Our Biodynamic Family in the UK
Biodynamic Association Certification (BDA Cert)
BDA Certification is a department within the UK Biodynamic Association, and is responsible for the certification of UK producers and processors to organic and biodynamic (Demeter) standards.
It is a member of the International Biodynamic Association (IBDA) and Demeter International (DI). It is the IBDA, who owns the Demeter Trademark. This is administered by Demeter International, who licenses the Biodynamic Association in the UK to sub-license the use of the Trade Mark in the UK and the Republic of Ireland.
The Trade Mark is used by all certified biodynamic producers in the UK and the Republic of Ireland is the guarantee to consumers that internationally recognised Demeter (biodynamic) standards are being followed. The standards cover production, processing, labelling, and trade, and apply in more than 50 countries. They are equivalent to, and in many cases higher than, EU organic standards.
Tel: 01453 766296
Biodynamic Land Trust (BDLT)
The Biodynamic Land Trust is a charitable community benefit society, established in 2011 to secure land for biodynamic farming, gardening and food production in the long term. We do this in many ways, including: gift and lease back, bequests, partnerships, community involvement and share offers.
It is directed by a small board of volunteer directors who are elected by members at Annual General Meetings. Members join by investing in withdrawable, non-profit shares. Both individuals and organisations can join, each member has one vote.
The BDA is the custodian trustee of the Biodynamic Land Trust.
Biodynamic Land Trust Ltd
Tel: 01453 367233
Charity XT33649, Community Benefit Society, registration number 31448R
The Biodynamic Agriculture College (BDAC)
Our centre for biodynamic education, set up in 2010, organizes distant learning courses, and a 2 year work –based Ofqual accredited diploma in biodynamic farming and gardening.
Tel: 01453 766296
Registered company 07338516; charity no 1141825
The Biodynamic Association has been instrumental in bringing about the Seed Co-operative, which is dedicated to ensuring a resilient and sustainable food future through seeds. Open pollinated seeds adapt to their local conditions and changes in climate through natural processes due to inherent genetic biodiversity.
We work in three main themes:
- Producing biodynamic and organic vegetable, herb and flower seed, and developing a network of seed growers.
- Breeding new varieties of vegetable seed for organic and biodynamic farming.
- Sharing knowledge and skills about seed saving, plant breeding and the importance of seed and food sovereignty.
Seed Co-operative is the trading name of Biodynamic and Organic Plant Breeding and Seeds Ltd, which is registered under the Co-operative and Community Benefit Societies Act 2014 as a Community Benefit Society. The BDA is a custodian trustee of the Seed Co-operative.
Gosberton Bank Nursery
Tel: 01775 840592
Community Benefit Society, registration number 7013
The Wider Biodynamic Community
Ruskin Mill Trust
Ruskin Mill Trust is a biodynamic provider of Specialist Independent Education in the UK to children and adults with complex needs, including learning difficulties, autistic spectrum conditions and disabilities.
Weleda is a world-leading manufacturer of holistic natural biodynamic cosmetics, as well as pharmaceuticals for anthroposophical therapy. They are one of our key partners in the Biodynamic Gardening Club, running some open days and events in their beautiful Weleda biodynamic gardens in Derbyshire.
International Biodynamic Association
The International Biodynamic Association (IBDA) is the worldwide union of national Biodynamic associations, supporting the development of the member organisations, fostering alliances and partnerships, and supporting activities at the global level.
Demeter International (IBDA) is the certified global brand for products from Biodynamic Agriculture. The world's oldest food certification scheme, Demeter is the only ecological association that has built up a network of individual certification organisations world-wide.
Goetheanum: Section for Agriculture
The Section for Agriculture at the Goetheanum in Dornach, Switzerland, is is one of eleven departments of the School for Spiritual Science founded by Rudolf Steiner, contributing to finding solutions for the global challenges facing agriculture.
External Partners for Change
Our world is facing big challenges. The global biodynamic family has many restorative solutions to offer. But we can’t create the scale of movement for change needed alone.
Agricology is collaboration of farmers and researchers sharing knowledge to promote practical, sustainable and profitable agricultural systems.
Blue Patch use the power of positive shopping to promote sustainable local social enterprise, new economic models, and sustainable eco-living.
Eating Better is an alliance of over 50 organisations working to accelerate action for less but better quality meat and dairy for our health, the environment, animal welfare and social justice.
GM Freeze is the umbrella campaign opposing the patenting of genetic resources and campaigning for a moratorium on genetically modified food and farming in the UK.
Marinet is our marine conservation partner whose first loyalty is always to the seas and oceans which it seeks to protect..
Sustain share our vision for food and farming systems which nourish the health of the planet and its people. They advise and negotiate with governments and regulatory agencies to ensure that legislation and policies on food and agriculture are socially and environmentally responsible.
Sustainable Food Trust
The Sustainable Food Trust was established by our Biodynamic Association Patron and farmer, Patrick Holden, to lobby for change in response to the worsening human and environmental crises that are associated with the vast majority of today’s industrial food and farming systems.
Whole Health Agriculture
Whole Health Agriculture is a new collaboration raising awareness of the benefits of holistically produced food, and empowering farmers and growers to see their farm as a whole that is healthy when in balance within itself, and in harmony with its environment.
Wisdom Hub tv
WisdomHub.tv is a unique online broadcaster of Earth Wisdom, Plant Intelligence and Indigenous Knowledge to help teach us how to live in harmony and co-creation with nature, which benefits the wellbeing of both the individual and the planet.