In order to meet our mission, Demeterâ€™s work is divided into six areas, or strategic objectives. They are:
TEACH- Help people understand, embrace, and capitalize on Biodynamic practices and principles. We hope to achieve this objective by: increasing the amount of educational resources; developing educational programs; participating in and supporting other courses, workshops and conferences; and fostering collaboration and the sharing of information across the agricultural community.
GROW- Increase the supply of Biodynamic products through business development initiatives; by promoting existing certified products within the supply chain; and by developing initiatives to increase the production of Biodynamic produce. We are working with farmers, processing companies, and retailers across the country to achieve this important goal of bringing more Biodynamic products to market.
MARKET- Enhance our membersâ€™ economic viability by encouraging demand for Biodynamic products. This objective will be accomplished by increasing consumer preference for Biodynamic products; increasing retailer and restaurant purchases and promotion of Biodynamic products; and by helping members to better market their Biodynamic farms and products.
PROTECT- Protect the Biodynamic certification marks through proactive education and enforcement activities. Often, our enforcement of the use of the term â€śBiodynamicâ€ť in the marketplace has led un-certified farms, already working very closely with the farming methods, to pursue certification.
ADVOCATE- Provide leadership, guidance, and support to efforts that protect farmers, foster sustainable farming, and promote ecological agriculture as an environmental and social solution to the multitude of challenges that humanity currently faces.
MANAGE- Ensure that Demeter has the resources to achieve its mission and these objectives by effectively managing our certification office, creating additional resources, ensuring excellent standards, and developing our board to meet the challenges and opportunities presented through our first five objectives.
"This is the point where the spiritual in our inner life begins to have a certain bearing on our work as farmers..."
Dr. R. Steiner