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Biodynamic Initiative for the Next Generation (BING)
connecting the next generation of farmers, educators, activists and others inspired by biodynamics

In this issue... 


The Life of Bees



Free Columbia


Recommendations for Working with Crops  


Rudolf Steiner Library


Guide to Financing the Community Supported Farm 


Job & Internship Opportunities 


Upcoming Events



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Farm tour at the 2011 gathering

2nd Annual
Young Farmer Gathering

at Angelic Organics Farm and Learning Center, Caledonia, IL

August 25-26, 2012

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beesThe Study of Life of Bees from the Standpoint of the Soul


Farm tour at the gathering
Anise Swallowtail on Echium (ŠThe Melissa Garden)
By Michael Thiele, The Melissa Garden:

Historically, living with bees was ritualized, ensuring harmony between bees and apiculturists. In our de-ritualized world, we face the challenge of finding the means to reconnect with core aspects of life and of finding guidance for being with the bees. In his bee lectures, the Austrian philosopher and spiritual scientist Rudolf Steiner describes the bien (a term defining the bee colony as one being) as being permeated with life based on love. To meet the bien on that level and be touched by it will bring forth a new way of living with bees. Read more....

 bdnowBiodynamics Now! Podcast


Farm tour at the gathering Want to know more about plant breeding, holistic orcharding, soil or olive oil? Check out the Biodynamics Now! podcast, which features weekly interviews on topics related to "investigative farming and restorative nutrition."

You can listen to the interviews online or download them from iTunes, as well as submit questions for future interviews.

freecolumbiaFree Culture! Free Columbia 


From Seth Jordan: "Every man and woman is an artist. If you want to take a year off cultivating the culture of the earth (agriculture) and get dirty with paints instead, check out Free Columbia in upstate New York. Good friends of the BD movement and radical social thinkers trying to work with new understandings of money and how to cultivate the seed in each human being... (the year-long course is FREE!). Pass it on to a friend too." 

Free Culture! Free Columbia
Free Culture! Free Columbia

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jpirecsJPI: Recommendations for Working with Crops, Sequential Spraying, and Ashing


The Josephine Porter Institute has published their calendar of recommendations for January-June of 2012:


The year 2012 is far and away a record breaker as far as occultation and eclipse events (29 total) are concerned. Although the planet Pluto (10 occultations by the moon for the year with additional events in 2013) has been discounted by astronomers as a genuine planet, it nevertheless may still impact the etheric (life) realm of being (that is, the plant kingdom in particular). An initial reading of the occultation effect (Jupiter 8 events, Mercury 4, Mars 1, Venus 1 plus transit in June) suggests that the world
wide drought situation may be enormously exacerbated during
the year, especially after April. Read more... 

rslibraryRudolf Steiner Library


Farm tour at the gathering Have you explored the Rudolf Steiner Library?  


Director Judith Soleil says "Our library is a great resource for farmers and apprentices: have a look at our online catalog to get an idea of the scope of our holdings. The library has all of Rudolf Steiner's work in English and German (in many instances, multiple copies, a great support for study groups); books and DVDs on biodynamic and organic agriculture; as well as works on botany, biology, zoology, anthroposophical medicine, Waldorf education, etc."


financingThe Guide to Financing the Community Supported Farm

Farm tour at the gathering The University of Vermont has just released a new guide for alternative farm financing. 


More and more Vermont farmers are using creative ways to acquire capital for land acquisition, start-up and operation. At the same time, increasing numbers of individuals are exploring alternative investment vehicles and ways to help finance small businesses within communities.


The Guide to Financing the Community Supported Farm details options and considerations for crafting unconventional financial arrangements that have been used in other sectors of the economy, but might be new to the agricultural sector.

The 62-page guide addresses legal, accounting, environmental and social considerations relevant to pursuing customized financial agreements, and contains examples of farms who have used alternative financing.


Available for free download in its entirety or by individual chapters.


Job & Internship Opportunities


For more details, additional openings, or to share an opportunity, please visit our forums.

