural Impact Conference. Hosted by the Illinois Landscape Contractors Association, the conference will feature nationally known experts who will serve up some of the newest ideas in sustainable landscape services, and how using the building blocks that nature provided - soil, water and plants - can create vigorous, low maintenance landscapes that are safer for people and the planet.

Oct 16
2017

Introductory Talk with Dan Kittredge
When: Monday, October 16, 6:30-8:00pm
Where: Christy Webber Farm & Garden, 2834 W. Grand Ave, Chicago, IL
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The last century of farming practices has taught us that forcing out the most produce possible at any cost has a long term drawback – decrease soil and crop quality. Today, our fruits and vegetables have only a fraction of the nutrients they had even 100 years ago, and without these essential nutrients, our health is inevitably impacted, and chronic illnesses continue to rise… Join Dan Kittredge, Executive Director of BFA, for a discussion about how we can return nutrient-dense food, or food with high levels of bionutrients, to our markets, gardens, and farms. Dan will explore the the inextricable relationships between healthy soil, healthy food, and healthy community. To register, please RSVP to: bfachicagochapter@gmail.com.

Oct 13-15
2017

Living Soils Symposium
When: October 13-15, 2017
Where: Concordia University, Montreal, Canada
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Dan Kittredge will be speaking on Friday at the Living Soils Symposium, an important nexus in bringing together scientists, academics, food producers, students, government delegates, NGOs, activists, entrepreneurs and consumers, to discuss the crucial role of living soils in addressing some of the world's most pressing environmental and social justice issues, such as climate change, food security, water scarcity, biodiversity loss, and public health.

May 6
2017

High Bionutrient Crop Production – Principles & Practices of Biological Management
When: May 6, 2017
Where: Duke Farms Foundation, Hillsborough, NJ
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This is a condensed, one-day workshop designed to teach the basic principles and practices of biological farming for higher quality crops – for better taste, pest & disease resilience, and shelf life, plus higher levels of nutrients beneficial to human health. Learn more and register

Apr 8-9
2017

High Bionutrient Crop Production – Principles & Practices of Biological Management
When: April 8 & 9, 2017
Where: Living Web Farms, Mills River, NC
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This two-day workshop is designed to teach the basic principles and practices of biological farming for higher quality crops – for better taste, pest & disease resilience, and shelf life, plus higher levels of nutrients beneficial to human health. Learn more and register

Apr 4-5
2017

High Bionutrient Crop Production – Principles & Practices of Biological Management
When: April 4 & 5, 2017
Where: Yokayo Ranch, Ukiah, CA
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This two-day workshop is designed to teach the basic principles and practices of biological farming for higher quality crops – for better taste, pest & disease resilience, and shelf life, plus higher levels of nutrients beneficial to human health. Learn more and register

Apr 1
2017

Nutritionally-Dense Orcharding with Master Orchardist Michael Phillips
When: April 1, 2017
Where: Morning workshop: Rockfall, CT;   Afternoon orchard tour: Meriden, CT

Come learn the nutritional side of holistic orcharding through the lens of healthy plant metabolism with Michael Phillips. Join us for this introduction to a whole-system based approach for producing nutritionally dense fruits and berries by this nationally recognized guru of holistic orchard management. Don't wait to place your reservations, as seating capacity is limited!  Learn more...

Mar 19
2017

High Bionutrient Crop Production – Principles & Practices of Biological Management [Day 2]
When: February 12 & March 19, 2017
Where: Westchester Land Trust at Bedford Hills, NY
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This two-day workshop is designed to teach the basic principles and practices of biological farming for higher quality crops – for better taste, pest & disease resilience, and shelf life, plus higher levels of nutrients beneficial to human health. Learn more and register

Mar 18
2017

High Bionutrient Crop Production – Principles & Practices of Biological Management [Day 2]
When: January 7 & March 18, 2017
Where: City Hall, Memorial Room, Montpelier, VT
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(Day 2) This two-day workshop is designed to teach the basic principles and practices of biological farming for higher quality crops – for better taste, pest & disease resilience, and shelf life, plus higher levels of nutrients beneficial to human health. Learn more and register

Mar 16
2017

Increasing Quality in the Food Supply - Introductory Lectures About Bionutrient Food
When: March 16, 2017 at 6:00pm
Where: New Harmony Farm, Newburyport, MA
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In anticipation of our upcoming High Bionutrient Crop Production workshop series, Dan Kittredge will be offering introductory 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.
Note: All Introductory Lectures are offered FREE and welcoming to all!

Mar 14
2017

Increasing Quality in the Food Supply - Introductory Lectures About Bionutrient Food
When: March 14, 2017 at 7:30pm
Where: Whallonsburg Grange Hall, 1610 NYS Route 22, Whallonsburg, NY
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In anticipation of our upcoming High Bionutrient Crop Production workshop series, Dan Kittredge will be offering introductory 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.
Note: All Introductory Lectures are offered FREE and welcoming to all!

