User login

You are here

Presenters and Panelists

Daphne Amory works as an advisor and coach for leaders in organizations that are involved in regenerative processes. Using tools and cues from the theatre of nature, she helps her clients realize the greater potential for uncommon success that is collectively unfolding for them, their land, and their business. Daphne is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Biodynamic Association.
Matias Baker is a consultant, biodynamic preparation maker, and journeyman alchemist. Matias works with local and national farms and wineries to develop their biodynamic preparation protocols. He also consults for Finca Luna Nueva in Costa Rica, developing biodynamic preparations specific to the tropics.
The Berry Center Executive Director Mary Berry and her brother, Den Berry, were raised by their parents, Wendell and Tanya Berry, at Lanes Landing Farm in Henry County, Kentucky. She attended the University of Kentucky and has spent her adult life farming for a living in Henry County starting out in dairy farming, growing Burley tobacco, and later diversifying to organic vegetables, pastured poultry and grass-fed beef. Mary is married to Kentucky farmer, Steve Smith, who started the first Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) farming endeavor in the state of Kentucky. They raise Large Black breed hogs and grass-fed beef on a farm on the Little Kentucky River in Trimble County. If her daughters Katie Johnson, Virginia Aguilar and...
Shabari Bird began her biodynamic gardening experiences in 1976, with Peter Escher of Threefold Farm as her mentor. She is a passionate student of homeophathy, agrohomeopathy, and quantum physics and writes articles which are published globally. Shabari travels and teaches with her husband Hugh Lovel throughout Europe, the United States, Australia, and soon South Africa. Their company Quantum Agriculture is noted for its informative website and advanced courses. Shabari has also founded numerous schools, and worked on research for several books with her late husband Christopher Bird, who co-authored Secret Life of Plants and Secrets of the Soil.
Since 2004 Sarah Black has worked as a viticulturist at Joseph Phelps Vineyards. Her accomplishments include starting the five-hive apiary, leading the biodynamic program on 125-170 acres, and participating in the fish-friendly farming and green certification in their Napa Valley vineyards. Sarah also maintains the seven-acre olive orchard where they grow and produce Italian-style extra virgin olive oil.
Monique has been farming for over 10 years and has gotten to know the endless aspects of farming as she moved on from farm to farm. She discovered biodynamics in 2006 while studying medicinal plants in France. She is a graduate of the North American Biodynamic Apprenticeship Program and is forever grateful for the experience. She is now living and crafting on the old Walnut Acres in central Pennsylvania with her husband and 1 year old son.
John Bloom is Senior Director of Organizational Culture at RSF Social Finance in San Francisco, where he has developed innovative philanthropic programs and contributed to the organization’s thought leadership in the field of social finance. As part of his work at RSF he has been developing and facilitating conversations and programs that address the intersection of money and spirit in personal and social transformation. He writes frequently for RSF’s Reimagine Money blog on aspects of the new economy. He has worked with over 100 non-profits over the last seven years in the areas of capacity building and culture change. He has led many workshops, lectured, and written about aspects of money, development, and governance for non-profits. John has founded two non-profits, served as a trustee...
Joseph Brinkley has been studying and practicing biodynamics since 2002 and working with biodynamic vineyards and wineries on the west coast (California "wine country") since 2006.
Dana Burns is interim production manager at Uriel Pharmacy in East Troy, Wisconsin. Her passion and life's mission is to facilitate healthy relationships between people, animals, and nature. This has led her to work with farm-based education, holistic medicine, and agriculture. She co-founded A Week on the Farm in 2000 and founded Healing Traditions Veterinary Services in 2009. She lives on a small acreage with her veterinarian husband where they have bred and raised multiple species of livestock and home schooled their two daughters in a Waldorf-inspired home school cooperative. The Burns family has established residency in New Zealand where they live part-time, also working with agriculture and holistic medicine. Dana is the coordinator for FBEIBA (Farm-Based Educators Inspired By...
Betsy is a Registered Dietitian/Nutritionist with a variety of experience in public health, pediatrics, cooking, and farming. She has a keen interest in an understanding of nutrition as informed by Anthroposophy – both the practical and the esoteric aspects. She has had the opportunity to study with Dr. Gerhard Schmidt, to work in the kitchens of Anthroposophic  clinics and hospitals in Germany and Switzerland, and to work with physicians in upstate NY. Betsy has a Bachelor's degree in Nutrition from Cornell University, and completed an internship at University of California, San Francisco Teaching Hospital.
Elizabeth Candelario joined Demeter in January 2008 as a seasoned marketing professional, with 25 years experience in marketing, business development, and non-profit management. She also serves as Board President for Demeter’s accredited organic certifier Stellar Certification Services. Elizabeth first became interested in Biodynamic farming while Marketing Director at Quivira Vineyards, when the wine estate transitioned from conventional to Biodynamic farming. She was so inspired by that experience she joined Demeter to help them expand awareness about biodynamic agriculture and its positive effects on the food we eat and the environment we live in. Elizabeth’s prior work includes Director of Consumer Sales and Marketing at...
Jonathan Code has been a resident in the United Kingdom since 1999, when he first started work with Ruskin Mill College in Nailsworth, Gloucestershire. Jonathan contributed to the development of Ruskin Mill Trust (RMT) in a variety of capacities over the past 14 years, as well participated in the collaborative work developed between RMT and Crossfields Institute since 2010. Jonathan is currently a Module Leader for the MSc in Practical Skills Therapeutic Education (Integrated Professional Development) accredited by the University of West of England (UWE) and co-developed with Ruskin Mill Trust. Jonathan has a deep interest in consciousness studies, western esotericism, the natural sciences, and education. These interests informed both his bachelor’s degree (Intregral Studies, CIIS,...