 Biodynamic seed growing apprenticeship at Meadowlark Hearth - Scottsbluff, NE
At Meadowlark Hearth, our main focus is the development of biodynamic seed out of a whole farm organism. We grow, select, process and distribute a wide variety of seeds grown organically and biodynamically. We also strive for social and ecological outreach in a conservative rural agribusiness based region. We are in the first years of restoration and development of this prairie farm that has suffered from forty years of chemical based extraction agriculture. All this together provides a unique learning opportunity which we share with whoever works on the farm, including field history records showing how the farm has evolved from conventional to biodynamic and organic production.

Whole Farm Apprentice sought at Hawthorne Valley Farm, Columbia County, NY
Hawthorne Valley Farm, a diversified, Demeter certified Biodynamic farm, is looking for one whole farm apprentice, starting now through at least Thanksgiving, 2012. Our apprentices work with and learn about the interrelationships between our milking herd of 60 grass-fed cows, our rotational grazing system, the twelve-acres of mixed vegetable fields, and get an overview of the administration of our 285-member Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program. Our apprentices are expected to work well with others, to have some patience and a drive to get things done. A sense of humor is always useful!

Seeking Farmer - Hawk Circle, Cherry Valley, NY
Hawk Circle, located on 200 acres of woods, fields and streams in Cherry Valley, NY has been offering transformative wilderness programs for the Waldorf community for over 23 years. We are looking to expand our small community and would like to develop a farming component. We have a number of old, heritage apple orchards and fields for animals and/or for growing grapes. We are looking for a farmer or farm family with substantial experience in biodynamic farming methods that would be interested in developing their own farm and need land to do so.

Intern at Black Bear Farm in Mendocino, CA
We are a micro-Farm in Mendocino foothills in between Willits and coast. Seeking couple or single person that can take direction but also work independently. Organic vegetable/herb/flower production for farmers markets and local businesses. Activities are propagation, (starting trays of seeds, grafting, planting), infrastructure (irrigation, greenhouse management), animal husbandry, compost, biodynamic preps, permaculture, weeding, watering, and other chores of a working farm. Our goal is to grow, eat and sell the most delicious, wholesome organic food and working to sustainability by practicing different farming methods such as Biodynamics and permaculture. We view our farm as a harmonious and integral part of nature and wish to cultivate our soil with that intent.


Upcoming Events


For details on these events and more, or to share your event, visit our calendar.

April 21: Community Earth Day Gathering in the Pfeiffer Center Garden, Chestnut Ridge, NY

April 21, 28, May 5, 12, 19, 26: Establishing a New Garden, Hygiene, CO

April 21: Film Screening and Lecture on Building the Compost Pile (Biodynamic Workshop Series 2), Salem, OR

April 21: Springtime: Growing Plants, Managing Weeds, Fair Oaks, CA

April 26-29: Impulse Festival: Metamorphosis, Placerville, CA

April 28: Towards Saving the Honeybee: Principles of Sustainable/Biodynamic Beekeeping Practices, Floyd, VA

April 28: Introduction to Biodynamic Agriculture, East Troy, WI

April 28: Conscious Beekeeping: Practical Holistic Approaches for Beginning and Advanced Beekeepers, Spring Valley, NY

April 28: Seeds and Sustainability: The Basics of Biodynamics in Your Backyard, Copake, NY

May 5: Awakening Nature Perception - Flowers (session 7), Fair Oaks, CA

May 11-13: Pfeiffer Center Plant Sale, Chestnut Ridge, NY

May 12 and June 9: Gardening Tips from a Biodynamic/Organic Perspective, Nashville, TN

May 19: Use of the Two Main Biodynamic Sprays (Biodynamic Workshop Series 3), Salem, OR

May 20: Ashing Workshop - Chitinous Insects, Woolwine, VA

May 26: Expanding the Apiary Naturally: Swarm Management and Working with Naturally Raised Queens, Floyd, VA

Biodynamic Initiative for the Next Generation


BING is a program of the Biodynamic Farming & Gardening Association