Potluck Supper & Evening Lecture on Bionutrient Rich Growing with Dan Kittredge

Join us in welcoming Dan Kittredge to Portland for a free Introductory Seminar and potluck supper.  This event will be of interest to farmers, gardeners, and anyone else who wants to grow and eat good deeply nutritious food from biologically active, mineral-rich soils.

Dan, lifelong Farmer and Executive Director of the Bionutrient Food Association, will share his understanding and firsthand experiences utilizing a biological approach to crop production.  He will also introduce ideas around "limiting factors to genetic potential."  

Quality, nutritious food is the goal of this work.  For context, consider that, from 1975 to 2010, the average nutritional values of the average crops have steadily declined: 

• Broccoli has 54% less calcium, 

• Cauliflower & Daikon no longer have measurable Vitamin A, 

• Collard Greens have 81% less Iron! 

This list goes on, but the trend is reversible.  This introductory lecture will be followed by more in-depth workshops later in the fall and winter for those who want to dive deeper into the topic and the techniques.

Cost:  Free to attend, but space is limited (so take your RSVP seriously:)

What to Bring:  A dish or beverage to share, a notebook, your own potluck kit (bowl/plate/utensils/cup) for a zero waste event.

More About Dan Kittredge:

Dan Kittredge 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 with 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 and organizations that support growing and eating really good food. 

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  • Allice T H.

    What a wonderful inspiring evening!

    September 18, 2013

  • Lisa F.

    Hi Everyone - About to post the details on the two-day workshop with Dan. Here are some links in the meantime!
    Soil Test = http://www.bionutrient.org/soil...­
    Brix = http://www.bionutrient.org/bion...­
    2011 Nutrient Guide = http://www.bionutrient.org/libr...­, showing the steady decline in nutritional value of the average fruit and vegetable, from 1975 to 2010.
    Videos = http://www.bionutrient.org/libr...­
    Medical Doctor presentation connecting Soil Health to Human Health = http://www.bionutrient.org/libr...­

    September 17, 2013

    • Lisa F.

      Bionutrient Food Association YouTube Channel = http://www.youtube.co...­ (For a video outline of the Workshop topics in multiple 2 – 4 minute video clips)
      Research Project: http://www.bionutrien...­
      Julie Rawson showing off almost perfect looking tomatoes, from a greenhouse they were previously considering abandoning due to poor production = http://www.youtube.co...­
      Real Food Campaign YouTube Channel = http://www.youtube.co...­

      September 17, 2013

    • Dennis

      Hi Lisa, would you share your receipe(s) of how to make ORMUS with Maine salt water and ashes? In a YouTube video, it showed ORMUS was the milky precipate at the bottom of the pan. Please elaborate as to how to use it? Thanks. Dennis

      September 18, 2013

  • Jani C.

    Thank you Lisa for sharing these links. Can't wait to learn more!

    September 17, 2013

  • Jim M

    A thoroughly enjoyable speaker who shared a wealth of practical information. He solicited a list of questions at the beginning of his talk, and covered them all in the course of the evening. Was thinking hugelkultur fits with more than one of his key requirements to max nutrition. Had to refresh my memory:
    1" of rainwater falling on 1000 sq ft of roof yields 600 gallons of water.

    Thanks
    Xiknawi

    September 15, 2013

  • Mallory H.

    Didn't I hear that Dan is coming to Portland with his workshop? I don't see it on the site.

    September 15, 2013

    • Lisa F.

      Ill add it this week!

      1 · September 15, 2013

  • Dennis

    Checkout the following:

    1. Paul Stamets: 6 ways mushrooms can save the world (YouTube)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=...­

    2. Biochar International
    http://www.biochar-internationa...­

    3. MAKING BIOCHAR: with Peter Hirst (YouTube)
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=...­

    I made my own batch last year and added it to 4 test beds. After several weeks, I could scoop up a handful of soil and it was teaming
    with very active earthworms. Peace,
    Dennis

    1 · September 14, 2013

  • Dennis

    Hi Kiya, To partially answer your question: fungi, granite / basalt-type rock-dust, biochar, and an abundant source of sustainable organic matter. You can use rockdust (rock flour) as a natural, mineral supplement. However, you should not add biochar to your soil by itself, but in conjunction with rockdust; otherwise, the biochar will strip the nutrients and water right out of the soil, thus leaving it more impoverished. Incidently, together they provide a perfect habitat for the bacteria and fungi, due to the tremendous surface area both provide, as well as their nutrient values. Peace,
    Dennis

    September 14, 2013

  • Kiya

    Inspiring talk. Ever since, I've been contemplating how get my compost pile more to the fungus end of the spectrum. Any ideas? Aaron?

    September 14, 2013

  • Dennis

    I'm never gonna look at a tomato or an egg plant the same way.

    1 · September 14, 2013

  • Dennis

    Dan was really friendly, polite, and an interesting speaker.

    September 14, 2013

  • Jani C.

    I thoroughly enjoyed Dan's presentation. His hopeful demeanor and helpful information are a true inspiration! Thank you so much for this class!

    September 13, 2013

  • Mallory H.

    Dan was an inspiring and extremely knowledgable speaker and I learned so much! Also, everyone outdid themselves with the dishes and although I did my best, I wish I could have sampled MORE!

    September 13, 2013

  • Leslie K.

    Wonderful talk by Dan! I felt inspired.

    September 13, 2013

  • Mischa

    amazing!!! chock full of information that we can apply right away. thank you!

    September 13, 2013

  • Jacquelyn

    I'm not going to be able to make it, my work extended longer then I thought, sorry.

    September 13, 2013

  • Cheryl

    Kirk and I can't make it...I just changed our RSVP.

    September 13, 2013

  • Julie

    Hi, my plans have changed...please open this spot to someone else on the waiting list...thanks! I am however interested in the two-day workshop by Dan...will that be posted soon?

    September 12, 2013

  • carol k.

    I can't make this event after all. Please open the spot to someone else. Thanks.

    September 10, 2013

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