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Newsletter Biodynamics RETHINKING AGRICULTURE New Logo, Name, and tagline As you may already have read, after more than 25 years with our previous logo, we felt the time was right to create a fresh image to reflect the current work and vision of the Biodynamic Association. Our goal was to create a visual identity that conveys the deeper values and spiritual impulses at the heart of our work — an image that could speak both to newcomers who know nothing about biodynamics, as well as to the long-term practitioners who have studied the esoteric mysteries of biodynamics for decades. Achieving both these goals in one image was not easy, but we are deeply gratified by the result and we hope you are too. (To see the full-color version of the logo, please visit In an effort to simplify our communications and strengthen our outreach, we have also decided to formally adopt the shorter, simpler version of our name that our members have been using for many decades: “Biodynamic Association” (formerly “Biodynamic Farming and Gardening Association”). And we have created a new tagline that you will see regularly in our communications: “Rethinking Agriculture.” We feel this phrase captures the deeper core of our work in a way that is both provocative and welcoming. We hope you will see reflected in all this work the good spirit of biodynamics growing strong and spreading its light far and wide. For the future of biodynamics, Robert Karp Executive Director WINTER 2014 DEVELOPING thE BIODYNAMIC APPRENtICEShIP CURRICULUM By Cory Eichman Saugeen River CSA, Durham, Ontario IN MID-JANUARY A SMALL GROUP Of BIODYNAMIC EDUCAtORS fROM ACROSS NORth AMERICA gathered at the Pfeiffer Center in Spring Valley, New York, to culminate a year-long process of documenting, developing, and synthesizing the curriculum outline for the introductory biodynamic courses offered as part of the North American Biodynamic Apprenticeship Program (NABDAP). The educators involved were Barry Lia from Washington State, Harald Hoven from the Rudolf Steiner College in California, Malcolm Gardner and Rachel Schneider working from the Hawthorne Valley Learning Center in New York, Mac Mead of the Pfeiffer Center, Thea Maria Carlson from the Biodynamic Association (BDA) in Wisconsin, and myself. This meeting was generously sponsored by the Foundation for Sustainability and Innovation, the Agriculture Section of North America, and the BDA. NABDAP is the beginning farmer training program of the BDA, which combines 24 months of on-farm training with a course of classroom study, an independent project, and several other elements. When the program was launched five years ago, we created a broad outline of the topics we wanted to cover in the various courses that would participate in NABDAP for the classroom component. We tried to align this with the content of courses taking place at Rudolf Steiner College, at the Pfeiffer Center, and in Ontario. In 2010, Malcolm and Rachel created a new series of winter intensives at Hawthorne Valley Farm, as did Craig and Henrike Holdrege of the Nature Institute, specifically designed for NABDAP while also welcoming other interested individuals. The NABDAP curriculum outline that we started with was organized as three groups of topics: the human world, the biological world, and the physical 1

Biodynamics Newsletter Winter 2014

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