Getting involved, sharing experience, pitching in, and creating a biodynamic buzz is at the heart of biodynamics. Want to know more?
Members are hugely important. They, along with farmers and growers, are the bedrock of the biodynamic movement, and contribute to its success in many varied and important ways, including volunteering. Membership income, along with donations, forms a crucial contribution in funding our work.
We welcome everyone who would like to be involved. For how to join us, and discover more about member benefits click here. We are always happy to help or give advice: contact our office Tel. 01453 759501, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
For information on making a donations, please click here.
We offer membership to like- minded businesses and organizations who share our values and common purposes. Interested? We’d love to hear from you, please contact our office, Tel. 01453 759501, or email email@example.com.
If you have already qualified as a biodynamic farmer or grower, and wish to become a biodynamic overseas ambassador, click here.
This scheme enables people to experience working as a volunteer on a variety of organic farms, including biodynamic ones. To find out more, click here.
HippoHelp is another way for volunteers to connect with places that can host them. It is not specifically designed for agriculture, but still may be a useful way to find your way to a farm! click here.
Our South Devon Regional Group is very active and this definitely creates a buzz. There is always a response to a query, question or event; we share information and resources – especially the collection of BD preparations .This is a real 'safety-net' for gardeners and farmers like ourselves , because it may not always be practical nor possible to create the collection of preps every year . If we make too little of a preparation, for example, it can be topped-up via the Regional Group supply; the local provenance and availability is completely valuable. The seasonal newsletters are also a life-line – and the enews keeps us in touch and is a great read.
Laura Wallwork, Tregillis Farm, Cornwall
We have an expanding network of local groups who meet, share practical experience and get advice from fellow members, and who get involved in organizing and supporting biodynamic initiatives. They include gardeners, farmers, smallholders, and beekeepers. Some local groups also become involved in making and sharing biodynamic preparations.
Keen on learning? Take a look at our learning page.
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.
Community supported agriculture
CSAs are co-operative partnerships where the local community and farmer share in the production, rewards and responsibilities of food production. The idea, originally developed by biodynamic pioneers from Germany, took root in the USA in the 1980s, and is based on the founding principles of biodynamics that agriculture is a powerful social and cultural force which brings communities together for the health and benefit of all. One of the most successful ideas of reshaping agriculture of its generation, it has now grown into a flourishing movement and worldwide network of CSAs, including Japan and the USA. There are many different models, but they all share similar values and purposes. The majority use organic or biodynamic methods of food production. In the UK there are over 80 CSAs, including well known biodynamic farms such as Plaw Hatch and Tablehurst farms in Sussex, and Stroud Community Agriculture in Gloucestershire. All welcome volunteers.
Stroud CSA not only provides us with the freshest, tastiest and most nutritious veg we have ever eaten, it provides us with a connection to the land. We know the people who grow our food as friends. We can talk to them about what they are growing and how they are growing it, and we can join in and help with the work whenever we feel like it (and not when we don’t!).The farm also provides us with a real and vibrant way of celebrating the changing of the seasons, and all the meaning that this brings to us and our community.
Nick, Carol and Matilda Weir