Biodynamics in China: A Good Start
By Weihe Hu, Demeter China Association
A ten-day seminar on biodynamic and organic agriculture was held September 19-28, 2012, at a Biodynamic farm in Beijing, Phoenix Hill Commune, which is the first Demeter-certified farm in China and the only one to date.
The seminar, which was organized by the Demeter China Association and Phoenix Hill Commune, consisted of three parts: a biodynamic and organic training course lasting six days, a two-day forum on the management of organic farms and green marketing, and a two-day tour of organic farms in the Beijing region. Forty-five people from all over China came to the ten-day seminar, and more than 140 people came for the two-day forum.
Thomas Lüthi from Demeter International and Steffen Schneider from Hawthorne Valley Farm in the U.S. were key speakers for the biodynamic training course and forum. Some other Chinese speakers were invited as well to talk about holistic ways of thinking and practice in both traditional farming in ancient China and traditional Chinese medicine. Speakers from the East and West complemented each other in what we are doing, which is really linking our soul to the soil, with theory and practice. We received very positive feedback from all the participants, and they are eager to learn more in the next course.
With Thomas Lüthi’s help, we are planning a two-year biodynamic training course in six blocks, and now we are looking for people with a wealth of biodynamic experience who could come to China and teach as a guest tutors.
Weihe Hu grew up in a farming village in the south of China and has worked as a gardener and gardening teacher at Chengdu Waldorf School from September 2004 to July 2009. He studied biodynamic agriculture at Emerson college and gained experience volunteering at various farms in Europe during the period from September 2009 to August 2011. Weihe Hu started working for the Demeter China Association as General Secretary when it started in 2011.