The Demeter BiodynamicÂ® Farm Standard applies to the certification of farms and ranches for the purpose of allowing their farms and ranches and resulting agricultural products to carry the Demeter certification marks â€śBiodynamicÂ®â€ť, â€śDemeterÂ®â€ť and Demeter Certified BiodynamicÂ®.Â The Demeter Biodynamic Farm and Processing Standards meet the minimum requirements set by Demeter International.Â These base standards form a common legal foundation and agricultural framework for Biodynamic practice worldwide.
Like the sustainable farming movement itself there are many entry points on the path to sustainability, and many different reasons why farmers choose, at some point or another, to enhance their farming program through Biodynamic certification.Â Fred Kirshenmann, PhD, Distinguished Fellow at the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture, a professor of agriculture at Iowa State University, and a Biodynamic farmer, speaks about transitioning his 3,500 acre family farm in order to be more resilient and energy efficient in the face of rising energy costs and a more unstable climate.Â Jim Fetzer of Ceago Vinegarden speaks about how, back in the early 1980â€™s, he began to notice a loss of vitality in their family vineyards, and came to believe that conventional farming was not a sustainable paradigm for their multi-generational family business.Â Dr. Robert Gross, a psychiatrist up in Oregon who owns Cooper Mountain winery, may tell you that he was using homeopathy in his practice and began to feel as if there was a disconnect between how he was treating his patients and how he was farming his vineyards.Â Â But one thing is certain: most Biodynamic farmers inevitably mention how they have developed a closer relationship to their farms, and have become better farmers because of it.
â€śI certify with Stellar (organic) and Demeter (Biodynamic) because my customers and I know that it is the best certification available for farmers who feel organic in their hearts and not just as a book of regulations set out by USDA.Â Demeter certified farms are part of a global family of farming excellence, and being a part of that is rewarding in many ways. One of those ways is the support Demeter gives it's farms and farmers with their knowledgeable and experienced staff that can do anything from answer questions to making connections to markets hungry for farm products that nourish the spirit as well as the body.â€ť
- Mike ReidÂ Paradise Springs Farm, a 200 acre dairy farm in Teton Valley, ID