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What is biodynamic agriculture?

The biodynamic is one of the forms of organic farming offering an alternative to conventional breeding. But it does so with some peculiarities.

In biodynamics, agriculture is more than a way of producing food. It is an integrating process and a way of seeing life and existence , not only ours, but also that of plants, animals, the earth and the universe.

Do you want to know this mystical way of understanding the field?

 

What is biodynamic agriculture?

A good definition of biodynamic agriculture should always show it as a holistic agriculture that considers that the earth, plants, animals and humans together form a great agricultural organism .

In biodynamic agriculture, the influence that astrological elements such as the sun, stars and the position of the planets and the moon have on the health and vitality of plants .

What is the priority of this form of agriculture? The vitality , keep living countryside, energetic and strong. To do this, more is given back than what is taken away, materially and spiritually.

The basis of everything is to assume and feel that the earth is alive and that, in order for it to continue, it must be fed and cared for.

And for biodynamics, that goes beyond controlling pests and using organic fertilizers. Not surprisingly, its origin is in ancestral knowledge and philosophical thought.

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Rudolf Steiner and biodynamic agriculture

The creator of biodynamic agriculture was the Croatian philosopher Rudolf Steiner , who was concerned with the relationships between the soul, humanity, the universe and the physical world.

Thus, he developed various humanistic and spiritual teachings, such as Waldorf education and anthroposophy and, in 1924, he presented the concepts of biodynamic agriculture in eight conferences.

Known as “course on agriculture” Steiner explained how to implement his spiritual vision of nature. Today, biodynamic agriculture persists and is practiced by farmers in more than 50 countries. His work is regulated and certified by the Demeter International agency .

 

How is biodynamic agriculture practiced?

If you practice organic farming , in a home garden or on a larger scale, the vast majority of biodynamic practices will be more than familiar to you, but they go a bit further.

To begin with, the elements that are part of life and cultivation on the farm must be integrated .

That is, for example, to have plants you need compost and to have compost you need to have animals. In biodynamic agriculture, the animals are fed with the plants that are produced on the farm, which must be sufficient for this … while the animals must be sufficient to provide enough manure for the plants.

And all in the right measure to feed the farmers and even achieve a surplus. Of course, without damaging the ecosystem , without polluting and guaranteeing animal welfare.

All this, moreover, taking into account (because it is a necessary part of the whole) the cosmic forces. In biodynamic agriculture the quality of the earth is as important as the influence of the stars: sun, moon, planets and stars.

In biodynamic agriculture it is sought that each element (physical or energetic) is present in its proper measure and that it fits with the others. To achieve this, you have to attend to every rhythm and every need. Only then can we create a biodynamic calendar that tells us when to prepare the land, sow, cultivate and harvest.

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What are biodynamic preparations?

To ensure the health of the earth and, with it, that of the plants, biodynamic preparations are used in this agriculture .

Biodynamic preparations are plant and animal substances, in some cases with mineral content, which are applied in very small doses to affect the growth dynamics of the plant.

The preparations are named with the numbers from 500 to 508 and are elements such as cow manure and quartz powder, as well as plants (dandelion, oak, nettle, chamomile …).

These substances are treated and stored in animal parts such as cow horns and intestines, deer skulls or bladders.

Note that these preparations are not just a mixture of substances. They are exposed to the influence of the environment at different times of the year. Thus they can capture the changing flows of energies from the moon, the sun, the stars and the planets.

Once ready, they are used to pulverize the field or to vitalize the compost.

 

Do you practice biodynamic organic farming?

As you can see, biodynamic agriculture has many peculiarities that differentiate it from conventional agriculture, but also from the more “standard” ecological one.

Above all, you must have an open mind to understand that the field is a whole , a living organism in which everything is related, including the influence of the stars and light.

Have you already tried it in your garden?

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