DIY: BIOCHAR & SMALL-SCALE/LOW-TECH HYDROPONICS - A FULL DAY WORKSHOP (SAT. 5/21/11, 9 am - 5 pm)
Saturday, May 21, 2011 from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM (EDT)
SAT. MAY 21, 2011, 9 am - 5 pm
Garden Building - look for EPPG SIGN
Kimberton Waldorf School
410 West 7 Stars Road
This full day workshop will cover two exciting topics - learn DIY BIOCHAR and HYDROPONICS!
**Funding for this event granted by the Chester County Ag Partnership**
This low-cost, full-day workshop has been made possible by the funding agency, but... IF YOU ARE UNABLE TO PAY THE FEES TO REGISTER, BUT WISH TO ATTEND, PLEASE CONTACT EPPG - email@example.com
NO ONE WILL BE TURNED AWAY DUE TO LACK OF FUNDS FOR REGISTRATION
FULL DAY (BOTH SESSIONS) ONLY $15.00
or, attend individual sessions:
9am-12:30 pm Small-scale, low-tech DIY HYDROPONICS SYSTEMS $10.00
This workshop, presented by Don Coan, Ph.D, will cover the basic principles and methods of hydroponics gardening and discuss why it is important in today’s world. Through informational materials, demonstrations, and practical hands-on activities, participants will learn about various types of hydroponics systems, non-soil media, and how to build and maintain a simple hydroponics garden. Topics explored will include: soilless media & nutrients involved in cultivating plants using hydroponics methods, advantages and benefits of hydroponics in today’s world, a
description of the components and features of several different kinds of hydroponics systems (ebb & flow, NFT, deep water culture, aeroponic, floating raft, etc.) & a demonstration of a small scale/low-tech DIY hydroponics system. Additional information will be addressed, including:
- comparison of the characteristics of several common kinds of non-soil growing media (demonstration)
- description of different kinds of containers for growing hydroponics plants (demonstration)
- Discussion of the various criteria (size, location, plant selection, climate, cost, etc.) for designing and planning a hydroponics garden
- Hydroponics propagation and transplantation (demonstration)
- How to build and maintain a floating raft garden (Hand-on Activity)
- Building an (automated) recirculating hydroponics garden with an aggregate medium (demonstration)
12:30 - 1:30
Organic, vegetarian lunch will also be provided to particpants (free of charge - optional donations accepted) by FOOD FOR THOUGHT, the Kimberton Waldorf School's own Garden to kitchen school lunch program
12:30 - 1:30
1:30 pm - 4:30 pm BIOCHAR: DO IT YOURSELF! $10.00
Our workshop leader, EPPG member, horticulturist (permie) and Biochar maker extraordinaire - Dale Hendricks, will provide participants with an introduction to biochar, a deep look at soils and agriculture and the role they can play in productively using carbon. How biochar can be part of solutions to our current challenges with water, food, climate, energy and community will be addressed. Finally, the Biochar portion of the workshop will conclude with a demonstration and instruction on building small cook stoves to boil water and MAKE BIOCHAR (for participants to take home)!
Dale Hendricks has been growing and propagating plants
professionally since 1975. In 1988 he co-founded North Creek Nurseries,
Inc in order to propagate and grow perennials and grasses with an
emphasis on natives and garden selections of natives. He has been
honored with the American Horticulture Society’s Individual Commercial
award and the Perennial Plant Association’s Young Professional award. He
has taught plant propagation at Longwood Gardens and lectures widely.
He served on the founding board of the Sustainable Business Network of
Greater Philadelphia and as co-chair from 2004-2007. He is also served
on the founding Steering Committee for the Native Plants in the
Landscape Conference at Millersville University. He currently serves on
the board of Community Gardens of Chester County and has recently become
President of Biochar Northeast; a nonprofit that “advances the ethical
use and creation of biochar.”
In 2008 he founded Green Light Plants, LLC. To consult on sustainable and fecund landscapes and to grow native, woodland and Permaculture plants renewably, organically and joyfully.
Dale lives with his family, gardens and makes biochar whenever he can in Landenberg, Pa.
Don Coan received his Ph.D in Education and Psychology from the University of Michigan. He taught social psychology and research methods at Indiana University. His career spans over 30 years evaluating federally-funded education programs and conducting institutional research studies in higher education. He retired from the California State University system in 2001. Coan has practiced hydroponics for many years. He works with the Institute of Simplified Hydroponics (Mexico) helping poor families build and maintain simple hydroponics gardens.
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