The Biodynamic Approach to Agriculture

Article Published: Mar. 12 | Modified: Mar. 23
The Biodynamic Approach to Agriculture

Biodynamic farmer and beekeper Gunther Hauk will speak March 21 and 22 for Blue Ridge Women in Agriculture.

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Blue Ridge Women in Agriculture announces two events, featuring biodynamic farmer and beekeeper Gunther Hauk.

On Friday, March 21, at 7 p.m., Hauk will speak on the honeybee colony collapse crisis. On Saturday, March 22, he will give a day-long introduction to biodynamics through composting. Events are free, although organizers are seeking means-based donations to contribute to associated costs of the events. Registration and more information can be found at

Hauk has been a biodynamic gardener and beekeeper for nearly four decades. He co-founded the Pfeiffer Center for Biodynamic and Environmental Studies in 1996 in Spring Valley, N.Y., and Spikenard Farm Honeybee Sanctuary in 2006, a non-profit education and research organization located near Floyd, Va.

Sometimes referred to as a “beyond organic” approach to agriculture, Hauk’s use of biodynamics seeks to heal depleted soils, while growing foods with greater nutrition, fertilizing with farm-grown compost and eliminating bee-endangering chemistry.

The events are co-sponsored by the ASU Goodnight Family Sustainable Development Department, Against the Grain Farm, the Biodynamic Association, Blue Ridge Seeds of Change, Blue Ridge Women in Agriculture and the Watauga County Cooperative Extension Service.

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