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Biodynamics & Camphill Community Agriculture

Saturday, January 26, 2019 - 3:30 pm to 4:45 pm

Tending the field

Workshop Description

The Camphill movement began under the leadership of Dr. Karl Koenig, an Austrian pediatrician and educator who fled the Nazi invasion and settled in Aberdeen, Scotland.

He and some colleagues, inspired by the work of Rudolf Steiner, founded the first Camphill community for children living with disabilities.

From that small beginning, the movement now includes more than 118 residential communities.

Camphill Communities Ontario (CCO) came into existence in 1986, beginning as a home and school setting for children and adolescents, and evolving into an adult-centred community as the residents aged.

Today, CCO comprises a rural location near Angus and an urban location in downtown Barrie, encompassing many homes and apartments as well as land and farm activities, studios for artistic work, a pottery and a woodworking shop.

Since Agriculture and Horticulture have always been a major part of Camphill, there is a strong tradition of people of all abilities working and caring together for the Land, producing together high quality vegetables, and celebrating together the fruits of our labour.

Topics covered will include:

  • Intro, History of Camphill, & History of Camphill Communities Ontario
  • Biodynamics as fourth pillar of Camphill Movement
  • Other examples of successful Biodynamic and Organic Social Enterprises
  • Future of Farming at Camphill Communities Ontario & Conclusion
Annette with some giant carrots
In the greenhouse
Peter seeding beets

Speakers: Allan Kuhn & Annette Parsons

For the past 20 years Allan has been working in Organic Agriculture.

He completed both the Provincial Apprenticeship and the Demeter Apprenticeship and graduated from Organic Agriculture Management College all in North Rhein Westphalia, Germany.

Since 2007 Allan has been working at Camphill Communities Ontario, Managing their 5 acre Market Garden, and vending at local Farmers Markets.

Allan Kuhn award ceremony 400 300

Allan (3rd from left in blue shirt) with Ryan (2nd from left) accepting a Gardening Award

For the past 25 years Annette has been working in Organic Agriculture.

She completed her training in the Horticultural Program at Bannting in Alliston.

Since graduating she has been part of the Agricultural Day programming at Camphill Communities Ontario, helping both in the Market Garden and the Herb Garden, and for the past 4 years she been vending at local Farmers Markets

Annette in the garden