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.

 

  • Current Events
  • 1-Day Workshops
Date
Event/Location
Feb 28, 2018


GROW BIOINTENSIVE®
Sustainable Mini-Farming

Free Evening Presentation

Mendocino, California
7:00 PM- 8:30PM,

Crown Hall
45285 Ukiah Street
Mendocino , California
Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Free to the general public.
Donations gladly accepted!

To download an event poster, click here.


Sept. 29, 2017


GROW BIOINTENSIVE®
Sustainable Mini-Farming

Free Evening Presentation

Palo Alto, California
6:30 PM- 8:30PM,

The Foster
940 Commercial Street, Palo Alto, CA 94303
Saturday, September 29, 2017

Free to the general public.
Registration required - click here to go to Eventbrite

To download an event poster, click here.


Sept. 30, 2017


Workshop

John Jeavons Lecture Willits Grange Feb 1, 2015

GROW BIOINTENSIVE®
Sustainable Mini-Farming

One-Day Workshop

Palo Alto, California
9:00 AM- 5:30PM,

Foster Art & Wilderness Foundation,
940 Commercial Street, Palo Alto, CA 94303
Sunday, September 30, 2017


For more information on this workshop, click here.

To download an event poster, click here.


 
Nov 3-5, 2017

 

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

Willits, CA

For more information go to: http://growbiointensive.org/workshop.html

 

GROW BIOINTENSIVE®
Sustainable Mini-Farming

One-Day Workshop

Palo Alto, California
9:00 AM- 5:30PM,

Foster Art & Wilderness Foundation,
940 Commercial Street, Palo Alto, CA 94303
Sunday, September 30, 2017

For more information about the 1-Day Workshop, click on a topic below.
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Introduction

The Program

The program will consist 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.

Dates, Prices & Application Deadlines

Palo Alto, CA

Foster Art & Wilderness Foundation, 940 Commercial Street, Palo Alto, CA 94303


Sunday, September 30, 2017 9:00AM-5:30PM

  • General Admission: (includes Workshop Mini-Manual): $85 per person.

    Pre-registration and payment should be completed by Sept 22, 2017 for this workshop; if spaces are still available, we will accept registration up to Sept 30, 2017. However, participants are encouraged to apply as early as possible, as these workshops can fill well in advance. 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 from Ecology Action. if you do not already own them (cost: approximately $20-30).

    In case of oversubscription, Workshop fees will be returned to those not admitted. A wait list will be available.

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 5:30 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 Ecology Action.

The Workshop Mini-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 and Lodging

Each person is responsible for providing their own lunch and lodging.

Cancellation Policy

If a person cancels his/her workshop registration at least 7 days prior to the workshop, they can receive a refund of all but $25 of the workshop fees. After September 23, 2017, no refunds will be given.

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

  • Please bring your own container 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 and warmth at mid-day. 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.

  • Participants will be responsible for providing all meals and lodging for this workshop. 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 One-Day Workshop will be in:

Palo Alto, CA

Foster Art & Wilderness Foundation, 940 Commercial Street, Palo Alto, CA 94303

8:30 AM- 5:30 PM
Sunday, Sept 30, 2017

For information, go to https://www.thefoster.org/


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Topics/Schedule

To download the complete one-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.

The following schedule is designed for a single teacher and a single group of people.

TIME
TOPIC
9:00 – 9:30
Welcome/Introduction to the Bios and Schedule/Name Tags/
Micro-Manual Handout/Evaluations
9:30 - 10:45
Perspective for Food-Raising For the Future Now: Power Point Presentation
10:45 - 11:15
The History of GROW BIOINTENSIVE Sustainable Mini-Farming and Its Eight Elements including the 60/30/10 Planning Model
11:15 - 11:35
Break
11:35 - 11:55
First Element: Soil Preparation and Double-Digging and the AWOMB Concept
11:55 - 12:30
Second Element: Compost and the All Compost is Not Equal Concept with Handout
12:30 - 2:00
Lunch
2:00 - 2:40
Third Element: Close Spacing and Seed Propagation
2:40 - 3:10
Fourth Element: Companion Planting
3:10 - 3:40
Fifth Element: Carbon and Calorie (60%) Crops and the All "Calories"
are Not Equal Concept with Handout
3:40 - 4:00
Sixth Element: Special High-Calorie Root (30%) Crops and Vitamin and Mineral (10%) Crops plus Income Crops
4:00 - 4:20
Break
4:20 - 4:30
Seventh Element: Open-Pollinated Seeds
4:30 - 4:35
Eighth Element: A Whole System
4:35 - 4:55
One Bed Unit Design: 60 Sq Ft, 30 Sq Ft and 10 Sq Ft of Crops YoU Intuitively Design from the Heart with Design Handout
4:55 - 5:25 Questions and Answers
5:25 - 5:30 Closing with Certificates
   

