Ambassadors’ News

May 2013

The Biodynamic Ambassadors project aims to support biodynamic pioneer projects and graduates from biodynamic trainings by bringing them together. Graduates go to work for a year at a Pioneer farm, and are supported to do so by the Project office. Two Biodynamic Ambassadors are currently at work, one in India and one in South Africa.

Melchior Pfeil who is placed at Inba Sewa Sangam, a biodynamic school in India describes his day:

“The day at school starts at 6am. We start with a morning prayer, meditation and gymnastics to establish a balance between body, soul and spirit. Then we work for an hour on the school farm, before breakfast. The food is vegetarian and for breakfast we have vegetables, rice and coconut chutney. Then we have theoretical lessons until 5pm, with a lunch break that includes an hour for resting. Last week I was asked to teach dairy farming. It was a lot of work to prepare the class, based on my German notes that had to be translated. But then it was very rewarding to see the grateful faces of the students who felt they had learnt something really important. In the evening we spend another hour working on the farm and we end the day with a reading group, in which students read to each other books on biodynamic farming practices.”

 

Sandy Bradley reports from his experience at Abalimi in South Africa:

“I sorted the visa out with an invitation letter from Rob. Arrived in South Africa in the first week of February and have been working with Abalimi in the townships one or two days a week. I have observed most of the garden centers, basic training courses, community gardens and a few home gardens who sell their excess vegetables through the Abalimi veg box scheme; called the Harvest of Hope. I help pack the vegetables and interact with the main farmers on their busy day.

Rob has now teamed me up with one of the only young men (named Xolisa) who is consistently applying his learning in his home garden. Presently, it is our collective hope that we can start a biodynamic movement throughout the townships, with a good demonstration at Xolisa’s garden. I have visited two Steiner eco-villages, some fruit farms and have been learning about the regional flora and fauna from local books, parks and witch doctors.”

At the moment there are 6 accredited Pioneer Projects waiting to host a Biodynamic Ambassador. 5 more projects have applied and are awaiting accreditation by the project office. For more information about the Biodynamic Ambassadors Project click here.

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