Fellowship of Preparation Makers

The Head and Heart of the Biodynamic Farm Organism
Feb 28- Mar 4, 2019, Hotchkiss, CO

The Fellowship of Preparation Makers

The Fellowship of Preparation Makers is a collegial group of farmers, preparation makers, and biodynamic activists. The Fellowship holds an annual educational conference, conducts research, and provides advisory and consultative support to major biodynamic organizations to carry out our mission of ensuring high quality and sufficient quantity of biodynamic preparations in North America. The Fellowship welcomes preparation makers, farmers, gardeners, viticulturalists, orchardists, and anyone interested in furthering their knowledge of biodynamic agriculture “So that the Earth may be healed”

Conference Host Community

This year the conference returns to Western Colorado, home to a vibrant and growing Biodynamic community located in two main valleys. The North Fork Valley of the Gunnison River boasts near perfect fruit and grape growing conditions and is home to the largest concentration of certified organic farms in the state of Colorado. The Roaring Fork and Crystal River Valleys are home to organic and biodynamic diversified farms of varying size, cattle and haying operations, and scenic vistas under the majestic face of Mt Sopris, all at high altitude growing conditions. We are most grateful to our major conference sponsors, The Learning Council and Valley Organic Growers Association, who partner to provide sustainable agriculture education year round. Members and supporters will provide local, organic, and biodynamic produce, meat, eggs, dairy, and value added products for our conference.

The Head and Heart of the Biodynamic Farm Organism

Fellowship of Preparation Makers logo

Our preparation study will focus on the Head represented by BD#505, Oak Bark Preparation, and the Heart represented by BD#504,Nettle Preparation. The study will be spread over the conference and include a sensory evaluation of BD#505 and BD#504 preparations contributed by preparation makers around the country. Lectures will describe harvesting, preparing plants and sheaths, proper burial times and sites, traditional use in the compost pile, additional uses and regional differences of plant materials and sheaths.

Making Formative Forces Visible

The Fellowship of Preparation Makers has undertaken a study of quality evaluation of the biodynamic preparations. An aspect of this study has been an exploration of Chromatography. The method of Chromatography as described by Ehrenfried Pfeiffer in “Chromatography Applied to Quality Testing”(1984) has been utilized to assess quality of soils and compost, food, medicines, and wine by researchers throughout the world. In practicum and interpretation sessions, we will be guided to make chromatograms, and begin to learn the principles of interpretation on samples of BD#500 from across the North American Continent.

Samples Submission

Biodynamic preparation makers are invited to submit samples for evaluation during the conference, even if you are not able to join us for the conference.

BD#504 and BD#505
Please submit these samples for sensory evaluation to:
Patricia M Frazier
29581 Redlands Mesa Road
Hotchkiss, Co 81419

Or bring the samples with you if you are attending the conference.

BD#500
Please submit samples for chromatography testing prior to the conference to:
Ryan Herring
17114 E Maxwell Ave
Spokane Valley, WA 99016

Send a sample of 500 grams BD#500, completely dried, in a container such as plastic Ziploc bag, plastic container, or jar. Shipping is at your expense.

Samples for testing must arrive to Ryan Herring no later than Feb 1, 2019.

Submit samples for chromatography practicum during the conference by bringing them to the conference or mailing them to:
Patricia Frazier
29581 Redlands Mesa Road
Hotchkiss, Co 81419

In either case, please include name, address, prep burial and exhuming dates, climate, and soil type or special treatment of your burial pit.

General Information

Location
The main and pre-conference will be held at Memorial Hall in Hotchkiss, CO, which is located on the western slope of the Colorado Rockies in the North Fork of the Gunnison River Valley. The post-conference farm day will be in Carbondale, CO at Sustainable Settings. The weather in the valleys is generally sunny with temperatures on average ranging from highs in the 40-50’s to lows in the 20’s. March is second only to January in annual snowfall amounts. Appropriate wardrobe recommended.

Transportation
Flight arrangements are via either Grand Junction, CO (1.5 hours by car) or Montrose, CO (1 hour by car). Although no public transportation from either airport is available, rental vehicles are available at both.

Lodging
Attendees should arrange their own North Fork lodging. For more information, please contact Pat Frazier – ppfarminfo@gmail.com

Meals
Lunch and dinner will be provided on the pre-conference day. Breakfast, lunch and dinner will be provided on Friday and Saturday. Breakfast and lunch will be provided on Sunday. Lunch will be provided at Sustainable Settings on Monday. All meals will be local, organic or biodynamic with vegetarian options. Conference fees include meals.

