Workshops, Classes and Presentations

John Jeavons presents 1-, 3-, and 5-day workshops, as well as classes and presentations about
GROW BIOINTENSIVE® Sustainable Mini-Farming in different locations through the year.

For more information about these workshops, presentations and other activities, click a tab below.

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Date
Event/Location
Feb 28, 2014


Free Evening Presentation

"Biointensive Water saving, soil building & planting methods
Sunday, Feb 28, 2014 at 7-9 PM

The Willits Grange
291 School Street in Willits, CA
sponsored by Willits Economic Localization (WELL)

http://willits.org/index.php?option=com_jcalpro&view=event&id=1122:how-to-grow-food-plants-in-a-drought-water-wise-forum&Itemid=539




October 24-26, 2014

 

GROW BIOINTENSIVE®
Sustainable Mini-Farming

Three-Day Workshop

Austin, Texas

This event is in development - more information coming soon!

 

 


   

AUSTIN, TX.
For more information about the 3-Day Workshop, click on a topic below.
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Introduction

The Program

The program will consist of an extensive course of lecture, discussion and demonstration sessions, and will include a full range of information on Sustainability and Efficient Resource Use, Crops and Diet, Fertilization, Compost and Compost Crops, Soil Preparation and Seed Propagation, as well as the perspective to tie all these together. The goal of the workshop is to give you the best possible education to grow abundant, sustainable food for the rest of your life!

Demonstrations

A portion of the workshop will be devoted to practical demonstrations, during which a few participants will be able to try their hand at double-digging, pricking out and/or transplanting.

Dates, Prices & Application Deadlines

Austin, Texas



October 24-26, 2014
8:30 AM-5:30 PM Friday,
8:30 AM-8:30 PM Saturday (includes networking dinner) and 8:30 AM-5:30 PM Sunday


 

 

This event is in preparation - more information coming soon!

 

Schedule

Just as GROW BIOINTENSIVE® mini-farming functions as a whole system (rather than isolated techniques), this workshop constitutes a whole, with each section building on previous sections; it is therefore important to attend the entire workshop. Transportation should be scheduled so that participants can remain through 5:00 PM on Sunday.

Required Reading / Ordering Publications

In order to ensure that you leave the workshop with the fullest range and depth of information possible, we will assume that all participants have read the publications listed under Required Reading. If you do not already own the required publications, you can purchase a full or partial set by ordering them from the Bountiful Gardens website.

The Workshop Manual of lecture notes and key articles is included in the price of admission and will be handed out at the beginning of the workshop.

Food

3 catered lunches, a networking dinner, and six tea/coffee breaks (two per day) will be provided for workshop participants. If you have any special food allergies, we recommend you bring your own food.

Registration

Registration and payment should be completed by October 15, 2014 for this workshop. However, participants are encouraged to apply as early as possible. Registration should be completed online (see Registration and Fees, below).

In addition to registration fees, please see the list of required reading, which you can purchase locally or from Bountiful Gardens if you do not already own them (cost: approximately $20-30).

A minimum of 50 participants must be registered by September 30, 2014 for us to hold this workshop. In the event of a cancellation, those already registered will receive a full refund.

Cancellation Policy

If a person cancels his/her workshop registration at least two weeks prior to the first day of the workshop, they can receive a refund of all but $25 of the workshop fees. After October 7, 2014, no refunds will be given.

Tuition and Scholarships

It has been our experience over many years that often workshop participants can find their own sponsors—family or friends, gardening or environmental organizations, churches, Rotary and so on, to help fund their workshop attendence in exchange for teaching others what they have learned after the Workshop. You never know what might be possible until you ask! After the first 50 participants have registered and prepaid for this workshop, for some partial scholarships will be available at $200. A few additional scholarships will be available after the first 100 participants have registered and prepaid.

Additional Information

  • Your understanding of the workshop will be enhanced if you know the following about your area: elevation, first and last frost dates, rainfall by month, monthly high and low temperatures. (See forms in The Sustainable Vegetable Garden. The County Ag Agent should be able to help you find this information.).

  • For information about similar workshops, see Ecology Action Workshops

  • If you have any special food allergies, we recommend you bring your own food.

  • Please bring your own mug for hot liquids, a calculator and 2 pencils. The weather may be unpredictable, so check the weather reports before coming, and be prepared for cool weather in the morning, possible rain, or warmth at mid-day. Waterproof boots with good tread are desirable! Tape recorders and video cameras are not permitted at the workshop.Participants may bring a sheet of information on and/or photos of their garden/project, to be shared; please limit it to one 8.5"x11" sheet and include your name and location..

  • Other than the catered lunches, networking dinner, and coffee/tea breaks, participants will be responsible for providing all meals and lodging for this workshop. For food and lodging options, click here. Feel free to write us about any particular or personal concerns or questions, and we'll do our best to get back to you in a timely manner!

