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2017 Speaking Schedule
The Holistic Orchard: Growing Tree Fruits and Berries the Biological Way
Grow Organic Apples
April 1, Nutritionally-Dense Orcharding, Rockland, Connecticut. Come learn the nutritional side of holistic orcharding through the lens of healthy plant metabolism. The morning will feature a topical walk through the growing season with Michael at the Forest & Park Association building in Rockfall, followed by a teaching tour of High Hill Orchard in the afternoon. This day is sponsored by the Hartford chapter of the Bionutrient Food Association and NOFA Connecticut.
April 8, Apple Forestry Shebang, Vergennes, Vermont. Come learn about healthy trees and ecosystem connections from a whole farm planning perspective. Sponsored by Vermont Edible Landscaping and Shacksbury Cider. Tickets available here.
April 15, MOFGA Orchard Class, Unity, Maine. Michael enjoys heading "downeast" to teach folks for a full day on growing tree fruit organically for their families and communities. Come for a complete rundown on orchard pests, allies, diseases, and proven varieties from the holistic perspective. Check out MOFGA's Events Calendar for all pertinent details.
April 22, Grafting & Pruning Class, Brownington, Vermont. This day with Michael at the Old Stone House Museum in the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont is a hands-on success every year. Participants graft seedling rootstock under experienced tutelage and then get to take their "trees-to-be" back home. Pruning is explained in layman's terms and then aptly demonstrated.
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June 3-4, Holistic Orchard Intensive, Groveton, New Hampshire. Here at the farm!
June 9-11, International Herb Symposium, Wheaton, Massachusetts. Nancy and Michael are honored to be teaching with herbalists from around the globe at this premier herbal gathering. Workshop details will be coming soon. Space fills quickly so go to the IHS website for registration information. And be prepared to dance the night away at the Herbalist's Ball!
June 14-16, Sterling College, Craftsbury Common, Vermont. Three days of hands-on learning about holistic orcharding and fungal connections with Michael as part of the School of the New American Farmstead series. Stay tuned for details at www.sterlingcollege.edu as the course schedule for 2017 is just being developed.
July 29-30, Wild America Nature Festival, Panama, New York. The Roger Tory Nature Institute and Panama Rocks Scenic Park are bringing in the "wild apple grower" for a series of workshops, ranging from mycorrhizal connection and fostering a healthy orchard ecosystem to managing pests and disease holistically. Plus the wild animals. Plus amazing nature art. Plus good food. Learn more here.
August 11-13, NOFA Summer Conference, Amherst, Massachusetts. All sorts of growers come together for this summertime celebration of earth skills, returning once again to the campus of Hampshire College. Prepare yourself for a mycorrhizal keynote, with Michael leading the fungal chorus. A holistic orchard intensive will be offered as well. Check out www.nofasummerconference.org for the full scoop.
August 18-20, Maine Apple Camp, Liberty, Maine. Why not send apple growers off to summer camp for some R&R? John Bunker of FEDCO Trees has done it again, this time bringing conversations about heirloom apples, cider making, organic orcharding to a lakeside camp. Experienced growers like Michael will be there to haze the rookies (smile) and all will be fun. Register with MOFGA while the getting is good.
August 25-27, Women's Herb Conference, Hebron, New Hampshire. Nancy will be teaching with many other fabulous women from across the world. You can find out about this 30th annual gathering at the Women's Herb Conference website. Join us for this special celebration of our radiance, our bodies, and our work as wise women and healers!
October 4, Nashua Garden Club, Nashua, New Hampshire. Michael comes down from the North Country for an evening talk about holistic orcharding. Stay tuned!
November 3-5, Carolina Stewardship Conference, Durham, North Carolina. Come for the full-day intensive with Michael on Successful Biological Orcharding served up southern style, with a soils track on Fungal Consciousness the next day. This impressive conference champions building a vibrant, sustainable food system throughout the Southeast. Stay tuned!
November 15-18, Quivira Coalition Conference, Santa Fe, New Mexico. Michael will be dipping his foot into high desert ecology with a plenary talk on mycorrhizal fungi. The next days will include our tree man in roundtable discussions on crafting a resilient agriculture. Come Saturday, the fun shifts to Tooley's Trees for a full day immersion into healthy orcharding. The Quivira Coalition leads the charge when it comes to good soil stewardship!
December 5-8, Acres USA Conference, Columbus, Ohio. EcoAg advocates will be getting some fungal tree time with Michael at this preeminent gathering. One day will be dedicated to an intensive on Successful Biological Orcharding. A double conference session will be dedicated to the "common root being" and the non-disturbance techniques across the growing spectrum. The trade show features biological innovators galore. This is an event not to be missed!
Looking Ahead to 2018
Michael will be teaching at the following events this coming winter:
January 11-12, Mid-Ohio Growers, Millersburg, Ohio
January 22-24, VA Biological Farming, Hot Springs, Virginia
February 7-10, PASA Conference, State College, Pennsylvania.
February 16-17, Real Health Conference, Ronks, Pennsylvania.
February 22-24, MOSES Conference, La Crosse, Wisconsin.
with surely more to come!
Don't forget to check out our schedule of classes as well! Our programs here at Heartsong Farm emphasize meeting the plants and connecting with the spirit of the land. Many find the chance to visit this blessed spot a healing adventure in itself. Each year we'll be hosting notable community herbalists who will offer advanced teachings as part of our ongoing Radiant Women Weekends. Orchardists-to-be will want to mark their calendars for our Holistic Orchard Intensive with Michael held early in June. We're honored to have you join us.
We can come to your Conference! Interested in having us come to speak about organic orcharding, community herbalism, and self-reliant living? All you have to do is ask! We'll send you a presentation flyer outlining the types of talks we offer and our needs as regards expenses. Michael is available as well to do organic orchard consultations, which include a site visit and mentoring throughout a growing season.
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