Mar 11-14
2017

Organic Growers School Spring Conference
When: March 11-14, 2017
Where: UNCA Campus, Asheville, NC
 
The Spring Conference offers practical, regionally-appropriate workshops on organic growing, permaculture, homesteading, urban farming, and rural living plus a trade show, seed exchange, silent auction, children’s program, and pre-conference, on-farm events. More than 70 sessions per day in themed tracks including Gardening, Soils, Livestock, Primitive Skills, Permaculture, Herbs, Alternative Energy, Sustainable Forestry, Homesteading, Cooking, Poultry, Farmers I and Farmers II, Mushrooms and Food Resilience. The mission of the Spring Conference is to provide down-to-earth, practical advice on growing and sustainable living, while remaining affordable and accessible to anyone wanting to participate. Learn more

Mar 6-8
2017

Harrington’s Organic Pro Series: Soil Health Workshops
When: March 6-8, 2017
Where: Bloomfield, CT at Harrington's Organic Laboratory and Compost Center
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Work hands-on with industry pioneers Todd Harrington Soil Food Web advisor and Life Consultant of Harrington’s Organic Land Care and Paul Wagner of Soil Foodweb New York. You will learn in depth about the soil food web, optimizing compost, extracts and teas, and performing “qualitative” analysis of the biological life to interpret the health of your biological amendments before your season gets under way.

Courses are taught in our state of the art facility that enables you to see the best techniques presented in a live operation. You will have the chance to interact with experts and gain valuable hands-on experience. See several extraction and brewing technologies in action on site! Enhance your operation and plant health care ability with the skills you need from the professionals who really know how to make organics work for you.

Workshop Overview:
This is a two – three day workshop. The first two days focus on soil biology, compost and compost tea/extract technology with day three being held in the lab learning how to assess soil biology from soils, compost and compost teas/extracts.

Learn How To:

  • Evaluate health & quality of soil, compost and compost teas
  • Produce high quality compost, extracts, teas and or liquid biological amendments (L.B.A's)
  • Improve soil fertility & plant health biologically
  • Manage quality & consistency of your produce
  • Implement Organic Land Care Practices in to your business

For more information and to register, visit: http://harringtonsorganic.com/event/harringtons-organic-pro-series-soil-health-workshops/

Mar 4-5
2017

High Bionutrient Crop Production – Principles & Practices of Biological Management
When: March 4 & 5, 2017
Where: Sebastopol, CA at Permaculture Skills Center
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This two-day workshop is designed to teach the basic principles and practices of biological farming for higher quality crops – for better taste, pest & disease resilience, and shelf life, plus higher levels of nutrients beneficial to human health. Learn more about our workshops.
Note: Registration for this workshop is being handled by the host organization - Permaculture Skills Center – jump over to their site to register.

Feb 25-26
2017

High Bionutrient Crop Production – Principles & Practices of Biological Management
When: February 25 & 26, 2017
Where: The Growing Club, Pomona, CA
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This two-day workshop is designed to teach the basic principles and practices of biological farming for higher quality crops – for better taste, pest & disease resilience, and shelf life, plus higher levels of nutrients beneficial to human health. Learn more and register

Feb 18-19
2017

High Bionutrient Crop Production – Principles & Practices of Biological Management
When: February 18 & 19, 2017
Where: CreateSpace, Richmond, VA
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This two-day workshop is designed to teach the basic principles and practices of biological farming for higher quality crops – for better taste, pest & disease resilience, and shelf life, plus higher levels of nutrients beneficial to human health. Learn more and register

Feb 12
2017

High Bionutrient Crop Production – Principles & Practices of Biological Management [Day 1]
When: February 12 & March 19, 2017
Where: Westchester Land Trust at Bedford Hills, NY
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This two-day workshop is designed to teach the basic principles and practices of biological farming for higher quality crops – for better taste, pest & disease resilience, and shelf life, plus higher levels of nutrients beneficial to human health. Learn more and register

Feb 9-11
2017

OEFFA Conference 2017
When: February 9-11, 2017
Where: Dayton Convention Center, Dayton, Oh
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OEFFA Conference is Ohio’s largest sustainable agriculture conference. Learn more

Feb 5-6
2017

High Bionutrient Crop Production – Principles & Practices of Biological Management
When: February 5 & 6, 2017
Where: The Net House (211 Front Street), Lewes, DE
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This two-day workshop is designed to teach the basic principles and practices of biological farming for higher quality crops – for better taste, pest & disease resilience, and shelf life, plus higher levels of nutrients beneficial to human health. Learn more and register

Feb 1-4
2017

PASA's Farming for the Future Conference
When: February 1-4, 2017
Where: State College, PA at the Penn Stater Conference Center & Hotel
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Dan will be presenting at PASA as a featured speaker - more details as they are available.

Jan 30
2017

Increasing Quality in the Food Supply - Introductory Lectures About Bionutrient Food
When: January 30, 2017, at 11:30am
Where: Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, 1800 Lakeside Avenue, Richmond, VA
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& again, later that evening...
When: January 30, 2017, at 6:30pm
Where: The Beet Cafe (Ellwood Thompson's), 4 N Thompson St, Richmond, VA
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In anticipation of our upcoming High Bionutrient Crop Production workshop series, Dan Kittredge will be offering introductory 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.
Note: All Introductory Lectures are offered FREE and welcoming to all!

