Biodynamics is a holistic, ecological, and ethical approach to farming, gardening, food, and nutrition.
Biodynamics is rooted in the work of philosopher and scientist Dr. Rudolf Steiner, whose 1924 lectures to farmers opened a new way to integrate scientific understanding with a recognition of spirit in nature. Biodynamics has continued to develop and evolve since the 1920s through the collaboration of many farmers and researchers. Around the world, biodynamics is alive in thousands of thriving gardens, farms, vineyards, ranches, and orchards. The principles and practices of biodynamics can be applied anywhere food is grown, with thoughtful adaptation to scale, landscape, climate, and culture.
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Biodynamic Principles & Practices
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With so much interest in growing food in our own back and front yards, balconies, patios, community gardens, and homesteads, we want to help get you started or deepen your understanding of biodynamic gardening. Visit our Biodynamic Gardening page for current and historical articles, free webinars, videos, and more to help you learn and grow in your biodynamic gardening journey.
Biodynamic certification for farms and products is managed worldwide by Demeter International (link is external), in the United States by Demeter USA (link is external), and in Canada by Demeter Canada (link is external). Read the U.S. Demeter Biodynamic® Farm Standard (link is external) to learn more about the principles of this system and requirements for Biodynamic certification.
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Learn more about biodynamics and enjoy tremendous benefits — while also helping to make transformative change in the world — by becoming a member (link is external) of the Biodynamic Association for as little as $5 a year.
Our distance-learning courses and webinars give farmers and gardeners across North America and beyond the opportunity to learn from leading biodynamic educators, delve deep into the principles and philosophy of biodynamics, and build communities of support among peers. Watch a free introductory webinar on biodynamics, learn more more through our webinar series, investigate more deeply in our distance learning courses, and explore other online learning resources.
The Oregon Biodynamic Group also offers free in-depth materials through their Online Course (link is external).
North American Biodynamic Conference
Gather, share, question, and explore together with 700-1000 farmers, gardeners, entrepreneurs, educators, researchers, activists, and enthusiasts from the region, across North America, and around the world at the next Biodynamic Conference, or visit our conference page to access resources from prior conferences.
Biodynamic Farmer Training
The Biodynamic Farmer Foundation Year offers aspiring biodynamic farmers the opportunity to build a solid foundation in the principles and practices of biodynamic agriculture. The Biodynamic Farmer Development Year, which will begin in 2019, will develop and deepen the skills needed for biodynamic farm management for those who graduate from the foundation year.
Both programs are open to established farmers and apprentices and may be pursued regardless of location.
Books & Calendars
Some of our recommended introductory books are listed below. See our Books & Calendars page for even more suggestions, and visit our partner SteinerBooks for a full selection of calendars and books on biodynamics and related topics. All BDA members who join or renew at the Seed Sower level and above receive a 15% discount on all titles at SteinerBooks (link is external).
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The Biodynamic Association (BDA) awakens and enlivens co-creative relationships between humans and the earth, transforming the practice and culture of agriculture to renew the vitality of the earth, the integrity of our food, and the health and wholeness of our communities. The BDA is a participatory, membership-based nonprofit organization that works to nurture the North American biodynamic movement as a diverse, collaborative, and thriving ecosystem. We aim to incubate strong leadership in the biodynamic community; grow the community of biodynamic farmers, ranchers, gardeners, and land stewards; communicate the powerful vision of biodynamics and the potential it holds for the Earth; and nurture the deep spiritual roots and insights of biodynamics.