Planting Calendar - Calendar Team | Celestial Planting Calendar
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Farm & Garden Guide to Planting & Harvesting

2018 Calendar Team

Rosemary Tayler - Editor

Rosemary has a background in biochemistry, marine biology (MSc) and alternative medicine, in particular, homeopathy. She has also extensively studied astrology. From 2000 to 2015 she devoted time to establishing community gardens, composting and organizing local food markets in Ottawa, Ontario.

Along with Kathryn Aunger at the Earth Haven Learning Centre, she teaches an introductory biodynamic course in Ontario.  For more information visit 

Gary P. Caton - Astronomer, Writer, Forecaster

Growing up in a rural setting outside Leesburg, Virginia, Gary developed passions for gardening and farming early in life and has lived on working farms. 
In 1993 Gary was initiated into the planetary mysteries by seeing alignments in a dream. His deep love of nature fuels his enthusiasm for stargazing and astrophotography. Gary claims it has been a true joy combining his lifelong passion for learning with the tasks of completing the calculations and contributing to the forecasts for this calendar. Based on more than two decades of experience, he incorporates several new elements into this text, including consideration of the sextile aspect and a look at the deeper mysteries of the retrograde loops of Venus and Mars.

Hugh Courtney - Writer, Mentor, Researcher 

In addition to contributing articles, Hugh Courtney has taken on the advisory role of forecasting favourable and unfavorable times for this calendar. He has devoted more than 40 years to perfecting the art of making biodynamic preparations. Taking a cue from his own mentor, Josephine Porter, who declared, “These preparations are no secret, I will teach anyone who wants to learn how to make them,” he has mentored hundreds of people on the finer points of making quality preparations. 

Ever concerned about keeping this special art form alive into the future, in 2009, along with his grandson, Jeremiah Proctor, Hugh founded Earth Legacy Agriculture, LLC to provide quality preparations for discerning practitioners.  For more information visit

Kathryn Aunger - Administration & Graphic Design

Kathryn has years of experience in desktop publishing, website development, sales, marketing and social media management. Together with her son, Aric, she owns and operates a certified Demeter organic farm in eastern Ontario.  For more information visit

Stuart Clarkson - Writer

With a background in history, including a specialty in Scottish and Roman cultures, Stuart is employed by the City of Ottawa Archives as their community archivist. Stuart has an interest in gardening and applying biodynamic principles. He is currently a member of the steering committee of a community garden/urban farm in his neighborhood.