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Building Momentum: 2nd Annual Retreat for Farm-Based Educators

December 21, 2010

By Lori Barian

November 3-5, 2010: In light of the intense need in our time for children and adults to have strong wills and a greater connection to the earth, 22 farm- and garden-based educators inspired by anthroposophy, biodynamics, or Waldorf education came together in East Troy, WI, over three days in early November. Coming from such wide-spread places as Sacramento, CA, Shelburne, VT, Chestnut Ridge, NY, Louisville, KY, and Rockford, IL, the participants shared a common passion: to strengthen and grow this emerging field.

The Wednesday afternoon through Friday noon event included artistic activity, a presentation and conversation on the threefold human being and the 12 senses in relation to farm-based education (FBE), a panel discussion and conversation about FBE curricula, a field trip and session on integrating animals into an educational program, Theory U Case Clinics, and a session on organizational development.

As a result, a carrying group has formed that will work to plan next year’s event and help shepherd this strong and enthusiastic new special interest group of the Biodynamic Association.

Look forward to a longer article on this retreat in the Spring 2011 issue of Biodynamics.

If you would like to learn more or join the mailing list for the next Farm-Based Educators Retreat, please contact Dana Burns at dalycabu @

All photos below by Zuri Burns.

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  1. June 1, 2011 8:01 pm

    I wish i had my own land where i could grow veggies and fruits i live in the city of Forest Park GA and i have a small backyard but i have five raised beds where i grow my veggies its good to see young people take a chance to grow stuff with your own hard work theres nothing like freash veggies you work hard grow and we have not had enough rain and live on a tight budget it hard to water plants and pray they make it so you can cut back on the grocery bill god bless all who works on farms and grows there own stuff myprayer that yall make it a big go cause with out you what will happen to the food we eat in years to come

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