December 16, 2019
In recent months, tremendous progress has been made in aligning and integrating the work of all aspects of the biodynamic movement in the US.¬†
The biodynamic movement in the United States has had many chapters in its history since Ehrefried Pfeiffer came to New York in the 1930's. The Biodynamic Association was founded in 1938 with Pfeiffer at its helm, and initially the BDA held all the organizational functions for the movement.¬†
As the biodynamic impulse developed in this country, a number of other organizations branched off or formed independently to meet different needs, such as certification, the making and distribution of preparations, spiritual research, finance, and holding and preserving land. Although all these organizations were founded to serve the same impulse, over time the different organizations became disconnected from each other, with some actively in conflict with each other for many years.¬†
Over the past decade, a healing impulse has been working in our community, and these organizations have begun to reweave relationships and mend the wounds of the past. Last year, the major organizations in the US biodynamic movement came together to co-facilitate a visioning process, which we hoped would chart a path forward for the entire movement and bring us all into alignment. Although many wonderful ideas and aspirations were surfaced through that participatory community process, many ongoing challenges and questions were also surfaced, and in some ways took center stage.
At the 2018 Biodynamic Conference in Portland, we presented the results of the visioning process, including 7 courageous questions to guide our further inquiry (under "Phase Three: Reflection" at biodynamics.com/blog/visioning-future-biodynamics). And the representatives of the organizations who co-created that process committed to continue to meet regularly and work with those questions.
What evolved out of those meetings is a new emergent group we are calling the Council of Biodynamic Organizations, made up of representatives from the Agriculture Section of the School for Spiritual Science, Anthroposophical Society in America, the Biodynamic Association, Demeter USA, the Fellowship of Preparation Makers, the Institute for Mindful Agriculture, the Josephine Porter Institute, RSF Social Finance, and Yggdrasil Land Foundation.¬†
Ten people who are each representing one or more of the above organizations are currently working together as the Council of Biodynamic Organizations (from right to left as pictured in photo above):
The purposes of the Council of Biodynamic Organizations include:
The Council of Biodynamic Organizations is currently working together to creatively reimagine a healthy, associative, collaborative, integrated, transparent, accountable, and functional ecosystem of biodynamic organizations in the United States.¬†
Through many video meetings and an in-person retreat supported by a grant from the Kalliopeia Foundation, we have begun to develop a prototype of a new way of holding the work of the movement and bringing biodynamics forward in the United States. There are still many questions to explore and details to be worked out, but we are deeply committed to ensuring that this will result in stronger capacity for us all to serve the biodynamic impulse, to bring healing and transformation to the Earth and all her inhabitants.¬†
We will share more updates and seek input from the broader biodynamic community in the coming months. In the meantime, you are welcome to send comments or questions to the Council of Biodynamic Organizations at email@example.com.
August 30, 2019
A few weeks ago we sent out an announcement with information regarding the Demeter Board of Director (BOD) governance updates. Today we want to share more information with you regarding that process.
Anyone can be nominated. Please send your nominations to firstname.lastname@example.org.
These Trade Committees are made up of stakeholders that stepped forward and have agreed to act as nominating committees for the Demeter BOD representing the various certification scopes within the U.S.: Farms, Dairies, Vintners, Commercial Packaged Goods. More information will be published on the Demeter website www.demeter-usa.org
Once names are compiled, the trade committees will select 3 names to go on the ballot for each open seat. A ballot will be sent to all certified operations at the end of September to vote for one name for each open seat. This gives you about a month to send in your nominations. Only certified operations can vote. Each operation will have one vote per open seat.
The current By-Laws of the Demeter Association do not have provisions for a direct vote of the members for electing the BOD. Rather than changing the By-Laws in haste, the BOD has decided to ratify the vote of the members to facilitate the installation of new BOD members. The vote to ratify will occur at the BOD meeting following the member vote. If there is a tie, the current BOD has the final selection.
11 seats total 5 commodities, 3 appointed, 3 at large.
If you have any questions please contact Felicity Baxter 541-929-7148 ext. 208
Demeter Board of Directors
Rudy Marchesi, Paul Reidl, Dr. Thimmaiah, Greg Fleishman, Victoria Byrnes, Zach Wolf