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International Biodynamic Research Institutes & Organizations Involved in Biodynamic Research

Association of Biodynamic Plant Breeders

A group of plant breeders working from a spiritual scientific and biodynamic background who have come together in order to breed cultivated plant varieties for the organic sector.

Biodynamic Research Association of Denmark

The association's primary objective is to research food on an expanded science basis, to disseminate knowledge of biodynamic agriculture and research, and to support a holistic understanding of food quality. The association has conducted development of the biocrystallisation method.

Biodynamic Research Institute, Sweden

The biodynamic farm under nordic conditions is the fundamental focus of the Institute. The aim is to carry out scientific research on plant nutrient recycling and conservation in agriculture and nutritional quality of agricultural food products. The guiding platform is the theoretical knowledge developed by Rudolf Steiner who established the general principles of biodynamic agriculture.

Considera seeks to collect and analyse data from those undertaking relevant experiments to clarify existing experiment-based research related to planting by the stars, use of ashes to deter pests and weeds, and use of substances in infinitesimal doses to improve land and compost.

Crossfields Institute

Crossfields Institute in cooperation with the Field Centre (link to will be offering an MSc in Biodynamic Research starting in September 2014. This will be a blend of attended workshops, individual research and online supported education. Crossfields Institute is an educational charity specialising in the design of holistic and integrative qualifications. It offers a range of innovative qualifications through its network of centres. is a unique website based on a climatic technique that interfaces daily weather data from the National Weather Service into a geometrical system that is the result of twenty-four years of experimental work. Precise weather observation and advanced planetary geometry, are linked to historic climatic patterns across the U.S.

Farmscape Ecology Program of the Hawthorne Valley Association

The Farmscape Ecology Program is a research and outreach program dedicated to exploring the ongoing conversation between human culture and the rural, semi-agricultural landscape of Columbia County. The Program is a member of the Hawthorne Valley Association, a diverse not-for-profit committed to social and cultural renewal through the integration of education, agriculture, and the arts.

The Field Centre

The Field Centre is being built as a place for academic and practical education and research in the fields of biodynamic agriculture, adult education and consciousness studies. The active intention of the Field Centre is focused on education and trans-disciplinary research arising out of the work of Rudolf Steiner’s Spiritual Science. It will include a Research Chair on Biodynamic Agriculture - the impact of the biodynamic farm for restorative human development.

Hawthorne Valley Center for Social Research

Hawthorne Valley Center for Social Research (CSR) is an independent "think and do" tank that combines research and practical initiatives as a means to identify and implement solutions to modern days social problems. It is a member of the Hawthorne Valley Association.

Healing Water Foundation

The Healing Water Foundation, based in England, works to improve water quality through research, education and eco-technologies. They have done extensive research with flowform design. The Foundation is active in researching water's influence on living things, and especially how rhythmical treatment affects water quality.

Institute for Biodynamic Research

Based in Darmstadt, Germany. Most text is in German.

International Research Association for Organic Food Quality and Health (FQH)  

FQH aims to establish a network of research institutions specialized in the background of organic food and its effect on human health. Interdisciplinary and specialized investigations on organic food quality concepts and novel research methods to study the influence of organic food on human health are promoted.

International Working Group on Biodynamic Fruit Production

This group works together with trading partners, extension officers and researchers, seeking to further develop the specifically biodynamic qualities of their fruit growing methods and products. They regularly organize conferences and workshops to share experience and provide training, and work together on research projects.

Josephine Porter Institute for Applied Bio-Dynamics

The mission of the Josephine Porter Institute (JPI) is to heal the earth through production of quality biodynamic preparations, and to advance education and research in biodynamic methods. 

Louis Bolk Institute

The Louis Bolk Institute has been a pioneer in innovative scientific research in organic farming, nutrition and healthcare since 1976. Broadening the basis of scientific research is the aim of the institute’s work. Where conventional research methods do not suffice, new methods are looked for, such as: phenomenology, participatory research, pictomorphological investigations and conscious-intuitive methods, Rudolf Steiner’s philosophy being a source of inspiration.

Mandaamin Institute

The focus of this non-profit corporation is to develop more nutritious corn and wheat and healthier ways of farming.  Their vision includes optimal food production (combining healthy soils, healthy crops, and healthy animals), breeding that respects the integrity of our domesticated species but fully utilizes their natural gifts, and new varieties and breeds with high productivity that meet the stresses and nutritional needs of our world.

Michael Fields Agricultural Institute

A non-profit organization with the mission to nurture the ecological, social and economic resiliency of food and farming systems through education, research, policy, and market development. Based in East Troy, Wisconsin, their programs include Crop and Soil Research and Integrated Farming Systems.

New Alchemy

This is the website of Dennis Klocek - artist, scientist, teacher, researcher, gardener, and alchemist. Here you will find lecture downloads, art prints for sale, articles to read, and more.

Research Institute at the Goetheanum (Institute for Contextual Science)

The aim of the Institute is to continue to expand and deepen the work of the School of Spiritual Science at the Goetheanum. It is jointly operated by the Science Section and the Section for Agriculture. Headquarters of the Institute are two buildings in the vicinity of the Goetheanum: the Glass House and the crystallization laboratory. Research areas are biology, agronomy, medicinal plants, chemistry, physics and image forming methods.

Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL)

FiBL is an independent, non-profit, research institute with the aim of advancing cutting-edge science in the field of organic agriculture. FiBL has offices in Switzerland, Germany and Austria.

Rodale Institute

Rodale Institue is dedicated to pioneering organic farming through research and outreach. For more than sixty years, they have been researching the best practices of organic agriculture and sharing the findings with farmers and scientists throughout the world. Projects with biodynamic research aspects include the Honeybee Conservancy and farming systems trials.

Shri AMM Murugappa Chettiar Research Centre (MCRC) 

MCRC is a non-Governmental Voluntary Research Organization located in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India. MCRC develops appropriate technologies for the benefit of rural communities. Their work includes the identification of locally available alternative resources for BD preparations and evolving the scientific data for proving the principles of biodynamics.

Spirit of the Earth Farm Foundation

Promoting loving care of Earth and all life through sustainable biodynamic food production for local consumption.

S&S Center for Sustainable Agriculture and Homestead Farm

The S&S Center for Sustainable Agriculture is a non-profit organization dedicated to growing vital food, promoting sustainable livelihoods, restoring healthy farmland and educating student farmers to be effective stewards and members of the earth. The Center offers educational opportunities and conducts research through S&S Homestead Farm, a demonstration farm for Washington State University.

The Nature Institute

The Nature Institute is an independent not-for-profit organization in upstate New York with a track record for incisive and thoughtful research studies, publications, and education programs. They develop ways of thinking and perception that integrate self-reflective and critical thought, imagination, and careful, detailed observation of nature's phenomena.

The Pfeiffer Center

The mission of the Pfeiffer Center is to practice, teach and spread awareness of the biodynamic method of agriculture and land care. Their work includes educational programs , agricultural production, work with draft horses, beekeeping, and research.

Water Research Institute of Blue Hill

"Education and Research for a New Consciousness of Water”

The Institute’s mission is to discover a definition of good water that is not based on the absence of pollutants or upon negatives, but rather is based upon the nature of water itself. Only this positive picture of water allows us to reach the comprehensive understanding of this universal, and universally needed, substance.

Woods End Laboratories

Since 1974, scientists dedicated to the careful measurement and understanding of soil and plant processes as they exist in natural, whole environments. America's longest running compost laboratory devoted to soil and compost quality.

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