Pan-Asia Bio-Dynamic Association
Darren Aitken is an Australian Demeter Biodynamic farmer, and owner of Vortex Vegies, in Inverleigh Victoria.
Darren has been involved in Australian Demeter Biodynamic agriculture, with the Biodynamic Gardeners Association and the Biodynamic Agricultural Association Australia since 1998, and from 2002 he has been providing training and mentoring to new biodynamic practicians.
He started working with farmers from Asia in 2011, firstly in Malaysia, then China in 2013 and Taiwan in 2014. There has been also been training in Thailand in 2016 and interest from other countries. Darren does not advertise or promote his services, but waits until he is invited to provide training in any country and works farmer to farmer. (You can read the reports from these trips on the ‘reports’ menu on his website).
Over these years good farmers have presented themselves in each of the countries, and the number of farmers getting very good results in soil and plant health from applying the Australian Demeter Biodynamic Method is increasing. The results obtained and the relationships forged in each country prompted Darren to form the Pan-Asia Bio-Dynamic Association Ltd (PABDA) at the end of 2016. PABDA is a non-profit organisation solely dedicated to the practical development of the Australian Demeter Biodynamic Method in the Pan-Asia region.