Rethinking Agriculture

Biodynamic Animal Husbandry

Wednesday, March 16, 2016 from 7:30 pm to 9:00 pm ET.

In this 90-minute interactive webinar, Steffen Schneider of Hawthorne Valley Farm will share biodynamic insights into the nature of animals, best practices for integrating livestock into a diverse farm or market garden, and strategies for supporting animal health and vitality. The cost of the webinar is $10 for Biodynamic Association members and $20 for the general public. Sponsored by RSF Social Finance.

2016 North American Biodynamic Conference

We are now accepting workshop proposals. Submissions due by March 25.

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.

2016 Biodynamic Winter Intensives

The Biodynamic Winter Intensives are two week-long courses for farmers, gardeners, and those seeking a working relationship with the living land. The first course, on "Plants and the Living Earth," will take place February 7-12 at the Nature Institute, and the second on "The Dynamic World of Earth, Plants and Stars" on February 14-19 at Hawthorne Valley Farm Learning Center, both in Ghent, NY. Each features renowned biodynamic educators in a dynamic learning environment, including lectures, hands-on experience, inner work, and social activities. These two powerful weeks are designed to build on one another, but may also be taken independently, and are open to all.

In Memory of Devon Strong

By Wali Via: Devon Strong was a biodynamic farmer, buffalo rancher, sweat lodge water pourer, sheep shearer, and father. But those are just labels. Those fortunate to have spent a little time with him knew him as a wise soul, a kind man, a humble teacher, and a person who lived by prayer finding guidance in his connection to Spirit and the world around him.

He died on November 23 when his hand slipped while carving a feather from a buffalo bone. Somehow it was a fitting way for him to go. One of the important focuses of his life work was learning how to kill in a holy way, respecting the group soul of the animal with immense gratitude and respect. Read more.

Education and Wisdom at Regional Biodynamic Gatherings

By Cache Stone Hunter (Nov. 11): This year I was fortunate enough to attend three in a series of four biodynamic workshops in Colorado and Nebraska as an apprentice in the North American Biodynamic Apprenticeship Program. In July we gathered at Meadowlark Hearth, where Beth and Nathan Corymb are growing and saving seeds for the future, in addition to milking, and cultivating vegetables. Here we explored the spirit of the plants, reproduction, the various gestures and roles of different plant families, and some projective geometry exercises. Read more.

Managing an Organization Like a Biodynamic Farm

By Thea Maria Carlson (Kosmos, Nov. 3): A commercial industrial farm is a machine, but a biodynamic farm is a living organism. Guided by ecological, ethical and holistic principles, biodynamic farmers work to bring all the elements of their farms — crops, livestock, compost, soils — into right relationship, so that they balance and support each other, creating a self-sustaining whole. The Biodynamic Association is the oldest sustainable agriculture organization in North America, and throughout our 77-year history we have sought the evolutionary edge in farming. We have also questioned how we might manage our nonprofit membership association more like a biodynamic farm — more like a living organism. Read more.