Build your understanding of biodynamic principles and practices through four intensive workshops taught by leading farmers and educators from the region. The full series is designed to fulfill the classroom study requirement for graduation from the North American Biodynamic Apprenticeship Program (NABDAP). Workshops may also be taken individually.
The Society for Biodynamic Farming and Gardening in Ontario’s Response to the Provincial Neonicotinoid Regulation Process
By Karen Davis-Brown (June 16): In November 2014, the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food, and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA) posted a discussion paper regarding limiting the use of neonicotinoid pesticides in the province, as one approach to supporting pollinator health. This paper presented and examined recent scientific findings related to this issue, and proposed “an aspirational target of 80 per cent reduction in acres planted with NNI-treated corn and soybean seed by the year 2017.” The news of this courageous and hopefully trend-setting goal spread throughout the organic and biodynamic communities, including the membership of the Society for Biodynamic Farming and Gardening in Ontario. Read more.
Harvard Divinity School will host a conference on "The Spirit of Sustainable Agriculture" from March 31 through April 1, 2016, with the goal of bringing together farmers, religious and spiritual leaders, and academics for a robust and stimulating discussion about the spirit of sustainable agriculture and its past, present, and future. The Biodynamic Association is a co-sponsoring organization for the conference, which was inspired in part by the 2012 North American Biodynamic Conference on "Sacred Agriculture."
Call for Papers and Proposals: Proposals for individual academic papers (20 minutes in length), full panels, or hour-long workshops are welcome from farmers, food activists, spiritual leaders, and/or academics. The deadline is October 1, 2015.
Who Are the Animals? In this issue we explore the essential nature of animals, our relationship with them, how we can integrate them into our farms and gardens, and our future together.
Online access for the four most recent issues of Biodynamics, plus supplementary articles, is available to all Biodynamic Association members. Join our vibrant community of biodynamic farmers and gardeners and enjoy immediate access.
Welcome to our newest mentor farm in the North American Biodynamic Apprenticeship Program (NABDAP). As NABDAP continues to grow, we're pleased introduce Perennial Roots Farm in Accomac, VA, who "is dedicated to supporting our local community, farmers, cooperation, buying and selling locally and improving our precious soil instead of depleting it. We believe that all of these little, important practices can help our community thrive again as it once did." Read more.
Building on the vibrant interest group and learning community meetups we hosted at the 2014 Biodynamic Conference, we are launching a new online space for people to connect around shared interests and learning goals.
The Biodynamic Association's online groups offer a platform to connect with other members of the biodynamic community to discuss questions of interest and share resources.
By Melissa Greer, DO (Apr. 22): In medical school I learned very little about the role of nutrition in health. Much of what I did learn in conventional nutrition teachings I have found has little actual meaning in wellness. No one ever spoke in medical school about the role of the farmer in health or illness. As a medical student I was taught of the helping role of the physical therapist, the nurse, the masseuse, the diabetes educator...but no mention was made of the local farmer. Yet the role of the farmer is an extraordinarily influential one on local community health. Farmers have the potential to be our frontline of wellbeing. Read more.
Thea Maria Carlson Named Co-Director
Milwaukee, Wis. (Apr. 6, 2015) - Amidst the dominant agricultural paradigm of farms as inanimate factories, churning out commodity crops and animal products, biodynamics offers a radically different perspective: the farm is a living organism with its own inherent integrity, intelligence and health. The Biodynamic Association (BDA) is now working to embody a similar approach to how it operates as an organization, moving away from a traditional hierarchical and mechanistic organizational model to an agile, living approach to organizing its work. As a first step in this transformation, the BDA is pleased to announce that Thea Maria Carlson has been named Co-Director of the Association. Read more.
The BDA Board of Directors met in mid-March, welcoming two new board members, Terry Brett and Peter Littell, and bidding a fond farewell to Jean-Paul Courtens. Board President Steffen Schneider offers a heartfelt thank you to Jean-Paul here.
As part of its evolutionary approach to how it operates as an organization, the BDA is next planning to expand its board of directors. While the whole will always be greater than the sum of its parts, the directors who make up the board should bring talents that will further the growth of the biodynamic movement and who reflect the broad diversity of those interested in supporting biodynamic agriculture in North America.
September 12, 2015 - June 12, 2016, The Pfeiffer Center
Now in its 19th year, the Pfeiffer Center's One-Year Part-Time Training in Biodynamics offers a thorough introduction to the principles underlying biodynamics, plus ample opportunities to experience how those principles come to life in the field. Each of the 13 full-day workshops features an engaging mix of classroom talks and activities in the Pfeiffer Center’s biodynamic garden. Topics covered include making and working with compost, the biodynamic preparations, seed saving, honeybees, weed and pest control, and much more. The course is also eligible for study credit in the North American Biodynamic Apprenticeship Program (NABDAP).
The Biodynamic Association is excited to hold our next biennial North American Biodynamic Conference in the Southwest, a region of unique landscapes, climate, agriculture — and for many, spiritual and transformational power. With its many historic sites, museums, and other cultural amenities, Santa Fe is a city that is easy and fun to explore, and it has been rated as one of the most walkable cities in the US.
Located in downtown Santa Fe, the Convention Center echoes Santa Fe's historic adobe architecture, and will allow for both indoor and outdoor conference activities. Discounted rooms will be available at several local hotels, all within walking distance of the Convention Center.
What would you like to see in the 2016 Biodynamic Conference? Please share your ideas to help with our planning.