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Queen of the Sun Opens on Earth Day

Queen of the SunStarting on Earth Day, April 22, more people nationwide will have the opportunity to watch Queen of the Sun, the inspiring new film on the global bee crisis by Taggart Siegel, the director of The Real Dirt on Farmer John. The film is opening in over 50 theaters over the next few months and offers a wonderful opportunity to hear beekeepers voice their passion for these amazing creatures. Featuring Gunther Hauk of Spikenard Farm Honeybee Sanctuary and other biodynamic and organic beekeepers and advocates, the film points to Rudolf Steiner's predictions nearly 80 years ago about the threats faced by the bees. Find out more information and watch the trailer at the film's website, and read the review on the Biodynamics Blog. 

Interested in providing information on biodynamics at your local screening or at other events? We can provide materials. Email Rebecca at
New Lawsuit Challenges Monsanto's
GMO Patents

A few weeks ago, the Public Patent Foundation (PUBPAT) filed a lawsuit on behalf of organic and biodynamic farmers, seed businesses, and
non-profit organizations to preemptively prohibit Monsanto from suing farmers and seed growers who are contaminated by Roundup Ready seed. We deeply support this effort and are pleased that a number of our farmer members signed on as plaintiffs. We consider the genetic engineering of plants to be one the most heinous and tragic misuses of human intelligence on the planet and the ruthless practices of Monsanto in advancing this field of technology to be unconscionable. For these reasons, we will be actively and zealously supporting our farmer members and brother and sister organizations who have chosen to participate in it as plaintiffs. 

You can help. Read the PUBPAT press release and spread the word. 

In Memory of Dick Zinniker

We wanted to let as many of you know as possible that Dick Zinniker died Sunday afternoon, April 3rd, around 3 p.m. from complications resulting from a heart condition. He was the owner of the oldest biodynamic farm in the US, the Zinniker Farm in Elkhorn, Wisconsin, which has been a beacon for biodynamics here for nearly 70 years.

Dick was a hard-working, warm-hearted individual with a deep love of nature and farming. His gentle way will be greatly missed.

New Orleans Biodynamic Gathering                      

Robert Karp, Executive Director of the Biodynamic Association, will be meeting with people interested in biodynamics and food system issues in New Orleans on May 23. If you would like to be invited to this gathering, please email

Job Opportunities with the BDA


Part-Time Office Manager


The Biodynamic Association is seeking a half-time professional to help establish and maintain our new office in East Troy, Wisconsin. Responsibilities include bookkeeping, A/P, A/R, office management, records management, and administrative support for fundraising, membership, and projects. Qualifications include proficiency with QuickBooks, Microsoft Word, and Excel; standard office practices, bookkeeping, and administrative experience; communications skills; and confidentiality. Click here for further information.


IT Consultant


The Biodynamic Association is looking for an IT consultant to provide general website maintenance on an as-needed, contract basis, with a start date of April 30. For details and application information, please see the full post in our forums.

The following is a sample of opportunities posted on our website. For a full and current list of opportunities available, please visit our forumsTo submit employment, internship, or other opportunities, please email
Farm Internship in Costa Rica: Finca Luna Nueva is looking for an intern for a biodynamic ginger and turmeric farm that produces for the company New Chapter. Click here for details.

Apprenticeship in Ecuador: Seeking an apprentice who wants to live simply, in a lush and fertile place, while learning basic biodynamic farming skills. Click here for details.

Apprentice Sought: Remembrance Farm in Trumansburg, NY, a participating Mentor Farm in the North American Biodynamic Apprenticeship Program (NABDAP), seeks an apprentice for the 2011 year. Click here for details.

Communications Specialist and Property Administrator Sought: New Spirit Ventures in East Troy, WI is looking to fill two professional part-time positions at its start-up farm-focused social finance company. Click here for details.

Waldorf School Seeks Gardening Teacher: The Waldorf School of the Peninsula in Los Altos, CA is looking for a teacher for the 2011-2012 school year to help grow its new campus and garden. Click here for details.

Assistant Cheesemaker Sought: Hawthorne Valley Farm in Ghent, NY is looking for a full-time experienced cheesemaker to join its dairy team. Click here for details.
Upcoming Events

The following is a sample of upcoming events listed on our website. For full details on these and many more events, please visit our calendar. Email to submit events. 
April 29-30: Organic Beekeeping: Principles and Practices with Ross Conrad and Chris Harp, Pfeiffer Center, Chestnut Ridge, NY

April 30: Chicory and Sunflowers (Awakening to Nature Perception) with Laura Liska, Rudolf Steiner College, Fair Oaks, CA

April 30: Living with Bees: A New Holistic Approach to Agriculture with Michael Joshin Thiele, The Melissa Garden, CA

April 30: Toward Saving the Honeybee with Gunther Hauk, Spikenard Farm, Floyd, VA

April 30: Ashing Workshop - Chitinous Insects, Josephine Porter Institute, Woolwine, VA 

May 7: Biodynamic Agriculture 1 - Introduction to Using Biodynamics in the Garden with Laura Riccardi Lyvers, Rodale Institute, Kutztown, PA

May 14: Introduction to Biodynamic Agriculture, Michael Fields Agricultural Institute, East Troy, WI

May 16: Water Fight! Fracking, Food, Art & Economy, New York, NY

May 17: Big Picture and Practical Application of Biodynamic Practices with Laura Riccardi Lyvers and Philip Lyvers, Foxhollow Farm, Crestwood, KY

May 24: Vine and Spirit - Celebrating Biodynamic Wine and Louisiana Cuisine, New Orleans, LA

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