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Calendar of Tours, Workshops and Important Dates, 2014

Dates in bold are events at the Willits Mini-Farm in California.
Tours are in green.
Workshops are in dark green.  
Underlined Dates are in Mexico.

International events are in red 

- 2014 -

Feb 3-8

6-Day Workshop in Agroecology and the GROW BIOINTENSIVESM method, Veracruz State, Mexico (In Spanish)*

Feb 28- Mar 2

3-Day Ecology Action GROW BIOINTENSIVESM Sustainable Mini-Farming Workshops, Willits, CA

Mar 31

2-Month Summer Internship Applications Due

April 10

2-Month Summer Internship decisions made

April 15

5-Day GROW BIOINTENSIVESM Basic-Level Teacher Certification Workshop application deadline

May 12-16

5-Day Workshop in Seed Production and Plant Propagation, Veracruz State, Mexico (In Spanish)*

May 15

5-Day GROW BIOINTENSIVESM Basic-Level Teacher Certification Workshop participant and 2-Month Collegiate Internship decisions made

May 17

Ecology Action Research Mini-Farm/Garden Short Tour, Willits, CA

June 7

Ecology Action Research Mini-Farm/Garden Full Tour, Willits, CA

June 14

Ecology Action Research Mini-Farm/Garden Short Tour, Willits, CA

June 22

Ecology Action Research Mini-Farm/Garden Full Tour, Willits, CA

July 19

Ecology Action Research Mini-Farm/Garden Short Tour, Willits, CA

July 7-12

6-Day Workshop in Agroecology and the GROW BIOINTENSIVESM method, Veracruz State, Mexico (In Spanish)*

August 2

Ecology Action Research Mini-Farm/Garden Full Tour, Willits, CA

August 11-15

5-Day GROW BIOINTENSIVESM Basic-Level Teacher Certification Workshop, Willits, CA (tentative)

August 16

Ecology Action Research Mini-Farm/Garden Short Tour, Willits, CA

September 15

Apprentice and Intern Applications due
for 2015 season

September 20

Ecology Action Research Mini-Farm/Garden Short Tour, Willits, CA

November 7-9

3-Day Ecology Action GROW BIOINTENSIVESMSustainable Mini-Farming Workshop, Willits, CA

November 3-7

6-Day Workshop in Agroecology and the GROW BIOINTENSIVESM method, Veracruz State, Mexico (In Spanish)*

November 15

Apprentice and Intern decisions made
for 2015 season

November 24-29

6-Day International Conference and Workshops in the Dominican Republic
on Small Scale Agriculture

December 4-6

3-Day Basic-Level Biointensive Workshop, Veracruz State, Mexico (In Spanish)*

*Prerequisites for teachers workshops are completion of an introductory 3-Day Workshop and an active practice of GROW BIOINTENSIVE techniques. The application deadline is April 15.  Please write for further details.

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GROW BIOINTENSIVE Workshops

  • Two3-Day GROW BIOINTENSIVESM Sustainable Mini-Farming Workshop will be held in Willits, California, on Feb 28 - March 2 and November 7-9, 2014. The workshop will be given by John Jeavons and Ecology Action staff, apprentices and interns, and will include an afternoon of demonstrations.

    Cost for 3-day Workshop:  $425 – $475  per person depending on the time of registration, plus approximately $75 for publications. Workshop manual is included in the price of registration. Lunches and a networking dinner are included, but lodging and other meals are not. These are good opportunities to be exposed to over thirty-eight years of  GROW BIOINTENSIVE work in just a few days. Send a large self-addressed envelope with 61 cents postage for complete details and registration form, or complete our online Registration Form.

    For more information about the 3-Day Workshops, including registration instructions, online registration form, topics, presenters, and required reading, and downloadable information packets, click here.

  • One 5-Day GROW BIOINTENSIVESM Sustainable Mini-Farming Basic-Level Teacher
    Certification Workshop
    will be held in Willits, CA on August 11-15, 2014. Prerequisites for
    attending a teachers workshop are completion of an introductory 3-Day Workshop and an active
    practice of GROW BIOINTENSIVE techniques. The application deadline is April 15. For more information click here to download Booklet #30  After you have read Booklet #30, if you want to attend the workshop, please write for further details.

