BD Apprentice Programs
at C-Dar Lodge Farm
Our nursery, our forests, gardens and fields are all managed Bio-Dynamically.
C-Dar Lodge Farm is a training facility. We decided to train Biodynamic Agriculture Students or Students interested in BD Farming method(s).
The depth of a BD Students’ training does depend upon the length of his/her stay with us. In general a commitment of the time span of a month is an absolute minimum.
The Biodynamic Farming Method(s) encompass a great variety of philosophical- and physical (gardening, farming, hot-and green-housing etc.) aspects. It is well known that Dr. Rudolf Steiner’s Farming and Gardening Course is being interpreted in a multitude of ways. In the meantime, many students, farmers, gardeners, doctors and ‘professors’ have tried their hands on what Dr. R. Steiner has indicated – with a variety of results. But, it can be said that anybody who has practically worked with Dr. R. Steiner’s ideas has greatly benefited.
All Biodynamic Preparations (and additional Preparations that are closely connected with BD) are made on the farm and are stored in a specially made storage cellar. As a WWOOFer you will, from time to time, work in the preparation cellar or storage facilities or are invited to make BD Preparations. You may be collecting the ingredients such as Dandelion, Yarrow, Chamomile etc. or you may be excavating a hole in the ground in which the preparation is introduced in order to ferment or ‘hibernate’, for a year or less.
We do make sure that a BD Students work is versatile and it may change from day to day.
Some BD Students do work with us for a period of a month whereas others have stayed up to seven months. We are prepared to work with a BD Studient for the period of a year during which time she or he can obtain a rather comprehensive idea on Biodynamics. For further training you may wish to enroll at a College such as Emerson College (England). Consult our LINKS.
It is self-understood that a WWOOFer who has farming experience can be introduced to Biodynamics at a (relatively) faster pace than a person who has never worked on a farm. This should be kept in mind when applying for a WWOOFer position.
We often discuss the life cycle of plants (at the farm), the birthing details of a cow, insemination, slaughtering, seeding of trees, the harvesting of crops, details on making composts and so forth. People who have grown up off the land may not necessarily know such subjects.
When you apply for a position at C-Dar Lodge Farm please take the time to fill in the application form carefully. Our team will evaluate your Application and will make a decision whether or not you can be accepted at C-Dar Lodge Farm. We may phone you if we have questions OR you may be accepted without further examination.
IF you are a specialist in a specific field: Mechanic, Stone Mason, Gardener, Carpenter, Soil Scientist etc. please DO indicate this on your Application form. We are, at times, able to accommodate BD Students with special skills and may be able to financially compensate them for their work (barn building, scientific research, engine repair, etc.)
We recommend that you do some Biodynamic reading before you join us. Dr. R. Steiner’s Agricultural Course is a rather involved and demanding book filled with series of lectures and may not be easily understood WITHOUT guidance. However, Secrets of the Soil (and related literature) can give you a broad overview on what we are doing here. Please consult our RESOURCES.
BD Students are mainly working with farming and gardening tools. We do not believe that BD Students should operate heavy machinery or any dangerous tools such as chain saws, mowers, etc.
We have a small lab at C-Dar Lodge Farm in which you may be able to do some soil- or compost research at your leisure. We have a large library for your perusal.
Our working hours are, generally, from 8 – 5PM with an hour or hour and a half lunch time. Saturdays and Sundays are free. You may wish to go to Vancouver and return on Sunday night – if the work at C-Dar Lodge Farm pleases you………We pick you up.
The house rules of C-Dar Lodge Farm will be emailed to you once your application has been accepted. Since we do accommodate smaller and larger groups of visitors from all over the world, English is the main language that is being spoken at C-Dar Lodge Farm.
In most cases you have your own room or, at times, you may have to share your room with a maximum of four additional BD Students, (male and female BD Students have their own quarters). Long term BD Students get their own room. Shower room and other washroom facilities are available and are modern and are kept at the highest standard of cleanliness.