One-Year Training

A Scientific and Spiritual
Approach to Farming and Gardening

Biodynamics is a form of organic agriculture that acknowledges and works with both the seen and unseen forces that influence the farmscape, enhancing good stewardship practices such as building soil health and vitality through composting, cover-cropping, and crop rotation. The ideal biodynamic farm generates all the substances and forces it needs to build up and maintain a continuously improving, fertile environment.

Biodynamics is much more than a method. It is a well-reasoned spiritual approach to plant and land care that combines innovative techniques of building up healthy soil with a renewed sensitivity to all the workings of nature on the farm: among and between the soil, plants, animals, and humans — even the very cosmos.

In thirteen full-day workshops from September to June, the Pfeiffer Center’s One-Year Part-Time Practical Training in Biodynamics covers the basic principles and all the timely activities of biodynamic agriculture through the seasons.

In the classroom, Mac Mead and expert guest faculty introduce and explain Rudolf Steiner’s spiritual science, the foundation of biodynamics, in the context of Steiner’s “Agriculture Course” of 1924. Novel concepts are reviewed and revisited at each class, allowing students time to assimilate, question, and discuss.

In the field, we learn and do good gardening practices — sowing cover crops, building compost piles, pruning, and much more. The principles introduced in the classroom come to life as we learn by doing how each of the biodynamic preparations is made and used through the cycle of the year.

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Course Faculty

Mac Mead, Program Director of the Pfeiffer Center, has worked with biodynamics since 1975, when he first learned biodynamic methods from former colleagues of Ehrenfried Pfeiffer at the Fellowship Community. Mac was the resident farmer at Duryea Farm of the Fellowship Community until 2005, and joined the Pfeiffer Center in 2006.

Megan Durney, the Pfeiffer Center’s Head Gardener, plays a lead role in the Pfeiffer Center’s internship training program and its programs for children. She also manages the Pfeiffer Center’s CSA and farm stand.

Bill Day is the Pfeiffer Center’s beekeeper and beekeeping instructor.

Jairo Gonzalez is a co-worker and farm work leader at the Fellowship Community in Chestnut Ridge, NY.

Jennifer Greene is Executive Director of the Water Research Institute of Blue Hill, ME. Since the 1980s she has been a pioneer of flow forms in the United States, and continues the work of Theodor Schwenk in documenting water quality through the “drop picture” method.

Craig Holdrege is a biologist, an educator, and Director of The Nature Institute in Ghent, NY, a research and education organization for a unique qualitative approach to science. Craig is the author of many books and articles on genetic engineering, genetics, and a holistic, Goethean approach to science.

Steffen Schneider, for more than three decades a biodynamic farmer and herdsman, is the Director of Farming Operations at Hawthorne Valley Farm and a co-founder of the Institute for Mindful Agriculture in Ghent, NY.

Sherry Wildfeuer is the editor of the Stella Natura Biodynamic Planting Calendar, a co-worker at Camphill Village Kimberton Hills, PA, and a long-time active member of the Anthroposophical Society and the Agriculture Section of the School of Spiritual Science.

Hugh Williams is the owner of Threshold Farm in Philmont, NY. He has been growing fruit using biodynamic methods on a commercial scale for thirty years.

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Certificate and Credit Information

A certificate of completion is awarded upon completion of all sessions and a project.

Participants in this course are eligible for workshop participation credit in the Biodynamic Farmer Foundation Year program of the Biodynamic Association.

The Pfeiffer Center cooperates with colleges and universities offering credit for internship programs or work on special projects. It is the responsibility of the student to secure credit from the college.


The course tuition is $1,425, plus a $25 non-refundable application fee. Tuition includes all materials. BDA members receive a $50 discount. An early payment discount, installment payment plans and some tuition assistance are available; for information, write to

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Be a part of the 2018-19 One-Year Part-Time Training! Click here to apply.

This training meets the workshop participation requirements in the Biodynamic Farmer Foundation Year program of the Biodynamic Association.