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Location

This GROW BIOINTENSIVE® Sustainable Mini-Farming Three-Day Workshop will be in:

Austin, Texas

Lecture Events: TBD
Field Events:TBD

Friday-Sunday October 24-26, 2014
8:30 AM-5:30 PM Friday, 8:30 AM-8:30 PM Saturday (includes dinner) and 8:30 AM-5:30 PM Sunday

Directions to the workshop site(s) will be posted when available.

 

Topic/Schedule

To download the complete three-day information packet, which includes the detailed schedule and topics list as well as other information, click here.

NOTE: This event is in development - information may change.


Friday
TOPICS
Introductions

Sustainability

The closed-system concept

World Situation

Topsoil destruction; species loss
Food production, diet choices, and their consequences

Philosophy

Growing crops, soil, people; individual responsibility

History

Chinese, Greek and South American traditional agriculture, French market gardeners, Bio-Dynamics, Alan Chadwick Sustainable systems

Bed Preparation

Soil, air, water, organic matter, nutrients, structure

Double-Digging

Principles, tools, techniques; surface cultivation

Seed Propagation

Transplanting vs. direct sowing
Seedlings

Diet

Calories
Sustainable diet and 60/30/10 design

Simultaneous Sessions

Income OR Crops and Seeds


Saturday

Compost: Principles and techniques

Compost Crops

Carbon plus calories

Fertility and Fertilization

Living soil; feed the soil, not the plants
Organic fertilizers, manure, compost

40-Bed, 21-Bed, and One-Bed Units

Demonstrations

Double-digging, fertilizing, pricking out, transplanting


Sunday

System Life

Insect Life
Crop Rotations

Planning

Making the Best Use of the Master Charts

Group Activity

Planning Your Own One-Bed Unit

Concluding Perspective

 

DAILY SCHEDULE

Friday
8:30 -1:00
Lecture
1:00-2:15
Lunch
2:15-5:30
Lecture
Saturday
8:30 -12:30
Lecture
1:00-2:00
Lunch
2:00-5:30
Demos
6:30-8:30
Networking Supper and Photos
Sunday
8:30 -1:00
Lecture
1:00-2:15
Lunch
2:15-5:30
Group Activity

Note: The schedule is subject to change, depending on the weather. This will be a non-smoking classroom.

The Workshop assumes pre-reading of How to Grow More Vegetables, Fruits, Nuts, Berries, Grains and Other Crops Than You Ever Thought Possible On Less Land Than You Can Imagine.  The Workshop will be most useful to participants who have done the reading, preferably two weeks before the event.  

PLEASE HAVE THE PUBLICATIONS , WHICH CAN BE PURCHASED LOCALLY OR FROM BOUNTIFUL GARDENS, AVAILABLE AT THE WORKSHOP.  Thanks!—

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Reading List

Required Readings for the Workshop

The list below contains required reading for the 3-Day workshops, which you should do before you come to the Workshop, as well as other materials that you should bring with you.

You can order the full or partial set of these publications locally or by visiting Bountiful Gardens.

(In addition to the reading below, there is a 200+ page Workshop Manual of lecture notes
included in the price of registration, which is handed out at the beginning of the workshop.
)

NOTE: This event is in development - information may change.


Required Reading

(Read before the workshop, and bring with you)

  • How to Grow More Vegetables, 8th ed., 2012


Recommended Reading

  • The Sustainable Vegetable Garden

  • EA Booklet #14: The Complete 21-Bed Biointensive Mini-Farm

  • EA Booklet #26: Learning How To Grow All Your Own Food

  • One Circle (especially pp. i-vi, 1-72, 125-128)
  • EA Booklet #32: GROW BIOINTENSIVE Composting and Growing Compost Materials


Optional Reading

Practical Perspective: 

  • The Backyard Homestead, Mini-Farm and Garden Log Book  (Chapter 2)

Diet / Compost / Income:

  • EA Booklet #15: One Basic Mexican Diet
  • EA Booklet #25: One Basic Kenyan Diet
  • EA Booklet #28: The Smallest Possible Area to Grow Food and Feed
  • EA Booklet #32: : Designing a GROW BIOINTENSIVE® Sustainable Mini-Farm
  • EA Booklet #36: An Experimental 33-Bed GROW BIOINTENSIVE Mini-Farm:
    Growing Complete Fertility, Nutrition and Income

Compost Materials / Carbon:

  • Booklet #12: Growing and Gathering Your Own Fertilizer

Research Perspective:

  • EA Booklet #1: Cucumber Bonanza

Grains:

  • EA Booklet #33: Grow Your Own Grains: Raising, Harvesting and Uses

Water:

  • EA Booklet #35: Growing More Food With Less Water

Survival Gardening and Diet:

  • EA Booklet #34: Food for the Future, Now: A Survival Garden Plan

Research Perspective

  • EA Booklet #1: Cucumber Bonanza

Saving Seeds:

  • Booklet #13: Growing to Seed (rev. ed. 1999)
  • Saving Seeds, Marc Rogers (Storey, 1990)

Flowers:

  • EA Booklet #18: Cut, Dried and Edible Flowers for Income, Pleasure and Taste
  • EA Booklet #25: Growing Medicinal Herbs in as Little as Fifty Square Feet - Uses and Recipes

Transforming Human Waste:

  • Future Fertility

Fertility:

  • EA Booklet #29: Test Your Soil with Plants!

