Education is a big part of what we do. We run workshops and events throughout the year, and hold a major conference every two years. Our AGMs are held in different locations across the country, and feature workshops on different aspects of biodynamics each year.
Star & Furrow
Star & Furrow is the flagship journal of the Biodynamic Association, published twice a year, and free to members. It offers a window on biodynamic farming, gardening and beekeeping, as well as food and related issues. It features in-depth articles from leading UK and international biodynamic practitioners and professionals on all aspects of biodynamic; covers news and events in the UK and elsewhere; reports on workshops and conferences; and has the latest book reviews. It is available to buy from our online shop.
Read sample features here:
Water Matters by sustainable water expert Julian Jones
Working with Soil by Biodynamic Association's Director and biodynamic farmer Peter Brown
Getting involved through volunteering is a win–win. There are two ways to get involved:
Become a member and help out at events.
Discover and learn about the magic of biodynamics by seeing and experiencing it for yourself on a biodynamic farm.
For volunteering opportunities on CSA farms, click here.
For volunteering opportunities for biodynamic/organic students, farmers and growers, click here.
Biodynamic Agricultural College
This educational college is the centre for biodynamic learning in the UK. It offers a variety of distance learning and face-to-face courses for anyone interested in biodynamics, or for students wanting to pursue a practical career in biodynamic agriculture. To find out more, click here.
It currently offers two programmes:
Biodynamic Principles and Practice: A variety of distance learning courses available to students worldwide. There is an introductory course for anyone wanting to know more about biodynamic agriculture (from a consumer or producer perspective); and courses to support those already working on the land in developing their knowledge of biodynamic agriculture.
Work Based Learning Programme: This Ofqual accredited, Crossfields Institute Level 3 Diploma in Biodynamic Farming and Gardening (VRQ) is built around a two-year work based training on well-established biodynamic holdings around the country, and is open to everyone aged 21 and over. Students usually live and work on the farm in exchange for board, lodging and training. Practical tuition is supported by tutorials and a programme of seminars and block courses.
Ruskin Mill offers the following training:
Crossfields Institute Group, the research institute for social innovation, based in Stroud, Gloucestershire, accredits the BDA College Level 3 Diploma in Biodynamic Farming and Gardening; and also offer a masters in Researching Agroecology. For more about its agro-ecological higher education and research programmes click here.
International Educational Opportunities
Biodynamics is an international movement and has excellent educational centres in several countries including: