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Pre-Conference

We are pleased to offer a pre-conference day of advanced seminars – full-day deep dives with seminal thinkers and leading practitioners of our generation.  We hope you can join us for this opportunity to dig deeper into the principles and practices of regenerative eco-agriculture, soil health and human health with Peter Bane, Mark Fulford, Guido Masé, and Dr. Alexander “Sande” Beddoe, as we strive to align with nature to heal ourselves and our planet!

Peter Bane

Permaculture Institute of North America

Permaculturalist, educator, author

Mark Fulford

Teltane Farm

Farmer, consultant and educator

Guido Masé

Vermont Center for Integrative Herbalism

Clinical herbalist, educator, author

Alexander "Sande" Beddoe

Educator, author, chronicler of RBTI

Thursday Advanced Seminars

Peter Bane

Root, Gut, Crown, and Sky: Ecosystem Perspectives on Soil Health and Nutrition

Permaculture design integrates human culture with the intelligence and demands of natural systems. Forty years of worldwide experimentation, learning, and cultural diffusion have given rise to powerful insights and resilient practice. In this day-long workshop we will expand our awareness of what sustains healthy soils and nourishing food for all through the holistic frame of multiple actors and multiple inputs.Read more...

Permaculture design integrates human culture with the intelligence and demands of natural systems. Forty years of worldwide experimentation, learning, and cultural diffusion have given rise to powerful insights and resilient practice.

In this day-long workshop we will expand our awareness of what sustains healthy soils and nourishing food for all through the holistic frame of multiple actors and multiple inputs. Globally, modern agriculture has damaged almost all ecosystems and all people, yet the same daring that launched the now discredited Green Revolution, albeit with a different intellectual framework and different tools, is needed to repair communities, landscapes, and the climate.

We will examine the many links and parallel harmonies between living kingdoms and learn to apply permaculture design thinking and methods to achieve Gaian objectives. Our little-recognized fungal allies below the soil surface are key players in the uptake of balanced mineral nutrient by plants, humans, and other animals. At the same time, their woody antennae, the trees, with their winged and bacterial associates, are continuously modifying climate on the micro- and macro-level to nurture life and stabilize this third rock from the sun.

Together, we will explore what it takes to keep living systems functioning well while also providing home and services to humanity.

Mark Fulford

Partnering with Soil: Human Re-mergence With Stable Soil and Diverse Crop & Animal Systems

It Matters More How We Farm Rather Than What We Farm

Modern conventional and organic agriculture is still mostly a till and kill system. It’s a persistent paradigm we need to shift from for so many reasons. Read more...

It Matters More How We Farm Rather Than What We Farm

Modern conventional and organic agriculture is still mostly a till and kill system. It’s a persistent paradigm we need to shift from for so many reasons. We cut open the soil to remove native vegetation, and replace it with crops of our value set, many being foreign to the region. We tend to mono crop for convenience of the market place without considering the consequences.

Shifting from this limiting mode to a simultaneous cropping and soil building enterprise with nature is being done worldwide with a spectacular yield and problem-solving record. Machinery and field preparation is re-tooled to protect each precious square foot of soil, rather than suppress it’s full expression. Examples of mixed crops, grains, orchards, livestock and special attention to beneficial habitat will be considered. Equipment is smaller, more nimble and synchronized.

It is not one single system, but a highly adaptable set of methods that fits almost any crop group or region of the planet. In this introduction and review of methods up to date, we will focus on how we can apply this fresh approach to our farms in the Northeast US.

Guido Masé

Interwoven Connectedness at the Heart of Health, Resilience, and Sustainability

Soil scientists know that a garden is more than just soil and plants: it is a thriving ecosystem. When talking about human health, herbalists take a similar approach that looks at the human being as a living ecological system. There is so much evidence that this reasoning is sound: from the wide-ranging effects that our microbial denizens have on mood and inflammation, to the multi-organ system interactions described in psycho-neuro-immunology, we are more than just a brain and its life-support machinery. But this systems-based complexity extends outward into our environment as much as it extends inward into our microbiome: influences from the surrounding ecology shape and direct our lives in hidden, but powerful, ways. Read more...

Soil scientists know that a garden is more than just soil and plants: it is a thriving ecosystem. When talking about human health, herbalists take a similar approach that looks at the human being as a living ecological system. There is so much evidence that this reasoning is sound: from the wide-ranging effects that our microbial denizens have on mood and inflammation, to the multi-organ system interactions described in psycho-neuro-immunology, we are more than just a brain and its life-support machinery. But this systems-based complexity extends outward into our environment as much as it extends inward into our microbiome: influences from the surrounding ecology shape and direct our lives in hidden, but powerful, ways.