Questions To Ask When Beginning To Farm:

  • EA Booklet #29: Another Way to Wealth

Teacher Training:

  • EA Booklet #30: GROW BIOINTENSIVE Sustainable Mini-Farming\Teacher-Training and Certification Program


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Food and Lodging

Food / Lodging / Recreation
information and suggestions for the 3-Day Workshop

Lunch, and two coffee/tea breaks will be provided. Participants will be responsible for providing all other meals and lodging for this workshop.

Here are some possibilities in Austin, TX:

Lodging -- Food --Recreation

 

WHERE TO STAY:

For a list of hotels and motels and campgrounds in/near Austin, click here

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WHERE TO EAT:

For a place to eat in the Austin area, try one of the following websites:

For a list of organic/natural food sources, try: http://www.yelp.com/search?find_desc=organic+grocery+store&find_loc=Austin%2C+TX

For a list of green/organic restaurants in Austin, go to:
http://www.happycow.net/north_america/usa/texas/austin/

http://www.urbanspoon.com/f/11/37215/Austin/Organic-Restaurants

For other restaurants, try the following sites:

http://www.austintexas.org/visit/eat/restaurants/

http://www.austintexas.org/visit/eat/food-trucks/

http://www.urbanspoon.com/lb/11/best-restaurants-Austin

http://www.yelp.com/search?find_desc=Top+10+Restaurants&find_loc=Austin%2C+TX

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ABOUT DENVER:

For more information about Austin, TX, check out http://www.austintexas.org/

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Registration/Fees

3-Day Workshop Registration: A Four Step Process

  1. Download and read the 3-Day Workshop Information Packet.

  2. Complete the Secure Online Workshop Registration Form for the Austin, TX 3-Day Workshop scheduled for Oct 24-26, 2014:

      Event in development. Registration form coming soon!

  3. Pay for workshop fees. When you submit your workshop registration, you will automatically be redirected to our online payment page, hosted by PayPal. Make sure to complete payment or your registration will not be processed. Prices are as follows:

    Standard Single Ticket Rates:

    The cost of the program is $400 per person

    Registration includes the 200+ page Workshop Manual and extensive training on how to use the information it contains to grow your own food for the rest of your life, 3 catered lunches, a networking dinner, and 6 tea and coffee breaks.

    Group Ticket Rates (2-3 people): 

    Participant #1 pays $400. The second ticket ("Participant #2") may be purchased at the same time for the discounted group rate of $200.


    2-person registration includes 1 copy of the 200+ page Workshop Manual to be shared by the people who register together and extensive training on how to use the information it contains to grow your own food for the rest of your lives; it also includes 3 catered lunches, a networking dinner, and 6 tea and coffee breaks for each participant.


    Other than the meals noted above, participants are responsible for providing meals & lodging for this workshop. For food and lodging options, click here.

  4. Look over the Required Reading for the 3 day workshop, and if you need any of the books or papers, you can purshase them locally or order them from Bountiful Gardens. The Workshop Manual of lecture notes and key articles will be handed out at the beginning of the workshop.

NOTE: We need a minimum of 50 people to register for this workshop by September 30, 2014 to hold this event.
If we do not receive the minimum number of registrants, the workshop will not be held
(in the event of a cancellation, you will receive a full refund).
We are really excited to bring this event to Austin, so please spread the word: SIGN UP NOW!!



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Events coming in 2013-2014:

Date
Event/Location
Feb 28, 2014


Free Evening Presentation

"Biointensive Water saving, soil building & planting methods
Sunday, Feb 28, 2014 at 7-9 PM

The Willits Grange
291 School Street in Willits, CA
sponsored by Willits Economic Localization (WELL)
.

http://willits.org/index.php?option=com_jcalpro&view=event&id=1122:how-to-grow-food-plants-in-a-drought-water-wise-forum&Itemid=539 


October 24-26, 2014

 

GROW BIOINTENSIVE®
Sustainable Mini-Farming

Three-Day Workshop

Austin, Texas

This event is in development - more information coming soon!

 

 


For detailed information about the events listed here, click a tab, above.

Click here to view a calendar of previous events

 

The events in this list are now complete.

Date
Event/Location

January 22, 2009

Evening Presentation, Ashland, OR

January 23-25 2009

Sustainable Mini-Farming 3-Day Workshop, Ashland, OR

January 27, 2009

1-Day Economic Mini-Farming Workshop, Ashland, OR

September 15, 2009


GROW BIOINTENSIVE® Mini Farming

Morning Presentation
Observatory, Johannesburg S.A.


September 16-20, 2009


GROW BIOINTENSIVE® Sustainable Mini Farming

5-Day Workshop
Near Bronkhorstspruit, Gauteng, South Africa
Ezemvelo Nature Reserve

This workshop was given in conjunction with
the Maharishi Institute and
the Eco Campus for Africa.

