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Farmer-Mentor Conference Feb. 4-6:

Learn About the Art and Business of 

Having Interns or Apprentices                         

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The North American Biodynamic Apprenticeship Program, a program of the Biodynamic Association, will hold its 3rd annual Farmer-Mentor Conference Feb. 4-6 in Fair Oaks, CA. With a focus on two key issues of on-farm education - the legal and business aspects of having apprentices or interns on your farm, and the joys and challenges of teaching other adults - this event presents a wonderful collegial opportunity to learn from your peers. For full information, including schedule and registration form, download the PDF version of the flyer.
150 Years of Rudolf Steiner

2011 marks the 150th anniversary of Rudolf Steiner's birth, and organizations and groups around the world are planning activities to celebrate. We will be commemorating this momentous occasion throughout the year in our Biodynamics journal and in this e-newsletter.

You can read about Steiner's "life on the road" (i.e. trains) on the Anthroposophical Society's homepage and find detailed route and departure information for the European "Rudolf Steiner Celebration Train" at In addition, the Goetheanum in Dornach, Switzerland, will hold a ceremony on February 27 on the occasion of Steiner's birthday.

Steiner, the founder of biodynamic agriculture, was a highly trained scientist and respected philosopher. Long before many of his contemporaries, Steiner came to the conclusion that western civilization would increasingly bring destruction to itself and the earth if it did not begin to incorporate an objective understanding of the spiritual world and its interrelationship with the physical world. Steiner's spiritual scientific methods and insights have given birth to practical holistic innovations in many fields including education, banking, medicine, psychology, the arts, and, not least, agriculture.

Cacao FarmBiodynamics in Central and South America 

The Summer 2011 issue of Biodynamics will focus on Central and South America. Are you involved with or have knowledge of initiatives there? What are the opportunities and challenges? Do you have suggestions for feature articles, organizations, interviews, or books and other resources? 

We would love to hear from you! Please email Editor Rebecca Briggs at with your thoughts. 

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Your Input to Our Strategic Plan                               

We extend our warm gratitude to all who took the time to watch Robert Karp's video presentation of our emerging five-year goals and to give us your feedback in the corresponding survey. We have reviewed your responses and suggestions and have integrated them into our planning efforts. 

To keep you in the loop, we have set up a web page with an overview of some of the results from this survey.

Our doors are never closed, however. Please feel free to contact us at any time with your hopes, dreams, suggestions, and thoughts. 

Organic/Biodynamic Kentucky Farm for Sale: 20 years organic, 15 biodynamic. 60 acres. $249,000. Click here for full ad.
Biodynamic Farmer Sought: Cresset Farm Development Initiative, Inc., a 501(c)3 non-profit organization in Johnstown, CO, is still looking for a biodynamic farmer for a 120-acre farm. Please see full listing for details and application information.

To list employment, internship, or other opportunities in our online forums, please email
Upcoming Events

Jan. 30: Oregon Biodynamic Group Winter Meeting, Dallas, OR

Feb. 4-6: The Art & Business of On-Farm Mentoring, Rudolf Steiner College, Fair Oaks, CA

Feb. 5: Introduction to Biodynamics, Rudolf Steiner College, Fair Oaks, CA

Feb. 10-12: Organicology Conference, Portland, OR

Feb. 13-19 and 20-25: Biodynamic Winter Intensive: Animals, Humanity and the Living Context of Agriculture, Hawthorne Valley Farm, Ghent, NY

Feb. 23-26: MOSES Organic Farming Conference, LaCrosse, WI

Feb 26: Annual Meeting of the BC Biodynamic Agriculture Society, North Vancouver, BC

For full details on these and many more events, please visit our online calendar. Email to submit events.

Biodynamic Farming and Gardening Association (888) 516-7797