The Biodynamic Movement in Britain

A History of the First 100 Years

Bernard Jarman

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£12.99
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Not yet published - due 06 Feb 2024

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  • A concise and fascinating history of the biodynamic movement from its arrival to Britain in 1928 through to present day
  • Examines key moments in time from the growth of the wider organic movement in the late 1920s to the challenges presented at the outset of the twenty-first century by genetically modified crops
  • Personal portraits of key figures, including Daniel Dunlop, George Adams, Lili Kolisko, Marna Pease and Ehrenfried Pfeiffer, reveal how their lives and perspectives developed the movement
  • Includes photographs from the archive of the Biodynamic Agricultural Association
  • Written by the former Director of the Biodynamic Agricultural Association in the UK

A history of the development of biodynamics in Britain from the former Director of the Biodynamic Agriculture Association. Includes portraits of biodynamic pioneers such as Ehrenfried Pfeiffer and Marna Pease, and a wealth of historical photographs.

Publisher:
Floris Books
Subject:
Biodynamics & Organics
Illustrations:
b/w illustrations
Extent:
180 pages
ISBN:
9781782509028
Publication date:
06 Feb 2024

Description

Biodynamics grew out of Rudolf Steiner's Agriculture Course, a series of lectures he gave in 1924. It is now an inspirational worldwide movement bringing a uniquely holistic, organic agriculture to farms, vineyards and gardens.

In this concise and fascinating history, Bernard Jarman, former Director of the Biodynamic Agricultural Association for the UK, charts the development of biodynamics in Britain following its arrival in 1928 through to the present day. He presents engaging personal portraits of biodynamic pioneers, including Daniel Dunlop, George Adams, Lili Kolisko, Marna Pease and Ehrenfried Pfeiffer, and includes accounts of early discoveries, for example the research that led to the development of Maria Thun's Biodynamic Calendar, and later initiatives such as Community Supported Agriculture.

Jarman also examines key moments in the history of the movement, including the emergence of two rival biodynamic organisations in the 1930s and 40s, and the flourishing of the wider organic movement in post-war Britain, as well as the challenges posed by genetically modified crops.

This insightful book provides an important historical overview and grounding for the biodynamic movement as it looks to its future.

Author

Bernard Jarman worked as an apprentice on a biodynamic farm in Germany before running a hill farm in Botton Camphill Village, North Yorkshire. He was Executive Director of the Biodynamic Agricultural Association in the UK for fifteen years and continues to teach courses in biodynamic agriculture all around the world. He lives in Stroud, England.

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