Read about Ezemvelo: http://www.ezemvelo.co.za

Ezemvelo Blogspot

October 21, 2009


GROW BIOINTENSIVE® Mini Farming

Evening Presentation
Fairfield, Iowa
Maharishi University of Management,
Dalby Hall, Argiro Student Center, 8:00 PM



October 21, 2009


HIGH TUNNEL WORKSHOP

Learn about sustainable passive solar greenhouse
design and operation

Fairfield, Iowa
The workshop was
Presented by Steve Moore

For more details about the course or to learn about Steve Moore and the workshop see www.harmony-essentials.com or contact harmonyessentials@gmail.com

October 22-24, 2009


GROW BIOINTENSIVE® Sustainable Mini Farming

3-Day Workshop
Fairfield, Iowa
8 AM- 5PM, Abundance Eco-Village CSA Farm




January 28, 2010

GROW BIOINTENSIVE®
Sustainable Mini-Farming
Evening Presentation

Princeton, NJ,
D&R Greenway Land Trust at the Johnson Education Center
This event is completed.

January 29, 2010

GROW BIOINTENSIVE®
Sustainable Mini-Farming

One-Day Workshop

New Brunswick, New Jersey
This event is completed.

January 30, 2010

John Jeavons gives the
Keynote Address
for the 20th Annual Meeting of NOFA/NJ
(Northeast Organic Farm Association)

New Brunswick, NJ
This event is completed.

For more information, go to the NOFA website: http://www.nofanj.org

March 12, 2010


GROW BIOINTENSIVE®
Sustainable Mini-Farming
Evening Presentation

Palo Alto, CA
7 PM, Palo Alto Arts Center
This event is completed


April 8, 2010

GROW BIOINTENSIVE®
Sustainable Mini-Farming
Evening Presentation

Asheville, NC
7 PM, Ransom Fellowship Hall
Thursday, April 8, 2010
This event is completed

 

April 8-10, 2010


GROW BIOINTENSIVE
®
Sustainable Mini-Farming
Three-Day Workshop

(Taught by John Jeavons and Steve Moore)

Warren Wilson College, Asheville, NC
Thursday-Saturday, April 8-10, 2010

Thursday we will meet in Ransom Fellowship Hall.
On Friday and Saturday we will be in
Canon Lounge in the Gladfelter Building

This event is completed

 


Sept 24, 2010


GROW BIOINTENSIVE®
Sustainable Mini-Farming
Evening Presentation

Olympia, WA
Friday, September 24, 201
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This event is completed

Sept 25, 2010

 

GROW BIOINTENSIVE®
Sustainable Mini-Farming

One-Day Workshop

Olympia, Washington
8:30 AM- 5:30PM,
Wendell Berry Community Garden
Saturday, September 25, 2010

This event is completed

January 5, 2012


GROW BIOINTENSIVE®
Sustainable Mini-Farming
Free Evening Presentation

New York, NY
6:30-8:30 p.m. Location TBA
Thursday, January 5, 2012

This event is completed

January 6-8 2012


GROW BIOINTENSIVE
®
Sustainable Mini-Farming
Three-Day Workshop

Brooklyn, NY
Friday-Sunday, January 6-8, 2012
8 AM-5 PM FRIDAY, 8 AM-6 PM SATURDAY and SUNDAY

Pratt Institute
Higgins Hall Room 111

Event Sponsored by:
Pratt Institute Graduate School of Architecture
Programs for Sustainable Planning & Development
Master of Science in Urban Environmental Systems Management
www.pratt.edu/esm

This event is completed.

January 14, 2012


John Jeavons gives the
Keynote Address
for the 25th Annual Winter Conference for NOFA/MA
(Northeast Organic Farm Association)

John also gives a
Day-long Intensive Course of Three 1.5-hour Seminars
at the NOFA/MA meeting.

Worcester State University
Worcester, MA
Saturday, January 14, 2012

For more information on the meeting/seminars click here.

This event is completed.

 

January 15, 2012

 

GROW BIOINTENSIVE®
Sustainable Mini-Farming

One-Day Workshop

Lincoln, Massachusetts
8:30 AM- 5:30PM,
Mass Audubon's Drumlin Farm
Sunday, January 15, 2012

Mass Audubon and Drumlin Farm are co-sponsors of this workshop.

This event is completed.

August 10, 2012


GROW BIOINTENSIVE®
Sustainable Mini-Farming
Free Evening Presentation

Elon, NC
Has been postponed until further notice.

 

 

August 11-12, 2012

 

GROW BIOINTENSIVE®
Sustainable Mini-Farming

Two-Day Workshop
Taught by John Jeavons and Steve Moore

Elon, NC

This event has been postponed until further notice.

September 12, 2012


John Jeavons gives a
Afternoon Presentation
at the 2nd Annual National Heirloom Exposition in Santa Rosa, CA.

