Agriculture Conference 2015

How can we accompany the animals with dignity into the future?

Agriculture Conference at the Goetheanum 4th – 7th of February 2015

The contribution made by farm animals is in many ways irreplaceable. The keeping of livestock today however is facing serious challenges. These concern firstly the ethical relationship we have to animals, secondly the way we understand their essential nature and mission and thirdly how we integrate them into the farm on a daily basis. Read more...

Intensive study week 2015

Registrations are now open for the next Intensive Study Week "Shaping the future" for those carrying responsibility in the organic and biodynamic movement. The Intensive Study Week will take place from 11-16 of January. For the first time the Intensive Study Week will be held in english and german. Click here for more information.

New publication: 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.
ISBN: 978-3-7235-1512-9

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.