Biodynamic Agriculture

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★★★★★ Great course, but it’s designed for advanced gardeners/farmers who are really into Biodynamic Agriculture. This is not a beginner course, in my opinion. Unless you are really into Biodynamic Agriculture, I’d recommend taking Organic Gardening.—ML


Biodynamic Agriculture is an advanced state of organic farming which lays the foundation for a new way of thinking about our relationship to the earth and the environment. It was the first ecological farming system to raise a voice against the commercial fertilizers and pesticides during the early years of industrial agriculture. In Biodynamic Agriculture, a farm is considered a self-sufficient organism with interactions with biotic and abiotic factors.

This course will introduce students to biodynamic agriculture: concepts, principles, and practices. Students will understand the following:

  • soil as a living entity
  • soil formation
  • soil fertility
  • nutrient cycling
  • importance of organic soil matter

This course will also cover biodynamic preparations, which are vital in this system of farming. The role of planets and constellations on plants and farming to attune the crops to the biorhythms of nature will be discussed.

∗ Prerequisites: It is highly recommended that anyone wishing to view this course first complete the course entitled Organic Gardening or equivalent.

Dr. Thimmaiah is an expert in climate-smart agriculture promoting low-carbon green approaches for rural development. Through constant innovation and research, he has developed many low-cost farming solutions utilizing natural resources which are benefiting thousands of farmers in different countries. He holds degrees from:

  • BSc (Ag)., University of Agricultural Sciences (UAS), Dharwad, India
  • MSc (Agriculture) Indian Agricultural Research Institute (IARI), New Delhi
  • PhD Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), New Delhi


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Additional Resources

Author: Dr. A. Thimmaiah

These are a selection of additional resources that might be useful for this course. Dr. Thimmaiah’s blog On his blog, Dr. Thimmaiah discusses a variety of current events in sustainable agriculture. He focuses on sustainable methods for agriculture, as well as discussing upcoming biodynamic agriculture events. Zinniker Family Farm Zinniker Family Farm is a biodynamic […]