"Food for the Future: Now—
GROW BIOINTENSIVE® Sustainable Mini-Farming
at a time of Peak Farmable Soil and Peak Water


For more information, see http://www.theheirloomexpo.com
/

This event is completed.

March 10, 2013


Free Afternoon Presentation

"Growing Soil As You Grow Food
Sunday, March 10, 2013 at 4 PM

The Willits Grange
291 School Street in Willits, CA
sponsored by Willits Economic Localization (WELL)



May 11, 2013


GROW BIOINTENSIVE®
Sustainable Mini-Farming

One-Day Workshop

-A Special Benefit for the Waldorf School of Mendocino County -

Willits, CA
8:00 AM- 5:00PM,
Saturday, May 11, 2013

Pre-registration Required.

For more information on this workshop, click here.

To download an event poster, click here.



June 15, 2013


Introduction to GROW BIOINTENSIVE
®
Sustainable Mini-Farming:

A 1-Day, Two-Part Class Series

Palo Alto, CA
9:00 AM- 5:00PM,
Common Ground Garden Supply & Education Center 
Saturday, June 15, 2013

Pre-registration Required.

For more information on these classes, click here.

To download an event poster, click here.

June 29, 2013

Free Afternoon Presentation

"GROW BIOINTENSIVE Sustainable Mini-Farming
Saturday, June 29, 2013, 1-3PM

Mercury Cafe
2199 California Street Denver, CO
Free to the public, with donations encouraged for
the non-profit "Sprout City Farms"

 

June 30, 2013

GROW BIOINTENSIVE®
Sustainable Mini-Farming

One-Day Workshop

Denver, Colorado
8:30 AM- 5:30PM,
Mercury Cafe and Moondog Farm, Denver, CO
Sunday, June 30, 2013

Pre-registration Required.
Discounts available for groups of 2-3 who register together!

For more information on this workshop, click here.

To download an event poster, click here.

August 16-18, 2013

GROW BIOINTENSIVE®
Sustainable Mini-Farming

Three-Day Workshop

Denver, Colorado

This event has been cancelled.

Over time, we have noticed that people are increasingly wanting to wait until the last few days to sign up for workshops.  The many logistics of preparing for and traveling a long distance for an event makes it challenging to accommodate this pattern.  Due to an insufficient number of registrants for the Denver, August 16-18. 2013 3-Day Workshop, we regret that it has been necessary to cancel the event. 

 

We recommend that people interested consider attending the upcoming November 1-3, 2013 3-Day Workshop in Willits, CA.  Check www.growbiointensive.org for full details.  Thanks for your good interest in GROW BIOINTENSIVE Sustainable Mini-Farming!

 


   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

More events are in development: information coming soon!

February 27, 2014 - Willits, CA: Late Afternoon Presentation


John Jeavons will be giving a talk at the Willits Grange in Willits, CA.
The topic: "Biointensive Water saving, soil building & planting methods
Friday, Feb 27, 2013 at 7-9 PM (John will be the first speaker)
291 School Street in Willits, CA  

http://willits.org/index.php?option=com_jcalpro&view=event&id=1122:how-to-grow-food-plants-in-a-drought-water-wise-forum&Itemid=539

Free and open to the public. See you there!

 

 

 

 

1 Day Mini-Farming Workshops

There are currently no 1-Day Workshops scheduled.
More events are in development: information coming soon!

   
   

 

 

3 Day GROW BIOINTENSIVE Sustainable Mini-Farming Workshops

More events are in development: information coming soon!

John Jeavons' Three-Day Workshops in GROW BIOINTENSIVE® Sustainable Mini-Farming
provide an in-depth study of a successful food growing system that is appropriate
to a more self-reliant lifestyle, and for use in developing countries.

The following workshop is scheduled:

October 24-26, 2014

 

GROW BIOINTENSIVE®
Sustainable Mini-Farming

Three-Day Workshop

Austin, Texas

This event is in development - more information coming soon!

 

 


Austin, TX

For more information about the 3-Day Workshop, click on a topic below.
(To close a topic, click it again. To close all topics, Click Here.)

 

Introduction

The Program

The program will consist of an extensive course of lecture, discussion and demonstration sessions, and will include a full range of information on Sustainability and Efficient Resource Use, Crops and Diet, Fertilization, Compost and Compost Crops, Soil Preparation and Seed Propagation, as well as the perspective to tie all these together. The goal of the workshop is to give you the best possible education to grow abundant, sustainable food for the rest of your life!

Demonstrations

A portion of the workshop will be devoted to practical demonstrations, during which a few participants will be able to try their hand at double-digging, pricking out and/or transplanting.

Dates, Prices & Application Deadlines

Austin, Texas



October 24-26, 2014
8:30 AM-5:30 PM Friday,
8:30 AM-8:30 PM Saturday (includes networking dinner) and 8:30 AM-5:30 PM Sunday


 

 

This event is in preparation - more information coming soon!

 

Schedule

Just as GROW BIOINTENSIVE® mini-farming functions as a whole system (rather than isolated techniques), this workshop constitutes a whole, with each section building on previous sections; it is therefore important to attend the entire workshop. Transportation should be scheduled so that participants can remain through 5:00 PM on Sunday.

