Every person can freely and actively join in shaping the biodynamic farming and food culture for the future of the earth and humanity.
We create space for inspiration
Through people in the biodynamic movement all over the world the Section comes into contact with many questions, ideas and challenges. We take these up in a range of projects and international events in cooperation with our partners, thus creating spaces in which the questions and challenges can be transformed into sources of inspiration for those who are active in biodynamic agriculture and the food industry.
We renew the view of biodynamic principles
Developing and supporting a basic competence on current issues and phenomena is an important part of our work. We believe it is essential to consider the fundamentals of biodynamics as well as issues around food with an open mind, and to repeatedly relate these to current developments.
We combine research and practice
Biodynamic research is carried out in all areas of agriculture and at many places all over the world. It uses a wide range of methods and has links to various other research areas. We support and represent an expanded concept of science and a learning process that goes beyond the often reductionist traditional research. We bring together academic research with practical expertise in order to examine and discuss the pressing problems in the biodynamic food and farming systems and to contribute to their solution.
We learn, we are open, we meet.We serve.
We want to contribute to and support individual development and personal responsibility and see ourselves as learners in this process. By creating social and cultural meeting spaces, encounters can enable the experience of the individual to become fruitful for all.
We are partners
We see ourselves as partners of all those who want to work via the biodynamic farming and food culture for the future of the earth and mankind. This partnership is experienced when we meet and share as equals and include others in the process of change. We actively cultivate a worldwide network with individuals, groups and organisations, and with professional fields such as medicine and education, particularly within the Free University at the Goetheanum. The Section therefore communicates in several languages.
Climate – Resilience – Health
Working themes 2021 – 2024
The Section develops important impulses in a range of topics and disciplines in the biodynamic farming and food culture. Climate, resilience and health will be the focus of the Section's work over the next few years and will be developed in new and existing interdisciplinary projects. We wish to make an active contribution in times of major global challenges and to look for and present holistic ideas and possible solutions along with our partners.
There are currently projects and planned events in the following areas and topics: training, advisory work, nutrition, research, biodynamic preparations, 100 years of the Agricultural Course, the agricultural organism, associative economics and animal husbandry. There are also active specialist groups on the subjects of herbs and medicinal plants, olives, fruit-growing and viticulture.
"The earth is waiting for my footprint – I want to walk on the earth and make my contribution for our joint future."
Ueli Hurter, 2020