Dawn Combs lives in Central Ohio with her husband Carson and her children, Aidan and Jacy. She began her career with a B.A. in botany and humanities/classics from Ohio Wesleyan University and later apprenticed with Rosemary Gladstar in Vermont. She is an ethnobotanist with over 20 years of experience in plants and women's health issues, a homesteading herbalist, author, beekeeper, herbal educator, and co-founder of BEES first. Dawn is co-owner of Mockingbird Meadows, a medicinal herb and honey farm near Columbus, Ohio, where she consults with women and their partners on issues of hormonal balance, oversees their United Plant Savers (UpS) Botanical Sanctuary, and operates their Herbal Learning Center. Mockingbird Meadows is...
Jean-Paul Courtens and his wife Jody Bolluyt own and operate Roxbury Farm, which was founded in 1990. Today, Roxbury Farm is a 375-acre diversified operation in Kinderhook, New York, producing vegetables, hay, beef, lamb, chicken, and pork. Since 1991 the farm has been a CSA and has grown to serve over 1,400 families spread out between New York City, Westchester County, Columbia County, and the Capital District. Jean-Paul is a graduate of Warmonderhof in the Netherlands, a four-year school providing training in biodynamic agriculture. Jean-Paul is considered a pioneer leader in the CSA and organic movement. In 1994, he co-founded CRAFT (Collaborative Regional Alliance for Farm Training) to improve the experience of farm apprentices. In 2000, in association with Equity Trust, he and Jody...
Hugh Courtney has been a biodynamic preparation maker since 1976. In 1985, he founded the Josephine Porter Institute for Applied Bio-Dynamics, Inc. (JPI). He is also a former board member of the Biodynamic Association and a member of Sub-Group 2 and the Quality and Testing Group of the Fellowship of Preparation Makers.
Matt Davis has been working at the Hawthorne Valley Farm Visiting Students Program in upstate New York for the past 15 years as manager of the Children's Educational Garden.
Karen Davis-Brown has been a biodynamic practitioner since 1999 in Northern California, Minnesota, the Catskills of upstate New York, and now central Tennessee. She is an active member of the biodynamic community that encompasses the North American continent, and a member of the Society for Biodynamic Farming and Gardening in Ontario. Karen is a Consulting and Contributing Editor for the Biodynamics journal and has been a regular contributor to Stir magazine.
Jean-David Derreumaux has been involved with biodynamic farming since the early 1980s in France and the US. After a time of farming, he started the Healing Plant Garden in Camphill Copake, New York in 1997. He based this impulse on the notion that "plants have a mission" in regard to our awakening to the laws of life. This one-acre garden is still in full use, both inviting and providing healing work and medicinal substances. For the last nine years, Jean-David has brought this impulse to The Center for Discovery in Harris, New York, an amazing large-care facility for individuals with severe disabilities, including autism. There he created a number of healing gardens and associated herbal work and is working at developing the biodynamic farm with farmers, chefs, nutritionists, educators,...
Steve Diver is the farm superintendent at University of Kentucky's Horticulture Research Farm in Lexington. Prior to joining the Department of Horticulture, he was a horticultural and soils consultant in central Texas. Steve is a graduate of Oklahoma State University with B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees in horticulture. He has worked as a county extension agent, farm manager, agriculture specialist with NCAT-ATTRA, and soil and crop consultant over the last 30 years. Steve is the author of dozens of publications and articles on biodynamic farming and composting, humus management, soil fertility, and sustainable agricultural topics.
Megan Durney, born and raised in the Chicago area, began on her farming path after graduating with a public teaching degree and two years in AmeriCorps doing community service before and after Hurricane Katrina in the southeast. She also served as a WWOOFer and learned basic farming skills, which led her to ask, “Is there an even more conscious way to grow food?” In 2007, she found her way to the Pfeiffer Center, which is located in the Threefold Educational Community where she spent several years co-working with Mac Mead, the director, trying to uphold the mission of the Pfeiffer Center, which “is to practice, teach...
Cory Eichman has been farming in the context of biodynamic CSAs for over 20 years and is currently owner of the Saugeen River CSA, an 80-acre draft-horse-powered biodynamic farm in Durham, Ontario.
The three Radical Farmwives, Coree Entwistle, Cher Smith, and Robin Verson, have known one another since the mid 1990s. They all live in the beautiful rolling hills of south-central Kentucky and northern-middle Tennessee. Their stories are as similar as they are different, but they share a great friendship, and ties that bind them through work, play, and life. Merriam Webster Dictionary defines "radical" as "proceeding from the root." In this increasingly fast-paced, intense, wonderful, and dangerous world, they have each aimed for a root, fixed themselves in the ground, and grown. They have grown families, friends, and farms from these roots.  Each of them lives in full partnership with their farming husbands, and deeply...
Paul Entwistle has been growing seeds just about as long as he has been growing plants and remains keenly interested in this aspect of farming and gardening. Along with his family, he operates a small CSA and a fledgling seed business in Red Boiling Springs, Tennessee. They grow their food and seed on their farm using biodynamic and organic techniques. They follow the remineralization principles of William Albrecht and others in the same school of thought. Their goal is to raise the most nutrient-dense products and children as possible.
