Biodynamic Training Programme

Biodynamic agriculture is a holistic, ecological and ethical approach to farming, gardening, food and nutrition. Its founder was the 20th century writer, educator and social activist, Rudolf Steiner. Biodynamic farmers strive to create a diversified balanced farm ecosystem that generates health and fertility, as much as possible, from within the farm itself.

Preparations made from fermented manure, minerals and herbs are used to help to restore and harmonise the vital life forces of the farm and to enhance the nutrition, quality and flavour of the food grown. Biodynamic farmers also recognise and strive to work with the subtle influences of the wider cosmos upon soil, plant and animal health.

Biodynamic initiatives seek to embody the ‘triple bottom line’ approaches of ecological, social and economic well-being, which were taken from Steiner’s insights into social and economic life, as well as agriculture. The biodynamic approach is not just a holistic agricultural system, but also a potent movement for new thinking and practices in all aspects of life connected to food, agriculture and people.

Your learning will be centred on two main outcomes:

1. To acquire the knowledge, skills and attitudes to become an independent, confident biodynamic worker within a small to medium sized biodynamic or organic holding

2. To be able to work with and support people with differing educational needs in land-based activities.

How will you learn?

You will work alongside and receive direct vocational guidance from a trained and experienced biodynamic practitioner/tutor

You will work alongside and engage with Ruskin Mill Trust students

You will participate in seminars on the biodynamic method and the Trust’s unique therapeutic education program. The seminars will take place on the different Ruskin Mill holdings. You will be part of these learning communities and seminars will be supported by artistic and craft activities

You will be expected to study independently and digest your learning in a final project on animal husbandry or growing

You will participate in field trips and get to know our other provisions

Key elements of our approach:

  • Practical & Social
  • Therapeutic Education
  • A warm welcome at all our provisions
  • Farm supportive craft & technologies
  • Animal science & husbandry
  • Environmental & ecological accountability
  • Soil, plant & nutrition
  • Social enterprise & community integration