Spring Meeting 2017

April 22-23

Fulcrum Farm

14995 Clear Creek Pl.

Grass Valley, CA

The farmer ploughs and furrows the field, And sows the seed for the harvest’s yield. Earth, sun, wind and rain, Swell the seed and ripen the grain.

The reapers reap and gather the wheat, The miller grinds it to flour sweet, The baker bakes it to golden bread By which our body is nourished and fed.

Farmer, miller and baker true, Bring forth the bread for me and you. In every loaf their labour lies Blessed by earth and sun-filled skies.
— Paul King

Schedule TBA

 


Reflections on the Winter 2017 Meeting

January 5, 6, and 7th

Hosted by Luke and Emily Frey and

Yokayo Roots Ranch

Ukiah, CA 95482

http://www.yokayoranch.com/

The days are short, the sun a spark. Hung thin between the dark and dark. Fat snowy footsteps track the floor, and parkas pile up near the door. The river is a frozen place held still beneath the trees’ black lace. The sky is low. The wind is gray. The radiator purrs all day.
— John Updike, A Childs Calendar, 1965

Winter is here and so is the BDANC winter meeting. A time to reflect on the past year, mediate on the new farming season, and go deep into understanding of plants, digestion, and nutrition. We have a packed weekend with rich dialog and healthy socializing. So come join us at Yakayo Roots Ranch, you won't be disappointed.

We had fantastic talks from Dennis Klocek and Dr. David Gershan to start our theme year of Health and Digestion. This will be interspersed with hearty and healthy food catered by Lily Frey, rich dialog from socializing, and active movement through Eurythmy conducted by Cynthia Hoven.

 
 
 

Friday January 6th
9-5pm "Plant & Soil: Salt and Oil" with Dennis Klocek
(requires separate registration www.coros.org; catered lunch)
6:00 Catered dinner

Saturday January 7th
7:30 Catered breakfast
8:30 - 9:15 Eurythmy with Cynthia Hoven (in barn down the hill)
9:45 Welcome and Announcements
10:00 Morning Keynote by Dennis Klocek: On the Phenomenology of Medicinal Plants
11:15 Socializing and lunch preparation
12:30 Potluck lunch (bring your own plates and utensils)
2:00 Farm tour with Julia Dankin/Yokayo Roots Ranch group
3:30 Afternoon Keynote by Anthroposophical Doctor David Gershan, MD, San Francisco: "Medicine for the Earth, Medicine for People"
(from http://www.steinerhealth.org/contact/anthroposophical-doctors/_)
5:30 News from BDA meeting in Santa Fe
6:30 Catered dinner, socializing and Talent Show

Sunday January 8th
7:30 Catered breakfast
8:30 - 9:30 Eurythmy with Cynthia Hoven
9:45-11:00 Anthroposophical Salon with Cynthia Hoven
11:00 Annual BDANC member feedback and planning meeting
12:30 Catered lunch, cleanup and departure


 

Reflections on the FALL MEETING

BDANC's 30th Birthday

Saturday and Sunday September 24 and 25, 2016

Live Power Community Farm, Covelo, Mendocino County

HTTP://www.livepower.org

25451 East Lane • Covelo, CA 95428

707-983-8196

Brave and True I will be like St. Michael. Each good deed sets me free. Each kind word makes me strong. I will fight for the right. I will conquer the wrong

Brave and True I will be like St. Michael. Each good deed sets me free. Each kind word makes me strong. I will fight for the right. I will conquer the wrong

Golden light is turning grey, Mists begin to rule the day. Bare the trees, their branches lift; Clouds of dead leaves earthward drift.

Through the field the farmer goes, Seeds of ripened corn she sows; Trusts the earth will hold it warm,
Shelter it from cold and harm.

For she knows, that warmth and light Live there, hidden from our sight; And beneath a sheltering wing, Deep below, deep below, new life will spring!
— Wynstones Autumn book

We celebrated Equinox, Harvest and Michaelmas! We brought strong wills and love to the celebration!

