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Opportunities for New Farmers and Gardeners

Fall 2008 CoverNow more than ever we need the influx of new energy and motivation, new excitement, new willingness to help heal the Earth. As society begins to recognize the intertwined natures of food production and human and ecological health, we realize that new biodynamic farmers and gardeners will be critical to the rejuvenation of our world and our selves. Supporting a new generation (whether young or old) requires a multi-pronged approach — one that looks, among other things, at training, access to land, and access to capital.

We have only begun to ponder how to support such growth. Please join our discussion.

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Gift memberships are also available. We greatly appreciate your membership support, which is especially important in these challenging times.

FEATURES

Announcing a North American Biodynamic Apprenticeship Program, Sherry Wildfeuer

In Defense of "Old Fashioned" Training: A Few Words of Wisdom for All Trainees, Apprentices and Master Growers Alike, Hartmut von Jeetze

Farming: Redefining My World, Jamie Haubner

A Window into Transparency: The Desire for Connection Through Finance, John Bloom

The Need for Multi-Stakeholder Ownership, Robert Karp

Resources for New Farmers and Gardeners

The Transformation of the Competitive Market and Capitalism: A Necessity of the Twenty-First Century, Gary Lamb

Community as a Basis for the Renewal of Landscape, Hartmut von Jeetze

Ehrenfried Pfeiffer, the Threefold Community, and the Birth of Biodynamics in America, Bill Day

Prepared Valerian: The Secret of Finished Compost, Joseph A. Stevens

On Stirring and Other Thoughts, Wali Via

NEWS AND HIGHLIGHTS

In the News
Biodynamic agriculture in the United States and around the world, and other related news

The Preparations, Karen Davis-Brown

Event Overview, Rebecca Briggs
Slow Food Nation 2008

Agriculture and Spirituality: This Year's Annual Biodynamic Conference as Seen Through the Eyes of a New Farmer, Jamie Haubner

DEPARTMENTS

Letter from the National Office, Charles Beedy

Letter from the President, Jean-Paul Courtens

Seasonal Recipe, Anthony Lo Pinto
Dark chocolate beet cake

Seed Saving, Don Tipping
Opportunities in biodynamic seed production

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Training in Biodynamic Farming and Gardening must go beyond learning an efficient technology. Its goals include a deeper understanding of the workings of living nature and human development. . . . [Experience, skills, and knowhow] are not just prerequisites for successful farming. They are necessary for the farmer who wants to mold his ideals and the physical necessities of farming into a unity. Farming’s unique quality is to offer individuals a way to unite ideals and practice. . . .

During his lectures on agriculture Rudolf Steiner found the time early in the morning to address a group of younger men and women. Some of them were future farmers. He spoke about the search of the younger generation, their wanting to reach beyond the sterile materialistic world of modern times. “You are seeking the spirit in nature,” he said. This search is central to what biodynamic farmers and gardeners strive to accomplish. Its general application creates a form of agriculture that truly serves the earth and humanity.

Herbert H. Koepf, The Biodynamic Farm, Anthroposophic Press, 1989