Celebrate Biodynamic Farming with the Barefoot Farmer

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If you don't recognize the name Jeff Poppen, maybe you know him as "The Barefoot Farmer."

Poppen runs a very popular eponymous CSA that is known for producing some of the best vegetables available in any bushel basket in the area. Poppen is also serving as the host of the 17th Annual Biodynamic Celebration & Harvest Festival at his Long Hungry Creek Farm, about 90 minutes away in Red Boiling Springs, Tenn.

The event will be held Sept. 28-30, and this year's theme is "Cooperation," emphasizing ways which farmers, families, businesses, neighbors and friends can work together for the betterment of society.

Here's the skinny on the conference from the organizers:

Workshops will include a range of topics of interest to market farmers and home gardeners, including vegetables, fruit & herbs, domestic animals, bees, practical organics, basic farming skills, creating healthy soil, and discussions on Steiner Stuff:€“ education, medicine, meditation, and studying the Agriculture Course.

There will be children's story times, herb walks, farm-intern circles, CSA news and plenty of discussions about health, local food, biodynamics, livestock, homesteading, and growing your own fruits and vegetables. Saturday night also includes a talent show, bonfire and biodynamic music for evening entertainment.

The annual family friendly gathering includes professional biodynamic gardeners, farmers, doctors and educators in a relaxed atmosphere sharing information. Gourmet feasts made from all-biodynamic, homegrown fruits, vegetables, grains, meats, and dairy products prove the merits of biodynamic agriculture.

Camping and meals are all included in the registration fee. Celebrate biodynamics with an old-fashioned harvest festival!

Fee and schedule information is at www.barefootfarmer.com.

Registration for the three-day conference is only $125, and from what I've heard the meals alone are worth the price of admission.

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