Mission: To enable people to farm successfully, in accordance with #Biodynamic practices and principles. Vision: HEAL THE PLANET THROUGH AGRICULTURE.
Demeter Association, Inc. is the United States’ representative of Demeter International. We are a not-for-profit incorporated in 1985 with the mission to enable people to farm successfully, in accordance with Biodynamic® practices and principles. Demeter’s vision is to heal the planet through agriculture.
The first Demeter chapter was formed in Germany following Dr. Rudolf Steiner’s “Agricultural Course”. In 1924, Steiner (noted scientist, philosopher, and founder of the Waldorf School) held a series of eight lectures for a group of European farmers, who had approached him because they were observing a rapid decline in seed fertility, crop vitality and animal health on their farms.
It’s helpful to think about this in the context of the times. Prior to the advent of industrialization, our communities were agrarian. People lived on their farms. They had lots of different farm animals. They grew food for themselves, and for their animals. They lived and farmed in tune with the seasons and the celestial rhythms. The farms themselves were each unique.
But by the late 19th century, Industrialization had swept the western world and transformed communities from agrarian to industrial economies. People moved from their farms to the cities. Factories were built- that emphasized increased production based on the utilization of increased resources. Bring more coal and steel into a factory, and more weapons, machines, and other goods came out. The goal, of course: to produce the highest output at the lowest cost.
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