The Significance of Soil and Biodynamic Agriculture
- 08-07-2018 10:00 - 18:00
- Cenpu Eco-Farm, Shanghai
Biodynamic agriculture is a form of alternative agriculture very similar to organic farming, but it includes various esoteric concepts drawn from the ideas of Rudolf Steiner (1861–1925). Initially developed in 1924, it was the first of the organic agriculture movements. It treats soil fertility, plant growth, and livestock care as ecologically interrelated tasks, emphasizing spiritual and mystical perspectives.
Biodynamics has much in common with other organic approaches – it emphasizes the use of manures and composts and excludes the use of artificial chemicals on soil and plants. Methods unique to the biodynamic approach include its treatment of animals, crops, and soil as a single system, an emphasis from its beginnings on local production and distribution systems, its use of traditional and development of new local breeds and varieties.
As of 2016 biodynamic techniques were used on 161,074 hectares in 60 countries.
This is part of a comprehensive series of events, talks, workshops and trainings with visiting Permaculture Expert, Wayne Weiseman, between 28 June to 10 July.
Biodynamic Agriculture in Context
The seminar will explore:
- How is biodynamic agriculture situated in the world now?
- Where are there biodynamic farms and what do they produce?
- Where did biodynamic agriculture come from, what does it mean and how is it placed in the history and wider context of agriculture?
- How do you know something is biodynamic?
Biodynamic World View
The seminar will consider:
- How can our understanding of nature inform our practice in agriculture?
- Does it matter how we think about nature, culture, food and vitality?
- What are the principles of biodynamic agriculture?
- What is the understanding of nature that informs biodynamic agriculture?
- What is a ‘farm organism’?
The seminar will consider:
- What are the biodynamic preparations?
- What is a sowing calendar and how does it work?
- How do farmers work with biodynamic principles in different situations around the world?
Agenda for the Day
8:00 ~ 9:00 - Breakfast
9:00 ~ 10:00 - Soils in Different Climates
Above are for PDC students, the themed open session begins at 10:00 AM
10:00 ~ 11:00 - Morning Session ( Beginning of Open Session)
- Soil organic matter
- Jar Test
11:00 ~ 12:00 - Biodynamic Agriculture in Context
12:00 ~ 13:00 - Lunch
13:00 ~ 15:00 - Biodynamic World View
15:00 ~ 18:00 - Biodynamic Practice
18:00 ~ 19:00 - Dinner (End of Open Session)
Below are for PDC students, the open session concludes at 6 PM so that guests returning to Shanghai may do so at this time.
19:30 ~ 21:00 - PDC Evening Design Session & Movies
- All-day course fee: 1100RMB
- To register for the morning and afternoon sessions, visit this link.
To view all the Permaculture Workshops & Trainings with Wayne Weiseman, visit this link.
This is not a Green Initiatives-organized event. To register for this event please contact the organizers directly.