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In Partnership with Nature, by Jochen Bockemuhl 

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BDA Joins "Friend of the Court" Brief in Monsanto Lawsuit


The Biodynamic Association joined a "friend-of-the-court" amici brief earlier this month, along with 11 other organizations, to support the recently filed lawsuit challenging Monsanto's assertion of GMO patent rights. The amici brief describes the various harmful effects of GMOs and illustrates just how easily they can contaminate a farm. Find out more here.


We strongly support the efforts of the plaintiffs in this case, who include a number of our farmer members. We will delve more deeply into the issue of GMOs in our upcoming issue of the Biodynamics journal and will continue to provide news and information on our website and our Facebook page.

Young Farmer Gathering a Great Success! 


Young Farmer Gathering By Thea Maria Carlson

Over 70 young farmers and farming enthusiasts came together recently for two days of inspiration and connection at Angelic Organics Farm and Learning Center in Caledonia, Illinois. As coordinator of the Biodynamic Association's Biodynamic Initiative for the Next Generation (BING), I spearheaded the organizing of the event, with help from Upper Midwest CRAFT, Angelic Organics Farm and Learning Center, and several other young farmers. 

Traveling from as far as Colorado, Ontario, and Missouri to the convergence in northern Illinois, participants gathered Saturday afternoon for an opening circle followed by a walking tour of Angelic Organics Farm with the farm's famed founder, Farmer John Peterson (star of "The Real Dirt on Farmer John"). Read more....

Meet Our New Intern            

Christopher ChemsakWe are pleased to introduce our first BING intern, Christopher Chemsak. 

Born and raised in Pennsylvania, Christopher now resides in Oregon and is working in Salem as a school garden coordinator through FoodCorps, a brand new initiative of AmeriCorps and the National Farm to School Network. A recent graduate of University of North Carolina at Asheville, Christopher has a B.S. in Environmental Studies with a concentration in Human Ecology. Two years ago, he was introduced to biodynamics and was immediately drawn to the broadening of our understanding of the farm as an ecosystem. Since then, he has been motivated to combine his interests in sustainable human habitats with his passion for teaching and mentoring children and he is extremely excited about the opportunity to do so regionally by working with BING. 


Interested in organizing an event like the Young Farmer Gathering in your area? Become a BING intern! Find out more here. And you can stay up to date on all the BING happenings, news, and opportunities by joining their e-newsletter; to do so, click on "Update Profile" at the bottom of this email.  

Biodynamic Education Planning Retreat


Education Planning Retreat
Education Program Planning Committee: Janet Gamble, Laura Riccardi, Natalie Brinkley, Jim Barausky, Rachel Schneider, Robert Karp, Thea Maria Carlson, and Andrew Lorand (not pictured)

Who are these people, and why do they look so happy? These are the members of our new education program planning committee who had just completed a three-day planning retreat in Wisconsin at the beginning of August. They are so happy because they just gave birth to an incredible vision for the future of biodynamic education in North America! We have much more work to do now refining this vision, building consensus, and drafting a program plan, but we wanted at least to let you know that this work is progressing with great enthusiasm and courage. Stay tuned for more details this winter when the plan is completed and we begin moving forward to implement the first stages.


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
Slide Ranch Seeks Ranch Steward: seeking someone with biodynamic experience for ranch in Muir Beach, CA. Click here for details.
Finca Luna Nueva Seeks Intern: biodynamic Costa Rican farm focused on growing ginger and turmeric seeks intern for minimum of three-month stay. 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. 
August 27: Honey Harvest, Winter Production, Mite Treatment, Spikenard Farm, Floyd, VA 
September 9: Michaelmas Workshop: Making Horn Manure and Stinging Nettle Preparations, Josephine Porter Institute, Woolwine, VA


September 10: Introduction to Biodynamics, Rudolf Steiner College, Fair Oaks, CA 


September 13-15: National Heirloom Exposition, Santa Rosa, CA 


September 17: Big Picture and Practical Application of Biodynamic Practices, Foxhollow Farm, Crestwood, KY 


September 22: Biodynamics and the Revitalization of Our Food, Farms and Communities, with Robert Karp, BDA Executive Director, Ipswich, MA 
September 24: Biodynamics and the Revitalization of Our Food, Farms and Communities, with Robert Karp, BDA Executive Director, Lexington, MA  


September 24: Biodynamic Association of Northern California (BDANC) Fall Meeting, Livepower Community Farm, Covelo, CA 


September 25 - October 1: Permaculture Design Course from the Biodynamic Perspective, Miel Farm and Apiary, Auburne, ME 


September 30 - October 2: Harvest Festival and Biodynamic Conference, Long Hungry Creek Farm, Red Boiling Springs, TN  


September 30 - October 3: Living Questions: Exploring the Role of Individual and Community in Spiritual Scientific Research, Threefold Educational Center, Chestnut Ridge, NY



3rd Annual Retreat for Farm-Based Educators
Inspired by Anthroposophy,
November 4-6 at Hawthorne Valley Farm in Ghent, NY

Biodynamic Winter Intensive:
Plant, Earth, and Cosmos,
February 12-24 at Hawthorne Valley Farm in Ghent, NY


 Fellowship of Preparation Makers Annual Conference:
"Harmonizing Heaven and Earth by the Polarities 
of Horn Manure and Horn Silica,"
March 1-4 in Hotchkiss, CO

Biodynamic Farming and Gardening Association (888) 516-7797