Due to time constraints and other factors, our conference organising team is now down to just two people. This is putting huge pressure on them both.
Our 2017 conference is only nine weeks away! This year’s theme is “Urban biodynamics: growing the future”, and we’ll be covering everything from backyards to balconies, and lifestyle blocks to farms on the city’s outskirts.
Happy New Year! Deepen your understanding of biodynamics and its practical application in 2017 with these hands-on workshops—two in the South Island, one in the North. Read More
Our Summer 2016/17 edition of Harvests is now available through selected retailers.
In this issue, Anne Dodds looks at the relationship between art and gardens; David Wright contrasts and compares the scientific and philosophical worldviews behind chemical, organic and biodynamic farming; and Demeter-certified berry grower, Joanne Turner, talks about the challenges facing small organic and biodynamic producers.
It’s great summer reading and remember, if you’re an Association member, your discounted annual Harvests subscription is included in your membership fee. Learn more about joining the Association here.
“The Biodynamic Preparations in Context — case studies of worldwide practice”. This substantial document features case studies from New Zealand practitioners Chris Hull and the Hohepa community; and Colin Ross and Wendy Tillman of Seresin Estate (Wendy’s radiant smile made the cover!).
Check out the English language version here: http://www.sektion-landwirtschaft.org/en/thematic-areas/biodynamic-preparations/
“Why cows have horns” is a resource compiled by the cattle breeding group of the Swiss Biodynamic Association in conjunction with the Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL) and co-published by the NZ Biodynamic Association.
Reports late last year of brutal calf-rearing practices at conventionally-run New Zealand dairy farms shocked the nation. But a Manawatu organic dairy producer has demonstrated it’s possible to run a productive and profitable operation without compromising animal welfare standards. Read More
The 2016 New Zealand biodynamic conference will be held in Havelock North from 1pm on Friday 27th May to 1pm on Sunday 29th May. Full information and registration details can be found here.
The inaugural Organic and Biodynamic Winegrowing Conference was held in Blenheim over 8-10 July and by all accounts was a huge success. Su Hoskin shares her impressions.