In an ideal world, everyone would know their farmer, all food would be healthy and wholesome, and all land would be treated with respect. In our current legal, economic, and agricultural landscape, this is unfortunately very untrue, and certification plays an important role in creating standards for how farms are managed and the food is processed, and verifying that these standards have been met. Established in 1928, the Demeter Biodynamic Standard encompasses the core agronomic principles and practices of Biodynamic agriculture, and in the United States, "Biodynamic" is a registered certification mark which may only be used in the marketplace by farms and businesses that are certified by Demeter USA.
What does this legal requirement mean for the individuality of Biodynamic farms and the freedom of each farmer? How can the certification process be held with the utmost integrity? How can we grow certification to many more than the current 256 certified entities in the United States -- in a way that remains true to the deep roots of the biodynamic impulse? This workshop will include presentations and conversations on these important questions as we look to grow Biodynamic adoption and certification in the USA.
Moderated by Thea Maria Carlson