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  • Biodynamic Agricultural Association of Ireland (BDAAI)

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    The BDAAI was founded in 1985, to promote biodynamic farming and gardening in Ireland. The BDAAI supports farms and gardener’s looking for Demeter certification but it is not its main aim. Demeter certification in Ireland is now under the auspices of the Biodynamic Association UK The BDAAI organises conferences annually, workshop, garden and farm walks during the summer and provides a biannual newsletter. Combined with real world research and open minds the BDAAI aims to bring the practices of biodynamic agriculture to gardens and farms all over Ireland. Biodynamic agriculture and its practices come from a series of lectures  given by Rudolf Steiner in 1924. But the knowledge and systems he spoke of are much older, from a time when man and nature were closely bound. Biodynamics has evolved and grown worldwide since then. Biodynamic Agriculture is a method of farming that recognises the dynamic nature of living systems and the farmers/growers who interact with it. It considers all the factors that influence plants, animals and the surrounding environment.

  • Demeter Certification Scheme of the Biodynamic Association

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    The Biodynamic Association owns and administers the Demeter Certified Trademark in the UK (organic certification UK6) and is linked with a worldwide network of independent certifying organisations under the umbrella of Demeter International. The scheme is fully recognised by Defra. Many of the recognised organic standards are incorporated in the Demeter Standards.

  • Biodynamic Association

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    Charity founded in 1929 to promote the biodynamic approach to farming gardening and forestry inspired by Rudolf Steiner’s spiritual scientific research. We offer: a membership service open to everyone interested in learning about, working with, developing or supporting this unique form of organic husbandry. Our journal, Star and Furrow, is published twice yearly, along with a quarterly news-sheet. A wide range of books and the biodynamic preparations are available for sale via our online shop. Accredited courses in biodynamic horticulture and agriculture are available plus one day workshops, courses and conferences. We offer organic, biodynamic and Natrue certification for farmers, growers, processors and skincare.

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    The School of Artisan Food

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    The School of Artisan Food is based on the Welbeck Estate in North Nottinghamshire in the heart of Sherwood Forest.  It was set up as a not for profit organisation by a group of food enthusiasts who recognised the need to train new generations in the artisan food methods in danger of being lost or displaced by industrial food production. The school opened its doors in 2009 to teach practical food production skills as well as to research methods and traditions and explore their relevance today. The School offers a wide range of courses from introductory level to professional level in bakery, butchery, curing and smoking, pie, cheese and ice-cream making, pickling and preserving. There is an emphasis on tastes and processes such as fermentation which develop slowly and on awareness of the provenance of raw materials and the distinctive characteristics of food from different areas.  The School also offers expert tuition for those considering setting up a food business or wishing to expand an existing enterprise. The School is dedicated to ‘producing good food from local resources and educating the people who will make a living in the sustainable food landscape of the future’.