News & Events

Harvests Summer 2016/17 out now!

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.

Biodynamic preps – global case studies

“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

Cover image for "Why cows have horns"

“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.

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Plant Morphology Workshop

A Plant Morphology Workshop is taking place in Auckland over 24 -25 September. The workshop facilitator is Ellen-Jane Schildt van Geest, curative eurythmist and art teacher.

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Ethical calf-rearing

Suckling calf

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

Biodynamic Conference 2016

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.

Organic & Biodynamic Winegrowing Conference 2015

Philippe Armenier

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.

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Agriculture Conference focus on animals

As biodynamic practitioners, what sort of relationship should we have with our animals? How should we view animals and how do they perceive humans? How can we accompany our animals with dignity into the future? Read More

Natural beekeeping resources

Bryan Divers, co-founder of Mamaki Farm and Village, poses with one of his Warre beehives.

One of the highlights of last year’s conference was Bryan Diver’s talk about natural beekeeping and his use of Warré hives.

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2015 Conference report

Extensive vege garden at Kath's and Bert's place, Mamaki.

“Small-scale, integrated biodynamic farming” was the theme of our 2015 Conference, held 22-24 May in Kerikeri, Northland.

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