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

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Last Chance for Biodynamic Conference 


Raise the Barn
Biodynamic Apprentice Gathering

Biodynamic Winter Intensive

Northeast Intern and Apprentice Survey

International Biodynamic Agriculture Conference

Job & Internship Opportunities  


Upcoming Events



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Biodynamic Winter Intensive 2013:

Animals, Humanity, and the Living Context of Agriculture

A workshop for farmers, gardeners, and others seeking a renewed relationship to the land

February 10 to 15 and February 17 to 22

Hawthorne Valley Farm Learning Center and The Nature Institute offer two complementary weeks of instruction to those seeking a fuller understanding of Biodynamic agriculture.

The first week offers participants a way of becoming more perceptive land workers by deepening one's observations of the qualitative and dynamic aspects of nature and by practicing flexible thinking in relation to animal and human development and evolution.

The second week extends these themes and introduces concepts and practices more specifically related to Biodynamic agriculture, including species appropriate animal husbandry, holistic veterinary considerations, the evolution of the socio-economic context of agriculture, and the significance of farm individualization and the role of the Biodynamic preparations.

Sliding scale $250 to 450 per week or $400 to 800 for both sessions, includes morning snack and lunch

For more information visit hawthorne valley farm's website.

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Penn State Study of Interns and Apprentices on Sustainable Farms in the Northeast

If you're an intern or apprentice on a sustainable farm we want to hear your story!

Little information exists about interns/apprentices on sustainable farms and sharing your experience can help us understand the work, the education and the quality of life of people who are helping grow good food and learning to farm.

Please contribute a few minutes of your time to complete this survey on learning to grow food on sustainable farms in the northeast US.

Complete the survey here.

We are also conducting interviews with folks in Pennsylvania.  To share your experiences and talk with others who worked on farms this summer please email Stephanie at or Kathleen at or call 719-671-3509.
International Biodynamic Agriculture Conference: Alliances for Our Earth

February 6-9, 2013
Dornach, Switzerland

The Agriculture Conference is a learning and working space, a festive moment and a meeting place for the entire international biodynamic movement. It is also an ideal opportunity to meet or maintain contacts with the biodynamic community.

Learn more here.

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 Last Chance to Register for the Biodynamic Conference


2012 Biodynamic Conference 

There is still time to join over 400 others at the biennial North American Biodynamic Conference! Pre-registration closes on October 31.


Farmers, educators, gardeners, researchers and activists from across the continent will lead over 40 workshops on biodynamic composting, permaculture, water dynamics, food rights, beekeeping, cosmic rhythms, urban agriculture, the biodynamic preparations and much more.

Connect with the biodynamic community through open space sessions, a young farmer social, evening music and dancing, and delicious, locally-sourced meals.


A keynote panel of successful biodynamic practitioners will share how they build a relationship with their land, Charles Eisenstein will address peak money and the ecological transition, and Dennis Klocek will offer insight on practicing sacred agriculture.

Discounted hotel rooms are still available, and our room and ride sharing forum is active with offers and requests.


Don't miss your chance to participate in the foremost event for biodynamic education, networking, and community building in North America!

Register Now 
We hope to see you there!  


Raise the Historic Red Barn   


The Pfeiffer Center is an educational farm where we teach the next generation of farmers how to develop fertile soil and grow nutritious food on their land, whether it's an urban window box, a suburban backyard, or a farm of their own.

We've got less than a week to raise much-needed funds to help us reach more of the children and adults who are hungry to heal the earth and grow healthy food!

Apprentice Gathering at the Biodynamic Conference



stirring biodynamic preparations at sankanac CSA


The North American Biodynamic Apprenticeship Program (NABDAP) will be hosting its first-ever apprentice gathering and workshop on the morning of Thursday, November 15 in Madison, WI, just prior to the 2012 Biodynamic Conference


This half-day gathering will feature a presentation from Gunther Hauk of Spikenard Farm and Honeybee Sanctuary: "Our collective responsibility toward the Earth," as well as a history of NABDAP, small group conversations on our calling as new biodynamic farmers, a presentation and discussion of the BDA's emerging education program and lunch with NABDAP Mentor Farmers.

View the full agenda here.

Apprentices or prospective apprentices who are interested in participating in NABDAP are invited join this gathering to learn more about the program and meet our apprentices. The event fee is $20 to help cover our costs and the lunch.  


If you'd like to attend, please register online here by Monday, November 5.  


jobsinternshipsJob & Internship Opportunities


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Upcoming Events


For details on these events and more, or to share your event, visit our calendar.
October 29-30: Plowing with Draft Horses, Dorena, Oregon

October 31 - November 4: JPI Intensive Fall Preparation Making Workshop, Woolwine, Virginia

November 10: Nature and the Cosmos, Santa Cruz, California

November 10: Principles of Biodynamic Composting, Fair Oaks, California

November 11: Associative Economics, Bee wisdom, Community Initiatives and Soul Inspired Designs + poluck / dinner party, Santa Cruz, CA

November 14-18: North American Biodynamic Conference, Madison, WI

December 6-8: Acres USA Conference, Louisville, Kentucky

December 12-15: 5th Annual National Young Farmers Conference, Pocantico Hills, New York


Biodynamic Initiative for the Next Generation


BING is a program of the Biodynamic Farming & Gardening Association