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Hawthorne Valley Farm • Ghent, New York

Biodynamic Farming

...started in Europe in the late 1920's following Rudolf Steiner's Agriculture Course
Hawthorne Valley Farm • Ghent, New York
Biodynamic farming requires a Goethean observation of nature and its application to a farming system

Biodynamic Farming

...requires a Goethean observation of nature and its application to a farming system
Gaia Bees • California
Johan Vineyards • Rickreall, OR

Biodynamic Farming

...views nature as an interconnected whole, a totality, endowed with archetypal rhythm
Johan Vineyards • Rickreall, OR
Biodynamic farming requires the entire farm, versus a pre-defined area within a farm, be certified.

Biodynamic Farming

...requires the entire farm, versus a pre-defined area within a farm, be certified.
Whitted Bowers Farm  Cedar Grove • North Carolina
Biodynamic farming... even the ladybug has an honored role on the farm.

Biodynamic Farming

...even the ladybug has an honored role on the farm
Mendocino Wine Company • Ukiah CA

Directors

Rudy Marchesi- Vice Chairman

Rudy Marchesi- Chairman
Term: 2019-2022
Email: rudy@montinore.com
Called out as "Oregon's Beloved Biodynamic Mentor," Rudy was just acknowledged as the Oregon Wine Press "Person of the Year 2018."  As President and chief viticulturist at Montinore Estate, Rudy has been deeply immersed in the practice of Biodynamic farming for many years.  The estate- all 240 acres- has been Demeter certified for more than 10 years and Montinore is also the country's largest producer of certified estate wine.  Rudy has hosted many Biodynamic educational events over the years including a pre-conference workshop at last year's Biodynamic Association conference. Most recently, Rudy was one of nine growers- and the only American- asked to join the International Biodynamic Viticulture Group, that will be promoting Biodynamic viticulture and winemaking education around the globe, including creating an international web-based forum for Biodynamic winegrowers.

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Steffen Schneider - Treasurer
Senior Director, Institute for Mindful Agriculture, Director Emeritus of Farm Operations

Email: steffen@hawthornevalleyfarm.org
Term: 2020-2023
Steffen finished his agricultural university studies in Giessen, Germany in 1982. He has been a Biodynamic practitioner since 1983, first in Wisconsin, and since 1989, at Hawthorne Valley Farm. He especially loves working with the livestock, and the dairy cows and his passion for Biodynamics continue to grow. He has given workshops at numerous conferences and also teaches at the Biodynamic Course at the Pfeiffer Center in Spring Valley, New York. Steffen served on the Board of the Biodynamic Association of North America for many years.

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Beth Hoinacki - Secretary
Term: 2020-2023
Along with my family, I own and operate Goodfoot Farm in the Coastal foothills of Oregon’s Willamette Valley where we grow certified Biodynamic® fruits and vegetables for the local community. The farm is also home to several horses, sheep, geese, chickens, pigs, and an abundance of wildlife. I was introduced to biodynamics in 2008 when I began working for Stellar Certification Services and Demeter Association. In 2016, I stopped working for Demeter and Stellar in order to farm full time and to participate more with the Oregon Biodynamic Group.

Along with growing food for people, I engage in on-farm research with scientists from Oregon State University to evaluate crop varieties for agronomic and culinary traits within organic production systems as part of the Northern Organic Vegetable Improvement Collaborative (NOVIC). I also collaborate with the OSU Center for Small Farms and Community Food Systems to identify areas for program development and support for small farmers.

I received a BA in Biology with a minor in Religion from Earlham College and a PhD in Botany and Plant Pathology with a minor in Soil Science from Oregon State University.

As a Demeter Association board member, I am committed to making certification accessible to farmers. To me this involves community-oriented service to clients, a focus on prioritizing the integrity of the Standards while recognizing the individuality of certified entities, and collaboration within the larger biodynamic community to educate and bring awareness of the biodynamic label in the marketplace.

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Daphne Amory
Term: 2020-2023
Daphne Amory works as an advisor and coach for leaders in organizations that are involved in regenerative processes. Using tools and cues from the theatre of nature, she helps her clients realize the greater potential for uncommon success that is collectively unfolding for them, their land, and their business.

Jennie Clifford

Jennie Clifford
Term: 2020 - 2023
Jennie Clifford operates her diverse certified Biodynamic and organic family farm in northeastern PA where she’s been making preps and practicing Biodynamics since the ‘90s.  The farm has been in the family since the late 1800’s.  She has consulted for ag related operations and worked for Demeter as an evaluator and certification reviewer since 2003.

Jennie appreciates the depth and breadth of Biodynamics and Anthroposophy sharing them with young people who intern and volunteer on the farm and while engaging with BD practitioners during annual Demeter visits.

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Marjory House
Term: 2020-2023
Marjory House has been gardening and farming in the Willamette valley of Oregon for over twenty years. She currently owns and operates a seven-acre farm with over 450 apple trees, and over an acre of vegetables grown for restaurants, farmers markets and Serro biodynamic seed company. She has maintained a fruit tree pruning business for fifteen years and a biodynamic consulting business for the last seven years. She can be reached through her website www.gobiodynamic.com.

Zach Wolf

Zach Wolf
Term: 2019-2022
Email: zwolf@caneyforkfarms.com
Zach Wolf grew up in rural Northwest Connecticut, working at Whippoorwill Farm, learning the ins and outs of cattle grazing and haying.  After a degree in Biology from Columbia University and research engagements at Aton Forest Ecological Research Station and The Earth Institute, he went on to manage the Field Operations and Direct the Growing Farmers Initiative at Stone Barns Center.  He then went on to start several farms in the Hudson Valley, including The Locust on Hudson and The Dutchess.  He facilitated the Farm Beginnings Program at Hawthorne Valley Farm and most recently served as the Director of Farm Operations at Glynwood.  Over the past eight years he has engaged as a farm consultant on over 10,000 acres of active farmland throughout the United States. Much of this work has been in conjunction with Nelson Byrd Woltz Landscape Architects, a firm that has pioneered the design process of Conservation Agriculture around the world.