This is a callout for all lovers of nature, organic food and responsible farming.
Biodynamic farming has been a central part of my life for the last four years, and now I have the opportunity to travel to Scandinavia to take part in a 3 year course, the BINGN Apprentice program, bestowing official certification as a Biodynamic farmer.
I want to do this because I believe biodynamic farming holds the key to putting us back in touch with the earth, taking back control of our food supply, and providing the world with healthy, chemical-free and naturally farmed food.
Biodynamic farming is a practical philosophy of natural farming drawn directly from the teachings of Rudolf Steiner and the Anthroposophical Society. It is more than just Organic farming, it involves connection with and understanding of the cycles of nature, and a spiritual connection to the land.
“Biodynamic agriculture takes organic farming to a deeper level, and can be compared to an art form, where you, the farm, the soil, spirit and nature are integral and cooperates as an organic unity. In biodynamic agriculture the farm is a living organism that is part of its surrounding and place as a whole.” - From the BINGN Apprentice website.
I have been learning the basis of biodynamic farming in Camphill Special School for 2 years while caring for special needs children, and 1 year in Pennine Camphill Community, teaching crafts to young adults with special needs. As my passion for it grew I made a commitment to learn on an official basis, to cement my knowledge, and pave the way to growing biodynamic food professionally, and teaching it to others.
The BINGN Apprentice program involves travelling from one biodynamic community to another working on the farms. There are also 10 day seminars taking place six times a year, on subjects such as soil science, farm economics, and agricultural history and politics.
The whole course costs 45000 NOK, about 5000 euros, but I am able to pay by year, or even half year. This means that every donation is appreciated.
The reason that I’m asking for this money is that I have been giving almost all my time over the last 3 years to voluntary projects. As a biodynamic farmer I’m unlikely to ever to be a millionaire, however I do feel I can make a difference by showing people about this special connection with the land. This is why i will be documenting my journey with videos and blogs. As a donator you will get a shout out and credits in the videos, as well as a tiny knitted animal or hat.
If you donate I will thank you and tell you that you are wonderful at every available opportunity.
Don’t hesitate, donate!
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