|The Agriculture Course:
An Intensive Study of the
Origins and Future of Biodynamics
2013 Focus: Compost and Soil Building
In January 2013, the Pfeiffer Center's fifth annual midwinter intensive study of biodynamics will investigate how the composting practices described in the Agriculture lectures and practiced by biodynamic farmers can build the healthy soil that is essential to the developing farm organism.
The "basics" of manure, compost and human nutrition will be covered, followed by in-depth discussion of the science and technique of composting and use of the biodynamic preparations. We will investigate the cow as a force of digestive transformative powers in relation to the farm individuality. Finally, the art and science of chromatography as a tool for developing new capacities of perception and a better understanding of soil and compost quality will be explored.
Formal talks and collaborative hands-on exploration will be leavened with artistic and social activities, roundtable discussions, a Saturday evening eurythmy performance, and meals together. This long weekend is truly a unique educational and social opportunity to broaden and deepen your understanding of the role of biodynamics in the development of humanity and agriculture.