Bruno Follador was born in Brazil. He is a geographer, biodynamic researcher, and consultant with a deep commitment to the Goethean approach to science and has been working with biodynamic composting methods and Ehrenfried Pfeiffer's chromatography for several years. He has worked with farmers and organizations in Brazil, Europe, and the United States. Some of the places he has consulted and given workshops include Hofgut Hofgut Rengoldshausen (Germany), Weleda (Switzerland and France), Angelic Organics, Hawthorne Valley Farm, the Pfeiffer Center, and the Nature Institute. At the moment he lives between Brazil and the U.S., where he continues to work with chromatography and farm-scale composting projects.
Patricia Frazier is the president of the board of directors of the Josephine Porter Institute for Applied Biodynamics (JPI). She is a member of the Fellowship of Preparation Makers and sits on two of their committees, including chairing the conference planning for the 2014 Fellowship Conference. She is a member of the Biodynamic Educators Collaborative. Pat and her family have a small biodynamic homestead, nursery, and family dairy in Western Colorado where all of the preparation herbs are grown and used in making all of the biodynamic preparations. Permaculture design is another of her passions and its marriage with biodynamics is included in her two-week in-residence permaculture class each summer.
Jim Fullmer has been executive director of Demeter since 2004. Graduating with a B.S. in horticulture from Oregon State University, Jim has been a hands-on Biodynamic® farmer for 25 years and currently resides with his family on their Demeter certified Biodynamic farm, the Hoskins Berry Farm, in Kings Valley, Oregon. Jim brings a wealth of experience as a previous consultant for both Biodynamic and organic farming and processing operations, along with multiple years engaged as an independent organic inspector and consultant. This has placed Jim at the forefront of the industry, working with the original organic certifiers in the U.S., as well as with numerous well-established certifiers throughout the world. Jim’s global immersion...
Janet Gamble has over 30 years experience in organic and biodynamic agriculture as a farmer and educator. Janet developed and led a nationally recognized farmer training program at the Michael Fields Agricultural Institute in East Troy, Wisconsin for 15 years. Her experience extends to her voluntary involvement on the Board of Directors for the Biodynamic Association, Angelic Organics Learning Center, NuGenesis Farm, the Citizen Advisory Committee for the Center for Integrated Agriculture Science at UW-Madison, and as a founding board member for Midwest Organic Sustainable Education Services (MOSES), among other educational and advisory support for non-profits, government agencies, and farmers over the years. Currently, Janet is the owner and operator at...
Lincoln Geiger grew up in the south of Sweden where farming was still quite natural and horses were the main way to till, mow and transport. He started farming at the age of 18 at a Demeter certified farm that produced vegetables, grains and grain products. He was also part of a group of farmers that worked and studied with the Nordisk Forskning Ring—an anthroposophical collegium of researchers, lecturers, business people and farmers. In 1979 he moved to America and settled in Temple, New Hampshire. Lincoln is one of the pioneers of the North American community supported agriculture movement. Along with Trauger Groh and Anthony Graham, he established Temple-Wilton Community Farm, one of the first two CSA farms in the U.S., in 1985. The farm's first full season began in 1986. Temple-Wilton...
David Gershan is a family physician specializing in HIV, homeless medicine and anthroposophic medicine. His study of medicine and natural science, which began after discovering Anthroposphy in 1972, started in Berkeley, California and have since taken him to England, New York, the Caribbean and Switzerland. 
Bente Goldstein is originally from Norway. She is a certified Waldorf teacher and has spent time as a Waldorf classroom teacher. Bente homeschooled her own children and has run Waldorf Inspired Homeschool enrichment programs for many years. She co-founded and ran a A Week on the Farm and now runs Farmwise LLC, hosting mixed age groups of all types for her farm-based educational programs on her farm in Elkhorn, Wisconsin.
Walter Goldstein was introduced to biodynamic farming by Peter Dukich in California in 1972. He then studied together with Herbert Koepf and Jochen Bockemuehl in Europe and completed his doctorate in agronomy at Washington State University in a project comparing conventional, organic, and biodynamic farming. He worked as research director at Michael Fields Agricultural Institute in Wisconsin for 25 years. His work there involved on-farm research with soil management for organic/biodynamic farmers, soil and root health, and breeding corn. Currently he is the founder and executive director of the Mandaamin Institute in Wisconsin, an organization dedicated to developing healthy, sustainable farming. His present efforts emphasize breeding/selecting nutritious corn and wheat varieties for...
Jennifer Greene, founder of the Water Research Institute (WRI), pioneered the use of "flow forms" in the United States in 1991. Under her direction, WRI is home to the first laboratory for the Drop Picture Method in North America. WRI operates as an incubator of ideas, to deepen understanding of the nature of water through the study of its context, movements, and phenomena. WRI's empirical research and activities contribute to education and development of applications, including developing new concepts for water policy based on the nature of water itself. WRI develops curricula and facilitates and produces exhibitions and symposia for museums, nature conservancies, and other centers of learning. WRI was instrumental in designing the central exhibit of FotoFest 2004 – Water, in Houston,...
Melissa Greer, D.O. is a family medicine physician practicing in south central Wisconsin. Her work there has focused on anthroposophic primary care and the development of a slow food-slow medicine hospital wellness program with emphasis on organic gardening. She has been a student of anthroposophy for 15 years with special interest in the holistic understanding of mood disorders, oil dispersion bath therapy and the role of agricultural practices in human health. “…Man is not a being alien to or different from the earth. He developed at the same time as her, and he must journey together with her.”  -Ita Wegman, M.D., 1929
Ulrich Hack was born in November of 1961 on a small farm in Germany, and in 1967 his father converted to biodynamics. Fifteen years later his family moved to a 500-acre farm in Ontario, Canada, where he farms to this day. In the early 1990s he became a board member of both his regional biodynamic society as well as with the Biodynamic Association. In 2000 he participated in the formation of Demeter Canada and continues to be a Demeter certifier. In addition he has hosted the preparation conference in Ontario in 2011 and continues to produce extra preparations to share with others.
