Workshops at the Agricultural Conference 2017

Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 10.45 to 12.15 a.m. -- Descriptions are continually updated --
  Workshop Description Speaker Languages
1 Worldwide experiences with composting   Tobias Bandel, Hans Supenkämper, Derk Klein Bramel German English
2 Natural scientific foundations for understanding Steiner's concept of fertilisation   Dagmar Werren, Walter Sorms, Alexander Gerber German English
3 Sustainable soil management   Friedrich Wenz German English
4 I stand, walk and work on the soil   Isabelle Bissonet, Karl Ebermann German French
5 The soil that I care for and myself   Marisol Garrido, Daniel Conde English Spanish
6 The elements of the Earth and the elemental beings   Brigitte von Wistinghausen, Anna Cecilia Grünn, Bernard Jarman German English
7 Developing dynamic ways of seeing and working with farm-scale compost   Bruno Follador, Reinhild Schloß English Spanish
8 Biodynamic preparations as a biological process: the support for the dying soil 1) the significance of the biodynamic preparation's making as a tool for the microbiological life in the soil  2) The cover crop as the tool to create fertility and dynamic life in the soil. 3) the relationship between the roots of the plants and the soil as a genetic expression. In the practical for us it's very important to show how many details about the managing of the biodynamic preparations are the priority for the success of the method. So: 1) The acclimatization of the Cow Horn Manure preparation (no 500) 2) How to respect the microbiological life in the biodynamic preparations in the dynamisation and the distribution. 3) The importance of the correct agronomic work in the soil to respect the microbiological life and make work the biodynamic method Michele Lorenzetti, Carlo Noro English Italian
9 Directing transformation processes correctly: green manure, compost, manure, biogas Science (Jürgen Friedel, Vienna) and practitioners (M. Kränzler, A. Vortmann) in conversation. Moderation: Simone Helmle, Klaus Wais, Clemens Gabriel (German-English). Theme background: Scarcely growing arable land and growing world population. Importance of soils for climate, groundwater formation and water protection. Reduction of soil fertility through unsustainable management. Climate change with drought periods and severe rain events. We discuss the technical topics against the background of the current changes in the world with experts from science and practice. What developments are emerging in agriculture? What is forward-looking from the point of view of bio-dynamic work? Jürgen Friedel, Klaus Wais German English
10 Carbon accounting – an aspect for the development of soil fertility The planning and compilation of the crop rotation and the cultivation of sub seeds and intermediate crops are essential elements for the farmer to the positive development of soil fertility and humus development. As a planning aid, we would like to present the carbon balance to Nikolaus Remer. Each workshop participant can learn to calculate carbon footprint for his farm. Please bring: pocket calculator and the operating figures to livestock, crop rotation, cultivation ratio, feed and fertilizer purchase etc. Jan-Uwe Klee, Christof Klemmer German English
11 Practise of preperation work worldwide   Ueli Hurter, Reto Ingold German English
12 Land into many hands – from object of speculation to common good Land and soil is the natural basis for all life on earth and a limited resource. A particularly responsible and dignified approach is required. Land should not be used for speculative and capital interests. A division between land ownership and land use paves the way for a new approach to nature and culture. The aim of the working group is to create awareness of each other, the immense importance of land ownership and the associated careful handling of this resource, as exemplified by Hof Höllwangen. Josef Nassal, Klaus Niedermann, Marije Walinga German English
13 Examples of farm development   Paola Santi, Fridtjof Albert, Martin von Mackensen German Italian
14 The omnipresence of networks. About plants that also communicate below ground and network   Florianne Koechlin, Jean-Michel Florin German French
15 Experiences with biodynamic composting in relation to chromatography   Julia Querol, Jordi Querol German Spanish
16 Creating soil fertility: based on the example of India India, with about 32 % of its land under degradation due to intensive chemical farming and 25 % undergoing desertification, has a huge task cut out to ensure sustainable land management as well as food, water and livelihood security by adopting both preventive and curative strategies for moving towards healing the land trough soil fertility regeneration. This effort needs to be supported by a spiritual scientific base. This also has huge implications for overcoming poverty in the affected areas. Commensurate benefits will also accrue on account of a range of ecosystem services from avoided degradation, land restoration, biodiversity conservation, reduced CO2 emissions and storage of carbon pool. India has had a long journey in addressing degraded lands and has also recorded some remarkable success through a few biodynamic and organic projects, which we will showcase in this workshop. This will also provide an opportunity for learning from participants their experiences in such conditions in other parts of the world. Sundeep Kamath, Sarvdaman Patel German English