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Education, Training and Apprenticeship Opportunities

The following is a list of organizations and on-going programs offering education and training in biodynamic agriculture and related topics. For up-to-date listings of events and workshops, visit our calendar of events. Information about other learning opportunities may also be available through regional biodynamic groups. Please email info@biodynamics.com to add your organization or program to this page. For other educational suggestions please see our page 12 ways to learn more about biodynamics.

Education Centers and Training Programs:

 

United States

  • Angelic Organics Learning Center (Caledonia, IL) offers weekend workshops on food & farming, farm tours, family overnights and Stateline Farm Beginnings®, a farmer-led training and support program designed to help people plan and launch sustainable farm businesses. 815-389-8455 or www.learngrowconnect.org
  • Foxhollow Farm (Crestwood, KY) offers on-farm classes, farm tours, and internships. 502-241-9674 or www.foxhollow.com
  • Hawthorne Valley Farm (Ghent, NY) offers day-long classes, two-week intensives in biodynamics, a Whole Farm Planning Course, summer camps, and farm tours, as well as year-long farm apprenticeships. 518-672-7500 or www.hawthornevalleyfarm.org (NABDAP mentor farm and classroom study program)
  • The Josephine Porter Institute (Woolwine, VA) offers day-long and week-long workshops on the biodynamic preparations. 540-745-7030 or www.jpibiodynamics.org
  • Michael Fields Agriculture Institute (East Troy, WI) offers a CSA planning course and a series of whole farm workshops, including a one-day introduction to biodynamic agriculture. 262-642-3303 or www.michaelfields.org
  • North American Biodynamic Apprenticeship Program (United States and Canada), a program of the Biodynamic Association, offers a two-year certification in biodynamic agriculture. Participating apprentices complete 24 months of structured, on-farm training with one or more mentor farmers in the United States and Canada, and an intensive classroom study program covering principles and concepts of biodynamics. For more information and a listing of mentor farms, visit our NABDAP program page or call 262-649-9212 ext 5.
  • The Pfeiffer Center (Chestnut Ridge, NY) offers a one-year part-time introduction to biodynamics, consisting of eight weekend sessions and a final week-long intensive workshop taught by experienced biodynamic practitioners. 845-352-5020, ext 20, or www.pfeiffercenter.org. (NABDAP mentor farm and classroom study program)
  • Rudolf Steiner College, A Center for Biodynamic Education (Fair Oaks, CA) offers a biodynamic farming and gardening workshop series, held one Saturday a month for 8 months (September through May, excluding February), followed by a week-long intensive in June. Classes in basic biodynamics, biodynamic beekeeping, nature perception and other related topics are also offered, as well as a biodynamic apprenticeship. 916-965-0389 or www.steinercollege.edu. (NABDAP mentor farm and classroom study program)
  • Spikenard Farm and Honeybee Sanctuary (Floyd, VA) offers workshops and a two-year training in sustainable and biodynamic beekeeping. 540-745-2153 or www.spikenardfarm.org

Canada

Elsewhere

  • Biodynamic Agricultural College (formerly Emerson College - United Kingdom), offers a distance learning course called Biodynamic Principles and Practice, which makes education in biodynamic agriculture available to students worldwide. www.bdacollege.org.uk
  • Biodynamic Education Centre (Australia and United Kingdom), an international college offering a range of educational programs for biodynamic farming and gardening. The courses offered by the Centre have been written and developed over many years of practical experience in the biodynamic method for both large-scale agricultural and smaller-scale gardening systems. Also offers a two-year correspondence course "Certificate Program." www.biodynamiceducation.com
  • Taruna College (New Zealand) offers a one-year training in biodynamics. www.taruna.ac.nz
  • Biodynamic Agricultural Association of Southern Africa (South Africa) offers a series of six workshops on the principles of biodynamic agriculture, as well as preparation making days and other events. www.bdaasa.org.za
  • Crossfields Institute (United Kingdom) in cooperation with the Field Centre will be offering an MSc in Biodynamic Research starting in January 2014. www.crossfieldsinstitute.com/education_and_training/msc-biodynamic-research/      

 

On-Farm Apprenticeship and Internship Opportunities: