The South West Biodynamic Group would like to share and endorse this statement from the Biodynamic Association
Promoting Social Justice, Equity and Inclusion
As an organisation, the Biodynamic Association is committed to renewing the health and wholeness of our communities through biodynamic agriculture.
Distressing recent events, highlighting yet again the deep racial inequalities in our world, have been a painful reminder for us in the UK Biodynamic Association of the need to move forward and progress much faster, and, along with the whole farming community, to commit and achieve greater diversity in every way possible for our farming, food and gardening movements.
We recognise that there are significant barriers in the UK to all those from disadvantaged backgrounds entering the agricultural sector, including access to land and capital resources. Barriers also exist to accessing healthy and nutritious foods that should be everyone’s right.
These are areas that we are working to address, and in doing so committing ourselves to more fully listen, learn, and promote social justice, equity, and inclusion. Through positive action we join the global biodynamic community to make positive change. Just as it was true in Rudolf Steiner’s day, the urgent need for social healing is intimately connected to our relationships with food, land, and spirit.
May our feeling penetrate
into the centre of our heart,
and seek, in love, to unite itself
with the human beings seeking the same goal,
with the spirit beings who — bearing grace,
strengthening us from realms of light
and illuminating our love —
are gazing down upon
our earnest, heartfelt striving.
~ Rudolf Steiner, 1923
Firstly a reminder that, as announced in the Spring Newsletter, our Virtual/Alternative Spring Gathering is this Sunday (April 19th). It was suggested that members do a stirring of 500 preparation on that day as we can’t meet physically. In this way people can join forces in thought and action in their own gardens, plots or holdings. For those unable to join in with the stirring there could be a few minutes silence/meditation at a convenient time on the day, to concentrate on the health of our planet.
We had deliberately not given a specific time but a number of people had requested a ‘collective’ time so we would propose 5.00pm for people who would like to join others remotely. The meditation could take place a few minutes before then.
And some exciting news from Huxhams Cross Farm
Apricot Centre Biodynamic flour is now for sale
The flour retail is ;
1 kg bag – £2.85
3 kg bag £8.00
12.5 kg bag £25.00
White flour will be available in 2-3 weeks as well.
These can be delivered locally in our delivery round, £10 minimum order, or the 12.5 kg bags can be collected from our collection hub on the farm.
Our flour is milled from Huxhams Cross Biodynamic YQ grain.
YQ stands for “Yield and Quality” and was specially bred by Wakelyns Agroforestry in collaboration with the Organic Research Centre. 20 varieties of wheat were crossed to create a diverse “population wheat” that is suited to an organic low input system. It is generally low in gluten levels. It has been grown at Huxhams Cross farm in Dartington and is fully Biodynamic. It has a high flavour. It is milled at the new Dartington Mill.
The new mill is special, it is a “New American Stone Mill ” recently arrived from Vermont. We mill in small batches so freshly milled flour can be delivered to either the Almond Thief or the Apricot centre on a weekly basis. To quote Andrew Heyn the baker and the mill maker;
“Freshly ground flour retains more flavour and aromas than pre-ground flour, translating to a more complex, aromatic, and delicious baked good. Stonemilling grinds the bran and germ into the flour along with the endosperm, keeping valuable nutrients in the flour. Coarser elements can be sifted out as you like to produce finer flours, which still retain some of the nutritional benefit of milling the whole grain. Granite millstones help to keep grain cool as it travels through the mill, protecting naturally occurring oils and nutrients. Buying whole grains presents an opportunity to work with local grain growers, and for those farmers to access a local market via a new avenue: your bakery. It’s good for you, your bread, and your community.”
https://www.wevideo.com/view/1644119746 – a short film of the wheat growing and milling at Huxhams Cross farm.
I have been contacted by Hannah Farmer who is moving from Sheffield to West Cornwall this autumn. Her message is as follows:
I want to make connections with growers in the local area, as I have loved my time learning about and volunteering at a Sheffield based biodynamic market garden.
I would love to continue volunteering and move into a paid role for growing, as I feel it’s healthy for me and part of the direction I want to grow in to.
If anyone can help, please contact Hannah directly.
And continuing on a Cornish theme (well, sort of), many of you may remember Laura Wallwork who used to run Tregillis Farm near Launceston (and previously was a BD apprentice at Velwell). Her current farm at Plas Dwbl College in Pembrokeshire (part of the Ruskin Mill Trust) is featured on BBC Wales this evening. It will be available on the iPlayer shortly: https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m0008fc7
Finally, for those who don’t receive information from the BDAA, a reminder that
The Biodynamic Association has put together a conference that promises to be a gathering full of enthusiasm; bringing together practicing farmers, growers, gardeners, therapeutic practitioners, educators, earth healers, foodies, processors, traders and researchers to further the practice and research of biodynamics for the 21st century. Consciously working for harmony with nature, crops, animals and the farm community, bringing health benefits to all.
We meet at the Glasshouse College in Stourbridge thanks to the support of Aonghus Gordon and the Ruskin Mill Trust.
There is a full programme for Saturday 26 and Sunday 27th October with keynote talks, a choice of workshops and discussion groups on developing biodynamics, there is an opportunity for everyone to learn and share.
Find out more and book your tickets here: https://www.biodynamic.org.uk/biodynamic-association-conference-agm-2019