POSTPONED: The Principles of Biological Systems with Dan Kittredge

Jan 26, 2024 9:30AM—Jan 27, 2024 4:30PM


Oliver Kelley Farm 15788 Kelley Farm Rd. Elk River, MN 55330

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NOTE: This event has been postponed. New dates TBA.

This is a two day workshop, January 26 & 27, 2024.

“The Principles of Biological Systems” course provides an overview of the principles and practices of biological farming, with the goal to build upon your knowledge and experience to find ways to increase the health of your soil and crops for greater yields, healthier produce and better marketability. Participation-based with questions and answers, the workshop is designed for farmers, growers, and gardeners of any type to learn current research and proven methods, and go step-by-step through the processes that will lead to optimum crop health and sustained yield.

You will go home with new knowledge and a step-by-step guide to processes for optimizing crop health and yield!

Topics will include:

  • The importance of seed quality and how to improve it
  • The critical role of the bottom of the food chain
  • Plant “early childhood development” and life cycle patterns
  • Why and how we don’t need pesticides to manage pests
  • Soil testing mineral and memorial balancing
  • The importance of inoculation of your seeds and how to do it
  • Conductivity and Brix for in-season monitoring and management
  • The Bionutrient Food Association’s history, vision, and strategy

Thousands of growers have attended the course since 2009 throughout N. America and Europe. Workshop attendance continues to grow thanks to word-of-mouth promotion of this course by previous attendees.

Course Instructor
Executive Director of the Bionutrient Food Association
Dan is the son of prominent leaders in the organic movement, and has been an organic farmer since childhood. His experience managing organic farms and developing sustainable agriculture techniques has connected him to farmers in Central America, Russia, India and the United States. Dan is passionate about raising the quality of nutrition in our food supply through collaboration with committed individuals, businesses, and organizations that support the value of people growing and eating really good food.

Advance registration is required.
Members of SFA or Bionutrient Food Association: $175   (SFA members must log in to see member price. BFA members, please reach out to Katie Feterl at
Nonmembers: $225

Lunch: Meals are not included with registration. Attendees are invited to do one of the following:
1. Bring a dish to pass for a potluck.
2. Pre-order a boxed lunch for Friday and/or Saturday at registration by noon on Friday, January 19. Boxed lunches will come from a local caterer and are $18 each. There are vegetarian and meat sandwich options.
3. Bring their own lunch.

Address: Oliver Kelley Farm – 15788 Kelley Farm Rd. Elk River, MN 55330

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Refunds: Notify of us of your cancellation by one week in advance for a full refund. 50% refunds will be granted less than one week in advance.

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