One-Year Training FAQ

What kind of person is the course intended for? Who will be my classmates?

People from all walks of life have benefited from the course. Perhaps a quarter may be professional farmers, gardeners, or landscapers, but the rest have included nurses, physicians, artists, nutritionists, computer experts, crafts- and tradespersons, homemakers, teachers, financial consultants, therapists, and many others.

Who are the instructors?

Mac Mead, principal instructor, has 40 years' experience with biodynamics. Our guest faculty includes many of the leading authorities on biodynamics from the East Coast — accomplished teachers who are also working farmers and leading researchers with years of experience.

Do I need gardening experience?

It's helpful to have some basic hands-on experience. Even planting a small plot or a few containers at home will give you a head start. The Pfeiffer Center also offers seasonal one-day workshops on basic gardening skills that are an excellent complement to the course.

What books are required or recommended? 

Rudolf Steiner's series of 1924 lectures, known as The Agriculture Course, is required reading. Ehrenfried Pfeiffer's books are also particularly recommended. Books on biodynamics are available from The Biodynamic Association.

I have conflicts for some of the sessions. What can I do?

You can make up any sessions missed in this year's course in the following year (as long as your account is paid in full).

What are the payment options?

Tuition for the course can be paid in one, two, or five installments. Details of the payment plans are sent upon acceptance.

Is it possible to take an individual class?

The course is designed as a whole; sessions cannot be taken individually. See this page for upcoming workshops and events at the Pfeiffer Center.

Where is the course held? How do I get there?

Classes are held on the campus of Threefold Educational Center in Chestnut Ridge, NY, in the Pfeiffer Center Garden (on the Threefold campus), and at nearby Duryea Farm. Directions to the Pfeiffer Center by car and public transport can be found on this page.

Is scholarship assistance available?

Yes, some scholarship assistance is available. Please contact us for details if you wish to apply for a scholarship.

I have a question you still haven't answered; what do I do?

Call 845-352-5020 x120, or email We look forward to hearing from you!

See You Next Year!

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The course tuition is $1,425, plus a $25 non-refundable application fee. Tuition includes all materials. BDA members receive a $50 discount. An early payment discount, installment payment plans and some tuition assistance are available; for information, write to

This training meets the workshop participation requirements in the Biodynamic Farmer Foundation Year program of the Biodynamic Association.