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 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.
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 a higher demand of their Dry produce with the every increasing Retail locations Australia wide. During 2016 saw the Footscray market move locations to Epping where Biodynamic continue to supply Fresh Organic Produce.
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 organic food daily to the Melbourne Metropolitan area and despatches goods daily Australia wide from the wholesale market.
Demeter certified biodynamics is an enhanced biological farming practice. It is a way of producing organic food that is highly regarded by farmers and consumers for its quality.
This quality comes from the holistic approach the farmer takes towards their environment.
The health of the soil is the farmer’s qualitative yardstick.
Demeter certified biodynamic farmers use unique soil, plant and compost preparations that, when practiced successfully, create a humus-rich, well-structured soil ideal for the growth of healthy vibrant plants.
Biodynamics originated in the early 1920s from the work of Austrian scientist and philosopher, Dr Rudolf Steiner. Then, in Australia in 1953, Demeter certified biodynamics was pioneered by Alex Podolinsky with the establishment of the Biodynamic Agricultural Association of Australia.
The Biodynamic Research Institute in Powelltown, Victoria, was then formed in 1955 to certify farmers under the Demeter logo (trademarked in 1967).
The Australian Demeter symbol indicates that produce has been grown and processed according to the standards of the BioDynamic Research Institute. These standards include using environmentally friendly, ecologically safe, biological methods to activate and nurture the life of the soil, plants and animals within nature’s organisation, without the use of artificial or synthetic chemicals, fertilisers, genetically modified organisms or the use of any unnecessary additives.
“In bio-dynamics we are builders of health, not healers of sickness.” – Alex Podolinsky
For further information about Demeter biodynamic farming visit www.demeter.org.au
Here at Biodynamic Marketing Co, we are all about providing healthy, high-quality certified biodynamic and certified organic food to our consumers.
See below for a list of our trusted suppliers across Australia that provides the freshest and best produce, grown using Demeter certified farming methods that ensure that no harsh chemicals or pesticides are used.
- Burrum Biodynamics
- Ceres NZ
- Cindy and Kevin Legg
- Cobs Popcorn
- Cockatoo Grove
- Douglas Park Organics
- Earth Source Foods
- Eden Valley Biodynamic
- Four Leaf Milling
- Green Gables
- Green Grove Organics
- Greenwood Orchards
- Hand ‘n’ Hoe
- Hazeldean Forest Farm
- Hilltona Prunes
- Irrewarra Homestead
- Katham Springs
- Kehoe’s Kitchen
- Kindred Organics
- Lochabar Farms
- Manna Farms
- Marrook Farm
- Masons Rolled Oats
- Mock Red Hill & Totally Pure Fruits
- Mount Zero Olives
- Mungalli Creek Dairy
- Organic Dairy Farmers – True Organics
- Organic Times
- Powlett Hill
- Pure Life Bakery
- Pure n Free Organic
- RAW Honey
- Robinvale Organic & Bio-dynamic Wines
- Slater Farms
- Spring Plains
- Sunny Creek Organic
- Symons Organic Dairy Co
- Tallyho Farms
- Taralee Orchards
- The Herbal Gardener
- The Nutty Milk Company
- True Organics
- Warrakin Valley
- Williams River Produce
- Willunga Hills Olives
- Zeally Bay