Membership, Giving & Legacies
Members are hugely important to us. 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, holding local events, promoting biodynamic gardening, generating demand for biodynamic food & drink, and helping fund our work.
We welcome everyone who would like to be involved. So join us today! Just click here.
For information on making a donation, or leaving a legacy, please click here.
We also offer corporate membership to like-minded businesses and organisations who share our values and common purposes. If you are interested then we’d love to hear from you. Please contact our office, tel. 01453-759501, or email email@example.com for details.
We have an expanding network of local groups. Members 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.
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
Getting involved through volunteering is a great win–win. You can become a member and help out at Biodynamic Association events. Or discover and learn about the magic of biodynamics by seeing and experiencing it for yourself on a biodynamic farm.
This scheme enables people to experience working as a volunteer on a variety of organic farms, including biodynamic ones.
For volunteering opportunities in the UK click here.
Or for opportunities abroad 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 for more details.
Community Supported Agriculture
Community Supported Agriculture (CSAs) are co-operative partnerships where the local community and farmer share in the production, rewards and responsibilities of food production. 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.
The idea, originally developed by biodynamic leaders in Germany, really took root in the USA in the 1980s thanks to early pioneers like Hawthorn Valley Farm established in the 1970s.
One of the most successful ideas in 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.
All welcome volunteers. For volunteering opportunities on CSA farms, click here.