Required Reading / Ordering Publications

In order to ensure that you leave the workshop with the fullest range and depth of information possible, we will assume that all participants have read the publications listed under Required Reading. If you do not already own the required publications, you can purchase a full or partial set by ordering them from the Bountiful Gardens website.

The Workshop Micro-Manual of lecture notes and key articles is included in the price of admission and will be handed out at the beginning of the workshop.

Food

3 catered lunches, a networking dinner, and six tea/coffee breaks (two per day) will be provided for workshop participants. If you have any special food allergies, we recommend you bring your own food.

Registration

Pre-registration and payment should be completed by October 15, 2014 for this workshop. However, participants are encouraged to apply as early as possible. Registration should be completed online (see Registration and Fees, below).

In addition to registration fees, please see the list of required reading, which you should purchase locally or from Bountiful Gardens if you do not already own them (cost: approximately $20-30).

A minimum of 50 participants must be registered by September 30, 2014 for us to hold this workshop. In the event of a cancellation, those already registered will receive a full refund.

Cancellation Policy

If a person cancels his/her workshop registration at least two weeks prior to the first day of the workshop, they can receive a refund of all but $25 of the workshop fees. After October 7, 2014, no refunds will be given.

Tuition and Scholarships

It has been our experience over many years that often workshop participants can find their own sponsors—family or friends, gardening or environmental organizations, churches, Rotary and so on, to help fund their workshop attendence in exchange for teaching others what they have learned after the Workshop. You never know what might be possible until you ask! After the first 50 participants have registered and prepaid for this workshop, for some partial scholarships will be available at $200. A few additional scholarships will be available after the first 100 participants have registered and prepaid.

Additional Information

  • Your understanding of the workshop will be enhanced if you know the following about your area: elevation, first and last frost dates, rainfall by month, monthly high and low temperatures. (See forms in The Sustainable Vegetable Garden. The County Ag Agent should be able to help you find this information.).

  • For information about similar workshops, see Ecology Action Workshops

  • If you have any special food allergies, we recommend you bring your own food.

  • Please bring your own mug for hot liquids, a calculator and 2 pencils. The weather may be unpredictable, so check the weather reports before coming, and be prepared for cool weather in the morning, possible rain, or warmth at mid-day. Waterproof boots with good tread are desirable! Tape recorders and video cameras are not permitted at the workshop.Participants may bring a sheet of information on and/or photos of their garden/project, to be shared; please limit it to one 8.5"x11" sheet and include your name and location..

  • Other than the catered lunches, networking dinner, and coffee/tea breaks, participants will be responsible for providing all meals and lodging for this workshop. For food and lodging options, click here. Feel free to write us about any particular or personal concerns or questions, and we'll do our best to get back to you in a timely manner!

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Location/Directions


This GROW BIOINTENSIVE® Sustainable Mini-Farming Three-Day Workshop will be in:

Austin, Texas

Lecture Events: TBD
Field Events: TBD

Friday-Sunday October 24-26, 2014
8:30 AM-5:30 PM Friday, 8:30 AM-8:30 PM Saturday (includes dinner) and 8:30 AM-5:30 PM Sunday

Directions to the workshop site(s) will be posted when available.

Please note: Pre-registration is required to attend this workshop. Click here to register

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Topics/Schedule

To download the complete three-day information packet, which includes the detailed schedule and topics list as well as other information, click here.

NOTE: This event is in development - information may change.


Friday
TOPICS
Introductions

Sustainability

The closed-system concept

World Situation

Topsoil destruction; species loss
Food production, diet choices, and their consequences

Philosophy

Growing crops, soil, people; individual responsibility

History

Chinese, Greek and South American traditional agriculture, French market gardeners, Bio-Dynamics, Alan Chadwick Sustainable systems

Bed Preparation

Soil, air, water, organic matter, nutrients, structure

Double-Digging

Principles, tools, techniques; surface cultivation

Seed Propagation

Transplanting vs. direct sowing
Seedlings

Diet

Calories
Sustainable diet and 60/30/10 design

Simultaneous Sessions

Income OR Crops and Seeds


Saturday

Compost: Principles and techniques

Compost Crops

Carbon plus calories

Fertility and Fertilization

Living soil; feed the soil, not the plants
Organic fertilizers, manure, compost

40-Bed, 21-Bed, and One-Bed Units

Demonstrations

Double-digging, fertilizing, pricking out, transplanting


Sunday

System Life

Insect Life
Crop Rotations

Planning

Making the Best Use of the Master Charts

Group Activity

Planning Your Own One-Bed Unit

Concluding Perspective

 

DAILY SCHEDULE

Friday
8:30 -1:00
Lecture
1:00-2:15
Lunch
2:15-5:30
Lecture
Saturday
8:30 -12:30
Lecture
1:00-2:00
Lunch
2:00-5:30
Demos
6:30-8:30
Networking Supper and Photos
Sunday
8:30 -1:00
Lecture
1:00-2:15
Lunch
2:15-5:30
Group Activity

Note: The schedule is subject to change, depending on the weather. This will be a non-smoking classroom.

