BFA Workshop: Principles & Practices of Biological Management

By Bionutrient Food Association (other events)

Tue, Apr 4 2017 9:00 AM Wed, Apr 5 2017 5:00 PM

This two-day course provides an overview of the principles and practices of biological farming. Our goal is to build upon your knowledge and experience to find ways to increase the health of your soil and crops for greater yields, healthier produce and better marketability. Over 2,000 growers have attended the course in the past five years; our attendance continues to grow thanks to word-of-mouth promotion of the course by previous attendees!

Participation-based with questions and answers, the workshop is designed for farmers, growers, and gardeners of any type to learn current research and proven methods, and go step-by-step through the processes that will lead to optimum crop health and sustained yield.

Course Instructor: Dan Kittredge

Executive Director of the Bionutrient Food Asscociation, Dan is the son of prominent leaders in the organic movement, and has been an organic farmer since childhood. His experience managing organic farms and developing sustainable agriculture techniques has connected him to farmers in Central America, Russia, India and the United States. Dan is passionate about raising the quality of nutrition in our food supply through collaboration with committed individuals, businesses, and organizations that support the value of people growing and eating really good food.  Learn more about Dan and the Bionutrient Food Association.

Course Description

Designed to help participants grasp and apply innovative, reliable principles and practices for producing healthier, better tasting food crops, each session consists of a classroom-style discussion and illustrative examples. The course begins with an analysis of soil tests, and a discussion of recommended soil amendments and cover crops to address soil health deficiencies. We follow with a number of topics and themes related to helping plants achieve their full genetic potential through management of the environmental factors of soil, air, water, minerals and biodiversity. In day two, we immerse ourselves further with a review of plant nutritional needs by growth stage and an array of troubleshooting and diagnostic approaches to guide you throughout the growing season.

Food & Accomodations

Lunch will be generously provided both days by the Yokayo Ranch and Farm team. Additionally, there will be an evening cookout on Tuesday, April 4, to which all are welcome.  A wonderful opportunity to deepen your connection with similarly inspired folks!

Accomodations are available as well.  If you're coming from afar, or would just like to stay over, Yokayo Ranch is beautifully sited on 40 acres, with two large houses and two pool-side cabanas, with 8 bedrooms and 8 bathrooms total.  Both private and shared rooms are available. Each house is uniquely and historically decorated, while providing all the amenities one would expect.  The houses surround lawns, covered patios, a pool, and an outdoor kitchen.  Everything is set up to for a fantastic experience!  Have a look at for more information and pictures.

Mailing Address

24 Hillsville Rd North Brookfield, MA 01535