A big Thank you for a very successful and emotionally fulfilling Fall meeting with our hosts Live Power Community Farm.  The Live Power interns were the driving force to making our 30th birthday celebration a success. While Steve and Gloria Decatuer could not be with us, as Gloria heals, the interns ran the show and for that BDANC and its members are forever grateful.  Thank you Jon Guisti for being the interns maestro, your hard work and persistence paid off. We started off honoring the cow that gave its life to be apart of the BD preparation process. The BD prep making was extremely efficient and educational while under the direction of Harald Hoven, with the help of Luke Frey, Delmar McComb, Carin Fortin and Grover Stock.  Four major BD preps (horn manure, chamomile, dandelion, and oak bark) made in under four hours!  The Past, Present, and Future panel to digest and offer thoughts on BDANCs 30 years was deeply moving and insightful. The panel consisted of Harald Hoven or Raphael Gardens, Luke Frey of Frey Family Vineyards, Marney and Lisa of Fulcrum Farm, Jon Guisti of Live Power, Carin Fortin of Blossoms Best Farm, Thea Carlson of BDA, and was moderated by Delmar McComb. A truly humbling group that showed adherence to being on the Rosicrucian path of enlightenment through being Biodynamic farming practitioners. Saturday night everyone let loose with a big square dancing event with a creatively modern caller.  Thank you to Cynthia Hoven for leading a beautiful Anthropospophic Salon Sunday morning. She provided a moving picture of Anthroposophy using the Brothers Grimm fairy tale "The Water of Life".  Finally, Joesph Haggard brought us another insightful BING world cafe session.  Finally, Happy Birthday to BDANC where this year we celebrated 30 years of bringing Biodynamic agriculture and three fold community development to Northern California.

We hope to see you all at the Winter meeting to be hosted by Yokayo Roots Ranch in Ukiah, Mendocino county in January 6, 7, and 8, 2017.

 

 

 


Summer meeting


Saturday and Sunday June 25 and 26, 2016.

Open Field farm | Petaluma

http://www.openfieldfarm.com/

2245 Spring Hill Road Petaluma, CA 94952 

707-775-4644

Our Hosts were Seth and Sarah James

At Summer Solstice, it is as though the Earth has completed a full out breath, and in essence is reaching highest upward as possible into its celestial environment. The soul of the human being is as though borne up and out with this Earth exhalation, carrying within itself the fruits of Earth experience that have been gathered since the time of deepest inhalation, at Winter Solstice.
— Mary Stewart Adams, “Speaking with the Stars”, 2014

 

Reflections on the Spring MEETINg

Saturday and Sunday April 2 and 3 , 2016

Raphael Gardens

Rudolf Steiner College | Fair Oaks

9200 Fair Oaks Blvd, Fair Oaks, CA 95628

http://www.rudolfsteinercollege.edu/csa

 

A big Thank you for a very successful Spring meeting with our hosts Raphael Gardens at Rudolf Steiner College.  Thank you to our hosts Harald Hoven and his apprentices for a well organized event.  Thank you to Cynthia Hoven for morning Eurythmy. Thank you for another insightful workshop session on three folding with John Bloom and to Blair Ladd for bringing the BING world cafe back for another round on sunday.  Finally, Happy Birthday to BDANC where this year we celebrate 30 years of bringing Biodynamic agriculture and three fold community development to Northern California.

We hope to see you all at the summer meeting to be hosted by Open Field Farm in Petaluma, Sonoma County.


 

Reflections from the Winter Meeting

January 8-10, 2016

Yokayo Roots Ranch

800 Hensley Creek Rd.

Ukiah, CA 95482

http://www.yokayoranch.com/

 

We had a VERY successful winter meeting at Yokayo Roots Ranch.  A special thank you to Julia Dakin and her farming partners for hosting this years winter meeting.  Our collaboration with the Coros Institute and speaker Dennis Klocek and master of ceremonies Patricia Dickson on Friday was well attended (over 106 people, it was tight). Thank you!  On Saturday a warm thank you to both speakers Dennis Klocek and John Bloom of RSF Social Finance for excellent talks.  Our Winter meeting for the weekend was attended by over 80 people. We also wish to thank Cynthia Hoven for leading us in Eurythmy each morning; Livepower Farm apprentice John Giusti for another well received (and showing much talent!) talent show Saturday night; and the special inclusion of the Bulgarian dance troupe from Santa Rosa who ushered us all into the New Year with a festival blessing and dance. Finally, a special thank you to our host Luke Frey for putting on a smooth well organized logistics at the location and to his daughter Lily and partner Tom for EXCELLENT Biodynamic catered food.  We were all spoiled with the magic that came out of the kitchen each day.

The following are a selection of photos over the three days.