Waldorf Education & Biodynamic Agriculture—Partners in Pedagogy with Michael Judge
Waldorf education and biodynamic gardening are sister movements, both arising from the work of Rudolf Steiner. Biodynamic gardening is therefore a natural choice for Waldorf schools to consider when choosing options for environmental curriculum and community service work. In fact, as early as 1920, Steiner remarked at the Waldorf School in Stuttgart that "garden work should be an obligatory addition to the lessons" (through grade 10).
In this talk, Michael Judge will address the spiritual and scientific background of biodynamics, why it is important for us now and for the future, and how biodynamics can be incorporated into the Waldorf curriculum. It is a somewhat surprising story.
Michael Judge has worked with biodynamics for 35 years in various ways and currently coordinates the Chesapeake Biodynamic Network of Virginia, Maryland, Washington, DC, and West Virginia, in affiliation with the Biodynamic Association of North America. Michael has been a student of natural science and anthroposophy since 1978. Likewise, Michael has worked in Waldorf school settings for more than 30 years, and he graduated from the Nova Institute's first teacher training graduating class.