Located 30 miles northwest of New York City, the Pfeiffer Center practices, teaches, and promotes biodynamics. We care for the land, feed our neighbors, enrich our local community life, and offer educational opportunities for all ages and interests. The ongoing work of developing a biodynamic farm individuality in the northern suburbs of New York City in a community setting is the foundation for our educational programming.
Following indications given by Rudolf Steiner (1861–1925), biodynamics combines insightful techniques for building up healthy soil with a renewed awareness of all the forces at work in the farm organism: among and between the soil, plants, animals, and humans, as well as the cosmos itself. Steiner taught that how we work the land and obtain our food must be both thoroughly practical and grounded in an awareness of the unseen forces that act upon the material environment around us.
Our work includes raising and marketing produce, herbs and flowers; running the only dairy in Rockland County, NY; seed saving; growing and making products using healing plants and herbs; making and working with compost according to biodynamic principles; and caring for and working with our draft horses and honeybees.
Our farm’s produce and dairy products supply the Fellowship Community’s 150 members and co-workers, a 30-share CSA, a weekly farm stand, and local outlets such as Threefold Café and the Hungry Hollow Co-op. We also regularly donate produce to our local food pantry.
The Pfeiffer Center is located in the Threefold community, which is home to programs and institutions inspired by the work of Rudolf Steiner that teach and promote forward-thinking practices in education, agriculture, the arts, spirituality, and social life, including Green Meadow Waldorf School, the Otto Specht School, Endeavor 21+, Eurythmy Spring Valley, Sunbridge Institute, the Fellowship Community, Duryea Farm and the Hungry Hollow Co-op.