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Winter/Spring 2012 Biodynamics  
Young Farmer Gathering

August 25-26
Angelic Organics Farm
Caledonia, IL

farm machinery field day
interactive workshops
networking
farm tour
stir + spray bd preps
potluck dinner
live music
bonfire
campout + breakfast

Visit the BING page 
(Biodynamic Initiative for the Next Generation) for more information and registration 
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Biodynamics and the Drought

We're aware of the great stress the current drought conditions have placed on farmers and gardeners throughout the country. We also know of the great resiliency that biodynamic farms often show under such conditions. We invite you to share your stories, questions, and advice with other biodynamic farmers and gardeners about dealing with the drought. We've set up a new section in our forum to provide a place for discussion, with some initial observations from Foxhollow Farm in Kentucky and JPI in Virginia.

Please note that, with our new commenting feature, you can now respond to various discussion threads in addition to posting. 
Sacred Agriculture Scholarships Available

 

Scholarships to our 2012 conference are available. Thanks to generous donors, financial assistance with conference registration fees and meals is available to those with financial need through the Biodynamic Scholarship Fund. The first deadline is August 15

 

Volunteers help make the conference a success. By volunteering, you can also receive a reduction in the registration fee - and our utmost appreciation! 

 

Would you like to help others attend the conference? We have already received many applications; additional funds will allow us to increase our scholarship recipient pool. You can make a donation online or by sending a check with the note "Scholarship Fund" to the Biodynamic Farming and Gardening Association, P.O. Box 944, East Troy, WI 53120. If you use our online form, please email margaret@biodynamics.com or call Margaret at (262) 649-1749 to let her know that your donation is earmarked for the Scholarship Fund.
 
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2012 Biodynamic Conference

 

Registration is now open! 

 

Early Bird Deadline: Sept. 15  (Save 10%!)

Last Day to Book Discounted Hotel Rooms: Oct. 15

 

www.biodynamics.com/conference

How Do You Build a Sacred Relationship with the Land? 

In conjunction with our 2012 conference theme, we'd like to hear and share how you build a sacred relationship with your land - whether farm or garden, rural or urban, rented or owned. We're looking for both shorter and longer articles and stories to share with members in the Biodynamics journal. 
 
If you're interested, please email rebecca@biodynamics.com by August 10 to let us know; the final submission deadline will be August 27
We look forward to hearing from you! 
Biodynamic Research  
            
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Research forum launched: We have set up a new biodynamic research forum to help connect people with shared interests. We've also added a commenting feature to all our forums, so you can now also comment on posts or on other comments.  

Pre-proposal deadline reminder: The Call for Pre-proposals and Collaborators for Biodynamic Research is still open, with the deadline this Friday, July 27, 2012. We look forward to receiving your research project ideas and/or offers of collaboration. See the submission template and guide or contact Research Coordinator Sarah Weber at sarah@biodynamics.com with any questions. 
75% Off Calendars  

2012 Thun Calendar
Now's a great time to try out a new biodynamic calendar. Have you ever wondered about the differences between the Stella Natura and Maria Thun calendars? If you normally only use one, you can buy the other now for a very low price and compare for yourself - a real bargain at over 75% off. 

 

Each of these calendars includes background information on the relationship between plants, earth, and the cosmos, as well as practical instructions for using the calendar to plan your farming and gardening.
 
2012 calendars now only $2.95 each

 

Appeal in Monsanto Patent Case: Update  

Earlier this month, 11 prominent law professors and 14 organic, biodynamic, food safety, and consumer nonprofit organizations (including the Biodynamic Association) filed two briefs in support of the plaintiffs, arguing that farmers have the right to protect themselves from being accused of GMO patent infringement by agricultural giant Monsanto. The initial case was dismissed by the district court in February and that dismissal is now pending review by the Court of Appeals. 
 
We will continue to support the plaintiffs, which include a number of our farmer members and our sister organization Demeter USA, in this important case. Find out more about the appeal here.
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August Directory Drawing Who should join? The Directory is a resource for all BDA members to help you find and connect with each other. The more people and organizations who join - whether farmers or gardeners, educators or consumers, young or old, novices or experienced biodynamic practitioners - the better the resource will become. 

Why join now? Join the Directory by August 15 to be eligible for a limited edition tote bag and bandana made from 100% hand-picked, Demeter-certified Biodynamic Pima cotton grown and made in Egypt by the SEKEM initiative, donated by Quantum Culture. (See Official Rules for details.)

Not yet a BDA member? You can join today for as little as $20.
Opportunities and Questions                   

For a full and current list of opportunities available, or to post or comment, please visit our forums
 
New commenting feature allows you to comment on posts and other comments
 
Farmer sought for CSA operation: Uriel Pharmacy seeks farmer-leader to run 4-acre property in southeast WI

Farm manager sought: Kahumana Farm on Oahu, HI seeks applicants with commercial scale vegetable production experience

Camphill initiative seeks BD farmer/farmer couple: Lokelani 'Ohana on Maui, HI seeks farmer or couple with biodynamic experience

Biodynamic farm manager salary research: Looking for feedback on farm manager salary range
Upcoming Events

For a full list of upcoming events, or to submit an event, visit our online calendar.


2012 Annual Anthroposophical Society Conference

Aug. 11-12: Sacred Apiculture, with Michael Thiele and Jacqueline Freeman, Battle Ground, WA

Aug. 18: Honey Harvest, Mite Treatments, Winter Preparation, Spikenard Honeybee Sanctuary, Floyd, VA


Sept. 7-9: Threefold Boot Camp, Harlemville, NY

Sept. 8: Introduction to Biodynamics, Rudolf Steiner College, Fair Oaks, CA

Sept. 11-14: National Heirloom Expo, Santa Rosa, CA


Biodynamic Farming and Gardening Association
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