New Units launched in January:
Astronomy – this unit went live for the first time on 26th January
The study of the skies above us has been a human preoccupation all throughout history, and much of that understanding has contributed to the practice of agriculture along the way. But we no longer live in an age in which ancient wisdom can be followed blindly. As biodynamic farmers we take a researching approach to the plants and animals that form part of their farm organism, is it possible to take an observational and researching attitude to the influences of the sun, moon and even the stars?
The Biodynamic Astronomy unit will explore the how we as farmers can understand the changing nature of the relationship between agriculture and the stars, appreciate the wisdom of historical cultures and work actively so that we can find a way of working with the influences of the cosmos in biodynamic practice that is suited to the 21st Century.
Tarry Bolger will coordinate this unit. He is currently Managing Director of Demeter Certification in the UK and Chair of UKOCG (UK Organic Certifier’s Group). He has a wide variety of biodynamic and organic farming experience on several continents and in both hemispheres and he has been interested in the stars for most of his life.
Farm as an Organism- this unit is currently running again
Every farm individuality is unique, in size, circumstance, landscape, geology, geography, climate, wildlife, cultivated life and human relationships. So how is it possible to understand the idea of the Farm Organism in principle so that we can develop our own farm organism in practice?
That is the focus of the Farm Organism unit that begins on the 19th of January this year. These eight weeks will focus on how to understand the idea of the farm organism, by examining different aspects of the farm and then putting them together into one individualised image. This year for the first time to accompany student’s own explorations of their individual farms (from small gardens to large-scale production) there will be accompanying case studies from a variety of farms across the globe. Each seminar will include a different farmer speaking about their own farm, how the farm organism has developed and is developing into the future.
By studying both specific examples and overarching principles, this unit aims to engage students in looking at the land with which they work and building a image of their own farm individuality.
Nir Halfon is one of the founders of the Biodynamic Principles and Practice Course. Nir brings wide experience from bees and biodynamics to permaculture and alternative technologies, all of which is complemented by many years of teaching experience with full-time, part-time, online and apprentice students.
About the College
The Biodynamic Agricultural College came out of a long history of biodynamic agriculture education at Emerson College in cooperation with the Biodynamic Association in the UK. It became independent in 2010 and is a limited company with charitable status.
The stated aims of the college are: to provide education in biodynamic agriculture.
At the moment the primary focus of the college is a distance learning course called Biodynamic Principles and Practice, which makes education in biodynamic agriculture available to students worldwide and at the same time offers support to an international culture of learning and researching biodynamic agriculture.