Some of these influences can be troubling: plasticizers such as BPA, pesticides used in conventional agriculture, food additives, and more, can impact everything from mood to fertility to immunity. But on a more hopeful note, plants and mushrooms, in a riot of wild diversity, have been influencing our lives since before we were human – largely in beneficial ways. The science and art of discovering and riding these influences is called herbalism, and it extends well beyond basic nutrition – just like holistic soil science extends well beyond N,P,K.

During this day-long intensive, we will explore and refine this central proposition: that the diversity of the natural world knits itself together into ecological systems using signal molecules, and in a well-connected ecology, all components (humans included) are more resilient, sustainable, and healthy. We will explore the latest research evidence on questions such as:
• How did biodiversity come to be? Why is it essential?
• How has the evolutionary process on this planet encoded the relationships between all its inhabitants?
• How does DNA – an information-storage molecule – also function as an “antenna” tuned into the chemical signals from the ecologies both inside and outside us?
• How does DNA pick up on these cross-kingdom signals and alter its expression as a result?
• What types of chemical signals are most relevant to human health today? What types of plants, mushrooms, and bacteria carry these signals?
• What are simple ways to incorporate these elements into our lives, farms, and gardens?
• What are the consequences for humans, soil, our ecology, and the planet?

By zeroing in on gene expression and its modulation via molecules such as polyphenols, triterpenes, polysaccharides, saponins, and more, we will explore the ways in which herbalism brings the voice of the ecology to the dinner table. We will leave inspired and enlivened – and hopefully, more aware of the inescapable interconnectedness of humans and the ecology. And equipped with the knowledge herbalism provides, we will also walk away with practical strategies that help heal people, nurture the soil – and maybe even save the world.

Dr. Sande Beddoe

Reams’ Biological Theory Of Ionization Soil and Plant Workshop

Dr. Beddoe, the dental physician who studied personally with Dr. Carey Reams for 10 years. He authored two textbooks on how to apply the Biological Theory of Ionization — one on how to tailor-make diets for the best human nutrition, and another on how to raise the best-quality, healthiest food in commercial agriculture or home gardening. This seminar gives you six information-packed hours with Dr. Sande Beddoe, who teaches principles of Dr. Carey Reams in a clear and practical way you can take home and use on your farm or garden.Read more...

You will learn in this seminar the principles of Dr. Carey Reams in a clear and practical way you can take home and use on your farm or garden. “High-energy, well mineralized soil can have more beneficial effect on human health than all the medical institutions that will ever exist.” During this presentation, you will learn why Dr. Beddoe believes Reams’ Biological Theory Of Ionization (RBTI) science and technology stands clearly beyond and superior to the fads, fables and “ologies” of agriculture and human health. You will learn why Dr. Beddoe holds, as true, that RBTI identifies the determinate factor for understanding the true way to grow the highest quality and healthiest food possible for superior human health. You will understand how the mistakes of treating symptoms remains ongoing in agriculture science as well as medical science. RBTI identifies the determinant factor of the underlying causes so you can achieve maximum energy delivery from soil to plant, producing the highest quality and quantity of crops. Dr. Beddoe will bring together, in a clear and practical way, the illusive parts of RBTI so that you will see – maybe for the first time – why you need to learn how to implement the math, science and technology of RBTI on your farm or garden as well as in your own physical being.

Dr. Beddoe will present an in-depth introduction to the most advanced soil and plant chemistry principles existing in this 21st century. RBTI contains the absolute best-kept secrets, ever, on how to grow the healthiest and highest nutrient content foods possible on planet earth.

You will gain vital insight on many unique RBTI agricultural subjects and learn:
• How to build and activate the ideal top-soil.
• How you may be shooting your garden in its foot.
• How to know if you are going to be able to grow the part of the plant desired for harvest and how to make it happen.
• How to measure, on the spot, the exact quality of foods being grown.
• How the intimate connection between soil and human health works.
• How to observe what is happening, or not happening, in the farm field or orchard.
• How to best grow, specifically, the part of the plant desired for harvest.
• How and why carbon is so vital to the soil.
• How and why manganese is so vital to farm and garden soil.
• How electrical conductivity of the soil helps or hinders your farm or garden.
• Why Jack’s beanstalk grew the way it did.
• How to extend your growing season.
• How to make your farm and garden harvest last longer on the shelf.
• Why calcium is so critical to the soil.
• The secrets of soft rock phosphate and potassium.
• How nitrogen can work for or against you.
• How plant foods can work for and against you.
• Why you need to understand the good and the bad of commercial plant foods.
• Secrets of soil moisture and plant growth.
• How to get a warmer start in the spring.

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