There is no better way than learning biodynamic farming 'on the job'. Apprentices join a biodynamic farm or garden for a period of two years. During this time an apprentice lives and breathes biodynamic farming alongside an experience practitioner. Life on the farm is exciting and challenging, everyday is completely different. On the apprenticeship you will get to experience this first hand and learn the practical skills of farming and gardening. In addition you will learn: the foundations of Biodynamics farming and gardening, How to care for soil, plants and animals and how to look up to the sky and acknowledge the effects of the wider cosmos on the holding.
Structure of the training
The training largely takes place on site. Over the two years an apprentice keeps record of the work and tasks they have done. The journal or portfolio constitutes the main part of the diploma.
In addition there are four week long training blocks on: Soil, Plant, Animal and Astronomy. All the apprentices join the block course and they take place in different venues.
Following that, each centre (or group of centres) will offer their own program to support their apprentices' learning path. All of them will have study groups and individual tutorials and some will offer weekend seminars and other venues and opportunities to study.
What are you interested in? Horticulture? Animal husbandry? Dairy? Fruit? Herbs? or Theraputic work? Every training centre if different and has different areas of expertise to offer apprentices. For example in Botton Village you can learn about seed saving and plant breeding as part of Stormy Hall seeds, at Ruskin mill you can get an experience of horsemanship or at Loch Arthur (and other Camphill communities) you might get a chance to work with people with special needs.
You can find more information on each centre on the training centre page
The following pages will give you more information on the training: