ExpO meeting

From AAF Notes & Correspondence October 1945:

On Sunday morning, July 1st, the Circle met at Rudolf Steiner House in London—the first ‘reunion’ since 1942. There was a very good attendance, helped by the fact that! the meeting was arranged to coincide with Mr. Deryck Duffy’s three agriculture lectures, for which many friends and members were spending the weekend in town.

This year the Agricultural Course comes of age, and before the meeting was opened for general discussion, Dr. Mier spoke for a few minutes, recalling most vividly and movingly those days twenty-one vears ago when Dr. Steiner gave the course, and the work of the earliest members of the Circle. We who begin with simplified instructions and ready-made preparations are apt to forget the debt we owe to these pioneers who first worked out experimentally the indications Dr. Steiner gave at Koberwitz in 1924.

Tributes were paid to Mrs. Pease, who for so many years has been a principal support and pivot of the bio-dynamic work in this country. For many members Bray has been rather inaccessible during the war, and everyone was particularly pleased that Mrs. Pease was able to come to London for the Duffy lectures and the Circle meeting.

Several members described their wartime farming and gardening experiences and Mr. Duffy gave some account of the Westhall Farm Schools, and the research work he hopes to initiate there.

There was a strong feeling among the members that some new positive and vigorous activity is required of us now that the paralysis of the war years is lifted. Partly as a wartime necessity this country has lately become compost-conscious, and is probably more open than it has ever been to new ways of thinking about the soil. It was agreed that the Experimental Circle should, from now on, meet at more frequent intervals, and that the members should try to bring to the September meeting some definite and practical suggestions for expanding and strengthening the agricultural work.