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About the Biodynamic Association

Rethinking Agriculture

The Biodynamic Association awakens and enlivens co-creative relationships between humans and the earth, transforming the practice and culture of agriculture to renew the vitality of the earth, the integrity of our food, and the health and wholeness of our communities.

Founded in 1938, the BDA is considered to be the oldest sustainable agriculture non-profit organization in North America. Biodynamics was developed in the early 1920s by the Austrian philosopher and social reformer Rudolf Steiner. Steiner is considered one of the pioneers of the organic farming movement and biodynamics is considered by many to be the most advanced and holistic form of organic farming and gardening on the planet. Over the past years, biodynamic practitioners have played a key role in the renewal of agriculture—helping pioneer the early organic farming movement; inspiring the work of Silent Spring author Rachel Carson; piloting the first community supported agriculture (CSA) programs; and demonstrating how to bring health and flavor back into our food.

 

Our Work

Hosting the

North American Biodynamic Conference

This biennial conference is the foremost opportunity in North America to learn about biodynamics and innovations in organics, permaculture and ecological agriculture. Experience dynamic keynote presentations, informative and practical workshops from leading farmers and educators, on-farm field days, community building, exhibits, festive celebration, and locally-sourced biodynamic and organic foods with hundreds of other farmers, gardeners, educators, entrepreneurs, and activists.

Publishing the Biodynamics Journal and Books

Through our Biodynamics journal, in publication since 1941, we share original educational materials research results, and community updates with our members. We also publish seminal biodynamic books such as Agriculture: Spiritual Foundations for the Renewal of Agriculture by Rudolf Steiner and Toward Saving the Honeybee by Gunther Hauk.

Supporting Education Through Scholarship

Since 2010, our Biodynamic Scholarship Fund has helped more than 600 farmers, apprentices, gardeners, educators, and changemakers to deepen their learning through biodynamic conferences and workshops.

Training New Farmers

The North American Biodynamic Apprenticeship Program (NABDAP) combines two years of structured on-farm training and mentoring with a course of classroom study in biodynamics. Apprentices benefit from a comprehensive training curriculum, carefully selected mentor farms, and access to networking, support, and educational resources.

Offering Online Biodynamic Learning

Our distance-learning courses and webinars give farmers and gardeners across North America and beyond the opportunity to learn from leading biodynamic educators, delve deep into the principles and philosophy of biodynamics, and build communities of support among peers.

Sharing and Fostering Biodynamic Research

Our research program makes available the results of decades of research on biodynamics conducted to date, convenes researchers to foster collaboration, and supports emerging biodynamic research projects and priorities to advance the understanding and practice of biodynamics.

Connecting the Biodynamic Community

Both online and offline, we help thousands of people who are practicing and interested in biodynamics to connect to and learn from one another through our website and Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram accounts. Our regional groups list, postings and discussion forums, calendar of events, and Biodynamic Directory for members help biodynamic enthusiasts find local friends and collaborators, jobs, and learning opportunities.

Board and Staff

Find out more about our Board of Directors and staff. Please feel free to contact us — we'd love to hear from you!

 

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Membership Benefits

 
 

Read thought-provoking pieces on topics like CSA, food freedom, school gardening, composting, and more.

 
 

Biodynamic Association logo and conference artwork by Cricket Design Works