Grow Biointensive Course, with JODI ROEBUCK, August 15-16, 2016 @ WSD

“Jodi Roebuck is one of the most focused, motivated food & seed growers I have worked with in 44 years of GROW BIOINTENSIVE sustainable mini-farming work” – Biointensive originator John Jeavons

 

We're excited to host Jodi Roebuck on the homestead for what promises to be a rare and potent two day learning opportunity from one of the world's masters in the Biointensive method which has proven to be, per area, perhaps the most productive, lowest input, food production methods ever devised. I personally am more excited to take this course than I have been for any learning opportunity in a long time. I've followed Jodi's work and am very excited he'll be in our region sharing his skills and experience. His work is very high level. Course outline at bottom of page. 

We will learn in a hand's on approach, in our gardens:

• Garden siting
• Garden layout
• Tools
• Garden ergonomics
• Bed surface optimization
• Deep cultivation
• No till
• Bed edge management
• Compost cropping
• Microbe management
• N management
• Sowing optimization
• Watering optimization
• Potting soil
• Stale seed beds
• Calorie cropping
• Transplant optimization
• Nutrient density
• Seed processing
• Season extension
• Biochar
• Much more...

COURSE COST: $395 for the two days. Camping included (2 nights) for $440. 
TO REGISTER: Make a check or money order to "Whole Systems" at 
66 Deans Mountain Road, Moretown, VT 05660.
Include: Name, contact phone, address and email, if you want to camp or not. All information must be complete to be enrolled. Class size is limited and will likely fill quickly.  

 

  

 

COURSE OUTLINE:

TOPIC 1

·       Introductions

·       History,

·       Alan Chadwick,

·       John Jeavon’s & Ecology Action, How to Grow More Vegetables, Carol Cox

·       8 ELEMENTS

TOPIC 2

·       BED PREP

·       Timed deep soil preparation

·       Goal: Deep Soil Structure (allows intensive cropping_

·       Disturbance Rest Succession 

·       Moisture levels

·       First Dig

·       Double Dig

·       Single Dig

·       Surface cultivation

·       Composting beds

·       The edge (permanent infrastructure & management)

·       Triple Dig Hugle kulturSeedN

TOPIC 3

·       COMPOSTING

·       Location/on bed

·       Free draining

·       Bacterial/microbial

·       Materials, carbon, greens, soil, air, water

·       Carbon grown to maturity

·       Nitrogen fresh

·       Soil, recycle worn soil/add best soil for microbe starter

·       Air

·       Water

·       Compost frame vs hand construction / hand & level

·       Moisture management/Goal: one drip when squeezing/ TS, avoid saturation

·       Turning/Pitch fork, recombine/turn to have mature compost when as needed

·       Verses no-turn/max yield and fertility

·       Recombine wet with dry

·       Cover, 10 Celsius hotter

·       Temps Goal 60 celsius, thermometer/feedback

·       Maturity signs, evenly decomposed/worms/smell

·       Harvesting technique

·       Application 240 lt per 100 sq ft per season

·       Twist dig

·       Stale seed bed

TOPIC 4

·       INTENSIVE PLANTING/LIVING GROUND COVER

·       Propagation, Goal: uninterrupted root growth

·       Seedling trays/depth, bolting,

·       Moisture levels

·       Broad Casting & Transplanting, Direct seeding,

·       Shade Nets

·       Weed management/stale seed bed/weed before canopy is set

·       Direct Sowing, planting ruler 

TOPIC 5

·       CARBON GROWING

·       Grown to maturity

·       60/30/10

 

 

TOPIC 6

·       CALORIE GROWING

·       Potato vs Kumara

·       Dry Bean

·       Season extension

TOPIC 7

·       OPEN POLLINATED SEED

·       Selection

·       Grading

·       Germination

·       Prick out

·       Transplant

·       Habit/form

·       Bolt

·       Disease

·       Uniform

·       Length of season/harvest window

·       Flavour

·       Nutrition

·       Yield

·       Storage

·       Open pollinated seed grows true to type

·       Define heritage

·       Crosser corn brassica

·       Larger population

·       Selfer, Smaller population, Pea,

·       Isolation/variety, distance, time, cage, pollination

·       Wet processing/ferment

·       Dry processing

·       Winnowing/chafe/grading seed

·       Buckets, sheet, fan

·       Securing harvest/weather/predator

·       Storage

·       Tools, bowls, buckets, sheets, fan, seed screens,

·       Trouble shooting, immature, shattering, damp, cooked, rodents

·       Resources: Koanga Institute, Running Brook Seeds, Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds, The Oranic Seed Grower, Seed to Seed,

TOPIC 8

·       WHOLE SYSTEM

·       JJ tomato story

·       Temple Grandin quote about details

·       Ben Falk ‘Whole Systems Design’

·       Scale of Permanence

·       HM 

TOPIC 9

·       ACCESS TO LAND/LEASING/CUSTOM GRAZING – GARDENING

·       Curtis Stone – Urban Farmer, Green City Acres

·       Greg Judy – Come Back Farms

·       Matt Denson 100 to 1 Mobile Shearing

·       Leland Faulk, Mark Biaggi, Ariel Greenwood

TOPIC 10

·       MARKET GARDENING

·       Elliot Coleman

·       JM Fortier – The Market Gardener

TOPIC 11

·       SEASON EXTENSION

·       Steve Moore –passive solar design greenhouse

·       Elliot Coleman

·       Flatting, mini GH, storable calories 

TOPIC 12

·       NUTRIENT DENSE

·       Nourishing Traditions

·       Kay Baxter

·       Function drives form - ND foods

·       Mob Grazing, even nutrition, diverse pastures

·       Refracto-meter

·       Re-mineralising 

TOPIC 13

·       FERTILITY – capturing nutrients

·       Mas humus

·       Test your soil with plants

·       Hu-manure

·       Bio-char 

TOPIC 14

·       TOOLS