The practice of biodynamic farming and gardening arises from the idea that the whole earth is alive and that each farm or garden can become a self-sustaining and unique organism within it.
It builds on the sound husbandry techniques of traditional mixed farming and organic gardening systems. Specially fermented preparations based on natural and organic substances are used to enhance soil life and through it, the health and vigour of crops and livestock.
By working with the natural processes and rhythms of nature, taking account of the influences from sun, moon and stars and with the careful application of these BD Preparations, it is possible to achieve maximum vitality and other wholesome nourishment for body, soul and spirit.
Food grown biodynamically is marketed under the Demeter symbol (Organic Registration UK6) and is guaranteed to be free of added chemicals, hormone treatments and genetically modified materials.
Biodynamic Agricultural College
The Biodynamic Agricultural College Principles and Practice Course
The Biodynamic Agricultural College has begun a distance learning course in biodynamic principles and practice to support students from all over the world in exploring, understanding and taking up biodynamic agriculture. This is not a course that can teach the practical aspects of agriculture (tractor driving is tricky to teach online), however for students who already have some practical experience, or are gaining practical experience, this course can inform that practice with the principles of biodynamics.
By combining written introductory and reference materials, plenty of practical exercises and experiences, with videos and live seminars, this course provides a way of understanding the principles that stand behind biodynamic agriculture and how they influence the practicalities of working with the land. The course consists of units addressing different aspects of biodynamic agriculture. Each unit goes 'live' at a specific time with a group of students and a course leader.
By creating an online international community of students and teachers, we hope to create a forum for discussion, actively addressing how biodynamic principles are applied in different climates and circumstances all over the world.
Please follow the link for the Principles and Practice Course on www.bdacollege.org.uk for more details.
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