Certificate in Applied Organics and Biodynamics


Seminar 1 for the Spring/Summer intake starts on 16 October, 2015.


The principles of organics and biodynamics rethink our approach to land management, soil management, food production, and animal care. This programme explores the subtle energies of nature to enhance the health of the soil and the plants and animals getting their sustenance from it.

Taruna has been running courses in Organics and Biodynamics for 21 years. The current format, in its 8th year and unique in the world, focuses on individual solutions tailored for those currently working the land (or aspiring to) alongside a wider exploration of organic and biodynamic principles. The Certificate in Applied Organics & Biodynamics at Taruna is for those who do not have time to engage with a full-time programme but still want to integrate these principles into their approach to land management.

Spread over 36 weeks, the programme consists of three 8-day seminars combined with home-based study, where you apply what you’ve learned to your individual situation. In between the 2nd and 3rd seminars, you will receive a consultancy visit from a qualified tutor at your own property for a discussion and recommendations.

Teaching takes place at the beautiful ‘Demeter’ certified Hohepa Farm at Poraiti in Hawke’s Bay, one of New Zealand’s earliest established and most comprehensive biodynamic/organic farms. There, participants will gain the practical skills and support to implement practices, will connect with a community of organic and biodynamic growers, and will conceive a new way of looking at nature.

Whether you are a large-scale farmer, a home gardener, tending a lifestyle block, managing a community garden, or still aspiring to work the land, this grounded, practical approach to organics and biodynamics will give you the knowledge and skills to move forward with confidence.

Many sound organic practices are well established, so what are the challenges now?

  • The question is not ‘Are plants influenced by rhythms of moon and planets?’ but ‘How do farmers make use of this?’
  • The question is not ‘Do biodynamic preparations work?’ but ‘How do farmers maximise their effectiveness?’
  • The question is not ‘Is biodynamics workable?’ but ‘How does it become mainstream farming, and what’s needed to bring it up to scale?’

Watch our graduate and tutor videos below.

Taruna – Erin Simpson

Taruna Tutors – Peter and Rachel

Taruna Graduate – Jen Speedy

Taruna Graduate – Joanne Doig

Taruna Graduate – Nathan Foote

Taruna Graduate – Jim MacDonald

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