Gunther Hauk has been a teacher, lecturer, biodynamic gardener, and beekeeper for more than thirty-five years. He co-founded the Pfeiffer Center in Chestnut Ridge, New York in 1996 and, together with his wife Vivian, Spikenard Farm, Inc., a non-profit honeybee sanctuary in 2006. Over these decades, he has given many workshops on the successful use of biodynamic principles in gardening and naturally harmonious beekeeping methods throughout the United States and Canada. In his book Toward Saving the Honeybee (2002), he calls for a radical change from current approaches to beekeeping. The Spikenard Honeybee Sanctuary is now located in Floyd, Virginia.
Elizabeth Henderson farmed at Peacework Farm in Wayne County, New York, producing organically grown vegetables for the fresh market for over 30 years. She is a member of the Board of Directors of the Northeast Organic Farming Association of New York (NOFA-NY), co-chairs the Policy Committee, and represents the NOFA Interstate Council on the Board of the Agricultural Justice Project. In 2009 NOFA-NY honored her with a Lifetime Achievement Award and in 2014 Eco-Farm presented her with their “Advocate of Social Justice Award, the Justie.” Her writings on organic agriculture appear in The Natural Farmer and other publications, and she is the lead author of Sharing the Harvest: A Citizen’s Guide to Community Supported Agriculture (Chelsea Green, 2007). She also wrote A Food Book for a...
Patrick Holden grew up in London but was deeply influenced by a year he spent in California at the beginning of the seventies. He returned to the UK to study biodynamic agriculture and started a community dairy farm in West Wales in 1973. It is now the longest established organic dairy farm in Wales, with a herd of 75 Ayrshire cows — the milk from which is made into an award winning cheddar-style cheese by his son, Sam. Patrick is the founding director of the Sustainable Food Trust, whose mission is to promote international cooperation between all those involved in sustainable food production — not just those who are certified organic. Between 1995 and 2010, he was the director of the...
In 1998 Craig Holdrege, PhD, spearheaded the founding of The Nature Institute and is the Institute’s director. During the past 30 years he has carried out studies of plants and animals using the Goethean phenomenological method and has also worked to develop a phenomenological, context-based understanding of heredity and genetics. Craig gives talks and workshops nationally and internationally. For many years he has introduced farm apprentices at Hawthorne Valley Farm to holistic ways of studying plants and animals. He teaches in The Nature Institute’s one-week intensive for farmers, gardeners, and biodynamic apprentices, which is part of the North American Biodynamic Apprenticeship Program (NABDAP) training. He is the author of...
Ned Horton has been working in the wine industry since 2005, beginning in the cellar and wine lab before moving to the vineyards at Quivira Vineyards in 2008. He has been working with biodynamics since 2006, beginning under the tutelage of consultant Alan York until 2009. Ned has worked harvest in Australia and throughout the North Coast managing grower relations for Quivira.
Cynthia Hoven has over 30 years of experience as a eurythmy teacher, trainer, therapist, adult and early childhood educator, and performer. Her joyful, living approach to eurythmy makes it accessible to people of all ages and a beautiful, enlivening part of every workshop.
Harald Hoven has been farming and teaching at Rudolf Steiner College, a center for Waldorf Education and biodynamic farming in Fair Oaks, California for over 25 years. There he developed Raphael Garden, a small diversified farm with a focus on year-round CSA, some livestock, a sizable seed saving and breeding project, and an apprentice training program. Harald makes biodynamic preparations on the farm which are distributed to many members of the Biodynamic Association of Northern California (BDANC), the regional biodynamic group.
Jaime Irwin has an undergraduate degree in natural resources and a masters degree in science education. She has spent the last four years of her life as a sheepherder, which has been rewarding, exciting, difficult, unpredictable, frustrating, and deeply beautiful. In 2011 she started Kaos Sheep Outfit with her husband. Their sheep have been into two different wineries in California, including Fetzer Vineyards in Hopland. Jaime and her husband hope to continue researching sheep behavior within vineyards.
Daron "Farmer D" Joffe is the Founder of Farmer D Organics and Farmer D Consulting, where he designs and builds biodynamic farms and gardens all over the country. He has been practicing biodynamic farming for 18 years and was voted the Biodynamic Rookie Farmer of the Year in 1998. His Farmer D Brand of products, such as compost and planting beds, are sold in Whole Foods stores in the Southeast, through Williams-Sonoma, and at Farmer D Organics retail and online stores. He currently lives in Oakland, California with his wife and two children. 
Tera Johnson is a socially conscious serial entrepreneur whose mission is to create the next generation of environmentally and economically sustainable food and farming businesses.  As the founder of teraswhey, Tera took an idea for a company that would manufacture organic and goat whey proteins, raised $14M in investor and bank funds, built a unique environmentally sustainable manufacturing plant, launched a national brand, and brought in a professional management team that successfully transitioned the company’s ownership to a public company. Having participated in the full arc of creating a successful investor-financed company, Tera is now leveraging what she learned by founding the Food and Finance Institute at UW Extension.  The Institute’s work focuses on providing business...
