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ABOUT BIODYNAMIC MARKETING CO.

The Biodynamic Agricultural Association of Australia was founded in the mid 1953, by a group of farmers practising the “Australian Demeter-standard” method of Biodynamics as developed by Alex Podolinsky.

As Biodynamic farmers, their primary aims were to rejuvenate the soil and provide a sound future for the earth. As a result, they produce healthy, organic food for consumers across Australia.

In 1967, the Bio-Dynamic Research Institute registered the Demeter trademark in Australia, and developed the first organic/Biodynamic certification scheme to guarantee the integrity of Biodynamic produce to consumers. As consumer awareness grew, customers started to seek more Biodynamic and Organic food and drinks.

Australian farmers were pained to see that the quality Biodynamic food they put into the market was ending up in the general pool so a need arose for a centralised distribution system for all organic, Biodynamic produce.

History

In 1981, Alex, Trevor Hatch (BD beef and potato producer) and John Claringbould founded the Biodynamic Marketing Co Ltd. a not-for-profit company, to distribute Biodynamic produce to consumers.

Peter (Alex’s son) and Judy Podolinsky started delivering to health food shops from a rented cool-room in Blackburn (Melbourne) and attended trade shows to raise awareness of the company.

As the business grew, they employed more people and moved their base to Powelltown. Trevor and Ginger Hatch (BD farmers from Athlone) worked with Peter to built the first shed. Trevor and Ginger supplied timber from their farm and built the trusses. Peter: “It’s things like that (Trevor and Ginger’s contribution) that made the whole thing possible”.

Since building the original shed, it has been extended three times. In the earlier days, grains were first stored in outside silos but there came the need for a bigger shed to keep them out of the weather. More cool rooms and freezer rooms were then added as needed.

In 1989, Peter and Judy were still delivering the fresh Biodynamic produce from a warehouse in Melbourne, and the dry produce from Powelltown. An opportunity then arose for them to lease some space from a trader in the Melbourne Wholesale Market at Footscray, and they moved the fresh produce distribution there, later leasing their own space.

In 2015 Biodynamic Marketing Co moved their warehouse to a bigger and better location in Lilydale, enabling them to meet the higher demand for product with the every increasing Retail locations Australia wide. 2016 saw the Footscray Fresh produce market move location to Epping where Biodynamic Marketing continue to supply Fresh Biodynamic and Organic Produce Australia wide.

The Biodynamic Marketing Co is a soundly based, viable business, but is not profit driven. Its genuine aim is to act as the effective link between Biodynamic farmers and consumers.

Today, the Biodynamic Marketing Co now delivers bio-dynamic and organic food daily to the Melbourne Metropolitan area and despatches goods Australia wide from the wholesale market.

 

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