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The First Steps
The Biodynamic Movement started in India in the early 1990's. T.G.K. Menon, Director of the Kasturbagram Krishi Kshethra (an organic farm and ashram named after Mahatma Gandhi's wife) invited Peter Proctor, a consultant of the New Zealand Biodynamic Association, in 1993, to visit Indore and conduct a workshop on the bio-dynamic method.
A chain reaction took place as Peter and his partner, Rachael Pomeroy travelled throughout India conducting workshops in Biodynamics. The first base for training was at Kodaikanal, facilitated by the Palni Hills Conservation Council. Thereafter many training bases were created leading to the Bhaikaka Krishi Kendra, Anand and Basil Farm School (Bhaktivedanta Academy for Sustainable Integrated Living) at Mysore where Peter and Rachael taught for many years.
Amongst the first initiatives were - the Kurinji farms near Kodaikanal, the Maikaal cotton project in Madhya Pradesh and the tea projects in Darjeeling (Ambootia, Selimbong, Makaibari) and South India (Singampatti - Oothu).