All of the seed we sell is Demeter Certified Biodynamic ®. Many varieties are also certified Organic. For the convenience of those required to have certified seed, we have noted available certification for each variety. All Demeter Certified Biodynamic ® certification is through the U.S. Demeter Association or its counterpart in other countries. In the U.S., the term Demeter Certified Biodynamic® is registered by the Demeter Association as a certification mark. Additional information about Biodynamic Agriculture is below.
For the 2018-19 year, Organic certification was carried out by both Stellar Organics and NOFA NY.
Green links below are downloadable PDFs of our current Certifications:
- Demeter Farm Certificate
- Demeter Handling Certificate
- Demeter Certified Crop List
- Demeter Certified Handler List
Why Biodynamic Agriculture?
Excerpted from the Biodynamic Association
“Biodynamics is a holistic, ecological and ethical approach to farming, gardening, food and nutrition. Biodynamic Agriculture was first developed in the early 1920s based on the spiritual insights and practical suggestions of the Austrian writer, educator and social activist Dr. Rudolf Steiner (1861-1925), whose philosophy is called “Anthroposophy.” Today, the biodynamic movement encompasses thousands of successful gardens, farms, vineyards and agricultural operations of all kinds and sizes on all continents, in a wide variety of ecological and economic settings.
Biodynamic farmers strive to create a diversified, balanced farm ecosystem that generates health and fertility as much as possible from within the farm itself. Preparations made from fermented manure, minerals and herbs are used to help restore and harmonize the vital life forces of the farm and to enhance the nutrition, quality and flavor of the food being raised. Biodynamic practitioners also recognize and strive to work in cooperation with the subtle influences of the wider cosmos on soil, plant and animal health.
Most biodynamic initiatives seek to embody triple bottom line approaches (ecological, social and economic sustainability), taking inspiration from Steiner’s insights into social and economic life as well as agriculture. Community supported agriculture (CSA), for example, was pioneered by biodynamic farmers, and many biodynamic practitioners work in creative partnerships with other farms and with schools, medical and wellness facilities, restaurants, hotels, homes for social therapy and other organizations. Biodynamics is thus not just a holistic agricultural system but also a potent movement for new thinking and practices in all aspects of life connected to food and agriculture.”