Jan 29
2017

NOFA-New Jersey Annual Winter Conference
When: January 29, 2017
Where: Brookdale Community College, Lincroft, NJ
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Conference runs January 28-29; Dan will be speaking on Sun, Jan 29, from 1:30-5:00pm
Dan will be presenting two workshops back-to-back, "Principles of Biological Systems, Part I & II", at this year's NOFA-NJ Winter Conference, addressing the question: What are the things that we can do, that we control, to increase the genetic potential of our crops, yield, flavor, nutritional content, while in the midst of significant climatic events, such as droughts, extreme weather, and the like? The goal is improving quality, where some of the side benefits are increased yield, building of organic matter, carbon sequestration, and more. Discussion will include Limiting factors to genetic potential, Soil testing and Mineral balancing, Inoculation, Nutritional drenches and Foliar sprays, Seed, Potting Soil, Tillage, Tools for in-field monitoring, Cover Crops, Visual Plant Parameters, and more from the Q&A session. There will be time to answer your questions, while also connecting the dots between soil health, plant health, and human health. Learn more

Jan 28
2017

NOFA/NH Annual Winter Conference
When: January 28, 2017
Where: Rundlett Middle School, Concord, NH
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Additional details of Dan's presentation coming soon.

New Mexico: Introductory Lecture on Principles & Practices of Biological Systems
In anticipation of upcoming High Bionutrient Crop Production workshop series, Dan Kittredge will be in New Mexico on January 23 & 24, offering 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.”
Note: All Introductory Lectures are offered FREE and welcoming to all!

Jan 24
2017

Introductory Lecture on Principles & Practices of Biological Systems
When: January 24, 2017, from 12–2pm
Where: Hosted by Santa Fe Community College Greenhouse Management
– 6401 Richards Ave., Santa Fe, NM Boardroom #223 - Bring Your Lunch!  [map]

Introductory Lecture on Principles & Practices of Biological Systems
When: January 24, 2017, from 6–8pm
Where: Hosted by La Plazita Institute & Certified Organic Gardens, 831 Isleta Blvd SW, Albuquerque, NM
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Local Area Contact for the above NM talks:  Claire D'Gaia, 907-738-5333, in Taos, NM

Jan 23
2017

Introductory Lecture on Principles & Practices of Biological Systems
When: January 23, 2017, from 6–8pm
Where: Hosted by Taos Initiative for Life Together (TILT), 215 La Posta Rd, Taos, NM
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Jan 14
2017

NOFA/Mass Annual Winter Conference
When: January 14, 2017
Where: Worcester State University, Worcester, MA
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This workshop will provide participants with an overview of the principles and practices of biological farming. We’ll review the basics of soil biology, the benefits of biological soil management, soil testing and interpretation, balancing macro and trace minerals, step-by-step calculation of important soil amendments, and conclude with a Q & A.

Jan 12
2017

Increasing Quality in the Food Supply - Introductory Lecture About Bionutrient Food
When: January 12, 2017 at 2pm
Where: Cool Breeze Farm in Mount Sidney, VA
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In anticipation of our upcoming High Bionutrient Crop Production workshop series, Dan Kittredge will be offering introductory 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.”
Note: All Introductory Lectures are offered FREE and welcoming to all!

Jan 10-11
2017

Virginia Biological Farming Conference
When: January 10-11, 2017, from 6-8pm
Where: The Homestead, Hot Springs, VA
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The Virginia Biological Farming Conference is Virginia’s premier gathering of organic farmers, gardeners and supporters. Whether you’re an experienced grower or just starting out, you’ll find plenty to interest you. With practical learning and insights from over 30 speakers, an exhibit hall packed with useful tools and services, delicious locally-sourced meals, and the very best in networking: the 18th annual Virginia Biological Farming Conference is a not-to-be-missed event! Learn more

Jan 7
2017

High Bionutrient Crop Production – Principles & Practices of Biological Management [Day 1]
When: January 7 & March 18, 2017
Where: City Hall, Memorial Room, Montpelier, VT
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This two-day workshop is designed to teach the basic principles and practices of biological farming for higher quality crops – for better taste, pest & disease resilience, and shelf life, plus higher levels of nutrients beneficial to human health. Learn more and register

Jan 5
2017

Increasing Quality in the Food Supply - Introductory Lectures About Bionutrient Food
When: January 5, 2017, from 6-8pm
Where: The Net House, 211 Front Street, Lewes, DE
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In anticipation of our upcoming High Bionutrient Crop Production workshop series, Dan Kittredge will be offering introductory 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.”
Note: All Introductory Lectures are offered FREE and welcoming to all!

