The Biodynamic Agricultural College's distance learning course in biodynamic principles and practice is now in its second year and is for students who are actively working on the land or already have some practical experience. By combining specifically written materials and references, with plenty of practical exercises and live seminars, this course provides a way of understanding the principles that stand behind biodynamic agriculture and how they influence the practicalities of working with the land. Please follow the link for the Principles and Practice Course on www.bdacollege.org.uk for more details. On the 19th May 2014, the Plant Unit will go live, and will continue until mid July. Some students have already registered, now we are inviting you!There must certainly be another way altogether, which did not treat nature as divided and in pieces, but presented her as working and alive, striving out of the whole into the parts - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
The plant world is all around us, there to be understood. To provide a deeper understanding of the plant and the understanding of the plant that informs biodynamic agriculture, this unit includes an introduction to phenomenology and the Goethean approach. This is followed and accompanied by some examples of how biodynamic practice is affected by this understanding in five areas of working with plants: horticulture, fruit growing, arable, pasture and seed production. If you would like to deepen your knowledge of biodynamic agriculture, have five hours per week and £365 this is a good opportunity to let the college come to you. It is well worth it!
The Plants unit will be facilitated by Alysoun Bolger. Alysoun has degrees in science and art, has been involved with phenomenology for nearly 20 years and was a course leader and administrator for six years on the full-time biodynamic agriculture training at Emerson College before teaching on the Principles and Practice Course. She will invite specialists in their fields to contribute to some of the seminars in this unit.