If you have already read about Alan Chadwick and his
important contributions to horticulture, you’ll be glad to know that
— although the man is gone — his world-renowned
wholistic gardening technique lives on!
MOTHER EARTH NEWS’ staff is very pleased to announce another series
of workshops based in part upon Chadwick’s
methods of biodynamic/French intensive gardening,
which will be held this spring, summer, and fall (April
20-29, May 4-13, June 1-10, August 31-September 9, and
September 28-October 7) on our beautiful 622.4 acres of
mountain property in western North Carolina.
Master gardeners Kerry and Barbara Sullivan — both of
whom are former apprentices of Alan Chadwick and now
full time members of MOTHER EARTH NEWS’ Eco-Village staff — will
guide workshop participants through a full ten days of
theory, technique, and actual practice in our organic
All those who attend will learn about preparation of raised
beds, sowing and transplanting, and needed maintenance such
as weeding and watering, all of which will
involve plenty of hands-on experience. Planned discussions
with Kerry and Barbara will include advice on compost,
seedlings, greenhouses, potting soils, cold frames, and
The fee for each session will be $150, with camping
facilities (but not meals) provided for the participants.
Because of the intense treatment of the subject matter and
the long hours involved in getting hands-on experience in
the gardens (this is to be a workshop), Kerry and
Barbara have stipulated that no families or pets be brought
along for the sessions.
We hope to
share our garden with you this year!