What is biodynamic?
Biodynamic farming is a method organic agriculture but with a more spiritual and holistic side to it.
The main idea behind biodynamic farming is that the Earth is a living, interconnected organism, and that farmers should work with, harness, and encourage it. A biodynamic farm functions as a strong, self-sustaining and vibrant single organism that recognises and respects the basic principles at work in nature. As another form of organic farming, artificial fertilizers, pesticides and herbicides are strictly avoided.
- Biodynamics originated out of the work of Rudolf Steiner, the founder of anthroposophy, an Austrian social philosopher who was widely admired at the turn of the twentieth century.
Methods unique to the biodynamic approach include:
- the use of fermented herbal and mineral preparations as compost additives and field sprays;
- the use of an astronomical sowing and planting calendar.
The special manure and herb-based preparations that are applied to the fields and compost have been shown to significantly improve the health and well being of soil, plant and animal as well as enhancing the vitality, flavour and keeping qualities of the produce.
- There are independent certification agencies for biodynamic products, most of which are members of the international biodynamics standards group Demeter International.