What is AABDA?
AABDA stands for Asociación para la Agricultura Biológico-dinámica de Argentina, or the Biodynamic Association of Argentina. The Argentine Biodynamic Association was founded in 1998, although its origins go back to 1985, when for the first time biodynamic farmers from around the country came together to celebrate the first annual gathering of biodynamic initiatives. Since then, every autumn, the Association celebrates its annual gathering to promote the exchange of experiences in biodynamic agriculture, the exchange of seeds, and present updates from the different regional chapters.
The Association is constituted principally by farmers, but also members of other professions, consumers, friends and sympathizers of biodynamic agriculture. Companies with Demeter certification, and organizations of other agroecological movements are also associated.
AABDA is constituted as a not-for-profit civil association. It’s main objective is “to advance and promote the principles of biodynamic agriculture as expressed by Dr. Rudolf Steiner, as well as promoting related socio-cultural initiatives inserted in the rural environment”.
Among its current activities, the Association offers a modular training in biodynamic agriculture that lasts 4 weeks in total over 4 modules. Introductory courses are offered in various places around the country each year along with specialty courses, facilitating as much as possible the participation of individuals with less financial means.
The Association is organized into regional chapters that autonomously organize work and study groups, including community activities, like biodynamic preparation-making. AABDA provides a platform for the exchange of supply and demand between biodynamic farms, and other activities like linking apprentices to farms. The Association has for some years now, co-edited a biodynamic-astronomic calendar for crop planning.
At the same time, AABDA endorses a group of consultants that offer their help to social, productive, and educational initiatives that want to work with the principles of biodynamic agriculture.
For more information, see the website: www.aabda.com.ar (only in Spanish)