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Rethinking Agriculture

 

Discover how a living approach to agriculture can help us consciously collaborate with our planet to create healthy, living, vibrant landscapes and nourishing food

Join us this November 16-20 in beautiful Santa Fe, New Mexico — along with hundreds of other farmers, gardeners, educators, activists, and stewards of the earth from across the continent and beyond — for the 2016 North American Biodynamic Conference, Tierra Viva: Farming the Living Earth.Interested in sponsoring or exhibiting? Contact penny@biodynamics.com or (262) 649-9212 x7.


Join Our Team!

The Biodynamic Association currently has an opening for a new person with core skills in fundraising and development to join our staff team on a full-time or part-time basis. Ideally, this person will be based in our Milwaukee, WI office, but we will consider strong candidates wishing to work from home elsewhere. The new staff person will initially fill two key roles: Fundraising Coordinator and Membership.

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Who Owns the Land? And Why Does It Matter?

The Spring 2016 issue of Biodynamics on the theme of "Who Owns the Land? And Why Does It Matter?" is available online now for members. 

Biodynamics has a long history (since 1941) as one of the preeminent publications on biodynamic farming and gardening in the world. A benefit of membership in the Biodynamic Association, each issue provides a thoughtful collection of articles centered on a theme such as animals, farming for health, composting, or regional wisdom. Online access for the most recent four issues, plus supplementary materials, is available to BDA members.

Join our vibrant community of biodynamic farmers and gardeners and enjoy immediate access, plus other membership benefits, like discounted registration for the 2016 Biodynamic Conference.


Tierra Viva: Farming the Living Earth, by Thea Maria Carlson (July 13): The understanding that the earth is alive was once widespread—and still exists in many indigenous cultures and spiritual traditions today. Yet for centuries the dominant Western culture has treated the earth as an inanimate object, a storehouse of resources for us to extract, and a sewer to absorb our wastes. Industrial agriculture arises from and perpetuates this mindset, reducing the soil to a dead substrate whose only value is in the number of pounds of grain that can be harvested from it each year....

Who Is Victor Kubia? - A Farming Revolution in Cameroon, by Andrew Toothacker (June 23): Arriving within a week of one another, Victor Kubia and I came to study biodynamics at the Pfeiffer Center in September of 2015. It isn’t enough to say that we come from very contrasting life situations: Victor is a spry 57-year-old from Bamenda, Cameroon, and I am a 22-year-old from Portland, Oregon. Despite the gap of common experiences, however, Victor and I became comrades the instant we met....

A Call to Garden!, by Sally Voris (May 23): In 1924, Rudolf Steiner gave a series of eight lectures to farmers in what is now Poland who wanted to understand why the quality of their food was declining. Those lectures form the basis of biodynamic agriculture. Steiner framed agriculture in the context of the cosmos. He said invisible spiritual forces, acting through the stars, the planets, the sun, and the moon, were vital to life on Earth. He asked farmers to imagine their farms as individual living organisms, and he gave specific practices to build farm vitality....

A Mid-Winter Festival, by Megan Durney (May 16): There is a special quality about the mid-winter time of year, between January 15th and February 15th.  Here on the East Coast, we try our best to imagine the next season’s beauty and bounty during the winter when we are more inside and inward.  As winter shrouds us with snow and cold temperatures, a mid-winter festival where the mysteries and questions inspired by Rudolf Steiner’s Agriculture are gathered around and warmed by human hearts seems appropriate to light our way into the depths of the darkness and winter’s cold....


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.


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.


 

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