Dr. Steven Johnson is the director of the Evergreen Medical Centre in Jeffersonville, Indiana and specializes in integrative, anthroposophic medicine, and internal medicine. He has many years of experience and interest in biodynamics and has interest in bridging PAAM (Physician's Association for Anthroposophic Medicine) and AAMTA (Association for Anthroposophic Medicine and Therapies in America) with the Biodynamic Association. He is an internationally respected lecturer, teacher, and physician. Dr. Johnson has completed the American Holistic Association’s criteria for board certification and the American Osteopathic Associations’ prolotherapy certification. Dr. Johnson brings special expertise to his conventional internal medicine practice by integrating through the application of...
Hubert Karreman, VMD has been involved with organic agriculture since 1988 when he was a herdsman at Seven Stars Farm in Kimberton, Pennsylvania. He saw homeopathic remedies work so well there that he decided to go to veterinary school to learn "the real thing" in order to mix and match modes of treatment as each case would require. He was a full-time dairy veterinarian from 1995-2010, working primarily with organic cows in the Lancaster area of Pennsylvania. He served five years on the National Organic Standards Board (2005-2010) and has been an invited speaker for farmer and veterinary groups across the U.S., Canada, and the European Union. He is now the veterinarian at the Rodale Institute, tending to the farm's animals as needed, leading educational classes, and involved with applied...
Bill Keener has been farming full time on Sequatchie Cover Farm since 1999, where he and his family direct market beef, lamb, and pork. They have worked with broilers, laying hens, heritage turkeys, CSA, pick-your-own fruit, bees, heritage pigs, milking cows, and raw milk cows' cheese. They have worked on developing local, regional, and national markets for the farm's products. They have made their own biodynamic preparations, as well as 20-30 tons of compost per year. The farm has also developed a network of co-producers and is involved in a multi-generational transfer of the farm and an out-of-family transfer of the creamery. They are trained in holistic management and have hosted conferences over the years, as well as hundreds of farm visitors. Bill is also a trained...
Robert King was introduced to biodynamics 40 years ago while working at a grass-fed beef farm where he was responsible for quality composting of cow manure, soil amendments, and vegetable gardens. Robert has taught at World Learning, an international college, where he gave gardening workshops and assisted students in creating community gardens, local food strategies, and a “Farm to School” program. He has worked with a regional community-organizing organization, Post Oil Solutions. Robert has developed and taught numerous workshops, specializing in gardening workshops for recently transplanted urban gardeners. He is working to build a community of gardeners through study, work, and social activities to heal the Earth.
Dennis Klocek is a teacher, researcher, artist, gardener, and alchemist. He graduated with an MFA in 1975 from Temple University's Tyler School of Art. He then taught for seven years at a community college. In 1982, his love for the work of Rudolf Steiner took him to Rudolf Steiner College in Sacramento, California, where he has been the director of their Consciousness Studies Program ("Goethean Studies") since 1992. Dennis is engaged in research, teaching, and writing in many fields, including weather, gardening, meditation, the human organism, and self-transformation. He founded the Coros Institute to teach and promote dialogue experiences based on esoteric wisdom. Dennis is the author of Bio-Dynamic Book of Moons; Weather and Cosmos; Drawing from the Book of Nature; Seeking Spirit...
Lorna Kohler spent early childhood summers in Massachusetts, singing and playing with four generations of self-taught musicians. When her family moved to San Francisco, she made a doll house underneath the baby grand piano, enveloped in the resonance of vibrating strings and her father's feet dancing on the pedals. She daydreamed on busses to and from lessons with a Norwegian concert pianist and danced in the opera house with a full orchestra in the pit. At age thirteen, her family moved to land populated by redwood and madrone, live oak, and manzanita, where she helped build an octagon-shaped house, learned to drive on a mile of curvy unpaved road, and taught herself to play guitar. She traveled around Europe with an alto recorder in her backpack and began playing oboe on April Fools day...
Susan West Kurz is the co-founder of Dr Hauschka Skin Care USA, Inc., and the author of Awakening Beauty the Dr Hauschka Way and Beecoming Sophie, a graphic novel about supporting the health of honey bees. Susan has been involved in holistic health care and sustainable life styles for over 30 years. Her introduction to biodynamic gardening began in 1972 when she apprenticed at the Meadowbrook Herb Garden in Wyoming, Rhode Island, growing medicinal and culinary herbs. She and her husband Clifford developed a market garden on their 10-acre farm in Hatsfield, Massachusetts, in the early 1990s. They implemented biodynamic practices and raised a small herd of Dexter cattle. Susan has introduced basic anthroposophic and homeopathic medicinal homecare as well as basic biodynamic principles to...
With 30+ years of experience and a Midwest farm background, Susana Lein has taught permaculture, organic farming, and alternative building workshops in nine states and four countries, including annual workshops for the Southeast Biodynamic Conference. She first learned permaculture principles at the former New Alchemy Institute on Cape Cod in the mid-1980s while working as a landscape architect/planner in Boston. She received her design certificate from Max Lindegger of Crystal Waters Permaculture Village in Queensland, Australia. From 1991-98, Lein lived in Guatemala, teaching permaculture workshops, running a demonstration farm, and building appropriate technologies with the nonprofit ALTERTEC and organizations in other South American countries. In 2000, Lein started Salamander Springs...
Hugh Lovel, author of the book A Biodynamic Farm and frequent contributor to Acres USA and ACRES Australia, is a multi-disciplinary scientist dedicated to abundant production of food of the highest quality while regenerating soil fertility and environmental health. He farmed for 30 years in Georgia before migrating to Australia as an agronomist, lecturer, and consultant to growers from horticulture to grazing. Hugh Lovel and his wife, Shabari Bird Lovel, live in the Northern Rivers region of New South Wales, Australia. Hugh and Shabari hold a winter six-day advanced course in Quantum Agriculture twice a year, alternating between Australia and the U.S. Hugh can be contacted for soil testing, farm consultations, and teaching events through...
