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A short video on Krispijn, a young farmer from the Netherlands, and his approach to farming and the food system. 

Krispijn van den Dries

More information on Krispijn can be found here.


Farmland Conservation 2.0: How Land Trusts Can Save America's Working Farms  report outlines reasons for declines in farmlands and obstacles young farmers face.

Where are the future farmers?
An update on farmer training and BING in the nordic countries


Where are the future farmers? Who will carry the biodynamic impulse into the future? Who will take over the biodynamic farms in Finland, Sweden, Norway and Denmark?


These questions inspired four enthusiastic women in Norway, and after hearing about Biodynamic Initiative for the Next Generation (BING) in America, Biodynamic Initiative for the Next Generation Nordic (BINGN) was born.



The number of biodynamic farms in the Nordic countries has been decreasing. Where is the next generation of biodynamic farmers?


Although there are currently a few great institutions teaching biodynamic and organic horticulture in the Nordic countries, there are not many options where one can learn about biodynamic agriculture through a practical training - so this is what BINGN wants to start!


The student will live and work for three years on a farm in Finland, Denmark, Sweden or Norway with at least one year on one farm. Four to six times per year, the class of students will meet for a couple of days for a theory seminar. These seminars will take place on different locations in the Nordic countries.


The content of these courses will be agricultural basics (like soil, plant, animal, machinery) and arts (such as eurythmy and painting). Some of the main aims of the education will be to support the students in finding their individual access to biodynamic farming and anthroposophy and to get an understanding of the role of farming in today's world and in the future.  


In July and August 2013 the coordinators of BINGNs education initiative, Clemens Gabriel and Laura Klemme, visited almost all of the biodynamic farms in Norway, Finland, Sweden and Denmark, all together 101 farms! Now the network and ground for a farm based education program to learn how to become a biodynamic farmer is made and will now be further worked on in regards to financing and curriculum. In February 2014 the first course will be held. 


Temple-Wilton Community Farm 
Seeks New Farming Help 


The Temple-Wilton Community Farm in Wilton, NH is seeking additional farm help. Applicants seeking to join Temple-Wilton are encouraged to read the documents available on the farm website concerning the history and social organization of the farm. 


A brief history of the Temple-Wilton Farm and the two separate descriptions of the farming help being sought can be found on the biodynamics job forum. 


Temple-Wilton Community Farm Seeks New Farming Help


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Join us in California for a full-day biodynamic event!



How do we manage farms and landscapes as living biodiverse organisms?


How can biodynamic practices help us restore the health of our soil and the vitality of the food we grow?


Join the Biodynamic Farming and Gardening Association for a vibrant full-day event on Wednesday, January 22 to explore these questions. Featuring:


Four-hour in-depth workshops:

  • Integrating Livestock and Vegetables for Sustained Fertility, Food, and Community with Paula and Adam Gaska
  • The Biodynamic Preparations and Farm-Scale Composting with Lloyd Nelson and Colum Riley
  • Biodynamic Viticulture and Winemaking with Matt Taylor and Paul Dolan
  • Biodynamic Principles and the Inner Path of the Farmer with Jim Barausky and Cheryl Mulholland

Slideshow tours of successful biodynamic farms and vineyards, World Café conversations, breakouts on Demeter Biodynamic certification and the economics of a self-sufficient farm, and more...


Visit for complete program information and registration.

Recap: More Humus, More Humanity
By Jeff Schreiber


The day is coming when a single carrot, 

freshly observed, will set off a revolution.

- Paul Cezanne 


We in the Midwest were blessed this season by the extended visit of biodynamic researcher and consultant Bruno Follador. In May, with fellow instructor Angela Curtes, Bruno gave a hands-on overview of Ehrenfried Pfeiffer's farm-scale hot controlled fermentation compost process. From November 1st-3rd, he "dwelved" (his wonderful word!) deeper into all things cosmic and compost at the workshop "More Humus, More Humanity: Insights and Practices out of Biodynamic Agriculture." From the first night's lecture it was clear - to the diverse group of farmers, gardeners, teachers, orchardists, and others assembled - that Bruno was not going to just come right out and give us his insights; we'd have to work for them.


Bruno Follador gave four talks over the weekend, 

interspersed with interactive activities


Through stories, poems, exercises, a movie, and wonderful living language - through portraying rather than explaining - Bruno carefully built up a picture of the whole issue at hand. These lyrics from the Canadian singer-songwriter Feist, for example, were displayed throughout the workshop with a series of images for us to ponder:

The mountain, the mountain

Came to recognize
Its steep and rocky sides
More than realized

- Feist

The issue at hand? Our thinking. One simple exercise, in which we viewed an image that first appeared to be random dots arranged in a circle, served to illustrate the complex process that plays out in our minds when observing phenomena. View the images and read more from Jeff on the biodynamics blog.

NABDAP Graduate Profile: Megan Durney

The Biodynamic Association's beginning farmer training program, the North American Biodynamic Apprenticeship Program (NABDAP), began with a handful of apprentices and mentor farms in 2009. Since then the program has blossomed and grown, with mentor farms across the United States and Canada and nearly 40 apprentices currently enrolled. People often inquire as to what graduates of NABDAP go on to do, so Director of Programs Thea Maria Carlson recently asked one the program's first graduates, Megan Durney, to share her experience. 

