Workshops & Events

How Are My Bees?
Understanding and Meeting
Your Bees’ Midsummer Needs

With Bill Day
Saturday, July 28, 9:00am-5:00pm

The height of summer can be a challenging time of year for the bees. Many locales experience a dearth of forage, the varroa mite is flourishing, and many hives are rebuilding after swarming or natural queen succession. Meantime, winter is approaching — faster than you think.

This workshop will focus on midsummer tasks every beekeeper should have in mind to ensure healthy hives and successful overwintering. Topics covered will include: Assessing hive health; when to super, and when to take off boxes; harvesting honey; assessing honey stores, and knowing when and how to feed; monitoring and managing varroa; management options for weak hives; and more. There will be ample time for questions and discussion.

Weather permitting, much of the day will be spent outside in the Pfeiffer Center’s apiary, where techniques discussed in the classroom will be demonstrated.

Bill Day first learned beekeeping from Gunther Hauk as an intern at the Pfeiffer Center in 2001-02. He is the Pfeiffer Center’s beekeeper and beekeeping instructor. He also keeps bees at Bluefield Farm in Blauvelt, NY.

Click here to register.

Volunteer Days

Next Volunteer Day:
Thursday, July 26, 9:00am-12:30pm

One day a month in season, the Pfeiffer Center welcomes volunteers to pitch in and work along with Mac, Megan, and the interns. It's a great opportunity to get your hands dirty, make new friends, and get a taste of life in the garden.

Upcoming Volunteer Days: Thursday, July 26; Thursday, August 30; Thursday, September 27; and Thursday, October 25.

Information: For all the details, please visit this page.

Farm Stand

Every Friday, 12:00-5:00pm
At the Hand & Hoe, 241 Hungry Hollow Rd., Chestnut Ridge, NY

The Pfeiffer Center is teaming up with the Fellowship Community’s Duryea Farm to offer an expanded weekly farm stand at the Fellowship Community’s Hand ’n’ Hoe, 241 Hungry Hollow Rd., Chestnut Ridge, NY. Every Friday from noon to 5:00pm, stop by the Hand & Hoe for fresh-picked, biodynamically raised produce and herbs grown in the fields and gardens of the Pfeiffer Center and Duryea Farm. A farmer will be on hand to assist you.

Farm & Garden Days:
A Hands-On Garden, Farm and Forest Experience

August 13-17 — one week only

Farm and Garden Days is a small (60 participants), specialized, hands-on farm, garden & nature experience for children ages 5-13. Digging potatoes, picking peas, milking cows, visiting horses and honeybees, making pizza in an outdoor clay oven, and more — with plenty of time for swims, exploring nearby woods and streams, art activities, music and games.

Farm and Garden Days is a collaboration between The Nature Place and The Pfeiffer Center. Activities take place in the Pfeiffer Center’s biodynamic gardens and at neighboring Duryea Farm.

When: Monday, August 13 through Friday, August 17, 9:00am-4:00pm. Before- and after-camp care is available. Busing is available from Manhattan.

How much: $925 per week ($1,200 for children coming from New York City; includes bus transportation from Manhattan).

Reserve your child's place in Farm and Garden Days 2017: Click here to enroll online. To learn more about The Nature Place, click here, call 845-356-6477 or, email

One-Year, Part-Time
Practical Training in Biodynamics

Mac Mead, Principal Instructor
With Megan Durney, Bill Day, Jairo Gonzalez,
Jennifer Greene, Craig Holdrege, Steffen Schneider,
Sherry Wildfeuer, and Hugh Williams

Starts Saturday, September 15

In thirteen full-day workshops from September to June, the Pfeiffer Center’s One-Year, Part-Time Practical Training in Biodynamics covers the basic principles and all the timely activities of biodynamic agriculture through the seasons.

Workshop days run from 9:00am to 5:00pm, and feature an engaging mix of classroom talks and field activities. Topics covered include: making and working with the biodynamic preparations • making and working with compost • techniques for soil building • understanding the rhythms of nature and planetary influences on earthly life and growth • best practices in agricultural handwork and pruning • farm animal husbandry • seed saving • biodynamic methods of weed and pest control • the honeybee • and much more.

Information: Visit this page for a complete description of the course and schedule for the year, or apply today!

Fifth Annual Farm-to-Table Dinner
Benefit for the Pfeiffer Center

Friday, October 19
$90 per person

Join Mac Mead, Megan Durney, and the Pfeiffer Center interns for a candle-lit sit-down dinner with biodynamic wines in Threefold Café’s Main House dining room.

It’s great food and fellowship — and more! The Silent Auction and Raffle give you a chance to bring home unique Pfeiffer Center-related items while supporting our work.

Order your tickets here, and watch this space for more details.


Prefer to pay by check? Click here to download a printable registration form.

Questions? Directions to the Pfeiffer Center, information about housing, and more can be found at this page.

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