Ruth Tschannen: Bringing Biodynamics to Urban Spaces

Posted on Apr 1, 2024

By Michael Roboz: Celebrating Ruth Tschannen, who brought biodynamics to urban spaces in Vancouver, British Columbia, and inspired her community.

Meeting Spring Anew

Posted on Mar 29, 2024

By Anthony Mecca: As wonderful as we may think spring is or will be, it often isn’t an easy time. Many times it is less an arrival, and more a journey akin to rebirth with accompanying labor pains. Spring is a time when what lives within us, and within the earth, as aspirations and ideals, remeets the wider world with its needs, practicalities, and endless potential.

Announcement from the Biodynamic Demeter Alliance

Posted on Dec 21, 2023

December 21, 2023

Dear members, supporters, and friends of the Biodynamic Demeter Alliance,

We, the Board members and Advisory Board members of the Biodynamic Demeter Alliance, wish you a peaceful and light-filled holiday season, as we mark the winter solstice.

We also want to share with you a number of updates concerning changes within the Alliance. Sheila Foster, our Executive Director, resigned effective December 15th. Please join us in extending our thanks and sincere gratitude to Sheila for her work on behalf of Biodynamics, especially for planning and organizing the most recent National Biodynamic Conference in Colorado, where the biodynamic community finally was able again to be together in person, learn and celebrate together. Thank you very much, Sheila, for this deed. All of us wish you the very best for your next endeavors!

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A Heartfelt Thank You: Extending the National Biodynamic Conference Crowdfund

Posted on Oct 24, 2023

Dear Friends and Supporters,

We are thrilled to share exciting news about the National Biodynamic Conference Crowdfund! Thanks to the incredible generosity of 27 donors, we have successfully raised $23,000 towards our scholarship fund. Your support has warmed our hearts and ignited our passion for the Biodynamic movement.

First and foremost, we want to extend our deepest gratitude to each and every one of our donors who contributed. Your generosity has already made a significant impact, enabling us to offer scholarships to thirty-seven farmers, gardeners, educators, and enthusiasts who would otherwise not have had the opportunity to attend.

It's not just a sum of money; it's a beacon of hope and possibility. Each dollar represents an investment in the future of biodynamic agriculture and the betterment of our planet. We are deeply touched by your support and...

Message from the Conference Organizer

Posted on Oct 16, 2023

Hello All,

I’m Coree. I have been working behind the scenes to coordinate the National Biodynamic Conference , coming up very soon in Colorado (tickets, day passes, and all kinds of opportunities are still available, November 8-12, in case you need reminding). We just wrapped up our regional conference in the southeast at Jeff Poppen’s Long Hungry Creek Farm, and it sparked some thoughts for me that I hope will touch you.

In this increasingly fast-paced and virtual world, we are capable of meeting and doing amazing work with one another instantaneously across continents. People now form businesses and intimate partnerships over screens. But there is really no substitute for meeting face-to-face, and I think we all know it. At our local conference, I watched the faces of friends meeting again after a year or more apart – there was nearly a palpable glow as...

Fond Farewell, Paul Dolan

Posted on Jul 5, 2023

We are deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Paul Dolan on June 26, a stalwart advocate of Biodynamic agriculture for over 20 years and President of the Demeter USA Board of Directors from 2014-2018. Paul inspired and mentored many and will be missed. He also left an indelible positive legacy from his time leading Fetzer Winery, Dark Horse Vineyards, and Truett-Hurst Winery.

For over 30 years, Paul Dolan led the way in improving sustainability in the wine movement, including helping to create the "made with Organic grapes" market in the 1980s and 90s, becoming the first Chairman of the Wine Institute's Sustainable Winegrowers Alliance in 2002, and writing "True to Your Roots: Fermenting a Business Revolution," in 2003, arguing that, "it's time for business, one of the most powerful forces on earth, to become a positive source for change."...

Welcome to Our New Director of Economic Development - Frederick Smith

Posted on Jun 23, 2023

The Biodynamic Demeter Alliance reached an important milestone in the evolution of our organization! Frederick Smith joined our team as the Director of Economic Development this June. Frederick comes to the organization with an MBA from UC Davis School of Management and over ten years of experience in sustainable food systems and economic development, including serving as the Executive Director of the Environmental Action Committee of West Marin, North Coast and Bay Area Coordinator for California Farmlink, and as a marketing and finance consultant for farmers, value-added food entrepreneurs, foundations, and nonprofits. He has also been supporting the Biodynamic Demeter Allianceʻs communications work for the last nine months, including managing the Allianceʻs social media and weekly e-newsletter and providing marketing and fundraising expertise.

Frederick will head up the...