Martha Loving Orgain, BFA, MFA, is a round peg creating the round whole. She completed Waldorf teacher training and has worked in Goethean Studies with Dennis Klocek for over 20 years. She completed her training for art therapy in the Netherlands, receiving a diploma for Collot Painting Therapy from the Medical Section, Goetheanum, Dornach, Switzerland, and is one of six practicing in the U.S. Currently Martha is developing spiritually by painting upside-down and backwards, working with the memory challenged (so they can see it right-side-up!). Martha is on the transition team for Living Well, creating the first and only holistic residential care home in Vermont offering organic/biodynamic locally sourced food, complementary and alternative medicine, the arts, and movement. She creates...
Philip Lyvers runs Lyvers Farm, Inc., a large-scale grain and hog operation in Loretto, KY.  Lyvers Farm is an operation of conventional design and size, implementing biodynamic practices for 12 years.  Philip has operated the family farm for over 40 years.  They raise 9,000 market hogs a year with no vaccines, antibiotics, wormers or hormones and crop 450 acres with no bought fertilizer.  The farm organism of 2000 acres includes woodlands and wildlife management and the home farm and gardens with diversified small-scale livestock, fruit, vegetable, herbs and flowers.
Lavinia McKinney has been farming in the Missouri Ozarks for 40 years. She helped write the organic standards for the first Missouri organic growers in the 70s. Elixir Farm has been certified organic since 1976 and became certified Biodynamic by Demeter 20 years ago. Lavinia has been a practicing acupuncturist for 25 years and had a medicinal plant seed company for 15 years. She currently farms with Daniel Roth, and together they produce certified organic beef and produce for the farmers market in St. Louis, Missouri.
Mac Mead has been practicing biodynamics for over 40 years, primarily in therapeutic communities dedicated to both biodynamic agriculture and medicine. Over the years, he has gardened and farmed on every scale, from handwork to field-scale vegetables, tended an orchard, and managed dairy cows. Mac was the resident farmer at the Fellowship Community's Duryea Farm from 1997 until 2005. He is presently the program director of the Pfeiffer Center for Biodynamics.
Daphne Miller, MD is a family physician, writer, and Associate Professor in the Department of Family Medicine at the University of California San Francisco. In 2000 she founded WholefamilyMD, San Francisco’s first integrative primary care practice, where she still cares for patients across the lifespan. Part clinician, part ecologist, and part anthropologist, Miller approaches medicine with the idea that opportunities for health and healing are found not only in the medical system but in such unexpected places as home kitchens, school gardens, community organizations, spiritual centers, farms, and nature trails. Throughout her career, her teaching, writing, and advocacy work has reflected this perspective. In her latest book...
Rooted by heritage in Iroquois County, Illinois, David Miller returned to his native farming community in 2005 after a 30-year career in banking and real estate financial management. Purchasing a small 10-acre family farmstead, he re-connected with local relatives farming organically. In 2007 he started Iroquois Valley Farms LLC by connecting a small group of family and friends to a 142-acre farm. Prior to seeding sustainable farmland ventures, David Miller held executive positions at Bank of America, Santa Fe Southern Pacific, and First Chicago Corporation. His extensive experience in structuring alternative real estate investments led to the formation of Iroquois Valley Farms, the first private company in the United States to integrate farmland and organic food production, utilizing...
For the past 25 years Kelly Mulville has managed and consulted with vineyards, farms, and ranches throughout the western U.S., Spain, Australia, and China. In 2012 he was sponsored by government and wine industry organizations to give presentations and workshops on extended-season vineyard grazing throughout Australia and New Zealand. His studies include ecological horticulture at UC Santa Cruz, viticulture at UC Davis, and holistic management with Allan Savory at the Center for Holistic Management. His work is focused on combining experience in farming of wine grapes, fruit, and market crops with holistic management in order to create more ecologically, socially, and economically sound farming and fruit growing practices. This usually involves a considerable amount of help from livestock...
A biodynamic advocate, farmer, artist, and builder, Lloyd Nelson lives in Colorado and is owner and operator of a biodynamic spray and consulting service and works on diverse projects to advance and inspire biodynamic practices.
Janey Newton is in the process of transforming her family's chemically treated grain farm into a biodynamic farm community. Foxhollow Farm is a 1,300-acre farm outside of Louisville, Kentucky, that currently produces grass-fed beef and vegetables. The Foxhollow farmers and gardeners have been using biodynamic practices since 2006. Janey has been involved with Waldorf education most of her adult life and is one of the founders of the Waldorf School of Louisville.
At the age of 12 Sara Patterson started selling baskets of produce to friends, family, and college students from her family garden. With her passion for local food and an entrepreneurial spirit, she was quickly inspired and then mentored by a family friend to start a CSA. At age 14 her mom’s co-worker helped make a flier for “her CSA.” She then informed her mom that she had five share holders and that they would be delivering! Red Acre Farm, now in its fifth year, grows year round, offering up to 100 shares 46 weeks out of the year. They sell at four farmers' markets, to local stores, and to chefs.They love to host events and educational tours at the farm. Sara, now 19, owns and runs the farm, and her mom and dad now work full...
Farmer John Peterson is a lifelong farmer, author, social artist, and star of the feature documentary film The Real Dirt on Farmer John. He is the head farmer at Angelic Organics, a CSA farm in northern Illinois serving 2,500 families.
