Basics course

Biodynamics
In agriculture

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Annual in-depth course in the management of a dynamic biological interface in agriculture,
Heal the world through the agriculture of the future

The challenges of modern times: climate change, soil erosion, outbreaks of diseases in humans and animals, declining food values, and agricultural economic instability - require farmers to think and act from the rules of biology.


In the annual course we will get to know, experience and refine the toolbox, concept and management ability of growers working with a complete agricultural organism.
 

The course is designed to train the next generation in productive vegetable gardens, orchards, vineyards, agricultural farms that combine agriculture, education and medicine, and productive community agriculture.
This course is also essential for anyone who bakes, makes wine, cooks and occasionally eats.

 

The essence of the program

The change is coming We perceive agriculture as a primary product

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Program structure

 

The training program presents you with a holistic way of understanding the natural world as its premise and applies the understanding  This through a work-based and learning-based approach.  
 

In this program we will train learners in sustainable solutions to current and future environmental challenges through the development of knowledge and understanding and practical tools in the dynamic biological processes in nature and agriculture.


1) Basic assumptions in agriculture

The principle of an agricultural organism is central to the biodynamic approach to agriculture and horticulture.
In the first part we will present this principle and examine its implications for agricultural practices.
 

We will demonstrate and examine the basic assumptions in meteorology, soil and plant sciences and the management of biological processes.
And how the principles of the farm as an organism bring an integrated and balanced approach to farm management.  

Active observation and phenomenological examination of natural phenomena, will help us to characterize and get to the root of natural processes, their origin, and understanding the agricultural tools designed to develop biological vitality.

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November
October
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2) Building fertility and resilience

Fertility has broad implications for any agricultural activity: how it is understood in a biodynamic approach, how fertility is supported by biodynamic practices and how the overall meaning of fertility in the agricultural organism builds resilience.

 

Farmers and growers always strive to improve fertility, but are locked in an approach of deficiencies and incompleteness. The various components we will encounter in this chapter, will help us crystallize within the tools that take us to life-supporting agriculture.

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3) Motivation of biological processes

The demand for biodynamic food products is growing worldwide, due to the ability of the approach to conserve and renew agricultural resources, both by producers looking for quality of raw materials such as wine, olive oil, bread, and vegetables.

 

In this chapter we will recognize that one of the ways in which biodynamic agriculture, may make a contribution to the health and well-being of mankind, is through nutrition. As manufacturers of biodynamic foods, we need to be aware of how biodynamic practices can affect food quality. This vitality stems from the cultivation of activity and inner mobility in a person.

 

In order to develop vitality in food, one must see and internalize the ability of the farmer and farmer to initiate and optimize biological processes in the agricultural organism. The variety of tools and observations made in this chapter will improve the breeders' abilities, support the vitality of the food, during and after the growth.

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Throughout the program, a variety of exercises and tasks will be given, in order to help you be aware of a personal and professional development journey and provide you with an opportunity to engage in individual development activities relevant to the program.


Exercises and finishing work

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Tours

Full learning in agriculture matures from a direct encounter with farmers engaged in the craft. 

During the training period, there will be tours that combine practical work and study in biodynamic farms

Liron Israeli

Chief Facilitator

Doctoral student researching agro-ecological systems and agricultural training.

Founder of the "Living Land" Center, a member of international forums for biodynamic agriculture and prepares biodynamic preparations.

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Jordan Seagull

Chief Facilitator

Owner and farmer of the "Basket" farm. An agronomist who decided to expand his organic capabilities. Has been researching the application of biodynamics in its economy since 2014.

Host of the biodynamic course and will guide practical work

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Guides

In the program you will meet more

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Yuval Erlich

Korem and wine deaf winery

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Dr. Nir Eliav

Director of the Gitnia Educational Farm, Maalot

Researches and manufactures water circuits

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Ayala Noy Meir

Owner of the Rish Lakish oil mill
Expert in the quality and taste of olive oil

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Daniel Bernstein

Farmers in the home garden, haunted

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Michal Habibian

Chef and farmer. Owner of Habibian Farm

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Gilad Alon

One of the founders of Waldorf Education in Tivon,
And from the Israeli Waldorf School

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Chen Atid

Anthroposophy teacher
Formerly Director of the Seed Dynamics Research and Development Center

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Alison Bulger

Federation of Biodynamic Agriculture

Instructor in biodynamic agriculture


Program hosts


The biodynamic program takes place at the "basket" biodynamic farm in Moshav Amikam.

In this economy you will take part in biodynamic activities.
 

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Basket farm

Ella and Jordan Shahaf established the Basket Farm in 2009, when they returned to the family farm in Moshav Amikam. From cultivating a vegetable garden in the farm yard to a family and diverse farm, they continue to grow and grow along with vegetables.

As the garden grew, they saw the opportunity to connect their love of farming, and the interest of the people in local produce. And so they discovered - Habak - "agriculture with the participation of the community". The idea of the existence of mutual commitment and cooperation between the farmer and the local community.

 

Since 2014 we have been researching and applying the practices of biodynamic agriculture and are happy to see the vitality that the preparations bring to the garden and soil.

Today the economy contains:

  • 50 dunams of rotating vegetables

  • Orchards: combined orchard, avocado orchard and persimmon orchard

  • A nursery that meets the needs of green seedlings

  • Goats, chickens and horses for household needs


Living soil

Living Land was established as an initiative of Liron Israeli, while he was a young organic farmer, who sought (and did not find) infrastructure for the development of organic and biodynamic agriculture.  While organically growing and identifying the needs of growers, the "Living Land" Center has developed into a center that supports biodynamic agriculture infrastructure in Israel:

(3) Consulting and accompaniment for certification in accordance with the international standard DEMETER.

(1) Agricultural guidance and counseling.

(2) Development and supply of biodynamic tools
To improve soil fertility,
Plant and animal care


More on biodynamic agriculture

 


Work-based learning / internship period

Biodynamic agriculture trainings around the world are mostly work-based trainings - agriculture is learned from practice!

 

The "Living Land" center works to build the infrastructure of training farms. During the establishment phase, we invite workers in farms who want to develop in biodynamics, organic and agro-ecology, to join a work-based study program.

 

The add-on includes :
Learning processes within the economy, personal tutoring time, and a learning and deepening group.

 

* We are in the process of accepting a financing plan for new employees by the Ministry of Labor - contact us for more details

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On adding your employees to the program


And for jobs in biodynamic agriculture


Upon graduation

 

You and you are joining and joining, an international network of farmers committed to the constant learning and growth of agriculture in the service of life!

The areas in which you will establish yourself after graduation are:

  Development of agro-ecological management capability of complex agricultural systems
 

  Control of the principles, processes and tools of biodynamic organic interface

  Infrastructure to meet the criteria of the Demeter International Standard

  Improving personal abilities for reflection and management of complex biological processes

  Practical experience in a variety of tools for managing organic processes

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technical details

 


Questions to register

 

24 sessions of 8 hours

192 study hours

School day: Tuesday

Hours: 9:00 - 17:00

* Two meetings will be held on Fridays

Beginners

12/10/2021

Finishing

19/07/2022


Benefits

  A sufficient set of biodynamic preparations
    For 10 dunams and 10 cubic meters of compost

 

  Biodynamic sowing and planting board

 

  A course website that supports learning

 

  Access to a unique biodynamic library in the country

 

Worksheets and summary of biodynamic preparations  

  Join a circle winter study session
    Biodynamic farmers in Israel

 


Program costs

 


740 NIS
X12


630 NIS
X12