What is Biodynamics?

Biodynamics is a holistic system of organic agriculture first described in 1924 by Austrian social philosopher Rudolf Steiner, whose work also underlies the methods of Waldorf education.  Biodynamics was Steiner’s response to the lower over all quality in food due to chemical agriculture that people were noticing way back then, in the first quarter of the last century. From it’s inception, the goal of biodynamics is to work with Nature to create foods of the highest nutritional value. A wonderful benefit of this approach is that biodynamic foods frequently taste better than foods grown through any other system.

If you shop at health food stores, you are probably already aware of biodyamically produced products that are on the market. The WELEDA line of health and beauty aids are produced biodynamically, as are 7 Stars and Hawthorne Valley yogurts. The quality of all these products is very apparent when you use or eat them.

At the heart of biodynamics are recipes Steiner developed for nine special composts, or  “preparations.” One is a specifically prepared manure, another a silica-rich rock powder; the rest are herbs and other plant materials. Added to compost, and sprayed directly on the soil and plants at different periods in the growing year, each preparation stimulates and enhances biological activity in a specific way.

To learn more about biodynamic agriculture, visit the official US biodynamic farming page:www.biodynamics.com

For a philosophical overview of biodynamics, look here.http://www.biodynamics.com/biodynamics.html

If you have questions about biodynamics, in either theory or practice, ask Farmer Allan atinfo@freshandlocalcsa.com