The 15th Annual Harvest Festival

A Biodynamic

Celebration October 1-3, 2010

Long Hungry Creek Farm •Red Boiling Springs, TN Our theme this year is good soil with a focus on horn manure. Many biodynamic gardeners have seen a darker color soil and better tilth after using horn manure, referred to as the ‘500 preparation’. We’ll stuff horns and give away the 500 preparation we made last year. There will be workshops on biodynamics, holistic management, beekeeping, radionics, homeopathy, jam-making, raw foods, and more.

Feel the difference wholesome food makes in your body and learn to grow it yourself. Genuine health begins in the soil. This annual festival attracts a wide array of people with gifts to share, and ample time is allowed for one on one discussion with workshop leaders throughout the weekend.

A collection of professional biodynamic gardeners, farmers, chefs, and healers will inspire your first hand relationship with quality soil, food, and overall vitality.

This year we will enjoy presentations and farm reports from a variety of friends including:

Lloyd Nelson, Philip Lyvers and Laura Riccardi, Jennifer Gleason, Tyler Brown, Dr. Verl Hunter, Jason Harris, Richard Monet, Lorraine Cahill,

Greg Bran, Dennis Limon, Eric and Cher Smith, Laura Button, Mark Trela, and more.

There will be children’s story times, herb walks, farmy women’s circles, farm-intern chats, CSA news, and plenty of talking about health, biodynamics, homesteading, food, vegetables, fruits and livestock.



1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Afternoon Workshops

4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Reception and Registration

6 p.m. Biodynamic Banquet

7:30 p.m. Looking at 500 – bring yours


8 a.m. Breakfast

9 to 11 a.m. Workshops

12 p.m. Lunch and garden party

2 to 4 p.m. Workshops

5 p.m. Circle together

6:30 p.m. Biodynamic Banquet

7:30 p.m. Talent Show

9:00 p.m. Bonfire and Barn Dance


8 a.m. Breakfast

9 a.m. We share our favorite passages from Steiner’s Agriculture Course.

11 a.m. Q&A with workshop leaders

12 p.m. Lunch

2 p.m. Farm tours –Long Hungry Creek Farm

Or Bugtussle Farm – pastured poultry and grazing

6 p.m. Dinner and Good-byes at the farm

Festival Details

Bring your homegrown food to contribute to meals, your crafts and products to sell or trade, and your enthusiasm for making a spirited event run smoothly. Detailed directions and more information is available on-line, or by request:, or call 615-699-4676. Volunteer workers are welcomed and encouraged, and no one will be turned away for financial reasons. Camp sites are available at Long Hungry Creek Farm at no extra cost. We do not offer power or water hook-ups. See for hotel lodging. This is a family event and we have a swimming hole, hiking trails, and a cave for outdoor enjoyment. Please, NO dogs.

Conference fees:

$125.00 for the weekend, paid at the door;

$100.00 if pre-registered by September 10th;

otherwise, $50.00 per day

Children are free

Please send registration check to:

Jeff Poppen

C/O Long Hungry Creek Farm

P.O. Box 163

Red Boiling Springs, TN 37150

We are grateful for the support of the Biodynamic Association, whose national gathering is happening this same weekend in upstate New York. See for more information. Biodynamics was initiated in 1924 when Dr. Rudolf Steiner recommended we farm with compost, not artificial fertilizers, because the latter would tend to make our food less nutritious and our thinking and feeling more materialistic. Along with practical methods for integrating soil, plants, and animals into a self-sustaining farm, biodynamic gardeners work with spiritual elements by using homeopathic preparations to create compost, high quality produce, and a pleasant atmosphere.

New Food Economy FlyerThe Main St Farmers Market will be officially dedicated this WEDNESDAY JUNE 17TH AT 4 PM. Be there with us as we dedicate the market with a special ceremony including dedication by story teller Jim Pfitzer and the ringing of a cow bell from Chamonix, France to open the market. We are hoping to fill the streets to show support for the market, your farmers market, so bring your friends. 4pm sharp this Wednesday!!!!
For further info, including directions, visit: our little movie by Pete!

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Dear Friends, Greetings from Long Hungry!

We hope all is well in your world.
This is our best gardening year yet; come visit the farm anytime you like,
there are usually folks around somewhere.


JUNE 19-20-21
Summer Solstice Celebration

Solstice info

JULY 4, AUG. 1, SEPT. 1, OCT. 31
Saturdays on the farm – garden tours, pot-luck picnic, music…

SEPT. 19
Equinox Gathering

Equinox info

14th Annual Biodynamic Gardening Conference and Harvest Festival

Celebrating local foods and organic farming.
Pre-Registration appreciated. More details soon.

Good Foods Festival

with Sandor Katz, and others.

Winter Solstice Celebration

If we can help you in any way, please let us know.

