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Calendar of Tours, Workshops and Important Dates, 2015

Dates in bold are events at the Willits Mini-Farm in California.
Tours are in green.
Workshops are in dark green.  
Underlined Dates are in Mexico.

International events are in red 

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Feb 3-8

6-Day Workshop in Agroecology and the GROW BIOINTENSIVESM method, Veracruz State, Mexico (In Spanish)*

Mar 6-8

3-Day Ecology Action GROW BIOINTENSIVESM Sustainable Mini-Farming Workshops, Willits, CA

April 15

5-Day GROW BIOINTENSIVESM Basic-Level Teacher Certification Workshop application deadline

May 1 - Oct 31

World Expo in Milan, Italy. Visit http://www.expo2015.org/en for details

May 11-15

5-Day Workshop in Seed Production and Plant Propagation, Veracruz State, Mexico (In Spanish)*

May 15

5-Day GROW BIOINTENSIVESM Basic-Level Teacher Certification Workshop participant and 2-Month Collegiate Internship decisions made

May 25-30

6-Day Workshop in Agroecology and the GROW BIOINTENSIVESM method, Veracruz State, Mexico (In Spanish)*

June 6

Ecology Action Research Mini-Farm/Garden Full Tour, Willits, CA

June 8-12

Food Forest Gardens, Veracruz State, Mexico (In Spanish)*

June 13

Ecology Action Research Mini-Farm/Garden Short Tour, Willits, CA

June 15

Applications due for the next Internship/Apprentice season
(February-October, 2016)

June 20

Ecology Action Research Mini-Farm/Garden Full Tour, Willits, CA

July 11

Ecology Action Research Mini-Farm/Garden Short Tour, Willits, CA

July 7-12

6-Day Workshop in Agroecology and the GROW BIOINTENSIVESM method, Veracruz State, Mexico (In Spanish)*

August 2

Ecology Action Research Mini-Farm/Garden Full Tour, Willits, CA

August 3-8

6-Day Workshop in Agroecology and the GROW BIOINTENSIVESM method, Veracruz State, Mexico (In Spanish)*

August 10-14

5-Day GROW BIOINTENSIVESM Basic-Level Teacher Certification Workshop, Willits, CA (tentative)

August 15

Apprentice and intern decisions made for 2016

September 12

Ecology Action Research Mini-Farm/Garden Short Tour, Willits, CA

November 6-8

3-Day Ecology Action GROW BIOINTENSIVESMSustainable Mini-Farming Workshop, Willits, CA

November 9-14

6-Day Workshop in Agroecology and the GROW BIOINTENSIVESM method, Veracruz State, Mexico (In Spanish)*

December 4-6

3-Day Basic-Level Biointensive Workshop, Veracruz State, Mexico (In Spanish)*

*Prerequisites for teachers workshops are completion of an introductory 3-Day Workshop and an active practice of GROW BIOINTENSIVE techniques. The application deadline is April 15.  Please write for further details.

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GROW BIOINTENSIVE Workshops

  • Two3-Day GROW BIOINTENSIVESM Sustainable Mini-Farming Workshop will be held in Willits, California, on March 6-8 and November 6-8, 2015. The workshop will be given by John Jeavons and Ecology Action staff, apprentices and interns, and will include an afternoon of demonstrations.

    Cost for 3-day Workshop:  $425 – $475  per person depending on the time of registration, plus approximately $75 for publications. Workshop manual is included in the price of registration. Lunches and a networking dinner are included, but lodging and other meals are not. These are good opportunities to be exposed to over thirty-eight years of  GROW BIOINTENSIVE work in just a few days. Send a large self-addressed envelope with 61 cents postage for complete details and registration form, or complete our online Registration Form.

    For more information about the 3-Day Workshops, including registration instructions, online registration form, topics, presenters, and required reading, and downloadable information packets, click here.

  • One 5-Day GROW BIOINTENSIVESM Sustainable Mini-Farming Basic-Level Teacher
    Certification Workshop
    will be held in Willits, CA on August 10-14, 2015. Prerequisites for
    attending a teachers workshop are completion of an introductory 3-Day Workshop and an active
    practice of GROW BIOINTENSIVE techniques. The application deadline is April 15. For more information click here to download Booklet #30  After you have read Booklet #30, if you want to attend the workshop, please write for further details.

