The Biodynamic Agricultural Association of Southern Africa (BDAASA) is a non-profit, voluntary association of individuals who are practicing and supporting the practice of, or simply, are interested in learning more about biodynamic farming.
Biodynamic Agriculture is an approach to sustainable organic agriculture that is inspired by the philosophy of Anthroposohy as developed by Rudolf Steiner in the late 19th – early 20th centuries in Europe. In the term “biodynamic” the bio refers to the biological (organic) aspects of agriculture (i.e. the physical soil, water, plants, animals etc.); whereas the dynamic refers to the cosmic formative forces that underlie the physical world. Biodynamic agriculture respects the fact the whole of the universe, i.e. the planet earth and the whole surrounding cosmic space with all its heavenly bodies, forms one indivisible whole and should be managed as such. Biodynamic farmers use of range of specially formulated herbal and/or organic preparations to enhance soil, plant and animal life, fertility and vitality. They develop their farms into unique and distinct individualities that use a minimum of external inputs. Their aim is to produce the highest quality food, fiber and timber with no or very limited negative impact on the environment. In an effort to create a harmonious whole, the farmer works with the natural and cosmic cycles, rhythms and forces that regulate life on earth.
BDAASA’s mission is to ‘to strengthen, promote and advance the practice of biodynamic agriculture in Southern Africa’. In order to do this the association formulated this set of objectives at a strategic planning workshop in 2005:
- To establish an effective resource centre that can support the development of biodynamic farmers, farms and farming practice
- To co-ordinate efforts of and cultivate co-operation amongst biodynamic farmers and the community
- To encourage opportunities for meeting, sharing, learning and training, both locally and internationally
- To represent and protect the interests of biodynamic agriculture and farmers
- To enable members and others to connect to and serve the spiritual impulse behind Biodynamic Agriculture
Email: info (at) bdaasa.org.za
Tel.: + 27 (0)21 881 3628
Physical address: Spier Wines, Santa Road, Annandale Road, Stellenbosch, South Africa
Postal address: PO Box 6196, Uniedal, 7612