Dec 4-6
2016

The 6th Annual Soil & Nutrition Conference
When: Dec 4-6, 2016
Where: Kripalu Center, Stockbridge, MA
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The annual Soil & Nutrition Conference explores how the intersection of farm and human ecosystems holds the key to environmental sustainability, quality food and overall well-being. Bringing together the collective knowledge of the food movement from the perspectives of successful farmers, cutting-edge researchers, enlightening health practitioners, and pioneers of food quality, this conference is a nexus of information and networking for all interested in delving deeper into the connections and importance of soil and nutrition. Learn more

Nov 12-13
2016

High Bionutrient Crop Production – Principles & Practices of Biological Management
When: November 12-13, 2016
Where: Michigan State University Extension Classroom - Washtenaw County Building
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This two-day workshop is designed to teach the basic principles and practices of biological farming for higher quality crops – for better taste, pest & disease resilience, and shelf life, plus higher levels of nutrients beneficial to human health. Learn more and register

Oct 31
2016

Mother Earth News Online Homesteading Summit
When: October 31 - Nov 6, 2016
Where: online at http://homesteadingsummit.com/

A FREE online summit of over 35 speakers offering presentations around the idea of sustainable homesteading, from tips on raising pastured poultry (Joel Salatin) to water catchment and solar power to growing bionutrient-rich crops (Dan Kittredge - Day 5). Check out the full list of speakers, and register here - it's free!

Oct 6
2016

Increasing Quality in the Food Supply - Introductory Lectures About Bionutrient Food
When: October 6, 2016, from 6-8pm
Where: Hannah Grimes Center, Keene, NH
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Oct 3
2016

Lansing Site Tour with Dr. John Biernbaum, founder of the Michigan State University Student Organic Farm. He has been doing significant research on vermiculture and would love to show you what’s happening!
When: October 3, 2016, early afternoon.
Where: Lansing, MI

Increasing Quality in the Food Supply - Introductory Lecture About Bionutrient Food
When: October 3, 2016, from 3-5pm
Where: Allen Neighborhood Center, Lansing, MI
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Oct 2
2016

Donor appreciation & special brunch
When: October 2, 2016, from 11-12:30pm
Where: Sunward Co-housing, Ann Arbor, MI
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Increasing Quality in the Food Supply - Introductory Lecture About Bionutrient Food
When: October 2, 2016, from 1-3pm
Where: Sunward Co-housing, Ann Arbor, MI
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Increasing Quality in the Food Supply - Introductory Lecture About Bionutrient Food
When: October 2, 2016, from 5-7pm
Where: Growing Hope, Ypsilanti, MI
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Oct 1
2016

Increasing Quality in the Food Supply - Introductory Lecture About Bionutrient Food
When: October 1, 2016, from 2-4pm
Where: Earthworks Urban Farm, Detroit, MI
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Sep 30
2016

2016 Yale Food Systems Symposium
When: September 30, 2016
Where: School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, 195 Prospect St, New Haven, CT
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The 4th Annual Yale Food Systems Symposium is an interdisciplinary conference initiated by students at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies with the aim to provide a space where researchers, practitioners, theorists, and eaters can come together to answer the pragmatic question: how can we get from here, to a just, sustainable food system? The YFSS privileges new ideas that push the conventional boundaries of food systems thinking, and as such seeks to highlight emerging researchers, innovative projects, truly interdisciplinary thinking, and non-traditional collaboration.

Sep 28
2016

Increasing Quality in the Food Supply - Introductory Lecture About Bionutrient Food
When: September 28, 2016, from 6-8pm
Where: Kellogg-Hubbard Library, Montpelier, VT
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Aug 20
2016

Principles of Biological Systems & Implications at NH Permaculture Day
When: Saturday, August 20, 2016, 9:00 - 5:00pm
Where: Orchard Hill Farm - 125 Old Settlers Road, Alstead, NH

An annual gathering of teachers, learners, practitioners, activists and supporters with 30+ hands-on workshops and demos, skill sharing, food and more. Dan Kittredge will be presenting a workshop covering the dynamics by which plants evolved to flourish, and management practices that support the environment for that to occur. Strategies for soil aeration, hydration, mineral balancing, inoculation, and feeding through the liquid carbon pathway will be presented. We will also cover broader implications for soil carbon sequestration, increases in pest and disease resistance, along with nutritive value, flavor, aroma, and shelf life. The lay of the land as it pertains to consumer education, marketing and the food movement will also be discussed.  Learn more...

Aug 12-14
2016

NOFA-Mass Summer Conference
Conference runs August 12-14, 2016 at at UMass, Amherst, MA
Dan Kittredge will be presenting a pair of workshops on Saturday morning, August 13.
(8:00am) "SOILS PART 1: WHAT’S GOING ON DOWN THERE" - What is the relationship between plants and their soil? What is soil structure? What is the biological soil activity actually doing? In this workshop we will dive into gaining a beyond basics understanding of what goes on underneath our feet at our farms and gardens.
(10:00am) "SOILS PART 2: HOW DO WE UNLOCK SOIL POTENTIAL?" - Having covered the basics and beyond of soils in Part 1, in Part 2 we will look at the intricacies and nuances of bringing your soil and fertility performance to the best it can be. This workshop will be most beneficial if participants attend Part 1.
Learn more

June 9
2016

The Solution is in the Soil... a Talk with Dan Kittredge
Thursday, June 9, 2016, 6:30 - 8:00pm
Location: Seed Bank, 199 Petaluma Blvd N, Petaluma, CA  [map]
Do you want to grow more nutritious and delicious food? Are you looking to increase yields and grow pest free crops? Join us for a conversation with lifelong organic farmer Dan Kittredge, founder of the Bionutrient Food Association, who will help connect the dots between soil health, plant health, and human health.

