What is Biodynamic Agriculture?
Biodynamics is a more intensive and restricted process than organic farming. A certified biodynamic farm meets all organic standards, such as the prohibited use of chemical fertilizers, herbicides, pesticides and synthetic fungicides. It also requires disciplined soil enrichment, constant observation, labor-intensive fieldwork, and ongoing intuitive awareness. Essentially, biodynamics looks upon the soil and the farm as a living organism.
In 1924, Austrian philosopher and scientist, Dr. Rudolph Steiner first introduced the concepts of biodynamic agriculture to the European farming community. He spent his life studying and teaching the spiritual sciences, and taught on hundreds of fields. One of his passions, among many, was the study of the forces that regulate life and growth.
Dr. Steiner taught that the earth, people, animals, plants, and the cosmos are equally important parts of a single inter-connected system. Every growing site has its own conditions (such as climate, altitude, water, resources, organisms, geology), the essence of which is imparted to everything living there. Consider herbs, for instance… even if they grow the same plants, different sites will produce herbs that are unique to that region and that location. Biodynamics considers all aspects of the land, plus spiritual and holistic concepts, and astrological influences.
Biodynamic farming and gardening combines common-sense agriculture, an understanding of ecology, and the specific environment of a given place with a new spiritual scientific approach to the concepts, principles, and practices of agriculture. Biodynamic techniques are used worldwide, currently in 50 countries and the movement continues to expand.
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