Report of the Agriculture Conference 2015
- Animals AgConference 2015.pdfReport of the Agriculture Conference 2015 "How can we accompany our animals with dignity into the future?" for download.
Intensive Study Week 2016
The Intensive Study Week „Shaping the future“ of the Section for Agriculture will take place from 28th of February to the 4th of March 2016 in german and english. The postponement is due to the first intensive study week in French being held in January. More...
Theme of the year 2015/16
The Earth – a Global Garden?
Cultivating an Active Relationship to Nature
The garden as an individual and unique place
Like the human being everything alive needs protection if it is to develop in a healthy way. It needs to create a boundary between itself and its surroundings without cutting itself off. This is the archetype of a garden. A garden is essentially a place on the earth to which I connect myself personally, a place that I work intensively, care for, observe and enjoy. It is a place which we are continually developing through our devoted activity, in which we bring the various elements and beings into relationship with one another: Earth, water, warmth, plants and animals. Through this evolutionary development becomes possible. Read on...
Releasing the true value of land
- Releasing True Value of Land.pdf"Releasing the true value of land. The land market and new forms of ownership for organic agriculture." Study commissioned by IBDA. Free publication for download.
Agriculture for the future
Agriculture for the Future
Biodynamic agriculture today.
90 years since Koberwitz
Ueli Hurter (Ed.)
The «Agricultural Course» held in 1924 by Rudolf Steiner gave a new impulse for the development of agriculture: a holistic agriculture, which uses a modern approach to work directly with the life processes of nature and thus opens a new perspective on the future cultivation of the earth came into being. Since its beginnings, 90 years ago, a worldwide movement has emerged. In this book competent authors describe the development and diversity of the biodynamic agriculture movement: The historical development – The farm as an organism – Scientific research results – New methods of research – Fertilization, composting, biodynamic preparations – Landscaping – Subtropical and Tropical Agriculture – Seed breeding – Constellation research – Bees – Wine – Nutrition – Demeter, a worldwide label for biodynamic produce – Training – Social farming – Social design, land law and new forms of marketing – Outstanding examples from all continents.
The documentation provides an overview of the key ideas of biodynamic agriculture and the variety of ways in which they have developed in the worldwide biodynamic agriculture movement in the 90 years since Koberwitz.
This publication will be available in german at the beginning of february and in english in mid february.
Published by the Verlag am Goetheanum.
The Section for Agriculture at the Goetheanum
The Section for Agriculture at the Goetheanum is one of currently eleven departments of the School of Spiritual Science based at the Goetheanum in Dornach, Switzerland. The Section for Agriculture contributes to the development of agriculture, out of anthroposophical spiritual science. The main tasks of the Section for Agriculture are to coordinate and give impulses to the worldwide biodynamic agriculture movement.
Biodynamic agriculture was born in 1924, in a series of lectures given by Rudolf Steiner, known as the "Agriculture Course". Nowadays biodynamic agriculture is practiced worldwide with over 150.000 ha of certified biodynamic land (certified by Demeter). The ideas behind biodynamic agriculture have infused and inspired many related fields such as landscape work, nutrition, social therapy, bee-keeping, wine making and many more. Also new research methods, new economic systems for agriculture and new systems of land ownership (amongst other innovations) have been developed out of the biodynamic movement.
To find out more about biodynamic agriculture, you can navigate our website, read a recommended publication, contact a biodynamic association near you or come along to one of the events from the Section for Agriculture! The Agriculture Conference in early February is a good place to get to know the biodynamic movement.