Winter 2015/2016 Training for DemeterLOCAL Chapter
A new TN/KY Chapter is forming to work together over the coming months to learn the Biodynamic Demeter Standard. Participating farms will begin peer inspection visits in 2016 in order to receive low-cost Demeter farm certification.
DemeterLOCAL’s goals are to encourage Biodynamic farming and certification and to promote the growth of regional Biodynamic food sheds. DemeterLOCAL accomplishes these goals by fostering farmer and consumer education, empowering peer-to-peer certification, and localizing the administrative requirements resulting in a more cost effective education and certification program.
Demeter USA has a series of training presentations that we will view and discuss together. There are seven, and the topics include: 1) biodiversity; 2) generating fertility; 3) disease, insect, and weed control; 4) the biodynamic preparations and wider influences; 5) integrating livestock; 6) water and waterway conservation; and 7) gentle post-harvest handling.
In late winter or early spring, Jim Fulmer – co-director of Demeter USA – will join us for a gathering to meet our group and answer any questions that may arise as we move forward.
DemeterLOCAL website: http://www.demeter-usa.org/for-farmers/demeter-local.asp
If you are a farmer interested in this peer-to-peer model of Biodynamic certification, please join us for the first training session. The training is free of charge for participating in this model.
First Training Gathering: (Please RSVP)
Sunday, December 6, 12-3:00pm
Old School Farm, 5022 Old Hydes Ferry Pike, Nashville, TN 37218
(Optional Brunch beforehand, 10:30 at Old School Farm Café)
RSVP/questions about the gathering: Hilary Higginbotham, firstname.lastname@example.org, 615-594-1416
Program/training questions: Karen Davis Brown, email@example.com, 916-251-6032