The Biodynamic Association (BDA) is a nonprofit association of individuals, groups, and organizations who are committed to rethinking agriculture through healthy food, healthy soil, and healthy farms.
Founded in 1938, the BDA is considered to be the oldest sustainable agriculture 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 77 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.
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.