Love Jeff and crew at Long Hungry Creek Farm
Red Boiling Springs, Tennessee

(P.S.) Forward to anyone you think might be interested, and let us know if you want off this email list.

Hello, all, it looks like (if we can slide past Thursday still dry) that we will be planting this weekend! Whoopee! We’ll get the rest of the spring crops in the ground and direct seed and transplant many of our summer crops. This is great! Because it is standing room only in the greenhouse!

Bluebird and Swallow fields will finally be planted!

The honeybees are LOVING the blooming crimson clover, it is beautiful. I need to get out there and take a picture of it.

Well, as for my topic. I wanted to publish, and we’ll be updating and changing this, the plans that we have for Clover Wreath Farm.


  • Continue to work toward Biodynamic/Demeter Certification. We are loving our Naturally Grown Certification, but we want to pursue Biodynamic certification as well. As both Naturally Grown and Biodynamic certifications are equal to or surpass Organic certification, we will not be pursuing Organic certification.
  • Fall: Plant a native deciduous/coniferous windbreak on the North boundary of the farm.
  • Continue to plant native trees and plants throughout the farm. Our goal is, within five years, to have every native plant (tree, shrub, grass, flower) represented in numbers stable for reproduction.
  • Prepare more land for vegetable/fruit production. We hope to cultivate four acres next year, instead of two.
  • Plant heirloom varieties of fruit trees as well as berry bushes.
  • Continue to rotate the sheep’s pasture around the farm as to improve the grasses and soil. We will be able to plant fruit and other trees in our pasture because our sheep have their handy-dandy mobile fencing!
  • Continue to improve on our chicken stock by careful breeding. Our chickens are great. But they could be fantastic. We will be looking to improve body shape, feathering, meat, mothering skills, foraging skills, and most certainly egg laying!
  • Continue to rotate crops on seven year rotation.
  • Build more raised beds for early and winter planting.
  • Increase our number of compost piles.
  • Add more honeybee hives and plant the species known to attract beneficials.
  • Breed our angora rabbits.
  • Breed our dairy sheep.
  • When the ground is dry, add a driveway up to where the greenhouse is located now. The drive will have room for parking and turning around.
  • After the driveway is added, schedule workshops for kids and adults on organic farming and the environment.



As we approach the Zenith, we are finding ourselves not getting the much-hoped-for midsummer lull. Mostly because we are spending so much time irrigating. (Pray for rain and stop global warming!) But we are thankful to have accomplished this much thus far and I must be brief so that I can continue to bust my can.

I have heard (from those at Chattanooga’s Greenlife Grocery’s farmers’ market where we sell on Saturdays from 9 a.m. until noon and from emails and calls) that people are thankful that we are growing food for them. I cannot say how much it helps to hear this. I’m not very clear in the spoken word so all I can say is “thank you for saying thank you.” But I mean it with all my heart.

Farmwork has never been easy but a small organic farm in its first year is more tears than joy, we’ve been told. Absolutely on the money. Furthermore, there is no way on God’s green earth that we could be doing this without my parents. My heart goes out to all those trying to pay for land and a home while they start their own farm. This farm was named, housing provided, barns and some fences in place, and my family and I already knew the land intimately before we bought the first chicken or pack of seed. Those who had to buy land in our area couldn’t make it. Too expensive.

So hearing someone who doesn’t know me thank them for the food makes me cry. Tears of gratitude for the recognition of my own sacrifice and the sacrifice of all farmers. Their realization gives me hope.

Thank you to all those lovely people who have gratitude for the person who provides them with food. You keep me going!



Clover Wreath Farm

Well, it has certainly heated back up. It is hot and humid, nearing 90 degrees somedays. We have had an immense amount of rain.

We’ve hatched 69 lovely chicks. We lost three to a snake, which was a sad moment for our son. It was Siobhan’s, his precious but moody pet, chicks and she only has two remaining. A sad morning.

We have summer squash growing but not large enough for picking, same with tomatoes. We can’t wait!

I am wroking with different biodynamic preparations and I really wish I knew more of what I am doing. I am contacting Josephine Porter Institute tomorrow. If anyone has any other fine sources of biodynamic preparation information, I’m all ears.

The more I learn, the more I have to learn about biodynamics. I keep telling myself that it is our first season and everything is a work in progress. I can’t possibly implement everything at once. But I sure do want to.

I have created a worm tea, not made of red worms but for them, and found it does work wonders. Needs a 10:1, water:tea. Mine was made from my dearly departed Clancy’s manure and black strap molasses. I stirred everyday using a whirlpool effect, first clockwise, then counter. While the energy is still strong, I mix a batch with water and apply to soil. It has increased soil vitality and it was easy.

I have also seen how the biodynamic preps work on my seedlings and I have to say that it is amazing. My worm tea is a small touch of honey. The biodynamic preps are a lovely full goblet of mead.