Come learn how to mobilize your soil biology to improve plant and crop health. Dan will share his experience and knowledge covering soil biology basics, mineral balancing, growing with minimum tillage, fertigation/irrigation best practices and using Brix as a quality monitoring tool. Walk away with an understanding of why growers are adopting biological farming methods to address soil deficiencies and grow higher quality food crops.  More details and registration here.

May 21-22
2016

Permaculture: Ecological Themes + Bionutrient Food: Biological Growing & Farming Practices
2-day Workshop: Saturday May 21st and Sunday May 22nd, 9:00 am - 5:30 pm
Plus an Evening Presentation: Saturday, May 21st, 7-9 pm
Location: Little Artshram, Traverse City, MI
This special weekend in of the Traverse City Permaculture Design Course is limited to a certain number of students. It is being geared towards ecological themes via the permaculture curriculum, as well as blending the soil, plant science and how-to of bionutrient crop production and mineralization that is the focus of the standard 2-day BFA workshop. Learn more by downloading this event flyer.

Fee for the weekend course is a sliding scale of $175-$225, which will be dependent on how many folks sign-up and the amount of sponsorships and financial support raised.

This will be two full days plus an evening presentation learning about soil and plants and human health and ways in which to increase flavor and nutrition in the crops we are growing, as well as learn efficient methods and techniques. We will also be looking at other ecological themes concerning plants, earthworks, forests, landscape, remediating soil and other agro-ecology subjects.

You'll be joining a group of design students who have made a six-month commitment of learning permaculture and ways in which, among other things, to take care of the earth while empowering themselves as builders, teachers, farmers, gardeners, consumers, of all ages and walks of life -- to actively cooperate in creating a fair and equitable food system, and also have autonomy in water and energy through productive designs using regenerative practices.

To reserve your space, please download and mail this form.

Questions? Please inquire with Penny at penny.ok.art@gmail.com.

Apr 16
2016

Biochar & Its Many Applications: A Workshop for Prospective Users
On April 16, the Amesville, OH chapter is co-sponsoring "Biochar & Its Many Applications: A Workshop for Prospective Users" - featuring speakers Dale Hendricks, Gary Gilmore, Mark Cohen, & Scott Bagley. Topics inlcude: biochar in animal agriculture, enhancement options prior to soil application, application options: timing, amounts, and techniques, biochar for filtration and sanitation, using charcoal to power farm engines, and Ohio Hills Biochar background. With an optional follow-up intensive on Sunday, April 17. Learn more...

Apr 12
2016

"Farm Evolutions" - a workshop with Mark Fulford
Join us for a three-day workshop series over the course of the growing season with Mark Fulford of Teltane Farm in Monroe, Maine. We will explore a range of practices and philosophies embracing common sense, science and cultural wisdom for the times we live in. Mark grounds his practices in experience, while bringing with him a lifelong study of the natural world and immersion in agriculture on his own farm and abroad, having studied with some of the most accomplished mentors in biological agriculture, including Dr. Arden Andersen, Neal Kinsey, Dan Skow, Gary Zimmer, Elaine Ingham, Jerry Brunetti and Graeme Sait among others. Learn more....

Apr 4
2016

An Evening with Will Bonsall, Seed-Saving Expert, Homesteader and Storyteller
April 4, 2016 - 6:30-8:30pm at South Congregational Church, 242 Salmon Brook St, Granby, CT  map
Will Bonsall has been farming, homesteading and saving seeds for decades and would like to inspire you to get involved! Come learn about saving seeds to preserve history and culture, and to preserve the quality and diversity of our food supply. How often do we order a new variety from a seed catalog based on the story that goes along with that variety, or the historical time period associated with those seeds, or maybe the geographical origin of those seeds? Come and learn how those seed varieties were preserved over decades and centuries by seed savers just like Will, and what we home-gardeners and farmers of today can do help preserve quality and diversity. Will is also bringing an assortment from his collection of seeds - not to be missed! Learn more....

Mar 25-26
2016

Increasing Quality in the Food Supply - Introductory Lectures About Bionutrient Food
March 25 from 7-9 pm
Location: Renew Richmond, 22210 Giant Dr, Richmond, VA  [map]
March 26 from 10am-12pm
Location: Natural pHuel, 1700B South Main St (in basement, around back), Farmville, VA  [map]
March 26 from 2:30pm-4:30pm
Location: Scottsville Library, 330 Bird Street, Scottsville, VA  [map]
In anticipation of our upcoming High Bionutrient Crop Production workshop in Farmville, VA on April 16-17, 2016, BFA Executive Director Dan Kittredge will be offering 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.”

