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North American Biodynamic Apprenticeship Program

The North American Biodynamic Apprenticeship Program (NABDAP) helps aspiring farmers develop the skills and knowledge they need to build successful organic and biodynamic farms. The program combines two years of structured on-farm training and mentoring with a course of classroom study in biodynamics. Apprentices benefit from a comprehensive training curriculum, carefully selected mentor farms, and access to networking, support, and educational resources. Upon completion of their training, apprentices are awarded a certificate in biodynamic farming from the Biodynamic Association. 

Download the North American Biodynamic Apprenticeship Program brochure (PDF).

"As a mentor, it is important to me that apprentices make a deep commitment to their education. NABDAP provides a framework for training on both sides (mentor and apprentice) that helps this commitment become real."

- Nathaniel Thompson, Remembrance Farm


NABDAP Graduate Profile: Megan Durney

The Biodynamic Association’s beginning farmer training program, the North American Biodynamic Apprenticeship Program (NABDAP), began with a handful of apprentices and mentor farms in 2009. Since then the program has blossomed and grown, with mentor farms across the United States and Canada and nearly 40 apprentices currently enrolled. People often inquire as to what graduates of NABDAP go on to do, so Director of Programs Thea Maria Carlson recently asked one the program’s first graduates, Megan Durney, to share her experience.

Thea: What inspired you to pursue biodynamic agriculture and participate in NABDAP?

Megan: I entered into biodynamics because I wanted to participate in an agricultural activity that was conscious, where farmers are awake to the true impact they have on the land and the earth as a whole. Coming to the Pfeiffer Center, a biodynamic training center in New York, was the first step I took on this journey seven years ago. An established training in biodynamics is very important to develop, and I joined NABDAP to support and participate in this effort. Many young people entering into biodynamic farming presently do not have an agricultural schooling but have heard a call to bring a healing impulse to farming.  In order to honor this call and the future, biodynamic practitioners need to provide a conscious training program in the art of biodynamics, A focused program is especially valuable for those who have a limited amount of time to participate in a training, and my hope is that NABDAP will continue to evolve to meet the needs of incoming farmers so that they may meet the needs of the future of agriculture.

Read the full profile, originally published in the Fall 2013 issue of Biodynamics.