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The 2012 biodynamic planting calendars will be available soon 
 2012 Thun Calendar


Orders for The North American Biodynamic Sowing and Planting Calendar, by Maria and Matthias Thun, will be taken starting October 7
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Zinniker Farm and Nourished by Nature LLC (NbN) Update                               

In a striking setback for property rights and consumer choice, a Wisconsin judge issued an order on September 9 that owners of cows do not have a fundamental right to consume milk from their own cows. The order was issued by Dane County Circuit Court Judge Patrick J. Fielder in response to a motion to clarify an August 12 ruling denying a motion by the Zinniker Family Farm, Nourished by Nature LLC (NbN), NbN members Robert Karp and Gayle Loiselle, and the Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund for a judgment that the boarding agreement was in compliance with Wisconsin law. Read more....


Join the Right2Know March!


Right2Know MarchAs you read this, an unprecedented coalition of individuals, organizations, and business from all over the country is taking part in the Right2Know March. Robert Karp, our executive director, was there for the launch in New York City on October 1, and Rebecca Briggs, our communications coordinator, will be there for the culmination at the White House in Washington, DC on October 16. The Biodynamic Association is proud to be a partner in the coalition and a sponsor of the March.


We encourage you to participate in the March or to support it in other ways. Look forward to updates on the March and further efforts afterwards to insure our right to know what is in our food!

Biodynamic Association Opens New Office in the Midwest 
Zinniker FarmWe are thrilled to announce the opening of our new office in Wisconsin, which is located on the property of the oldest continually operating biodynamic farm in the United States, the Zinniker Family Farm. This location gives the BDA a presence in the Midwest, the country's heartland, for the first time in the Association's 73-year history. Read more.... 


New Membership Benefits 
Summer 2011Members, have you seen our new online version of the Biodynamics Journal? Learn how to access the member-only sections of the website here.


Not a Member Yet? Now's a great time to join! We have a new Introductory Membership for $20 and new membership benefits, including a Biodynamic Directory for members, which will be launched in 2012. Click here to join.


Our members are the bedrock of the Association. We have been very heartened by our members' response over the last year to our work. Thank you for your support! 

Update on the BDA's Oregon Property


The BDA is still seeking a buyer for its property in Oregon who is interested in entering into a long-term lease with Jonah and Amber so that their inspiring stewardship of the property may continue. To find out more about opportunities for investment/partnership and Jonah and Amber's vision, visit our property overview page.  


Early Autumn on the Farm 


Life continues on Jonah and Amber's CSA farm. Late summer sunflowers and heat-loving vegetables hang on for these unusually sunny and warm final September days. The farm workers turn under the potato beds and pull the broccoli plants for composting. The hoop house awaits the transplanting of fall greens. And last but surely not least, Jonah and Amber celebrated their wedding on the farm last month. Read more.... 


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
10-acre property for lease: home, study, barn, and 10 acres previously in CRP available for biodynamic/organic practices in East Troy, WI. Click here for details.
Rental opportunity for biodynamic farm: seeking family or individual to develop small biodynamic farm, renting historic 4BR log home and barn with 9 acres in West Bend, WI. Click here for details. 


Farm manager sought: Community by Design seeks farm manager with background in biodynamics/permaculture for Small Farm Incubator in Sherwood, OR.  Click here for details. 


Farm co-worker sought: Seven Stars Farm in Phoenixville, PA for milking, barn chores, and care of young stock. Click here for details. 


Share milking couple sought: Krusen Grass Farms in southeast WI looking for share milking couple, with opportunity to run own dairy business within their farm. Click here for details. 


Apprentices sought for 2012: Hawthorne Valley Farm in Ghent, NY seeks apprentices for Demeter certified Biodynamic farm. Click here for details.  


Apprentice sought: Raphael Garden at Rudolf Steiner College in Fair Oaks, CA seeks an apprentice to begin in early fall, with NABDAP participants given preference. 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. 
October 1: Biodynamics for the Backyard, Angelic Organics Learning, Caledonia, IL


October 1: Biodynamic Barrel Compost Workshop, Ubuntu Gardens, CA 


October 1-2: Bees, Living Between Heaven and Earth, The Melissa Garden, CA 


October 1-16: Right2March, New York City, NY, to Washington, DC 


October 3-4: Oregon Biodynamic Group Fall Meeting, Wintergreen Farm, Noti, OR 


October 8: Garden Layout and Bed Preparation, Rudolf Steiner College, Fair Oaks, CA


October 12-15: The Power of Sacred Landscape: A Geomancy Workshop with Ana Pogacnik, Black Hill, SD 


October 19-23: JPI Annual Fall Workshop: Session 1, Josephine Porter Institute, Woolwine, VA
October 23: Introductory Workshop: What Is Biodynamics?, Hawthorne Valley Farm, Ghent, NY
October 29: Biodynamics and Permaculture: Exploring Tools to Heal the Earth, The Pfeiffer 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