Jeff Poppen's living comes from growing food and helping others grow food. He has been making biodynamic preparations for 25 years and finds it the easiest and cheapest way to farm. He is a newspaper columnist, has written two books, has a public TV show, starts farms for others, lectures, and consults. He manages 40 head of cattle, a 200-member CSA, and an apprenticeship program at Long Hungry Creek Farm in Red Boiling Springs, Tennessee.
Laura has run the biodynamic program for Foxhollow Farm since 2007. She makes the preparations with help from Foxhollow folks, local gardeners and farmers, and applies biodynamic field sprays on the 700 acres of pasture and hayfields. Laura is owner of Biodynamic Agricultural Resources. She lives with her husband Philip at Lyvers Farm where her favorite pastimes are tending the home dairy herd and playing in her herb gardens.
Nicki Robb has been involved with farm-based education since 1981 as a co-founder of Brookfield Community farm (CSA), through the School-To-Farm program at Hampshire College, and through developing the Land Stewardship Program at the Hartsbrook Waldorf School in Hadley, Massachusetts, where she currently serves as director. Nicki received a diploma in Camphill curative education in Aberdeen Scotland in 1997, a B.A. in agriculture and special needs youth from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst in 1995, and an M.Ed. from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst in special education, grades 5-12, in 1997.
Rachel Schneider is currently the director of the Hawthorne Valley Farm Learning Center in New York. The Learning Center was founded to "inspire, strengthen and transform the individual's relationship to the living land" and includes farm-based activities for families, school classes, and the general public, as well as training in biodynamics and whole-farm planning. Prior to founding the Learning Center, Rachel was a market gardener, greenhouse manager, annual coordinator of Hawthorne Valley’s well-attended Fall Harvest Festival, farm administrator, and farm development director. Rachel serves on the Board of Directors of the Farm-Based Education Association.
Steffen Schneider joined the Hawthorne Valley Association in 1989. He was hired as the herd manager of the farm’s dairy herd and in 1994 became farm manager. He has served on the farm management group and the general management group since then. He took on the role of general manager of the farm branch in 2008. He was a key member of the team that brought the farm back from near insolvency (caused by a failed wholesale distribution venture) to its present state. Steffen also serves as "adjunct faculty" at the Pfeiffer Center in Spring Valley, New York, where he teaches livestock management and other biodynamic courses. Steffen has presented keynote speeches at the 1999 and 2006 Biodynamic Conferences and has presented at several NOFA conferences and at the 2008 Acres Conference. He has...
Henning Sehmsdor has farmed biodynamically for over 40 years. Besides farming, his background includes extensive business experience, as well as university teaching and research. He is currently adjunct professor at Huxley College for the Environment (Western Washington University) and at the Center for Sustaining Agriculture and Natural Resources (Washington State University). S&S Homestead Farm is a mentor farm under the North American Biodynamic Apprenticeship Program (NABDAP).
Don Shaffer serves as president and CEO of RSF Social Finance. As leaders in social finance, RSF is transforming the way the world works with money through its innovative investing, lending, and giving services. Since 1984, RSF has made over $275 million in loans, with a 100% repayment rate to investors, and facilitated over $100 million in grants. A graduate of Cornell University, Don has been a social entrepreneur for many years, growing an education-related business, a software company, a sporting goods manufacturer, and BALLE. He lives in Berkeley, California with his wife Jennifer and their two children.
Tal Simchoni installs and maintains vegetable gardens, maintains yards, and does handyman work in the Twin Cities metro area. He brings a passion for sustainability and humanity into his work and personal life. He began a biodynamic garden apprenticeship in northern California in 2000 as means to address the need to heal the earth and ourselves, and has continued with biodynamics since. Following his apprenticeship he completed a certification to teach gardening at Waldorf schools. He has worked in two biodynamic CSA farms and managed a two-acre biodynamic vegetable garden for six years at Camphill Village Minnesota, an intentional agricultural community that includes adults with special needs. He currently lives in South Minneapolis with his partner and her eight-year-old son, who is a...
The three Radical Farmwives, Coree Entwistle, Cher Smith, and Robin Verson, have known one another since the mid 1990s. They all live in the beautiful rolling hills of south-central Kentucky and northern-middle Tennessee. Their stories are as similar as they are different, but they share a great friendship, and ties that bind them through work, play, and life. Merriam Webster Dictionary defines "radical" as "proceeding from the root." In this increasingly fast-paced, intense, wonderful, and dangerous world, they have each aimed for a root, fixed themselves in the ground, and grown. They have grown families, friends, and farms from these roots.  Each of them lives in full partnership with their farming husbands, and deeply...
Deb Soule practices as an herbalist, educator, and biodynamic gardener and is the author of How To Move Like a Gardener: Planting and Preparing Medicines from Plants. In 1985 she founded the herbal apothecary Avena Botanicals, where she and her staff produce over 200 herbal remedies by hand. She has been using biodynamic practices on her farm since 1998, and in 2011 Avena became the first farm in Maine to be Demeter-certified Biodynamic®. Avena's three-acre gardens serve as a healing space for the community, a habitat for pollinators, and a living classroom for students. They also produce over 1,800 pounds of medicinal herbs for Avena's apothecary.
Tom Spaulding is founding executive director of Angelic Organics Learning Center. Tom is inspired by farms as dynamic places of cultural, ecological, and economic revitalization. Angelic Organics Learning Center helps urban and rural people build local food systems. The Learning Center, the non-profit educational partner to the Angelic Organics community supported agriculture farm, reaches more than 4,000 people per year through five initiatives – farmer training, farms forever, urban (Chicago and Rockford), on-farm education, and civic engagement. The Learning Center serves as the coordinating body for the ...
