Hawthorne Valley is pleased to contribute to the national Biodynamic Association’s (BDA) 2019 conference entitled, “Cultivating Relationships: Earth, Cosmos, Community,” at the Sagamore Resort in Lake George, NY. Staff members from Hawthorne Valley’s diverse initiatives will lead workshops at the conference on November 22-24 and host two field day experiences in Ghent and Hudson, NY on November 20-21.

“We are thrilled to welcome the BDA to the Hudson Valley and honored to have so many of our colleagues contribute to the programming,” said Martin Ping, Hawthorne Valley Executive Director. “Creating resilience through regenerative agriculture plays a critical role in addressing the needs of our climate and our communities. Conferences like these help to bring together all the stakeholders to deepen the conversation and generate solutions that can work for everyone.”

On November 20, Hawthorne Valley Farm (HVF) Director Spencer Fenniman and herdsperson Jess Brobst will host a field day at Hawthorne Valley Farm, Ghent, NY, in conjunction with Churchtown Dairy, on the theme “Exploring Biodynamic Practice.”

On November 21, Institute for Mindful Agriculture (IMA) co-directors Rachel Schneider, Steffen Schneider, and Jill Jakimetz will lead a field day on the topic “Hawthorne Valley Farm, Farm Ferments, Rolling Grocer: Growing a Hudson Valley Foodshed.” The experience will begin at Hawthorne Valley Farm and then move to Hudson to visit the Farm Ferments factory and Rolling Grocer 19 storefront.

At the conference, Farmscape Ecology Program directors Claudia Knab-Vispo and Conrad Vispo will lead a workshop on habitat farming with Jean Paul Courtens of Roxbury Farm, Kinderhook, NY. IMA directors Rachel and Steffen Schneider will join Center for Social Research director Gary Lamb for a workshop on “Biodynamics, Earth Evolution, and the Future of Technology.” Rachel will also lead a workshop on “What’s Next? Succession Planning” with Gloria Decater, of Live Power Community Farm in northern California, and Camelia Frieberg, producer of the documentary “Modified.” HVF Director Spencer Fenniman will lead a workshop on “Biodynamic Dairy Farming,” and Place Based Learning Director Matthew Davis will lead a workshop on “Furthering the Development of Farm-Based Education Programs” with Nicki Robb of Brookfield Community Farm.

Walk-in registrations are welcome at the conference starting on November 20. For more information and registration, visit the conference webpage or email the registrar.