Celebrating the Harvest
The first weekend in October will be the 20th celebration of the Annual Southeast Regional Biodynamic Celebration. Held at 'Barefoot Farmer' Jeff Poppen's Long Hungry Creek Farm in Red Boiling Springs, the annual event brings together farmers, gardeners, educators, holistic practitioners and those who just love good food to celebrate the year's harvest and learn about biodynamic practices.

This year's theme is “Training New Farmers.” How do people learn to grow food? How can we create a healthy farm culture? The weekend will explore a number of basic and hands-on activities for new farmers, as well as exploring the ways that farmers learn and thrive. The conference will talk about growing a healthy new generation of farmers and farms.

Discussion topics will include permaculture homesteading, healthy soils, farmer training programs, innovative berry culture, biodynamic agriculture, holistic health, beekeeping, homeopathy, farming with draft horses, cooking in an earth oven and the spiritual work of the farmer. This festival attracts a wide array of people with gifts to share, and ample time is allowed for one-on-one discussion with workshop leaders, and one another, throughout the weekend. The conference fee for the annual event includes: three days of workshops, lectures, farm tours, farm-cooked biodynamic and organic meals, use of campground space and a Saturday night barn dance—all within the atmosphere of a harvest celebration.

To check out the schedule and for registration information, go to: http://barefootfarmer.org/biodynamic-conference-2014/