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Rethinking Agriculture

Biodynamic Association Adopts Shared Leadership and Evolutionary Approach to Work

Thea Maria Carlson Named Co-Director

Milwaukee, Wis. (Apr. 6, 2015) - Amidst the dominant agricultural paradigm of farms as inanimate factories, churning out commodity crops and animal products, biodynamics offers a radically different perspective: the farm is a living organism with its own inherent integrity, intelligence and health. The Biodynamic Association (BDA) is now working to embody a similar approach to how it operates as an organization, moving away from a traditional hierarchical and mechanistic organizational model to an agile, living approach to organizing its work. As a first step in this transformation, the BDA is pleased to announce that Thea Maria Carlson has been named Co-Director of the Association. Read more....

Help Grow the Biodynamic Community This Spring

Join or renew now through May 1 and your gift will be matched!

Thanks to a challenge grant to help us grow the membership of the Biodynamic Association, the value of every new membership and every renewal will be matched up to $10,000 through May 1, 2015. Find out more about why membership matters and why you should join now and about our membership levels and benefits.

One-Year Training in Biodynamics

September 12, 2015 - June 12, 2016, The Pfeiffer Center

Now in its 19th year, the Pfeiffer Center's One-Year Part-Time Training in Biodynamics offers a thorough introduction to the principles underlying biodynamics, plus ample opportunities to experience how those principles come to life in the field. Each of the 13 full-day workshops features an engaging mix of classroom talks and activities in the Pfeiffer Center’s biodynamic garden. Topics covered include making and working with compost, the biodynamic preparations, seed saving, honeybees, weed and pest control, and much more. The course is also eligible for study credit in the North American Biodynamic Apprenticeship Program (NABDAP).

Biodynamic Agriculture Course: Advanced Holistic Approach to Farming

March 30 - April 23, Maharishi University of Management

This spring, the Maharishi University of Management in Fairfield, Iowa, is offering the first university-level course on biodynamic agriculture in the U.S. Taught by Dr. A. Thimmaiah, PhD, the course is offered in association with Demeter USA and will feature guest lectures by Jim Fullmer of Demeter and Dr. Tom Newmark of Sacred Seeds. It will also feature other biodynamic experts throughout the course, including Robert Karp of the Biodynamic Association. Find out more.

New Visions for Farming and Health at the 2014 Biodynamic Conference

More than 600 farmers, gardeners, educators, researchers, business people, and food lovers gathered in Louisville, Kentucky on November 13-16 for rich discussions around the theme of “Farming for Health.” The community that converged here for four days presented a heartening image of the vital biodynamic community that stretches across North America. The elders of the biodynamic movement were well represented, sharing their years of accumulated wisdom and providing mentorship to the enthusiastic younger generations seeking to deepen their understanding of biodynamics. This rich and diverse community was a mirror of the dynamic state of biodynamics on the continent today. Read more....

Share in the spirit of the event: read our conference overview, peruse the slideshow, download special member-only materials, order recordings, and more on our conference follow-up page.

2016 North American Biodynamic Conference

The Biodynamic Association is excited to hold our next biennial North American Biodynamic Conference in the Southwest, a region of unique landscapes, climate, agriculture — and for many, spiritual and transformational power. With its many historic sites, museums, and other cultural amenities, Santa Fe is a city that is easy and fun to explore, and it has been rated as one of the most walkable cities in the US.

Located in downtown Santa Fe, the Convention Center echoes Santa Fe's historic adobe architecture, and will allow for both indoor and outdoor conference activities. Discounted rooms will be available at several local hotels, all within walking distance of the Convention Center.

What would you like to see in the 2016 Biodynamic Conference? Please share your ideas to help with our planning.