  • In 2014, multi-day Biointensive Workshops in Spanish will be held in Veracruz State in Mexico on Feb 3-8, May12-16, July 7-12, Nov 3-7 and Dec 4-6. Contact Ricardo Romero for more details at:bosquedeniebla[at]prodigy.net.mx or fax him at 011-52-27-37-341577

 

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Tours of Ecology Action's Research Mini-Farm Garden Site

Our Willits site is a working Research Mini-Farm, and our busy staff is not able to accommodate drop-in visitors. The site is open to the public only on scheduled dates.

There are two types of tours available in 2014:

1) "The Full Tour"

There will be three 5- to 6-hour Ecology Action Research Mini-Farm/Garden Tours on Saturday, June 7, Sunday June 22, and Saturday, August 2, 2014. These tours give a good introduction to GROW BIOINTENSIVE® sustainable mini-farming, what our practical research site is accomplishing, and how our sustainable method relates to world agriculture. 

Tours  include participant introductions; a discussion of the overall world challenges that humankind faces in the areas of soil, food, and nutrition;  an exploration of the connection between thinking globally and acting locally; a tour of the garden and discussion of several crops in particular; and 30-minute mini-classes on double-digging, composting, seed propagation, sustainable home garden crops, and  cooking with solar ovens given by staff, apprentices and interns.

The June tours begin at 10 AM and end at approximately 4 PM. The August tour begins at 9 AM and end at approximately 3 PM.  

The registration fee is $25 per person. It is $15 for members or those who join at registration or make a $20 or more donation with registration. Tour fees are not tax-deductible . Please pre-register as soon as possible (2 months ahead is best); space is limited.  

2) "The Short Tour"

There will be five 2-hour Ecology Action Research Mini-Farm/Garden Tours on May 17, June 14, July 19, August 16, and September 20, 2014 (all Saturdays). These tours give a brief introduction to GROW BIOINTENSIVE® sustainable mini-farming, what our practical research site is accomplishing, and how our sustainable method relates to world agriculture. 

Tours  include participant introductions; a discussion of the overall world challenges that humankind faces in the areas of soil, food, and nutrition;  an exploration of the connection between thinking globally and acting locally; and a tour of the research Mini-Farm garden.

All Short Tours begin at 10AM and end at approximately noon.

To register for a tour, click here to open our secure online registration and payment form.

Special tours may sometimes be arranged for groups of 20 or more persons having a strong interest in GROW BIOINTENSIVE  sustainable mini-farming.  Write for details and describe your interests.  

Children not involved in the tours often find the event difficult, so please check with us in advance if you plan to bring children with you, and please do not bring pets to the tour.

Generally the Willits site is not open for visits from October 1 through May 15.

 

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Other Interesting and Important Events

John Jeavons' GROW BIOINTENSIVE workshops and presentations

( 2014 events continue to develop: more information coming soon!)

GROW BIOINTENSIVE® Sustainable Mini-Farming
Three-Day Workshop


Austin, Texas
Friday-Sunday October 24-26, 2014

8:30 AM-5:30 PM Friday,
8:30 AM-5:30 PM Saturday
8:30 AM-5:30 PM Sunday

Venue: TBA

Pre-registration Required.

BOGO: Buy one registration,
get the second at half-price when purchased together!

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Common Ground Organic Garden Supply and Education Center in Palo Alto, CA has a wide range of classes and events scheduled for 2014!

Classes include a special GROW BIOINTENSIVE nine-class package, and other workshops on garden planning, pruning, soil care,permaculture and more!

See http://www.commongroundinpaloalto.org/
for complete descriptions and registration information.

Common Ground in Palo Alto 9-Class Series

To register for this 9-Class Series, click here.

 

 

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Events and Opportunities in 2015

GROW BIOINTENSIVE
6- and 12- Month Internships
2015 Session

Applications for the 2015 6- and 12- month internships are now being accepted:
The internships will start mid-April 2015

Application Deadline: September 15, 2014

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