The Workshop assumes pre-reading of either How to Grow More Vegetables 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. The Workshop Mini-Manual will be handed out at the beginning of the workshop. Other required  publications can be purchased from BOUNTIFUL GARDENS

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Required Reading

Required Readings for the Workshop

The list below contains required reading (and a list of optional but useful reading)
for the 1-Day Workshop, which you should do before you come to the workshop,
and bring with you to the workshop

You can order the full or partial set of these publications by visiting Ecology Action.

You can also purchase DVD and HTGMV bundle (a $40 value for $30 by clicking here).

NOTE: In addition to the reading below, there is a Workshop Micro-Manual of key information (included as a part of your workshop registration), which will be handed out at the beginning of the workshop.

Required Reading
(Read before the workshop, and bring with you)

  • How to Grow More Vegetables, 9th edition, 2017

    -OR-

  • The Sustainable Vegetable Garden



Other Possible (Optional) Reading

Practical Perspective: 

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

Diet / Income:

  • One Circle (especially pp. i-vi, 1-72, 125-128)
  • EA Booklet #14: The Complete 21-Bed Biointensive Mini-Farm
  • EA Booklet #15: One Basic Mexican Diet
  • EA Booklet #26: Learning How to Grow All Your Own Food
  • EA Booklet #28: The Smallest Possible Area to Grow Food and Feed
  • EA Booklet #36: An Experimental 33-Bed GROW BIOINTENSIVE Mini-Farm: Growing Complete Fertility, Nutrition and Income

Composting:

  • EA Booklet #32: GROW BIOINTENSIVE Composting and Growing Compost Materials

Research Perspective:

  • EA Booklet #1: Cucumber Bonanza

Saving Seeds:

  • Booklet #13: Growing to Seed (rev. ed. 1999)

Flowers and Herbs:

  • EA Booklet #18: Cut, Dried and Edible Flowers for Income, Pleasure and Taste
  • EA Booklet #27: Growing Medicinal Herbs in as Little as Fifty Square Feet—Uses and Recipes

Human Waste:

  • Future Fertility —The Transformation of Human Waste into Human Wealth

Fertility:

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

Questions To Ask When Beginning To Farm:

  • EA Personal Booklet #1: 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/Recreation

Food / Lodging / Recreation
information and suggestions for the 1-Day Workshop

Participants will be responsible for providing their own meals and lodging for this workshop.

Here are some possibilities in Palo Alto, CA:

Lodging -- Food --Recreation

 

WHERE TO STAY:

For a list of hotels and motels and campgrounds in/near The Foster in Palo Alto, click here

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WHERE TO EAT:

For a place to eat in the Palo Alto area, try one of the following websites:
For a list of organic/natural food sources, try: http://local.yahoo.com/CA/Palo AltoFood+Dining/Natural+Organic+Foods
For a list of green/organic restaurants in Palo Alto, go to: http://www.ecovian.com/s/Palo Alto/restaurants
For other restaurants, try the following sites:
http://www.opentable.com/palo alto-restaurant-listings

http://www.urbanspoon.com/c/17/Palo Alto-restaurants.html
http://www.yelp.com/c/palo alto/restaurants

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ABOUT PALO ALTO:

For more information about Palo Alto, CA, check out https://www.tripadvisor.com/Tourism-g32849-Palo_Alto_California-Vacations.html

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Registration/Fees

1-Day Workshop Registration: A Three Step Process

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

  2. Complete the Online Workshop Registration for the Palo Alto, CA 1-Day Workshop scheduled for September 30, 2017. The cost of the program (including Workshop Manual) is $85 per person.
  3. Click here to register and puchase tickets on Eventbrite

  4. Look over the Required Reading for the 1 day workshop, and if you need any of the books or papers, order them from Ecology Action. The Workshop Mini-Manual of lecture notes and key articles will be handed out at the beginning of the workshop.

    Participants will be responsible for providing their own meals and lodging for this workshop. For food and lodging options, click here.

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