  • In 2015, multi-day Biointensive Workshops in Spanish will be held in Veracruz State in Mexico as follows:
    • Feb 2-7 -- 6-Day Workshop in Agroecology and the GROW BIOINTENSIVE method
    • May 11-15 -- 5-Day Workshop in Seed Production and Plant Propagation
    • May 25-30 -- 6-Day Workshop in Agroecology and the GROW BIOINTENSIVESM method
    • June 8-12 -- Food Forest Gardens
    • August 3-8 -- 6-Day Workshop in Agroecology and the GROW BIOINTENSIVESM method
    • Nov 9-14 -- 6-Day Workshop in Agroecology and the GROW BIOINTENSIVESM method
    • Dec 4-6 -- 3-Day Basic-Level Biointensive Workshop

      Contact Ricardo Romero for more details at:bosquedeniebla[at]prodigy.net.mx or fax him at 011-52-27-37-341577

 

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Tours of Ecology Action's Research Mini-Farm Garden Site

Our Willits site is a working Research Mini-Farm, and our busy staff is not able to accommodate drop-in visitors. The site is open to the public only on scheduled dates.

There are two types of tours available in 2015:

1) "The Full Tour"

There will be two 5- to 6-hour Ecology Action Research Mini-Farm/Garden Tours on Saturday, June 6 and June 20, 2015. These tours give a good introduction to GROW BIOINTENSIVE®  sustainable mini-farming, what our practical research site is accomplishing, and how our sustainable method relates to world agriculture. 

Tours include a discussion of the overall world challenges that humankind faces in the areas of soil, food, and nutrition; a tour of the garden and discussion of several crops in particular; and 30-minute mini-classes on double-digging, composting, seed propagation, sustainable home garden crops, and cooking with solar ovens given by staff, apprentices and interns.

The June tours begin at 10 AM and end at approximately 4 PM.

The registration fee is $25 per person. It is $15 for members or those who join at registration or make a $20 or more donation with registration. Tour fees are not tax-deductible. Please pre-register as soon as possible (2 months ahead is best); space is limited.  

2) "The Short Tour"

There will be four 2-hour Ecology Action Research Mini-Farm/Garden Tours on June 13, July 11, August 16, and September 12, 2015. These tours give a brief introduction to GROW BIOINTENSIVE® sustainable mini-farming, what our practical research site is accomplishing, and how our sustainable method relates to world agriculture. 

Tours  include participant introductions; a discussion of the overall world challenges that humankind faces in the areas of soil, food, and nutrition;  an exploration of the connection between thinking globally and acting locally; and a tour of the research Mini-Farm garden.

All Short Tours begin at 10AM and end at approximately noon. Our Garden Manager will be the guide; international apprentices and interns may participate as well. Preregistration and prepayment of $10 is required at least one week in advance.

To register for one of our tours, click here to open our secure online registration and payment form.

Special tours may sometimes be arranged for groups of 20 or more persons having a strong interest in GROW BIOINTENSIVE  sustainable mini-farming.  Write for details and describe your interests.  

Children not involved in the tours often find the event difficult, so please check with us in advance if you plan to bring children with you, and please do not bring pets to the tour.

Generally the Willits site is not open for visits from October 1 through May 15.

 

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Other Interesting and Important Events

John Jeavons' GROW BIOINTENSIVE workshops and presentations

( 2015 events continue to develop: more information coming soon!)

MOSES Poster

Ecology Action Executive Director John Jeavons will be providing the keynote address and teaching classes and workshops at the

 

MOSES Organic Farming Conference
Feb. 26-28, 2015 in La Crosse, Wis.

With 67 Workshops over 6 Sessions  |  2-Floor Exhibit Hall  |  3,000+ Participants 

The MOSES Conference is the largest event in the U.S. about organic and sustainable farming. It’s the one event of the season where you can expand your farming knowledge, discover new resources and tools, make connections and find support, and look cool wearing plaid!

Visit the URL below  to attend MOSES 2015
and support Ecology Action's work!

http://mosesorganic.org/conference/


 


Common Ground Garden in Palo Alto, CA
has classes and events scheduled for 2015!

Edible Garden Series: From Design to Harvest
5 Saturdays: March 7, March 28, April 18, May 9, June 6; 10:00am – 3:00pm

See http://commongroundgarden.org/
for complete descriptions and registration information.

Common Ground in Palo Alto 9-Class Series

 

 

 

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Events and Opportunities in 2015


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