THIS YEAR’S Seedy Saturday celebrating the coming of spring (our 7th straight year!) will be a little different. We’ll be welcomed on March 25, 2017 for hands-on workshops to the home of Turtle Tree Seed at Camphill Village in Copake, New York, the nation’s leading biodynamic seed company. Can’t join us? I’ve rounded up some seed wisdom from interviews with Turtle Tree below, too.
First, event details: Join me and my beloved neighbors and friends from Turtle Tree for this special opportunity to visit their charming and inspiring headquarters at Camphill Village and learn by doing how to successfully grow from seed.
Camphill Village is a community of people, some with special needs, who live and work together caring for each other and the Earth, following practices inspired by the teachings of Rudolf Steiner.
Each attendee will go home with a flat of sown seeds.
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I LEARN SOMETHING every time I visit Turtle Tree biodynamic seed company. It’s hard to explain the entire system of biodynamics in brief–it’s a system of agriculture that incorporates the power of all the dynamic, subtle forces of nature and does not incorporate any synthetic inputs like chemicals. Ever.
“We don’t do any of the bad stuff that ‘certified organic’ doesn’t let you do,” says Turtle Tree so-manager Lia Babitch, “but we also do a bunch of good stuff that helps the soil and the ecosystem.” Three past interviews with Turtle Tree tell you more:
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You’ll also have a chance to shop from all 350 Turtle Tree seed varieties with expert staffers there to help make tough choices (unless you have room for all 350 in your garden!). Attendees are welcome to add on a tour of Camphill, or lunch at the Camphill coffee shop, and get to know this exceptional place better.
In your choice of two half-day sections (choose morning or afternoon when ordering a ticket below), we’ll split our time between classroom learning and greenhouse “doing.”
1. Class time:
- Intro to Camphill and Turtle Tree
- What is Biodynamics?
- When to start seed: general guidelines and using the Stella Natura calendar
2. Tea Break: From the Camphill Bakery, cookies, rolls & spreads, plus coffee and/or tea
3. Greenhouse time:
We’ll break into three groups and go over topics such as:
- soil medium
- moisture and watering
- seed depths
- How to fill and start flats
Seedy Saturday 2017 benefits Turtle Tree Seed, a local nonprofit, and Friends of Taconic State Park, which is also located in my community.