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BDA Enters into Lease Agreement with Biodynamic Farmers 

Farmers Amber and Jonah at market in 2010

This spring, the Biodynamic Association (BDA) entered into a one-year lease agreement with an option to buy on its 35-acre Oregon property with two young farmers, Jonah Bloch and Amber Lippert. The BDA is now working together with Jonah and Amber to find an investor or partner who can help them acquire the property, or who will buy the property and provide them with a long-term lease, with the goal of keeping the land under biodynamic stewardship. 

Only two months into their lease, the property is humming with activity. Chickens peck for insects in the backyard. Veggie starts fill several greenhouses, with extras housed temporarily in the house's east-facing atrium. A tractor plows the pasture, readying it for summer crops. Biodynamic compost cooks in preparation for nourishing the soil. Read more....

Envisioning the Future of 

Biodynamic Education

Biodynamic Education at the Pfeiffer Center

The Biodynamic Association has begun a planning process for a significant expansion of our educational programs. With the help of Dr. Andrew Lorand, who is serving as our consultant in the planning process, we are reaching out to a host of stakeholders, educators, and partner organizations in order to better understand the needs within the biodynamic community and the scope of current offerings. In the next month, we will be sending out an online survey to help us reach out to and better understand the work of existing biodynamic educators, mentors, and consultants. We will also be convening an educational program planning committee for a three-day retreat to help us design and prioritize our new offerings. We hope to complete the planning process and begin implementing the educational program by the end of the year. Stay tuned for our survey and for more details on this program as it evolves.

Scholarship Fund for Beginning Farmers                     

apprentices and tractorBeginning farmers who want to learn the principles and practices of biodynamic agriculture have a new source of support - the Biodynamic Scholarship Fund. Responding to growing interest in farming in general, and biodynamics in particular, the Biodynamic Association has launched a new scholarship fund to help the next generation of farmer gain the knowledge and skills they need to manage successful biodynamic farms. Read more....
We Reached Our Goal!
Our gratitude goes out to all who donated to support our proposed online communications projectsThanks to you, we reached our goal in two months. $15,000 in donations were matched dollar for dollar through a grant from a generous donor - for a total of $30,000! 

We look forward to the exciting projects now before us: the creation of more online interactive and community-building services for the biodynamic community, helping people like you make connections to the information and resources you need. 

Wali Via Radio Interview about Biodynamics


Wali Via, long-time biodynamic practitioner and farmer with Winter Green Farm in Noti, Oregon, was interviewed about biodynamic agriculture by "Food for Thought," a program on KLCC, Eugene, Oregon's local NPR station. Check out his 20-minute interview here. (Go to the 22:11 mark to begin that particular section of the program.)


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
Biodynamic Coffee Land Partner Wanted: seeking farmer buyer for 2.5-acre CPR in Kailua-Kona adjoining organic/biodynamic coffee field. Click here for details.
Apartment for Rent with Partial Work Exchange: one or two bedroom apartment available on 2.5-acre biodynamic-inspired coffee field in Holualoa, Hawaii. Click here for details. 
Farmer Sought for Small Livestock Operation: Pleroma Farm, a small biodynamic livestock operation and therapeutic retreat center in Hudson, NY, is looking for a farmer to help run the farm business. Click here for details.
Biodynamic Practitioner Sought: Parducci Winery, a certified organic and Biodynamic winery in Ukiah, CA, is looking for a biodynamic practitioner to help develop a comprehensive biodynamic program. Click here for details.

Farmer Consultant Sought for Ecovillage in Jamaica: The Source Farm Foundation and Learning Village is seeking a biodynamically trained farmer for a 6-12 month position. Click here for details.

Sustainable Farmers and Farm Education Programs Sought for Lease: Grow Food Northampton intends to lease up to 67 acres of farmland purchased in Florence, MA to farmers who share a vision of sustainable community farming. 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. 
June 4: The Role of the Horse in the Farm Organism, Pfeiffer Center, Chestnut Ridge, NY

June 4-5: Making the Silica and Yarrow Preparation, Josephine Porter Institute, Woolwine, VA

June 5: Understanding the Planetary Rhythms for See and Plant Rejuvenation, Josephine Porter Institute, Woolwine, VA

June 15: Weeklong Biodynamic Advanced Intensive, Rudolf Steiner College, Fair Oaks, CA

June 18: 8th Annual On-Farm Workshop and Intensive - Biodynamics: Renewing Human and Natural Systems Through Agriculture, S&S Homestead Farm, Lopez Island, WA

June 18: Biodynamic Association of Northern California (BDANC) Summer Meeting, Filigreen Farm, Anderson Valley, CA

June 18: Biodynamic & Organic Farm & Garden Tour, Triform Camphill Community, Hudson, NY

June 19-26: Polarities in Nature and the Nature of Polarity, The Nature Institute, Ghent, NY

June 24-26: Workshop on Biodynamic Farming, Connecting to the Spirituality of the Earth and to Your Calling in Life, Cedar Grove, NC

Biodynamic Farming and Gardening Association (888) 516-7797