Will Stapp is the business administrator for Marin Waldorf School. He lives in Petaluma, California, where he makes wine for fun and has about an acre of fruits and vegetables under biodynamic cultivation.  
Andrew Stewart of Angelic Organics Farm in Caledonia, Illinois makes the farm's compost, direct seeds crops, and makes the biodynamic preparations. He is also interested in social threefolding, and art, and how they relate to agriculture. He also enjoys other outdoor activities like rock climbing, kayaking, and camping.
Elizabeth Sustick is an anthroposophic nurse specialist in private practice in Massachusetts. She directs the IFAN-certified Foundation Course in Anthroposophic Nursing (AN), is a Board member of the Association for Anthroposophic Medicine and Therapies in America (AAMTA), and a founding board member of the North American Anthroposophical Nurses Association (NAANA).
Woody Tasch is the dynamic and visionary founder and chairman of Slow Money, a nonprofit headquartered in Boulder, Colo., with an alliance of national and international chapters. Slow Money took root in 2009 with Tasch’s groundbreaking book Inquiries into the Nature of Slow Money: Investing as if Food, Farms, and Fertility Mattered. As Tasch traveled the country on a book tour, audience members stepped forward one by one, inspired to create within their local communities the change he spoke about. Tasch is widely regarded as a pioneer of the concepts of patient capital, mission-related investing and community development venture capital. For 10 years before founding Slow Money, he was the chairman of Investors’ Circle, an angel investor...
Mark Trela connected with biodynamics in southern California in the early 1980s. His first mentor, Peter Dukich, used to teach and garden at Highland Hall Waldorf School. He also counts Harvey Lisle and Jeff Poppen as mentor-friends. Mark has gardened and farmed biodynamically in Indiana and gives lectures and workshops on bidoynamics all over the country. He is a faithful presenter at Jeff Poppen’s annual Biodynamic Conference down in Red Boiling Springs, Tennessee.
American eurythmist Sea-Anna Vasilas is a member of the Eurythmy Spring Valley Performing Ensemble in Chestnut Ridge, New York, where she also serves on the faculty of the School of Eurythmy and carries the responsibility of Tour Coordinator for the Ensemble. Through her experiences with myriad movement art forms, meditative paths, education, and farming, Sea-Anna found her way to eurythmy, where, through the guidance of her principal teachers Dorothea Mier, Barbara Serio-Schneider, and Annelies Davidson, she has made it her life’s passion and work. During her eurythmy training in Spring Valley, Sea-Anna volunteered in the Pfeiffer Center garden and participated in the year-long course with Mac Mead.
The three Radical Farmwives, Coree Entwistle, Cher Smith, and Robin Verson, have known one another since the mid 1990s. They all live in the beautiful rolling hills of south-central Kentucky and northern-middle Tennessee. Their stories are as similar as they are different, but they share a great friendship, and ties that bind them through work, play, and life. Merriam Webster Dictionary defines "radical" as "proceeding from the root." In this increasingly fast-paced, intense, wonderful, and dangerous world, they have each aimed for a root, fixed themselves in the ground, and grown. They have grown families, friends, and farms from these roots.  Each of them lives in full partnership with their farming husbands, and deeply...
Canadian violinist Emmanuel Vukovich has played for audiences around the globe with artists such as Ida Haendel, Anton Kuerti, and Matt Haimowitz. He is the recipient of McGill University’s first Schulich Golden Violin Award, The Canada Council for the Arts Orford String Quartet Scholarship, and winner of the Fischoff International Chamber Music Competition as first violinist of the Lloyd Carr-Harris String Quartet. Having started the violin with Danuta Ciring in Calgary, and furthered his studies with Dorothy Delay and Masao Kawasaki at the Juilliard School in New York City, and with Denise Lupien and André Roy at McGill University in Montreal, where he now teaches violin and chamber music. Emmanuel is currently pursuing graduate diploma studies with Lucy Chapman and Donald Weilerstein...
Leah Walker has a deep interest in human development and earth evolution, particularly as described by Rudolf Steiner. She is a biography worker and licensed professional counselor (LPC), as well as a faculty member of the Center for Biography and Social Art. She holds a certificate in homeopathy and has worked for many years as a special education counselor in the public school system, as well as as a ropes course instructor in the field of addiction treatment. She has a master’s degree in educational psychology from the University of Texas at Austin.
Sherry Wildfeuer is an adult educator and an active member of the Anthroposophical Society and its Agriculture Section. She is the editor of the Stella Natura biodynamic planting calendar and is a long-term co-worker in Camphill Village Kimberton Hills (an intentional community that especially includes adults with developmental disabilities) in Kimberton, Pennsylvania.
Dr. Basil Williams, D.O. practices anthroposophic medicine in private practice in Ghent, NY, near Harlemville. He has practiced biodynamic agriculture for the past 35 years.
Eric Wooldridge moved back to farm in his hometown community of Bells Bend, near Nashville, TN after graduating college. His first year running Bells Bend Farms, he began practicing biodynamics with Jeff Poppen, the Barefoot Farmer. Along with his farming partner, Eric leases 300 acres and raises hogs, chickens, cattle and various crops for restaurants, markets, and 120 CSA members.  Eric has been farming for 6 years using biodynamic and "old time" farming methods.  In the winter he fly fishes, plays the fiddle, and studies old agricultural texts.