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Calendar of Tours, Workshops and Important Dates, 2016-2017

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.

Special events are in red 

- 2016 -

November 21-26

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

December 1-3

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

- 2017 -

Feb 6-11

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

Mar 3-5

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

Apr 15

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

May 17-19

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

Jun 10

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

June 15

Applications due for the next Internship/Apprentice season
(February-November, 2018)

Jul 19-24

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

Jul 31-Aug 4

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

Aug 15

Apprentice and intern decisions made for 2018

Nov 3-5

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

Nov 6-11

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

Dec 7-9

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

  • 3-Day GROW BIOINTENSIVESM Sustainable Mini-Farming Workshop will be held in Willits, California, on March 4-6, 2016, and November 4-6 2016. The workshops 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:  $325 – $375  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 43 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 8-12, 2016. 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 2016, multi-day Biointensive Workshops in Spanish will be held in Veracruz State in Mexico as follows:
    • Feb 8-13 -- 6-Day Workshop in Agroecology and the GROW BIOINTENSIVE method
    • May 16-20 -- 5-Day Workshop in Seed Production and Plant Propagation
    • July 25-30 -- 6-Day Workshop in Agroecology and the GROW BIOINTENSIVESM method
    • Nov 21-26 -- 6-Day Workshop in Agroecology and the GROW BIOINTENSIVESM method
    • Dec 1-3 -- 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.

1) "The Full Tour"

There will be one 5- to 6-hour Ecology Action Research Mini-Farm/Garden Tours on Saturday, June 4, 2016. 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 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; 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 tour begins 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.  

To register for our June 4 tour, click here to open our secure online registration and payment form.

2) "The Short Tour"

There will be one 2-hour Ecology Action Research Mini-Farm/Garden Tours on Saturday, June 11, 2016. This tour gives 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. 

Tour  includes 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. It will be led by our garden manager.

Short Tour begins at 10AM and ends at noon.

The registration fee is $10 per person. Pre-registration and payment is required at least one week in advance.

To register for our June 11 tour, click here to open our secure online registration and payment form.

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Tour fees are not tax-deductible.  

Special tours may sometimes be arranged for groups of 10 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

( 2016 events continue to develop: more information coming soon!)

 

Biointensive Workshop in Washington DC, taught by John Jeavons, Steve Moore and others! 21 January, 2016

Food Energy Water Nexus Workshop with John Jeavons and others, January 21, 2016

 

For more information, go to: http://foodenergywaternexus.org/

 

 


Common Ground Garden in Palo Alto, CA
has classes and events scheduled for 2016!

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

Homesteading 101: Beekeeping
January 9, 2016, from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM

Homesteading 101: Fruit Tree Grafting
January 30 from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM

Gardening on the Edge: All About Mushrooms
February 6, 2016, from 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM

Homesteading 101: All About Bare Root Trees
Saturday, February 20, 2016 from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM

Sabotaging Snails, Slugs and Plant-Suckers
March 19 from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM

Homesteading 101: Berries
April 23 from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM

Designing Your Garden Space: Part One
May 7 from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM

Designing Your Garden Space: Part Two
May 14 from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM

Bee-autiful Gardens! Planting for Pollinators
May 21 from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM

Homesteading 101: Best Varieties of the Bay Area
June 4 from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM

Off-the-Grid Solar Cooking
June 18 from 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM

Fall Pest Prevention
October 1 from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM

Common Ground in Palo Alto 9-Class Series

 

 

 

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