Biodynamic Agriculture Course: Advanced Holistic Approach to Farming
Offered: April 25 â€“ May 19, 2016
Catalog Title: SLâ€”A202 Biodynamic Agriculture (Offered annually)
Description: Biodynamic Agriculture is an advanced state of organic farming which lays the foundation for a new way of thinking about our relationship to earth and the environment. It was the first ecological farming system to raise a voice against the commercial fertilizers and pesticides during the early years of industrial agriculture. In Biodynamic agriculture a farm is considered as a self-sufficient organism with interactions with biotic and abiotic factors. This course will introduce students to biodynamic agriculture, concepts, principles and practices. Students will understand soil as a living entity, soil formation, classification, agronomic aspects comprising soil fertility, nutrient cycling, and the importance of soil organic matter. This course will also cover biodynamic preparations, which are vital in this system of farming. The role of planets and constellations on plants and farming to attune the crops to the biorhythms of nature will be discussed. The Demeter Biodynamic and Processing Standards for certification and marketing of certified products will also be covered.
On-line Education and Training course in Biodynamic Agriculture
Offered: Year Round
Description: In recent years the Biodynamic Agriculture College (BDAC) has received requests for a course of study from people who are unable to attend a campus-based program. The team at BDAC, supported by the Biodynamic Agricultural Association, decided that the time was right to respond to these requests and develop a distance-learning program in biodynamic principles and practice.Â This year round coursework is delivered through a blend of online study, self-directed study and research, and practical experience on a farm or garden.
The Biodynamic Association's interactive webinars allow farmers, gardeners, apprentices and othersÂ to learn from leading biodynamic educators in a distance-learning format. Watch Introduction to Biodynamics Webinar, recorded live onÂ Tuesday, March 3, 2015.
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NABDAP's two years ofÂ on-farm training areÂ complemented by classroom study courses that coverÂ the fundamental principles and philosophy ofÂ biodynamic farming. NABDAP classroom study courses are offered in several regions, and are taught by experts in the theory and practice of biodynamic agriculture.Â
9200 Fair Oaks Blvd.
Fair Oaks, CA 95628
Phone: (916) 961-8727
Located on a beautiful thirteen- acre campus just east of Sacramento, the College offers students a wide range of educational opportunities, including a comprehensive selection of Biodynamic workshops and events, evening study groups, and a Biodynamic Farm Apprenticeship Program. Students enrolled at the College can participate in a variety of biodynamic educational activities, including classes and work in Raphael Garden, the collegeâ€™s 3-acre Demeter certified Biodynamic farm.
Biodynamic Farming and Gardening Education 2012â€“2013 Workshop Calendar
PO Box 990
East Troy, WI 53120
Phone: (262) 642-3303
The Institute is a public non-profit with the mission to cultivate the ecological, social, economic, and spiritual vitality of food and farming systems through education, research, policy, and market development. Their organic and biodynamic farm training and education includes work in the classroom and in their garden. Beginning farmers through advanced growers develop the skills and competencies to take their agricultural careers to the next level. The Institute also offers internship opportunities.
Principles of Biodynamic Farm
Date: March 18 - March 19, 2016
Time: 3:00 PM (CDT)
Location: Michael Fields Agricultural Institute
260 Hungry Hollow Road
Chestnut Ridge, NY 10977
Phone: (845) 352-5020
The mission of the Pfeiffer Center is to practice, teach and spread awareness of the biodynamic method of agriculture and land care. The Center offers educational programs, workshops and events, internships, and a one-year training course "Practical Training in Biodynamics"
327 County Route 21C
Ghent, New York 12075
Phone: (518) 672-7500
This beautiful Biodynamic farm offers day-long classes, two-week intensives, a Whole Farm Planning Course, summer camps, and farm tours, as well as year-long farm apprenticeships.
P.O. Box 133
Woolwine, VA 24185-0133
Phone: (276) 930-2463
The mission of JPI is to heal the earth through production of quality biodynamic preparations, and to advance education and research in biodynamic methods. They support farmers and gardenersâ€™ education by offering daylong and weeklong workshops on the biodynamic preparations.
445 Floyd Highway North
Floyd, VA 24091
Phone: (540) 745-2153
Situated in the Blue Ridge Mountains, the Sanctuary aims to restore the health and vitality of the honeybee worldwide. Since founding Spikenard Farm in 2006, Gunther Hauk and his wife Vivian have been actively spreading their vision of sustainable biodynamic beekeeping by providing on-site workshops, lectures, consulting and publications.
“The natural gifts, naturally inherited knowledge, traditional medicines, and so on that have been passed down from ancient times are all losing their value. We need to acquire new knowledge in order to be able to enter into all the interrelationships of these things. . . Today, no less than in ancient times, we are in need of knowledge that can really enter into the inner workings of nature.”
â€” Rudolf Steiner, Agriculture (1924)