The Workshop assumes pre-reading of How to Grow More Vegetables, Fruits, Nuts, Berries, Grains and Other Crops Than You Ever Thought Possible On Less Land Than You Can Imagine and/or The Sustainable Vegetable Garden—A Backyard Guide to Healthy Soil and Higher Yields.  The Workshop will be most useful to Participants if both have been read, preferably two weeks before the event.  

PLEASE HAVE THE PUBLICATIONS , WHICH CAN BE PURCHASED IN ADVANCE LOCALLY OR FROM BOUNTIFUL GARDENS, AVAILABLE AT THE WORKSHOP.  Thanks!—

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Reading

Required Readings for the Workshop

The list below contains required reading for the 3-Day workshops, which you should do before you come to the Workshop, as well as other materials that you should bring with you.

You can order the full or partial set of these publications locally or by visiting Bountiful Gardens.

(In addition to the reading below, there is a 200+ page Workshop Manual of lecture notes
included in the price of registration, which is handed out at the beginning of the workshop.
)

NOTE: This event is in development - information may change.


Required Reading

(Read before the workshop, and bring with you)

  • How to Grow More Vegetables, 8th ed., 2012


Recommended Reading

  • The Sustainable Vegetable Garden

  • EA Booklet #14: The Complete 21-Bed Biointensive Mini-Farm

  • EA Booklet #26: Learning How To Grow All Your Own Food

  • One Circle (especially pp. i-vi, 1-72, 125-128)
  • EA Booklet #32: GROW BIOINTENSIVE Composting and Growing Compost Materials


Optional Reading

Practical Perspective: 

  • The Backyard Homestead, Mini-Farm and Garden Log Book  (Chapter 2)

Diet / Compost / Income:

  • EA Booklet #15: One Basic Mexican Diet
  • EA Booklet #25: One Basic Kenyan Diet
  • EA Booklet #28: The Smallest Possible Area to Grow Food and Feed
  • EA Booklet #32: : Designing a GROW BIOINTENSIVE® Sustainable Mini-Farm
  • EA Booklet #36: An Experimental 33-Bed GROW BIOINTENSIVE Mini-Farm:
    Growing Complete Fertility, Nutrition and Income

Compost Materials / Carbon:

  • Booklet #12: Growing and Gathering Your Own Fertilizer

Research Perspective:

  • EA Booklet #1: Cucumber Bonanza

Grains:

  • EA Booklet #33: Grow Your Own Grains: Raising, Harvesting and Uses

Water:

  • EA Booklet #35: Growing More Food With Less Water

Survival Gardening and Diet:

  • EA Booklet #34: Food for the Future, Now: A Survival Garden Plan

Research Perspective

  • EA Booklet #1: Cucumber Bonanza

Saving Seeds:

  • Booklet #13: Growing to Seed (rev. ed. 1999)
  • Saving Seeds, Marc Rogers (Storey, 1990)

Flowers:

  • EA Booklet #18: Cut, Dried and Edible Flowers for Income, Pleasure and Taste
  • EA Booklet #25: Growing Medicinal Herbs in as Little as Fifty Square Feet - Uses and Recipes

Transforming Human Waste:

  • Future Fertility

Fertility:

  • EA Booklet #29: Test Your Soil with Plants!

Questions To Ask When Beginning To Farm:

  • EA Booklet #29: Another Way to Wealth

Teacher Training:

  • EA Booklet #30: GROW BIOINTENSIVE Sustainable Mini-Farming\Teacher-Training and Certification Program


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Food/Lodging

Food / Lodging / Recreation
information and suggestions for the 3-Day Workshop

Lunch, and two coffee/tea breaks will be provided. Participants will be responsible for providing all other meals and lodging for this workshop.

Here are some possibilities in Austin, TX:

Lodging -- Food --Recreation

 

WHERE TO STAY:

For a list of hotels and motels and campgrounds in/near Austin, click here

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WHERE TO EAT:

For a place to eat in the Austin area, try one of the following websites:

For a list of organic/natural food sources, try: http://www.yelp.com/search?find_desc=organic+grocery+store&find_loc=Austin%2C+TX

For a list of green/organic restaurants in Austin, go to:
http://www.happycow.net/north_america/usa/texas/austin/

http://www.urbanspoon.com/f/11/37215/Austin/Organic-Restaurants

For other restaurants, try the following sites:

http://www.austintexas.org/visit/eat/restaurants/

http://www.austintexas.org/visit/eat/food-trucks/

http://www.urbanspoon.com/lb/11/best-restaurants-Austin

http://www.yelp.com/search?find_desc=Top+10+Restaurants&find_loc=Austin%2C+TX

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ABOUT DENVER:

For more information about Austin, TX, check out http://www.austintexas.org/

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Registration/Fees


3-Day Workshop Registration: A Four Step Process

  1. Download and read the 3-Day Workshop Information Packet.

  2. Complete the Secure Online Workshop Registration Form for the Austin, TX 3-Day Workshop scheduled for Oct 24-26, 2014:

      Event in development. Registration form coming soon!

