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The Biodynamic Movement started in India in the early 1990’s. T.G.K. Menon, Director of the Kasturbagram Krishi Kshethra (an organic farm and ashram named after Mahatma Gandhi’s wife) invited Peter Proctor, a consultant of the New Zealand Biodynamic Association, in 1993, to visit Indore and conduct a workshop on the bio-dynamic method.
A chain reaction took place as Peter and his partner, Rachael Pomeroy travelled throughout India conducting workshops in Biodynamics. The first base for training was at Kodaikanal, facilitated by the Palni Hills Conservation Council. Thereafter many training bases were created leading to the Bhaikaka Krishi Kendra, Anand and Basil Farm School (Bhaktivedanta Academy for Sustainable Integrated Living) at Mysore where Peter and Rachael taught for many years. In North – SARG, Nainital and Dehradun and East – Naandi Foundation, Visakhapatnam have also been training bases in recent years.
Amongst the first initiatives were – the Kurinji farms near Kodaikanal, the Maikaal cotton project in Madhya Pradesh and the tea projects in Darjeeling (Ambootia, Selimbong, Makaibari) and South India (Singampatti – Oothu).
Member, Farms and plantations, preparing for Demeter Certification for exports and BD Prep makers, trainers and certification agencies. Planting calendar, Annual training programs and Demeter certification intermediary were organized
An inhouse trainer development program in supporting
farmer entrepreneurship development in association with AHA International
Today there are more than 500 small and large farms practicing the bio-dynamic method on all or some part of their land. Many tea, coffee and spices plantations use BD practices and enjoy an internal clientele for their produce marketed at a premium. There is a flourishing export trade for BD certified produce under the Demeter certification.
BD preps are prepared in both north and south India. These are available at reasonable prices to farmers and are approved by the BDAI as per the internal quality checks carried out periodically.
Open pollinated varieties are made available for BD farmers through seed savers and seed nurseries facilitated by the Association.