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|Acreditation Bodies - The Biodynamic Agricultural Association|
The Biodynamic Agricultural AssociationPainswick Inn Project,
Tel/Fax: 01453 759501
The Biodynamic Agricultural Association (BDAA)
The Association exists in order to support, promote and develop the biodynamic approach to farming, gardening and forestry. This unique form of organic husbandry is inspired by the research of Rudolf Steiner (1861-1925) and is founded on a holistic and spiritual understanding of nature and the human being.
The Association tries to keep abreast of developments in science, nutrition, education, health and social reform. It is linked to the Agricultural Department of the School of Spiritual Science (Switzerland) and affiliated as a group of the Anthroposophical Society in Great Britain. It is also a full member of Demeter International, SUSTAIN, IFOAM and the Five Year Freeze.
Membership is open to everyone interested in working with, developing or learning about biodynamics. Current rates are £30 (£12.50 concessions). Members receive a quarterly newsletter, Star and Furrow twice a year, regular information on events and access to a member's library. Many local groups exist for further study and the exchange of practical experiences.
The BDAA stocks more than a hundred books on biodynamic agriculture and related subjects. These are available from the office by mail order.
Seed development project
The Association is working to develop a sustainable on farm plant breeding programme, increase the availability of high quality seed varieties suited to organic growing conditions and encourage the establishment of a cooperative network of biodynamic seed producers. The breeding and development of appropriate site adapted varieties is of vital interest to biodynamic farmers and offers the only long term alternative to biotechnology. It also requires an ongoing research commitment that is entirely dependant on gifts and donations.
The Association owns and administers the Demeter Certification Mark that is used by biodynamic producers in the UK to guarantee to consumers that internationally recognised biodynamic production standards are being followed. These standards cover both production and processing and apply in more than forty countries. They are equivalent to or higher than basic organic standards. The Demeter scheme is recognised in the UK as Organic Certification UK6.
A two year practical apprentice training course is offered in biodynamic agriculture and horticulture. Apprentices work in exchange for board and lodging on established biodynamic farms and gardens and receive tutorial guidance and instruction from experienced practitioners. Practical training is supported with regular theoretical sessions either on the farm or in coordination with other local centres. Two week-long block courses are offered to all UK apprentices each year. Graduating apprentices receive a certificate from the BDAA.
The Association is a small organisation wholly dependent on subscriptions, donations and grants. There is a healthy and growing interest in biodynamics and to meet this welcome development additional funds are being sought to supplement the limited resources available. Becoming a member and encouraging others to join is an important way of supporting the work. Donations over and above the recommended membership subscription are also extremely helpful. Even the smallest contribution can make a real difference. For those considering making a Will and possibly leaving something to support biodynamic development, a legacy leaflet is now available. Please contact the office for a copy.
Creation date : 14/02/2008 @ 22:20
Last update : 21/05/2010 @ 19:28
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