As we work to build a sustainable food system that supports the health of both people and the planet, providing farmers with learning, mentoring and peer support and networking opportunities is essential. The 2018 North American Biodynamic Conference, “Transforming the Heart of Agriculture: Soil. Justice. Regeneration." will share practical ways to leverage a diversity of tools to regenerate our earth, our communities, and our spirits. We ask you to help us make this conference accessible to the hundreds of young and beginning farmers who will apply to our conference scholarship fund.

Our conference brings together more than 800 farmers, gardeners, educators, researchers and food lovers to teach, learn, connect and share about biodynamics in a new region of the continent every two years. In addition to the dozens of educational workshops, participants also hear from inspiring keynote speakers, meet in peer to peer learning communities and visit and learn from thriving local farms.

Each time we hold this conference, we hear from more and more young and beginning farmers who yearn to learn new ideas and connect with other farmers at this exceptional educational and community building event, but lack the financial resources to attend. This year, we also making a special effort to open up our conference to the many Latin and Native American farmers who are also expressing a strong interest in this event. Can you help us?

Since its inception in 2010 the Biodynamic Scholarship Fund has awarded over $130,000 in scholarships to over 600 beginning farmers, experienced farmers and others to attend workshops and conferences all over the country. For our 2018 conference in Portland, our goal is to award $35,000+ in scholarships to over 200 individuals.

Your gift to our scholarship fund will help bring health to the land and to the lives of farmers and rural communities. Please feel free to contact us for further information. Thank you.