Our mission is healing the Earth with biodynamic preparations!
JPI has been a national producer and distributer of biodynamic preparations since 1985. Over the past three years (since we moved to Floyd VA), we have produced and sold over 100,000 units of biodynamic preparations to over 2,500 practitioners of regenerative agricultural practices. During this time, we have also served customers in 48 states of the union plus 10 U.S. territories and Canadian provinces.
As a nonprofit organization, we fulfill our mission by providing the following:
- Production of the nine biodynamic preparations for plants, fields, and compost (as first taught by Dr. Rudolf Steiner in his 1924 Agriculture Course on biodynamic agriculture)
- Exclusive production of the Pfeiffer™ BD Compost Starter & Pfieffer™ BD Field and Garden Spray (as given to JPI by the Pfeiffer Foundation)
- Great Customer Service with free phone support and prompt delivery of order
- Online Shop for easy purchase of preparations and books on biodynamics and more
- Educational workshops for teaching others how to make and use their own preparations and more
- Research projects for establishing quality evaluative methods to measure the effectiveness of biodynamic preparations and their practical field use
- Applied Biodynamics, the JPI periodical, deepening the practical application of biodynamic preparations since 1992
- Outreach activities at earth-friendly venues that introduce biodynamic preparations to others
- E-News updates for keeping our customers and donors up-to-date and connected
- Biodynamic collaborations for furthering the development of preparation making as a craft and spiritual practice
About Biodynamic Preparations
In biodynamic agriculture, preparations are the “bio (life) – dynamic (energizing)” formulations. They carry the enlivening forces that work dynamically within the soil, compost, and plants, to ultimately provide us with healthier foods, healthier bodies, and a healthier planet.
We strive to produce preparations made from plants that we grow, or that are wildcrafted, chemical-free, or organic. All preparations are made from the highest quality natural materials available, and are non-toxic.
Biodynamic preparations sit at the heart of biodynamic agriculture, the oldest sustainable agricultural movement in the world. They are also at the center of JPI’s mission, and are how we work to heal the earth and restore the health of our soil against negative environmental influences.
JPI Spring Workshops
June 8, 9, 10, 11 & 12
At the JPI Farm, Floyd VA
Register by May 15th to take advantage of our early registration fee!
Spring Preparation Making – Silica (BD #501), Valerian (BD #507), Yarrow (BD #502), and Barrel Compost
DATE: June 8, 1:30pm – June 9, 12pm
DESCRIPTION: Learn on a practical, experiential level how to make and use Silica (BD #501), Valerian (BD #507), Yarrow (BD #502), and Barrel Compost
PRESENTERS: JPI Board Members & Staff
Practices and Insights of Biodynamic Composting – Developing Dynamic ways of Seeing and Working with Compost and Ehrenfried Pfeiffer’s Chromatography
DATE: June 9, 2pm – June 12, 12:30
DESCRIPTION: This workshop will include hands-on activities with the composting process such as – How to mix the material, how to understand on a practical level C/N ratio, how to set a windrow or compost pile, when and how to turn a compost pile, how to recognize the signs of the different compos@ng phases. Learning to interpret Ehrenfried Pfeiffer’s Chromatography will also be part of the workshop.
PRESENTER: Bruno Follador, From The Nature Institute
For workshop registration and travel information,
please visit HERE.
The Valerian Preparation
“Valerian surrounds the plant life with a warm mantle.” – Manfred Klett.
In his landmark work Principles of Biodynamic Spray and Compost Preparations, Manfred Klett explains that the diluted juice of valerian has the faculty to create a sheath, wherever it is sprayed. “As I understand, it is a sheath which consists of condensed warmth ether. It opens towards the spiritual, protects against influences of the natural environment and preserves the workings of its brother and sister preparations when we spray it over the compost heap.”
In anticipation of our Fall 2013 Applied Biodynamics Newsletter, we offer a reprint from the Summer 2001 issue on Valerian. Also, from the Winter 2003–2004 issue there are a couple of articles by Patricia Smith on extending a crop with valerian, frost protection and the article Using Valerian the Way Steiner Indicated – An Update