Biodynamic Farming was my topic of conversation during my most recent radio show, Holistic Living w/Barb this past Saturday, February 8. Biodynamic Farming fits like hand in glove as it relates to Holistic Living. Rudolf Steiner, the “Father” of biodynamic farming introduced it in 1924 and described it as “addressing the farm and farm family as an entity with biological, spiritual and social needs and impacts.”
If you are familiar with homeopathic medicine, you would be familiar with the concepts as they relate to biodynamic farming. This follows the same principles of using highly diluted essences of plant extracts and more to promote growth or foster resistance to weather or disease.
Biodynamic Farming is currently practiced in 52 countries around the world. Germany has the most hectares under this type of farming. In 2012, the largest increases for this farming were found in Spain, Ecuador, and South Africa.
The main difference between organic farming and biodynamic farming is that biodynamic farming takes a holistic approach looking at the farm as an entity, and allowing the plants to heal the earth. There is also a very significant astrological influence in biodynamic farming.
According to Steiner, agriculture should be based on the ideal of a mixed farm where the animals are fed from crops grown on the farm and in turn those crops, along with food crops, are fertilized with composted manure from the same animals. Healthy Soil, Healthy Plants, Healthy People.
At its base, biodynamic farming imitates the self-sufficiency of nature. Animals are treated with respect for their contribution in strengthening food production and in turn benefit by being able to eat grains and grass that is of the highest quality.
For a thorough introduction on Biodynamic Farming, I suggest you watch the documentary: One Man, One Cow, One Planet. Peter Proctor, a Biodynamic Farmer from New Zealand takes you through the process of what is entailed with this type of farming, and shares with you the benefits that can be enjoyed as a result. He explains the benefits that our planet derives from this type of farming as well.
For additional information on Biodynamic Farming, check out this website Rethinking Agriculture
For those of you interested in learning more about Rudolf Steiner, an absolutely fascinating individual, I suggest you visit here.
I found this topic to be very interesting, however one that I can’t implement at Upachaya. I have no place for a cow! However, I will continue my organic gardening so we can provide fresh produce and herbs to our guests that visit us here at Upachaya. One woman, one garden called Upachaya, which equates to healthy people!