2018 Speaking Schedule
Nancy & Michael Phillips
We're thrilled to offer our take on earth wisdom whenever the opportunity arises. Hope to see ya soon!
January 11-12, Mid-Ohio Growers Conference, Millersburg, Ohio. The Amish community (and others) are bringing the green man out to talk about orchard ecosystems and holistic disease management. We're also open Pandora's Box in a hands-on session on pruning fruit trees. All comes together at midohiogrowers.com.
January 22-24, Biological Farming Conference, Hot Springs, Virginia. This venture will find Michael speaking his heart out. We start with a half-day intensive on Nutritionally-Dense Orcharding. The conference keynote will be a Soil Redemption Song featuring mycorrhizal fungi and plants alike. Conference sessions will cover the complexity underlying spray decisions in the orchard and bringing back abandoned fruit trees. See www.vabf.org/conference for all the details.
January 30-February 2, CiderCon, Baltimore, Maryland. The United States Association of Cider Makers hosts the eighth annual conference celebrating the many mores of cider. Odds are high a certain guy will be speaking about holistic cider apple production in the Heritage Cider track. Check out ciderassociation.org/cidercon2018 for the scoop.
February 7-10, Farming for the Future Conference, State College, Pennsylvania. Michael will present many surprising ideas about understory ecology, holistic disease management, and our attitude about other species in a full-day Successful Biological Orcharding course on Wednesday. Next up an intensive on Biological Alchemy for fungal stewards. Conference workshop sessions will cover the Complexity of Spray Decisions in the Orchard, Soil Dynamics, and Home Orchard Care. Learn all about this inspiring conference at conference.pasafarming.org.
February 22-24, Midwest Organic Farming Conference, La Crosse, Wisconsin. Mark your calendars for Michael's heartland take on Successful Biological Orcharding at Thursday's Organic University. A session talk on Fungal Consciousness will appeal to all growers eager to understand soil biology and healthy plant metabolism. Learn all about this gargantuan learning opportunity at mosesorganic.org/conference.
March 15, Cornucopia Project, Peterborough, New Hampshire. Talk on Fungal Consciousness starts at 7 PM. The Cornucopia Project helps to build healthy communities by developing agriculture-based edible education programs to children as they grow, and by playing a leadership role in the local food movement. Sponsored by Ideal Compost.
March 18, NOFA-NH Winter Conference, Concord, New Hampshire. Michael is thrilled to join with his home state NOFA chapter to offer a workshop on Fungal Consciousness and another on "orchard something" (surprises are fun!) for this one-day event. Register at www.nofanh.org/winterconference to reserve your place at the table.
April 7, Albemarle Ciderworks, Charlottesville, Virginia. Join us for a comprehensive exploration of orchard health strategies that make disease and insect challenges doable for organic growers. The day will consist of a fun mix of lectures and hands-on time with trees, with many opportunities to ask questions of Michael. Come learn (click here) and then drink great cider afterwards!
April 8, Paris Apothecary, Paris, Virginia. What fun to swing by Susan Leopold's small town herb shop to dance with the mycelium. Talk on Fungal Consciousness starts at 4 PM. You might even make a weekend getaway out of this at parisapothecaryva.com
April 14, 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 21, Community Consult, Petersham, Massachusetts. Come all for this town-wide exploration of apple trees on the commons followed by an in-depth session on Biological Alchemy in the afternoon. We have ignored basic soil biology and instead disturbed ecosystems at our own peril. Time to change that, courtesy of the Petersham Grange 95!