Mar 19
2016

An Afternoon with Larch Hanson: Maine Seaweed Harvester
March 19, 2016 -- 2:00-4:00pm talk by Larch, 4:00-5:00pm for cookbook & seaweed sales
at South Congregational Church, 242 Salmon Brook Street, Granby, CT  map
Larch Hanson is the owner-operator of Maine Seaweed, LLC, a small seaweed company that primarily harvests seaweed for food and medicine, together with lesser amounts for soil- and animal-supplementation. Come and learn from an expert who has been working within a five mile radius of his home on Gouldsboro Bay, located to the east of Acadia National Park and Bar Harbor in Maine, for over four decades. Welcome! Pull up a chair. He's a storyteller!  Learn more

Mar 12-13
2016

NOFA-CT Annual Winter Conference
Conference runs March 12-13, 2016 at Western CT State University, Danbury, CT
Dan will be presenting a workshop titled "Principles of Biological Systems, and implications if applied": a blend of concepts and hands on techniques to help growers identify and address limiting factors inhibiting life in their soil. Aspects effected by improved management include flavor, aroma and nutritive value, as well as pest and disease resistance. Corollary effects include carbon sequestration, and health giving attributes for eaters. Learn more

Mar 10
2016

Growing Nutrient Dense Vegetables... Economically and With Respect for the Earth and Future Generations
March 10, 2016 at Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church, 7 Wescott Road in Simsbury, CT
Are you interested in detailed fertility plans by crop type and season? Want an experienced perspective on managing high production, high quality annual vegetables? Join us with guest speaker Derek Christianson, an experienced regenerative farmer with 15 years experience. Attendance is free and open to the public. Donations welcome.

At Brix Bounty Farm, Derek's mission is to grow the finest quality produce, focusing on flavor, freshness, and nutrition, using only sustainable farming methods that enhance the soils natural fertility, and thereby its capacity to produce healthy produce. He is very active in community projects which increase knowledge of sustainable production techniques on farms, backyards and community gardens.

For a preview, here is an excellent in-depth lesson by Derek on growing tomatoes biologically: Derek Christianson Talks Tomatoes

Mar 5-7
2016

Dynamic Growers Empowerment Series: Quantum Agriculture for growers, gardeners, and lifelong learners – featuring Hugh Lovel
March 5-7, 2016 at Hope & Main in Warren, RI
Hugh Lovel is a farmer, multidisciplinary scientist, teacher of soil science and biodynamics, and pioneer of the new science of Quantum Agriculture. Hugh aims to raise the level of scientific understanding of biology and agriculture where the intriguing rules of quantum physics are by far the best explanation of how living organisms interact with the soil as well as the wider universe.
Download flyer and Learn more

Mar 1-3
2016

Harrington’s Organic Pro Series: Soil Health Workshops
March 1-3, 2016 at Harrington’s Organic Laboratory and Compost Center in Bloomfield, CT  |   [map]
Work hands-on with industry pioneers, Todd Harrington of Harrington's Organic Land Care & Paul Wagner of Soil Food Web New York. You will learn in depth about the soil food web, optimizing compost, extracts and teas, and performing "qualitative" analysis of the biological life to interpret the health of your biological amendments before your season gets under way. Learn more

Feb 28
2016

NOFA/RI Winter Conference: Healthy Soils, Healthy Plants, Healthy People
February 28 at Hope & Main in Warren, RI
Dan will be presenting a workshop, "Principles of Biological Systems", at this year's NOFA-RI Winter Conference, addressing the question: What are the things that we can do, that we control, to increase the genetic potential of our crops, yield, flavor, nutritional content, while in the midst of significant climatic events, such as droughts, extreme weather, and the like? The goal is improving quality, where some of the side benefits are increased yield, building of organic matter, carbon sequestration, and more. Discussion will include Limiting factors to genetic potential, Soil testing and Mineral balancing, Inoculation, Nutritional drenches and Foliar sprays, Seed, Potting Soil, Tillage, Tools for in-field monitoring, Cover Crops, Visual Plant Parameters, and more from the Q&A session. There will be time to answer your questions, while also connecting the dots between soil health, plant health, and human health. Learn more

Feb 25-27
2016

MOSES Organic Farming Conference
Feb 25-27, 2016 in La Crosse, WI
Dan Kittredge will be presenting a talk at the conference on Friday, titled "Biological Management of Pests & Disease". Pest and disease pressure take over when the soil biological system is imbalanced. We will explore soil biochemistry, disease function, and systemic management practices to address these underlying issues and promote healthy, balanced soil and plants. Learn more

Feb 16
2016

Increasing Quality in the Food Supply - Introductory Lecture About Bionutrient Food
In association with Hudson Valley Young Farmers Coalition, with Doug DeCandia
February 16, 2016 at 6:30pm
Location: Metabee Farm, 551 Harlemville Rd, Hillsdale, NY  [map]
In anticipation of our upcoming High Bionutrient Crop Production workshop series, BFA Executive Director Dan Kittredge will be offering 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.”

