Biodynamic Agriculture Australia Ltd (a not-for-profit organisation) fosters, safeguards and restores the natural environment of our soils through the development and promotion of the biodynamic method, based on the work of Dr Rudolf Steiner (1861 – 1925)..
Formed in 1989 as a NSW Incorporated Association, Biodynamic Agriculture Australia Ltd (BAA) became a not-for-profit company limited by guarantee in 2007 to reflect its growing national membership. Biodynamic practices continuously renew and replenish soil micro-organisms creating a resilient and healthy eco-system which enables nutrient rich produce on farms and gardens throughout Australia.
We are dedicated to improving the vitality of spent soils, thereby increasing plant and animal vigour, pest and disease resistance and most importantly, maximising the nutritional value of human and animal foods.
Monies raised through membership and preparations sales are used to promote biodynamic practices, which enhance and improve the health of people, animals, plants and soil to heal the planet.
- quality biodynamic preparations
- workshops and field days.
- information via this website.
- News Leaf journal
- advisory service
Our mission is to conduct, foster and promote:
- a healthy and thriving soil eco-system, rehabilitation of depleted soils
- growth in the number of commercial biodynamic farmers and an increasing range and quantity of certified biodynamic produce for the domestic and international market;
- 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; and
- advice to ACO and NASAA on Biodynamic Certification Standards.
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.