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.
Bringing hundreds together for education and community building: 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.
Publishing inspiring and informative articles: 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 composting, pollinators, horticulture, or GMOs.
The Biodynamic Association's interactive webinars allow farmers, gardeners, apprentices and others to learn from leading biodynamic educators in a distance-learning format. Upcoming topics include:
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Advancing the understanding and practice of biodynamics: 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.
Training the next generation of biodynamic farmers: 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.
Supporting access to education and advising: Our scholarship fund helps farmers, aspiring farmers and others who want to learn about and develop their skills in biodynamics, but who lack the financial resources to participate in the educational opportunities they wish to pursue.
Biodynamic Association Adopts Shared Leadership and Evolutionary Approach to Work (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. Find out more.