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Biodynamics and the Future of Agriculture: Growing the Food Revolution

May 18, 2010

Plans are coming together for our annual conference in Chestnut Ridge, NY, September 30 through October 3. We’re finalizing some very exciting speakers and workshops that we’ll be announcing soon.

Our theme this year is “Biodynamics and the Future of Agriculture: Growing the Food Revolution.” In the face of an increasingly toxic and manipulative food system, countless human beings are waking up and pioneering new approaches to food, farming, health, community and sustainability. There is a revolution in human values taking place in our midst — some have called it the food revolution.

For the past 80 years, the deep wisdom of biodynamic agriculture has helped seed this revolution — from informing the work of Silent Spring author Rachel Carson, to helping shape the early organic farming movement, to pioneering community supported agriculture (CSA), to demonstrating how to bring health and flavor back to foods like milk and wine.

Today, as a new generation comes forth to stand by our side, we look to the future and ask:

What are the key challenges and opportunities facing those working for a regenerative, community-based agriculture and what is the unique contribution of biodynamics to this effort?

Can the various individuals and communities involved in the food revolution learn to cooperate and work together more effectively?

What are the inner and outer capacities we need to grow, nourish and sustain ourselves, our farms, our communities, and our movements?

These are just some of the questions that have inspired this year’s conference theme and that we will take up in our keynotes and panel discussions together with an array of incredible workshops — from compost making to new forms of capitalization, from greenhouse management to the future of CSA, from animal nutrition to farmland access.

Please join us as we gather during Michaelmas at the Threefold Educational Center, the birthplace of biodynamics in the US, to honor our origins, strengthen our foundations, and work together to envision and embody the future of agriculture!

Threefold Educational Center

2 Comments leave one →
  1. May 19, 2010 4:08 am

    Good luck with your conference. I hope you’ll post some of the findings, resolutions or key topics. I did have to laugh at your statement about bringing flavor back to milk. Here, at my kid’s school, I’m fighting to get the flavor out of milk 😉

    • May 19, 2010 9:24 am

      Thanks, Tammy. We definitely will be posting info from the conference. And I can see how certain “flavors” might not be as desirable as others. Thanks for your efforts at improving your school’s food!

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