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).

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Biodynamic India

Biodynamic Farms and Plantations

Today there are more than 500 small and large farms practicing the bio-dynamic method on all or some part of their land. Many tea, coffee and spices plantations use BD practices and enjoy an internal clientele for their produce marketed at a premium. There is a flourishing export trade for BD certified produce under the Demeter certification.

 

Biodynamic Prep Making

BD preps are prepared in both north and south India. These are available at reasonable prices to farmers and are approved by the BDAI as per the internal quality checks carried out periodically.

 

Seeds and Farm Inputs

Open pollinated varieties are made available for BD farmers through seed savers and seed nurseries facilitated by the Association.

Training Centres

Biodynamic training workshops are organised periodically throughout the country either as short, long or refresher workshops.

 

Information Dissemination

  • Biodyne Newsletter: published quarterly
  • Biodynamic Planting Calendar
  • Training Manual
 

Farmer Outreach

  • Uttranchal and Maharashtra: Supa Biotech
  • Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh and Punjab: Naandi Foundation
  • Gujarat: Bhaikaka Krishi Kendra

Research and Innovation

  • Chromatography Testing, MCRC, Chennai
  • Soil Testing Lab developed by MCRC, Chennai
  • Field Trials documented at Central Institute of Subtropical Horticulture, Lucknow
  • Large Scale Compost Making
 

International Partners

  • Demeter International: Full Membership soon with the setting up of an independent Demeter Certification Office.
  • Andreas Hermes Institute, The training arm of the Deutscher Bauernverband (German Farmers Association) with the financial support of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ): facilitating our organisation development exercise envisioning a new vision, mission and S.M.A.R.T. Goals for a pan-India professionally managed farmer-led organisation.
 

Secretariat

  • Central office in Bangalore with Secretary BDAI as executive officer
  • Coordination domestic and international activities, events and conferences
  • Back Office support for Biodyne Newsletter, Publishing and Training Workshops
  • Membership Office