Feb 8-9
2016

2016 Soil & Nutrition Conference
Feb 8-9, 2016 at Kripalu Center in Stockbridge, MA
The 5th Annual 2016 Soil & Nutrition Conference will gather farmers, researchers, nutritionists and food system advocates for a multidisciplinary conversation exploring the potential to improve food quality through regenerative agriculture that builds soil, crop and ecosystem health. We will explore how soil health and crop quality are interrelated, and how a renewed focus on the food qualities that industrial agriculture forgot – flavor and nutrition – can help drive transformation with important societal benefits. Learn more

Jan 30
2016

NOFA-New Jersey Annual Winter Conference
Conference runs January 30-31, 2016; Dan will be speaking on Sat, Jan 30, from 1:30-4:45pm
Location: Brookdale Community College, Lincroft, NJ
Dan will be presenting two workshops back-to-back, "Principles of Biological Systems, Part I & II", at this year's NOFA-NJ Winter Conference, addressing the question: What are the things that we can do, that we control, to increase the genetic potential of our crops, yield, flavor, nutritional content, while in the midst of significant climatic events, such as droughts, extreme weather, and the like? The goal is improving quality, where some of the side benefits are increased yield, building of organic matter, carbon sequestration, and more. Discussion will include Limiting factors to genetic potential, Soil testing and Mineral balancing, Inoculation, Nutritional drenches and Foliar sprays, Seed, Potting Soil, Tillage, Tools for in-field monitoring, Cover Crops, Visual Plant Parameters, and more from the Q&A session. There will be time to answer your questions, while also connecting the dots between soil health, plant health, and human health. Learn more

Jan 17
2016

Increasing Quality in the Food Supply - Introductory Lecture About Bionutrient Food
January 17, 2016 at 1:00pm
Location: The Student Conservation Association - Charlestown Office, 689 River Road Charlestown, NH  [map]
Sponsored and coordinated by the Sullivan County Conservation District
Contact phone: (603) 542-4891 -- Email: conservation@sullivancountynh.gov
In anticipation of our upcoming High Bionutrient Crop Production workshop series, BFA Executive Director Dan Kittredge will be offering 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.”

Jan 16
2016

NOFA-Mass Annual Winter Conference
Conference runs January 16-17, 2016; Dan will be speaking on Sat, Jan 16 at 9:00pm
Location: Worcester State University in Worcester, MA
This workshop will provide participants with an overview of the principles and practices of biological farming. We’ll review the basics of soil biology, the benefits of biological soil management, soil testing and interpretation, balancing macro and trace minerals, step-by-step calculation of important soil amendments, and conclude with a Q & A. Learn more

Oct 9
2015

Increasing Quality in the Food Supply - Introductory Lecture About Bionutrient Food
Date & time: October 9, 2015 at 7pm
Location: Shrewsbury Institute for Agricultural Education, 18 Crown Point Road, Shrewsbury, VT  [map]
In anticipation of our upcoming High Bionutrient Crop Production workshop series, BFA Executive Director Dan Kittredge will be offering 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.”

Sep 26
2015

Restoring Ecosystems to Reverse Global Warming!  Washington, D.C. Conference
A great line-up of speakers including BFA Executive Director Dan Kittredge will be speaking at this conference, designed for those who have been inspired by the Pope's encyclical on climate change and are asking "What can I do now? What can I take home to my community? What are the next steps to not just halt CO2 increase, but to actually reduce it and reverse global warming?"

In support of the Pope's call to action, Biodiversity for a Livable Climate, in partnership with Moral Action on Climate, the UDC Law School, People Demanding Action, and others, is hosting Restoring Ecosystems to Reverse Global Warming at the University of the District of Columbia on Saturday, September 26th immediately following the Pope's visit to Washington, D.C.
For more information and to sign up: Click here

Sep 25
2015

Increasing Quality in the Food Supply - Introductory Lecture About Bionutrient Food
Date & time: September 25, 2015 from 6-8pm
Location: Princeton Arts Council in the Robert L. Solley Theater, 102 Witherspoon Street, Princeton, NJ  [map]
In anticipation of our upcoming High Bionutrient Crop Production workshop series, BFA Executive Director Dan Kittredge will be offering 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.”

Sep 10
2015

Biological Management in Practice: Mobilizing Soil Biology for better Seed, Plant and Crop Health
Dan Kittredge will be speaking at the upcoming annual National Heirloom Exposition at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds in Santa Rosa. Check out his session Thursday, Sept 10 at 1:00pm.  http://theheirloomexpo.com/speaker-schedule

Aug 10-14
2015

Developing Regional Food Security & Food Sovereignty in Michigan with Nutrient Dense Food
Plans have quickly developed for us in Michigan to hold a three day/three city discussion tour focusing on the importance of soil, food and our health. This is an opportunity for consumers and growers to come together and discuss the need for and importance of nutrient dense food, and how this affects all facets of our lives on the planet.
- Ann Arbor, Monday, August 10
- Grand Rapids, Wednesday, August 12
- Traverse City, Friday, August 14
Read more...

