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Biodynamic Agriculture

“Great course, but it’s designed for advanced gardeners/farmers who are really into Biodynamic Agriculture. This is not a beginner course, in my opinion. Unless you are really into Biodynamic Agriculture, I’d recommend taking Organic Gardening.”—ML

Prerequisites: It is highly recommended that anyone wishing to view this course first complete the course entitled Low Cost Organic Agriculture or equivalent.

Course fee: $49

Course Description

Biodynamic Agriculture is an advanced state of organic farming which lays the foundation for a new way of thinking about our relationship to the earth and the environment. It was the first ecological farming system to raise a voice against the commercial fertilizers and pesticides during the early years of industrial agriculture. In Biodynamic Agriculture, a farm is considered a self-sufficient organism with interactions with biotic and abiotic factors.

This course will introduce students to biodynamic agriculture: concepts, principles, and practices. Students will understand the following:

  • soil as a living entity
  • soil formation
  • soil fertility
  • nutrient cycling
  • importance of organic soil matter

This course will also cover biodynamic preparations, which are vital in this system of farming. The role of planets and constellations on plants and farming to attune the crops to the biorhythms of nature will be discussed.


Dr. Thimmaiah is an expert in climate-smart agriculture promoting low-carbon green approaches for rural development. Through constant innovation and research, he has developed many low-cost farming solutions utilizing natural resources which are benefiting thousands of farmers in different countries. He holds degrees from:

BSc (Ag)., University of Agricultural Sciences (UAS), Dharwad, India
MSc (Agriculture) Indian Agricultural Research Institute (IARI), New Delhi
PhD Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), New Delhi

Free Lesson One

Lesson 1: History of Modern Agriculture and Emergence of Biodynamic Agriculture Free Preview


Lesson Titles

Lesson 1: History of Modern Agriculture and Emergence of Biodynamic Agriculture Free Preview
Lesson 2: Biodynamic Principles and Practices
Lesson 3: Biodynamic Preparations and Composting
Lesson 4.1: More Biodynamic Preparations
Lesson 4.2: The Lunar Calendar


Are there any prerequisites to take this course?

How long are the videos available to view?
Videos are available to view for at least one year after signing up.

Where can I contact the organizer of this event with any questions?
Please email the Office of Continuing Education at Or you can call 641-919-0045 during office hours: Monday – Friday 10:00 am – noon and 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm (Central Time).

What is the refund policy?
We offer full refunds to anyone who requests them before starting Lesson Three.

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