Biodynamic Agriculture Australia Ltd (BAA) promotes biodynamic growing methodology and supports healthy sustainable food production at all levels across Australia with practical assistance from volunteers across the country. BAA offers enthusiasm and hands-on training and is a catalyst for local groups of people from diverse backgrounds to foster friendships with a common goal, to meet informally and support each other in the production of food of the highest quality.
Their stories are told in BAA’s quarterly magazine, News Leaf. Formed in 1989 as a NSW Incorporated Association, Biodynamic Agriculture Australia Ltd became a not-for-profit company limited by guarantee in 2007 to reflect its growing national membership. All of our 1200 members are potential advocates in their areas. They have a goal to empower other gardeners and farmers to grow healthy high quality biodynamic food following the teachings of Dr Rudolf Steiner. To this end we encourage and foster social interaction within a supportive network of diverse like-minded individuals, particularly in rural areas and where people have been affected by natural disaster extremes.
Our Mission is to conduct, foster and promote:
- growth in the number of commercial biodynamic farmers and an increasing range and quantity of certified biodynamic produce for the domestic and international market, and
- the application of biodynamic methods in community cultural activities eg. biodynamic farming, biodynamic horticulture, home gardening and environmental care.
- workshops and field days on a local and national level, for beginners and specific groups,
- biodynamic preparations, and guidelines on how to use and manufacture them,
- a biodynamic phone advisory service,
- books and guides to Biodynamics.
- advice to NASAA and BFA on Biodynamic Certification Standards.
We fulfill this mission by providing:
Ongoing research and development includes:
- Practical research into restoring the natural environment after devastating bushfire using biodynamic methods in Victoria.
- Participation on the Standards Australia Committee, Organic & Biodynamic Production Standards.
- In-house Chromatography laboratory offering qualitative testing of soils, plant tissue and other food items.
- an active network of biodynamic practitioners, educators and thinkers,
- discounts on products, events and services,
- quarterly News Leaf journal dedicated to biodynamic thought and application,
- workshops, website and a Resource Manual providing fundamental information,
- annual two-day conference with lectures and networking opportunities,
- telephone support, and
- books and publications.
Caring for the environment
The essence of Biodynamics is to activate the natural environment and enhance productivity without deleting essential components, so that all biodynamic practices care for the environment. Those who take on biodynamic practices find there is change in the way they approach the environment and more caring and sharing develops than they had anticipated.
Within the office we also choose to minimise our footprint on the planet. Measures we use include:
- printing News Leaf on Forest Stewardship Council certified paper using vegetable based inks,
- printing the new membership form on Australian made, carbon neutral, 100% recycled paper using vegetable based inks,
- new stationery purchases consider the environment and printing is kept to a minimum,
- recycling of all appropriate items including composting onsite with a worm farm,
- recycling of horns, using them for at least 5 years then aim to crush them into horn meal to be put in compost heaps,
- using paper bags whenever possible in packing preparations,
- collect rainwater which is used for working with the preparations and for human needs
- growing our own salad greens for staff lunches
- growing our own herbs for compost preparations – chamomile, yarrow, dandelion, nettle and valerian
- recycling hessian bags from Bangladesh, using them in compost heaps and worm farms when worn out.