Hi guys! I hope you are having a wonderful winter and are getting ready for spring to arrive! After all, I am seeing many buds on the trees already and I heard some tulips are already blooming here in the south. Bring it God! Even though we spent the majority of our winter in the sunny Arizona, we are still eager to get our garden going. The sooner we get it going, the sooner we get to eat FRESH food.
Lately I have been reading a lot of information on biodynamic farming. I have also bought some of the biodynamic farming products from Europe such as fermented black garlic and tomato sauce. This article will explain what Biodynamic farming is and why we might want to consider it rather than Organic gardening. Taking it to another level will be healthier for our environment. The Biodynamic gardening is organic and non GMO just like the organic gardening.
Biodynamic farming was established by a scientist from Austria in 1924. His name is Rudolph Steiner and he introduced his principles of this type of agriculture. He came up with a series of eight lectures in response to a group of farmers who were noticing what negative impacts chemical fertilizers had on the soil as well as the livestock's health at the turn of the century. His principles integrate strong observation of natural occurrences, knowledge of the spirit and reflection thereof. The translation of agriculture into a science of life forces and kind of stewardship that deals with the spiritual, social needs, impact and biological is a philosophy we should all consider.
The farming should be based on the perfectly mixed farm where the animals are fed the crops that are grown on the farm and the fertilizer for both those crops and the food crops are from those same animals. The base of biodynamic farming is imitating self - sufficiency of nature. Treating the animals with great respect insures their role in obtaining strong food production. The side effect of that principle applied produces the highest quality of grain and grass for them to grow and thrive on.
Here is where this farming methods get fairly complex. There are nine diluted mixtures that contain plant extracts, composted manure or mineral powders. Some of the mixtures applies to the roots or foliage while the others are applied in compost and the soils. These solutions aide in growth and foster resistance to weather and disease. Each one of these nine solutions plays a role in the entire equations. Crop rotations and cover crops also help to enrich the soils in this type of farming. The whole purpose of Biodynamic farming is its intense stewardship to produce plentiful and absolutely natural food in a way that has a positive impact on the land and soil.
The spirituality part of farming is really a beautiful part of Biodynamic ag. It is a unique entity running with the rhythms and nature of the universe. This means the farmers plow, plant and harvest on a schedule that works with the natural rotation of the earth as well as the patterns of the sun and the moon. The guide they use to determine these times is called the Stella Natura. This will ensure maximization of the vitality of the land and giving respect to the spirit and the uniqueness of the farm itself.
The social impact must not be overlooked. The farmer or farm family is also one part of the entire farm entity. They must be cared for too. After all they are the STEWARD! They can not be tired or overworked. This is where the community can be of great value and support. Community work days often are very successful. I love the thought of children coming out on a regular basis helping and learning about clean farming. The consumers of the farming products only ensures their food will be of the best quality. Consumers can even buy a portion of their harvest in advance. This puts the consumers in the entire picture and their support helps to insure the seeds get into the ground and the farmers have a stable income. This is a common practice in Biodynamic farming. Between the community work day and the Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) members, the assurance is there for fresh healthy food for the duration of the growing season.
I myself plan to venture off into learning about those natural non toxic solutions and we already have started a bit of a community garden. What I mean by that is several of our work out buddies have helped putting our first Tennessee garden in and their rewards were plenty of fresh veggies and fruits. Happy farming folks!
Love and Peace,