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Why Sacred Agriculture?

September 6, 2012

By Robert Karp
Executive Director, Biodynamic Association

2012 Biodynamic ConferenceA lot of enthusiasm and momentum is building toward our upcoming conference. As word of the event has spread far and wide, lots of natural questions have come forward from people who want to better understand the ideas, goals, and decisions that stand behind an event like this.  We thought it would be helpful to share more of the inner workings of the conference. Stay tuned to this blog for other updates and postings about the conference as we draw near. And if you have questions you would like to see answered here, please let us know.

Why did you select the theme of Sacred Agriculture?

We wanted to hold a conference that would serve as a kind of coming out party for the spiritual in agriculture and in biodynamics. Many, many people are seeking to align their lives and their farming and gardening practices—and their food buying, cooking, and eating practices, for that matter—with a deep spiritual understanding of the earth. This aspect of the food movement, however, doesn’t get talked about that much, at least at traditional organic and food-related conferences. Over the last few years, many people have also expressed the desire to bring the spiritual dimension of biodynamics more to the foreground in one our conferences. 2012 felt to us like a good year to take this step. We love the term Sacred Agriculture because it speaks both to the inner dimension of biodynamics and to the inner dimension of agriculture as it has lived in many cultures and time periods. It feels like a term that can bring many people and streams together. I also think it is an awakening term, as these are two words most people are not used to seeing together! It forces one to think: what does that mean?

Where did this term come from?

I think we need lots of ways of talking about biodynamics rather than a fixed definition or term. It is a living thing and our language needs to be alive and flexible to describe it. The term Sacred Agriculture has probably been around a while, but I first heard it through talks that Dennis Klocek, one of our keynote speakers, has been giving in the past few years. I personally don’t think of it as a new term for biodynamics, but I do think it provides new a way of talking about biodynamics, at least in certain contexts and with certain people.

Is this conference just for folks deep into biodynamics?

We have three main goals for our conferences. One of these goals is indeed, as our mission states, to nourish, strengthen, and support the current biodynamic community in North America. This is our core community, and the conference needs to serve them and help them go deeper, wherever their starting point. Our second goal, however, is to use the conference to reach out to new individuals and groups who may be interested and offer them an opportunity to explore biodynamics in a friendly, open setting. This is one of the reasons we have a whole track of introductory workshops. Our third goal is to support the growth and development of the wider food and social change movements. This is the reason why our workshop presenters and keynotes are not just biodynamic folks. We recognize that the good spirit of biodynamics lives in many people and places, not all of whom even know what biodynamics is. We see this conference as an important bridge-building event in this regard. We learned at our 2010 conference that this combination of goals and audiences works very well together. It creates a dynamic mix of people and perspectives that wakes everyone up and builds a powerful sense of community.

To find out more about our conference (how the timing and location were chosen, what our planning process is, and how we set our prices), click here for the full article.


2 Comments leave one →
  1. September 6, 2012 5:34 pm

    Hello from Kathmanu Nepal

    The fantastic theme could lead to a fantastic meeting. I wish all participants great joy with the opportunity to go deep inside and renew original motivation from the core.

    The biodynamic group of small holders in the Land of the Medicine Buddha in Gorkha and Chitwan wish all of you wondrous moments with opening the hearts towards all that that lives. Union of earth, man and heaven is truely sacred.
    Grat Luck to All.
    Peter Effenberger
    OneWorld- a learning Center
    in Nepal

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