About the Pfeiffer Center
Located 30 miles northwest of New York City, the Pfeiffer Center teaches and spreads awareness of biodynamics, a method of agriculture and land care that goes beyond conventional notions of “sustainability” to demonstrate actual improvements in soil vitality and in the taste and nutritional quality of produce.
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.
Working with a land base of 9 acres (3 acres in cultivation), Pfeiffer Center staff and interns run a small-scale biodynamic farm. Our work includes raising and marketing produce, herbs and flowers; operating a small CSA; seed saving; making and working with compost according to biodynamic principles; and caring for and working with our draft horses and honeybees. The ongoing work of developing a biodynamic farm individuality is the basis for all our educational work.
Our CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) connects us to a movement, rooted in biodynamics, that fosters strong connections between farms and the communities they serve. We also serve our neighbors through our weekly farm stand and annual plant sale, and we 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, Eurythmy Spring Valley, Sunbridge Institute, the Fellowship Community, Duryea Farm and the Hungry Hollow Co-op.