Schedule

Pre-conference Day
Feb 28,2019

Morning
Delicious Orchards
9-1
Biodynamic Orchard Management
Jeff Schwartz, Host and Lloyd Nelson
Permaculture and Biodynamic Marriage
Patricia Frazier and Wind Clearwater
Biodynamic composting
Lloyd Nelson
Transitioning to Biodynamic Management
Panel – Memorial Hall

Afternoon
1:30-2:45
Lunch

3-5
Herbs in Biodynamics
Alicia Michelsen, Patricia Frazier
Backyard Biodynamics
Dawn Rains

Evening
6-8
Conference Community Dinner and Gathering
All Pre-conference and Main Conference Attendees

Main Conference
Friday March 1,2019

Morning
Memorial Hall
7:30-8:30
Registration and Breakfast
8:30 – 8:45
Artistic Expressions
9-1
Morning Talk
Chromatography Practicum
Ryan Herring

Afternoon
1-2:30
Lunch
2:30-5:30
Afternoon Talks
Oak Bark Preparation – The Head of the Farm organism
Nettle Preparation – The Heart of the Farm organism
Hugh Lovel
Question and Answer Panel Discussion to follow

Evening
6-7:30
Dinner
8
Evening entertainment

Saturday March 2,2019

Morning
Memorial Hall
8-9
Breakfast
9-1
Morning Talks
Practical uses and considerations of Oak Bark Preparation
Panel
Practical uses and considerations of Nettle Preparation
Panel
Sensory evaluation of Oak Bark and Nettle Preparations Concurrent
Wali Via

Afternoon
1-2:30
Lunch
2:30-5:30
Afternoon Talk
Chromatography Interpretation
Ryan Herring

Evening
5:45-7:00
Dinner
7:30
Evening Socializing and entertainment

Sunday March 3,2019

Morning
Memorial Hall
8-9
Breakfast
9
Artistic expressions
9:30
Morning talks
Sensory evaluation of Oak Bark and Nettle Preparations Discussion
Panel
Conference Plenary
Brian Wickert

Closing Ceremony
Wali Via

Lunch and Departures

Monday March 4,2019

Sustainable Settings and Biodynamic Source
Carbondale, CO

10-4
Farm Day tour and education
Brook LeVan and Lloyd Nelson
Lunch provided

Speakers

Patricia Frazier

Hotchkiss, CO

  • Farmer
  • Preparation Maker
  • Permaculture and Biodynamic educator

Fellowship Conference Planning Committee Conference contributions:

  • Permaculture Biodynamic Marriage
  • Herbs in Biodynamics
  • Panel Discussions

Ryan Herring

Spokane, WA

  • Teacher and consultant in soils, regenerative farming and biodynamics
  • Permaculture Designer

Fellowship Preparation Evaluation Committee Conference contribution:

  • Chromatography Practicum and Interpretation

Lloyd Nelson

Paonia, CO

  • Educator
  • Consultant
  • Preparation Maker

Fellowship Conference Planning Committee Conference Contributions:

  • Biodynamic compost
  • Panel Discussions
  • Post Conference Farm Tour and Education

Brook LeVan

Carbondale, CO

  • Farmer
  • Educator
  • Consultant
  • Preparation Maker
  • Founder Sustainable Settings Farm and Ranch

Conference contribution:

  • Post Conference Farm Tour and Education Day Host

Hugh Lovel

Blairsville, GA

  • Farmer
  • International Consultant
  • Author

Conference contributions:

  • The Head and Heart of the Farm Organism
  • Oak Bark Study
  • Nettle Study
  • Panel Discussions

Alicia Michelsen

Paonia, CO

  • Educator
  • Herbalist
  • Midwife

Conference contribution:

  • Herbs in Biodynamics

Dawn Rains

Marble, CO

  • Landscaper
  • Biodynamic Gardener
  • Artist

Fellowship Conference Planning Committee Conference contribution:

  • Backyard Biodynamics

Wali Via

Noti, OR

  • Farmer
  • Preparation Maker
  • Educator

Fellowship Member on Multiple Committees Conference Contributions:

  • Sensory Evaluation Exercises Leader
  • Closing Ceremony

Brian Wickert

Viroquoa, WI

  • Farmer
  • Preparation Maker
  • Educator
  • Consultant

Fellowship Conference Planning Committee Conference Contributions:

  • Conference Plenary Session
  • Panel Discussions