Biodynamic pioneer projects are now spread over all continents and all climatic zones, yet it is still difficult for many of these projects to have access to field-tested expertise in the biodynamic farming methods.
One source of such practical knowledge, which includes agricultural skills, enthusiasm, creativity and commitment to biodynamic farming, are the graduates from Biodynamic training courses. These graduates have been offered the chance to spend a year in a foreign country or in their home country, helping to set up a pioneer project in biodynamic agriculture, after completing their biodynamic training. This offer/challenge has been made by the Section for Agriculture.
solidifying young biodynamic projects
“Biodynamic ambassadors” is a program that aims at supporting the biodynamic projects located far away from the usual channels of information; in which young adults who have completed biodynamic training can become ambassadors of the biodynamic movement. This is an opportunity for them to go out into the world before deciding on a long-term commitment to a specific farm. This program intends to solidify biodynamic agriculture in places where it has only just arrived, or hasn’t even arrived yet. For example, Morocco, Southern India, Peru, or South Africa.
The Ambassadors are people who give and take. They help the Biodynamic impulse to take root in one place, while they learn from the pioneer project and get to know the local culture. A convenient way of cultural exchange, which can help to spin a network of personal connections between North and South, between West and East.
The Section for Agriculture has professional support for the “Biodynamic ambassadors” project, since the project is conducted jointly with the “Friends of Waldorf Education” in Karlsruhe (Germany). This organisation specialises in worldwide volunteer services. They will be providing the necessary administrative experience concerning visas, insurance and security, as well as cooperating in the pedagogical preparation and guidance of ambassadors.
ongoing support from home office
During the ambassador’s stay, the project office will be delivering continuous support. The ambassador will have to report on his experience abroad, so as to strengthen the ties between the different members of the biodynamic movement. The generous work and commitment of the ambassador will be supported as much as possible, and his expenses (insurance, flight, support) will be covered via donations and grants.
Graduates of Biodynamic training can get in touch with the Section for Agriculture at the Goetheanum, by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
See the project’s website here.
by Reto Ingold