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Workshops: Sustainable Systems III

Making Biodynamic Compost

  • Clay Wesson
  • Compost making and application is the heart of a biodynamic farm: cycling fertility within the farm, increasing soil life and stable organic matter, and bringing more carbon into the living realm, helping to restore balance to the climate. Six unique biodynamic preparations made from medicinal herbs strengthen the quality of the compost by stabilizing nitrogen and other nutrients, multiplying microbial diversity, and bringing more sensitivity to the compost process. This workshop will explain step-by-step how to make biodynamic compost and use the biodynamic compost preparations on a farm scale.

Growing Biodynamic Grapes

  • Clay Wesson
  • The biodynamic approach to the farm as a living organism helps bring land to its unique, full expression in the fruit, which is exactly what creates good terroir in wine. This workshop will describe the annual cycle of biodynamic vineyard management, including specific practices, timing, and developing your attunement to the vines and the land. 
Nitrogen Management and Cover Crops in Organic Vegetables
  • Nick Andrews, Oregon State University
  • [Description coming soon]

Soil Building with Hügelkutur

  • Melissa Tatro and Jarret Griesemeer, King Conservation District
  •  Hügelkultur: ‘Hügel’ mound + ‘kultur’ cultivation; Hügelkultur is the practice of mounding soil over materials which assist the soil in regenerating itself through increased water retention, the slow release of nutrients, habitat creation and complexity. The process in general involves building a mound of woody material (typically rotting wood of varying diameters) and covering with layers of organic material (often referred to as ‘green manure’), compost, and topsoil. While this practice has grown in popularity over recent years, it has been used in various forms by European cultures dating back many centuries. Today Hügelkultur is being used in drier regions to retain water for growing crops and in challenging urban sites to regenerate soil and provide nutritious garden space for both perennial and annual food crops.
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