A peer-to-peer BiodynamicÂ® education and certification program
Currently a pilot program, DemeterLOCAL seeks to foster the growth of Biodynamic education and farming within pre-defined geographic areas through the development of regional groups composed of farmers, educators, students, and anyone interested in Biodynamic agriculture.Â Â The goals of this program are the growth of Biodynamic farming and certification amongst family farms and the development of regional Biodynamic food sheds.Â DemeterLOCAL will accomplish these goals by facilitating education in Biodynamic principles and practices, empowering peer-to-peer certification, and localizing the administrative requirements resulting in a more cost effective certification program.Â In order to qualify, the farmâ€™s Biodynamic production must be sold within a 200-mile radius of the farm.Â Â Exceptions may be made for non-profits whose agricultural production functions to further the Biodynamic movement on a regional or national level.Â These groups will naturally express the local ecology and cultural landscape.
DemeterLOCAL requires three components:
Please contact Jim Fullmer at the Demeter office for more information.
“A commitment to bio-dynamic farming has been in place from the very beginning of the relationship between Love Apple Farms and Manresa. The attention to detail, the emphasis on diversity and health of all organisms and soil are not only sound sustainable practices but offer a great qualitative leap forward of our ingredients, a cornerstone of our kitchen. It is a difference we not only see ourselves but is recognized by our customers.”
-David Kinch, owner and chef, Manresa restaurant