July 2
2015

Introductory Presentation: Growing Biologically Nutrient Dense Food - with Dan Kittredge
Time: 6:00 to 8:30pm — 6:00pm doors open for visiting, 6:30-8:30pm presentation
Location: Welles-Turner Memorial Library, 2407 Main St., Glastonbury CT (map)
Learn to grow Bionutrient Food, learn mineralogy and soil health, brix testing and using refractometers as a tool for monitoring our crop quality. Presentation will be directed according to the questions of the audience. Meet the BFA founder and ask any and all questions that you might have about the BFA, about specific issues in your soil or your plants. Bring your most difficult gardening questions!

June 25
2015

Introductory Presentation: Growing Biologically Nutrient Dense Food - with Dan Kittredge
Time: 6:00 to 8:30pm — 6:00pm doors open for visiting, 6:30-8:30pm presentation
Location: Flamig Farm, 7 Shingle Mill Road, West Simsbury, CT (map)
Learn to grow Bionutrient Food, learn mineralogy and soil health, brix testing and using refractometers as a tool for monitoring our crop quality. Presentation will be directed according to the questions of the audience. Meet the BFA founder and ask any and all questions that you might have about the BFA, about specific issues in your soil or your plants. Bring your most difficult gardening questions!

June 17
2015

Increasing Quality in the Food Supply - Introduction to Bionutrient Food in Milton, MA
Hosted by the Milton Rotary Club at Abby Park Restaurant (map)
As the growing season swings into gear, Dan Kittredge will be offering a free intro lecture at Abby Park Restaurant, 12:15 p.m on Wednesday, June 17, discussing 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.”

June 9
2015

Principles of Biological Management: Leveraging Soil Biology for Better Plant & Crop Health
Hosted by Marin Organic at the Petaluma Seed Bank, Petaluma, CA (map)
Join us at the Petaluma Seed Bank on Tuesday, June 9th, 7:00-8:30pm, for our FARMING 101 workshop about how to mobilize your soil biology to improve plant and crop health. Lifelong organic farmer Dan Kittredge of Bionutrient Food Association will share his experience and knowledge covering soil biology basics, mineral balancing, growing with minimum tillage, fertigation/irrigation best practices and using Brix as a quality monitoring tool. Come and learn why growers are adopting biological farming methods to address soil deficiencies and grow higher quality crops.

June 19-21
2015

FOR THE LOVE OF SOIL: Well-Being From Earth to Table @ Omega Institute, Rhinebeck, NY
An “organic” label tells us that our food does not contain harmful chemicals. But it doesn’t guarantee that our food contains the flavor, nutritional value, or healing properties that we might expect.

Dedicated to the pursuit and understanding of quality food, Dan Kittredge is a passionate practitioner, teacher, and advocate for soil, plant, and human health and vitality. Using Omega’s campus, we explore how to bring nutrient dense, quality food to our kitchens and gardens. We learn how to:

  • Detect and understand the unique advantages and limitations of the soil and plants
  • Conduct soil tests and apply appropriate soil amendments
  • Recognize high quality, nutrient-rich food and growing practices
  • Explore the connections between soil ecosystems, human health, and the wider implications for our culture and spiritual well-being
Whether you are a grower, cook, nutritionist, food activist, or concerned eater, this workshop provides you with a practical understanding of how to obtain healthier produce and an increased awareness of what to pay attention to in your own garden or on the farms where your food originates.

For more information and registration details: www.eomega.org/workshops/for-the-love-of-soil

Apr 22-23
2015

RBTI Workshop with Steve Westin @ Kittredge Farm, North Brookfield, MA
The Bionutrient Food Association is excited to present a two-day workshop focusing on the art, science, and practice of Reams Biological Theory of Ionization (RBTI), led by Steve Westin, student of Dr. Carey Reams. Steve is both a teacher and a consultant, and has refined this two-day Workshop over the last thirty years. A truly unique event not to be missed! Read more...

Jan 3
2015

Denver, CO @ EarthLinks on Saturday, January 3, 2015. Lunch 11:00 – 12 noon; Lecture 12 noon – 2 pm from 12:00 - 2:00pm
Click here for map || 303.389.0085

Jan 4
2015

Fort Collins, CO @ Community Room, Old Town Library on Sunday, January 4, 2015. 2:00-4:00pm
Click here for map || 303.389.0085

Dec 7
2014

Ypsilanti, MI @ Gilbert Residence on Sunday, December 7, 2014 from 12:00 - 2:00pm
Click here for map || (734) 482-9498

Marion, MI @ Bakers Green Acres on Sunday, December 7, 2014 at 6:30pm
Click here for map || (231) 825-0293

Nov 10
2014

Gardiner, NY @ Gardiner Library on Monday, November 10, 2014 at 6:30pm
Click here for map || (845) 255-1255

Oct 22
2014

Wilton, CT @ Ambler Farm on Wednesday, Oct 22, 2014 at 6:30pm
Click here for map || (203) 834-1143

Sep 24
2014

East Hardwick, VT @ Caledonia Grange #9 on Wednesday, Sep 24, 2014 at 6:30pm — (map)

Sep 10
2014

Newbury, MA @ New Harmony Farm on Wednesday, Sep 10, 2014 at 7:00pm — (map)  (978) 807-6315

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

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 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 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

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 ]