Megan Durney at the Pfeiffer Center

Thea: What inspired you to pursue biodynamic agriculture and participate in NABDAP?


Megan: I entered into biodynamics because I wanted to participate in an agricultural activity that was conscious, where farmers are awake to the true impact they have on the land and the earth as a whole. Coming to the Pfeiffer Center, a biodynamic training center in New York, was the first step I took on this journey seven years ago. An established training in biodynamics is very important to develop, and I joined NABDAP to support and participate in this effort. Many young people entering into biodynamic farming presently do not have an agricultural schooling but have heard a call to bring a healing impulse to farming.  In order to honor this call and the future, biodynamic practitioners need to provide a conscious training program in the art of biodynamics, A focused program is especially valuable for those who have a limited amount of time to participate in a training, and my hope is that NABDAP will continue to evolve to meet the needs of incoming farmers so that they may meet the needs of the future of agriculture.


Thea: Where has your journey taken you since you completed the program?

Megan: Since my completion of the program, I am still involved in the activities of the Pfeiffer Center. I am presently a staff member, assistant to Mac Mead, the director of the Pfeiffer Center and have taken on many responsibilities, which has enhanced my learning about and participation in the impulse of biodynamics. Currently, I am the main vegetable grower and primary beekeeper plus spend most of my hours working alongside the Pfeiffer Center interns attempting to enrich their education by sharing my agricultural experiences. I also co-teach classes for adults and children. My interests and projects have expanded immensely as I delve deeper into learning about the biodynamic preparations and the partnerships between the animal and plant kingdom. A few living questions which have inspired my steps are: What is the relationship between the human being and the farm individuality? What is the future of agriculture asking of us? How do I enter into right relationship with the Earth and all the kingdoms of nature as a farmer?

Temple-Wilton Community Farm,
An Inspiring Example of Biodynamics
By Robert Karp


This model of CSA has so many benefits. First of all, it liberates everyone, farmers and eaters alike, from the notion that they are buying and selling produce.

- Robert Karp



Some of you may be aware of the storied history of Temple-Wilton Community Farm in New Hampshire, one of the first and most innovative community supported agriculture (CSA) farms in North America. I had the great pleasure to visit the farm this October and wanted to share a report of the growth and progress of this beautiful and important farm.


Started by biodynamic farmers Trauger Groh, Lincoln Geiger, Anthony Graham, and a host of community members in the mid-1980s, the farm is known for pioneering a unique (some would call it "archetypal") form of CSA, rooted deeply in the social and economic ideas of Rudolf Steiner.


Anthony Graham, Lincoln Geiger, and Andrew Kennedy at the public entrance to Temple-Wilton Community Farm. 


At Temple-Wilton, for example, there is not an equal, evenly distributed share price.  Rather, members attend an annual meeting each year to review and discuss the farm's total budget and decide what amount they each feel they can contribute to that budget. Each member writes down his or her proposed financial offering on a piece of paper; if those sums don't add up to meet the annual budget, then the members go around again and offer additional sums until the budget is met. The process, in other words, is highly participatory, communal, and transparent. 


To learn more about that benefits of this CSA style and to read more about Robert's trip to the farm see the biodyanmics blog.

jobsinternshipsJob & Internship Opportunities


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


Farm Manager - Wellspring Organic Farm & Education Center, West Bend, Wisconsin


Gardener - Avena Botanicals, Rockport, Maine


Farm Operations Coordinator - LUREC, Woodstock, Illinois  


Gardeners - Asociación biodinámica, Terramar, Spain


Farming Help (2 positions) - Temple-Wilton Farm, Wilton, New Hampshire


Upcoming Events


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

November 22-24: Biodynamic Agriculture Workshop, Tecate Baja California, Mexio
December 4-6: National Young Farmers Conference, Tarrytown, New York  
December 7: Chesapeake Biodynamic Network Gathering, College Park, Maryland

December 12-14: Acres USA Conference, Springfield, Illinois

December 12-14:  Montana Organic Association Annual Conference, Kalispell, Montana
January 3: Master and Apprentice Workshop, Redwood Valley, California
January 11: NOFA/MA Winter Conference, Worcester, Massachusetts 
January 12-19: Biodynamic and Permaculture Homesteading Workshop, Finca Sagrada, Ecuador
January 16: Applying Biodynamic Principles to Your Farm, Mobile, Alabama 
January 17-20: The Agriculture Course - Intensive, Chestnut Ridge, New York
January 22: The Farm As a Living Organism, Pacific Grove, California (note BDA Scholarships Available)
January 22-25: EcoFarm Conference, Pacific Grove, California
January 24: Biodynamic Mixer at EcoFarm Conference, Pacific Grove, California
January 24-26: Winter Gathering - North Central Region, Viroqua, Wisconsin

January 24-25: Northern Plains Sustainable Ag Conference, Aberdeen, South Dakota

January 30-February 1: Organic Seed Growers Conference, Corvallis, Oregon

Biodynamic Initiative for the Next Generation


BING is a program of the Biodynamic Farming & Gardening Association