Workshops & Events

Seed School at the Pfeiffer Center, Part 3

Thresh and Winnow:
Harvesting, Cleaning, and
Storing Seeds

With Shanyn Siegel
Saturday, October 22, 9:00am-5:00pm

Did you know that clean, properly stored seeds can remain viable for decades?

In the last installment of Seed School at the Pfeiffer Center, Shanyn Siegel explains and demonstrates various techniques for harvesting, drying, and cleaning seeds — all using tools and materials found in any household. Class discussions will focus on the different types of seeds and how to best gauge seed maturity • simple, small-scale harvest techniques • understanding seed quality • and the best options for storing seeds at home. Hands-on activities include wet and dry seed processing, germination testing, and more.

Come just to learn — or bring your own seeds to clean and share! Participants will leave with some seeds grown in the instructor’s home garden — and with ties to a growing network of regional seed savers.

Gardening starts with seeds. Why not save your own?

Shanyn Siegel has worked in sustainable agriculture and horticulture for over 15 years, specializing in organic vegetable gardening and organic seed production. As Collection Curator and Head of Preservation for Seed Savers Exchange, Shanyn grew, evaluated, and saved seeds from thousands of heirloom and open-pollinated vegetable varieties. With Lee Buttala, Shanyn coedited The Seed Garden: The Art and Practice of Seed Saving (2015).

Presented in partnership with Seed Savers Exchange and Hudson Valley Seed Library.

Online registration for this workshop is closed, but walk-ins are welcome at Threefold Main House, 285 Hungry Hollow Rd., Chestnut Ridge, NY. Please arrive by 8:45am on Saturday, October 22.

Beekeeping for the Future

With Bill Day
Saturday, November 12, 9:00am-5:00pm

If you are thinking about getting honeybees next spring, now is the time to prepare. This one-day workshop will address questions all aspiring beekeepers need to ask as they prepare to embark on this spiritual yet profoundly nature-bound journey. For beekeepers with one or two years’ experience, this workshop is a great opportunity to take stock, ask questions, and learn new perspectives.

The workshop will be organized around the beekeeper’s essential role in nurturing the hive organism. What can we as beekeepers do to create conditions in which our bees can thrive? What are the most up-to-date natural and holistic methods, and how do they work?

Topics covered will include: the biology of the hive organism and the beekeeper’s role in fostering healthy hives • working with different hive designs • sources of bees • siting your hives • biodynamic methods for disease management • beekeeping as a path to heightened powers of observation and awareness • and much more.

Weather permitting, the day will include a visit to the Pfeiffer Center’s apiary, where we will open some hives and demonstrate techniques discussed in the classroom.

Bill Day has kept bees for more than a dozen years. He is principal beekeeper at the Pfeiffer Center, and also keeps bees at Bluefield Farm in Blauvelt, NY.

Click here to register.

The Agriculture Course:
An Intensive Study of the Origins
and Future of Biodynamics

2017 Focus: Nettle & Valerian, Healing Plants
for the Earth and Humanity

With Mac Mead, Megan Durney,
Harald Hoven, Dr. Steven Johnson,
& other special guest presenters

January 13-16, 2017
$365 (includes 5 meals)
Farm apprentices pay just $195

The Pfeiffer Center's 2017 midwinter intensive study of biodynamics offers participants an in-depth examination of two plants used in making biodynamic preparations: nettle and valerian. Through a combination of lectures, artistic activities, practical experiences, observation exercises, and conversation we will investigate what qualities give these humble plants their powerful medicinal healing powers.

This long weekend is truly a unique educational and social opportunity to broaden and deepen your understanding of the role of biodynamics in the development of humanity and agriculture. Join us!

Watch this space for more details on the program.

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