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Dornach, 10th May 2015

Press release

Growing fruit biodynamically

Background, experiences, practice and research
Conference on biodynamic fruit growing on 24th and 25th
November 2016 at the Goetheanum, Dornach (CH)
Under the title "Growing fruit biodynamically", the Section for Agriculture
organises a conference from 24 th-25th November 2016 on orchards of all
More and more fruit growers question their own practices and become
interested in the possibilities offered by biodynamic agriculture. Other
growers who are already working biodynamically are looking for new
perspectives and wish to share experiences, particularly concerning current
topical issues, such as the cherry fruit fly.
Fruit production has a reputation for being difficult and very demanding. " We want to
show that biodynamics is interesting and provides future-oriented, sustainable
solutions for commercial fruit growing for all kinds of fruit ", says Jean-Michel Florin
from the Section for Agriculture.
During the 2 days general principles of biodynamics will be presented as well as
specialist topics concerning the most important tree crops, such as fruits, nuts and
wine, and these will be covered in presentations of practical examples. The
conference addresses fruit growers, growers of oil crops, vintners and orchard
How do biodynamic practices help to provide a sound base for fruit production? And
how can biodiversity be encouraged in order to shape a balanced farm organism? In
addition to questions concerning soil health, issues such as dealing with diseases and
pests as well as the importance of animals will be addressed.
Workshops on plant protection, tree nurseries, tree care, cooperatives and joint
marketing offer room for deepening kowledge and sharing experiences. A training of
sense perceptions has very practical significance. The speakers are experienced
practitioners, researchers and consultants.
Come and let us all shape the future of biodynamic fruit production together!
The programme and further information will be available from July onwards at

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The Section for Agriculture at the Goetheanum is one of currently eleven departments of the School of
Spiritual Science based at the Goetheanum in Dornach, Switzerland. The Section for Agriculture contributes
to the development of agriculture, out of anthroposophical spiritual science. The main tasks of the Section
for Agriculture are to coordinate and give impulses to the worldwide biodynamic agriculture movement
through international conferences, seminars, networking and research.

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