  3. Pay for workshop fees. When you submit your workshop registration, you will automatically be redirected to our online payment page, hosted by PayPal. Make sure to complete payment or your registration will not be processed. Prices are as follows:

    Standard Single Ticket Rates:

    The cost of the program is $400 per person

    Registration includes the 200+ page Workshop Manual and extensive training on how to use the information it contains to grow your own food for the rest of your life, 3 catered lunches, a networking dinner, and 6 tea and coffee breaks.

    Group Ticket Rates (2-3 people): 

    Participant #1 pays $400. The second ticket ("Participant #2") may be purchased at the same time for the discounted group rate of $200.


    2-person registration includes 1 copy of the 200+ page Workshop Manual to be shared by the people who register together and extensive training on how to use the information it contains to grow your own food for the rest of your lives; it also includes 3 catered lunches, a networking dinner, and 6 tea and coffee breaks for each participant
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    • Other than the catered lunches, networking dinner and tea/coffee breaks, participants will be responsible for providing all meals and lodging for this workshop. For food and lodging options, click here.

  4. Look over the Required Reading for the workshop, and if you need any of the books or papers, you can purchase them locally or order them from Bountiful Gardens. The Workshop Manual of lecture notes and key articles will be handed out at the beginning of the workshop.


NOTE: We need a minimum of 50 people to register for this workshop by September 30, 2014 to hold this event. If we do not receive the minimum number of registrants, the workshop will not be held (in the event of a cancellation, you will receive a full refund).

We are really excited to bring this event to Austin, so please spread the word: SIGN UP NOW!!

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5 Day GROW BIOINTENSIVE Sustainable Mini-Farming Workshops

More events are in development: information coming soon!

John Jeavons' Five-Day Workshops in GROW BIOINTENSIVE® Sustainable Mini-Farming provide an in-depth study of a successful food growing system that is appropriate to a more self-reliant lifestyle, and for use in developing countries.

 

 


 

 

Other Workshops in 2014

In addition to John's GROW BIOINTENSIVE® Sustainable Mini-Farming workshops and presentations, here are some other events we think you'll find interesting and useful!

For more information about GROW BIOINTENSIVE farming and Ecology Action,
go to
www.growbiointensive.org

Date
Event/Location

Feb 28-Mar. 2 2014


Ecology Action
3-Day GROW BIOINTENSIVE®
Sustainable Mini-Farming Workshop

Willits, CA

For more information about this workshop, click here.

May 12-16, 2014

 

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

For more information about this workshop, click here.

May 17, 2014


Ecology Action
Research Mini-Farm/Garden Short Tour
(2 hours, does not include mini-classes)
Willits, CA

For more information about this tour, click here.

June 7, 2014


Ecology Action
Research Mini-Farm/Garden Full Tour
(5-6 hours, including mini-classes)
Willits, CA

For more information about this tour, click here.

June 14, 2014


Ecology Action
Research Mini-Farm/Garden Short Tour
(2 hours, does not include mini-classes)
Willits, CA

For more information about this tour, click here.

June 22, 2014


Ecology Action
Research Mini-Farm/Garden Full Tour
(5-6 hours, including mini-classes)
Willits, CA

For more information about this tour, click here.

July 7-12, 2014

 

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

For more information about this workshop, click here.

July 19, 2014


Ecology Action
Research Mini-Farm/Garden Short Tour
(2 hours, does not include mini-classes)
Willits, CA

For more information about this tour, click here.

Aug 11-15, 2014

Ecology Action
5-Day GROW BIOINTENSIVE®
Basic-Level Teacher Certification Workshop

Willits, CA


For more information about this workshop, click here.

Aug 2, 2014


Ecology Action
Research Mini-Farm/Garden Full Tour
(5-6 hours, including mini-classes)
Willits, CA

For more information about this tour, click here.

Aug 16, 2014


Ecology Action
Research Mini-Farm/Garden Short Tour
(2 hours, does not include mini-classes)
Willits, CA

For more information about this tour, click here.

Sept 20, 2014


Ecology Action
Research Mini-Farm/Garden Short Tour
(2 hours, does not include mini-classes)
Willits, CA

For more information about this tour, click here.

Nov 7-9, 2014


Ecology Action
3-Day GROW BIOINTENSIVE®
Sustainable Mini-Farming Workshop

Willits, CA

For more information about this workshop, click here.

Nov 3-7, 2014

 

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

For more information about this workshop, click here.

Dec 4-6, 2014


Latin America
3-Day Basic-Level
Biointensive Workshop,

Veracruz State, Mexico
(In Spanish)

For more information about this workshop, click here.

   

 

 

 

 

John Jeavons
5798 Ridgewood Road  •  Willits, CA 95490
phone 707.459.5958 (between 10AM - 3PM Pacific Standard Time only, please!)
 fax 707.459.5978