Chesapeake BioDynamic Network
The Chesapeake BioDynamic Network of Virginia, Maryland, District of Columbia, West Virginia, & Delaware
Biodynamic Garden Tour and BD Stir & Spray
Saturday August 6, 2022
Jody's Biodynamic Garden 9120 Jackson Lane, Great Falls, Virginia 22066
*Meet and Greet 9:30am-10:00am
*Jody's Garden Tour 10-11:00am
*Break & Biodynamic veggie sales 11:00-11:30
*Biodynamic stir and spray 11:30-1:00pm
*Lunch in Jody's shady grove (Bring your own lunch)
*Hike 10 minutes to see Great Falls of the Potomac River
Jody Grossman BD Gardener
Our BD gardener Jody, was born in the heartland of Kansas. Both of her parents grew up in Kansas, her father on a self-sufficient farm, her mother in town, with a large victory garden in the backyard. Sweet corn and tomatoes were a big topic of conversation every summer. The family moved to California when she was three and her parents always grew a garden.
Occasionally, they would corral their children and put them to work. She grew up thinking that gardening was the most boring activity, a sure sign of old age, and she would never do that! But fate is a baffling and strange thing. True to her vow, she didn't show a glimmer of interest until retiring from teaching kindergarten at Washington Waldorf School, and decided to have a big garden at her home in Great Falls, VA.
She wanted to learn more about Biodynamics after a course at Sunbridge Institute with BD beekeeper Guenther Hauk, and invited BD gardener Carol St. John, a colleague from Acorn Hill Waldorf kindergarten to spend a weekend in early January 2020, just as the pandemic was looming. Together, they designed a 3,000 sq ft garden and she broke ground with the help of her husband, Carlo. That first year was incredibly hard work, and yet it was magical to see it take shape. During the winter months, she studied Steiner's Agriculture Course with Biodynamic Farmer Stewart Lundy of Perennial Roots Farm, on zoom.
Most of what Jody has learned has come by close observation and errors too numerous to count. If you’re not making mistakes you’re not trying. Jody’s garden is now in the third year, and subtle changes are evident. There is better understanding, and more diligent practice of the BD sprays and the plants seem more robust than in previous years. They are more pest resistant and healthy, and the use of BD compost is beginning to bear gifts. Living closely with Nature has been an unexpected joy and a humbling source of wonderment.
You are warmly welcomed to join us for a visit to Jody’s growing BD garden.