Preserving the Farm

Spring 2009 Cover
With the introduction of the North American Biodynamic Apprenticeship Program this year, the biodynamic community signaled its continuing commitment to nurturing new farmers. The Association plans to continue furthering this and other educational and training initiatives.

But farmers of all ages will need access to land, mentorship, capital and equipment, and community and marketplace support. How can we ensure that these motivated individuals will have the opportunity to succeed? We will be continuing this discussion, so please let us know your thoughts.

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Preserving the Farm

Preserving the Land for Agriculture
Rebecca Briggs

Seeking Solutions to Preserve Your Cherished Farms
Angela L. Curtes

Seed Saving: Germination — the Awakening of the Seed
Don Tipping

Farmland Resources

The Role of the Cow on a Biodynamic Farm
Steffen Schneider

Love for the Earth
Heinz Grotzke

An Introduction to Anthroposophy
Beth Wieting

Is There a Correlation Between Rice (Oryza Sativa) Germination and Lunar Rhythms?
Alvaro Garcia

Pot of Gold: Joseph Phelps' Double Rainbow Surprise
Joseph Mora

Beet Writer Finds His Roots
John Bloom


In the News

In Appreciation of Charles Beedy
Beth Wieting

Welcome to Our New Board Member: Paula Manalo

Introducing Our New Executive Director: Robert Karp
Jean-Paul Courtens

Envisioning the Future of Our Movement: An Email Interview with Robert Karp


Biodynamics Around the Continent

Letter from the President
Jean-Paul Courtens


JPI Update
Christy Korrow

Seasonal Recipe: Spring Vegetable Soup
Anthony Lo Pinto

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"If we cannot grow the economy without destroying the fertility of the soil, how can we, no matter how clean our machines, hope to thrive, or, even, survive?"

Woody Tasch
Inquiries into the Nature of Slow Money: Investing As If Food, Farms, and Fertility Mattered, Chelsea Green Publishing, 2008