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Biodynamic Agriculture and Gardening

Beginnings and Importance of Biodynamic Agriculture

Biodynamic agriculture is a method of organic farming that emphasizes the holistic development and interrelationships of the soil, plants and animals as a self-sustaining system.

In June 1924 Rudolf Steiner, well known as scientist and founder of the Anthroposophical Movement, gave a series of lectures to a meeting of farmers and gardeners at Koberwitz in Silesia (now Kobierzyce in Poland). He spoke about various problems of agriculture. He spoke about dying of soil caused by conventional agricultural methods, about plant- animal- and human degeneration and spreading of diseases. He spoke about responsibility of man and our task to regenerate the earth. In the introductory lecture he pointed out how far-reaching the interests of agriculture life are, how nearly all the different branches of human life are connected with agriculture, how many spheres of life are touched by it. He spoke about how completely wrong it is to take into consideration only the immediate surroundings of beetroot or a turnip, for example. For the plant is dependent in its growth on influences which are not to be found on earth, but which are streaming in from the cosmos. We try to arrange and explain many things as though we had only to deal with them in their narrow limits, and not with the whole universe. Already in his first lecture Dr. Steiner sketched a picture of agriculture reaching far beyond our earth, touching the stars. He stressed the necessity of enlarging our knowledge of plant life, animal life, and the life of the whole earth, and of extending it to an intimate knowledge of the whole cosmos.

Biodynamic agriculture sees the task of agriculture as overwhelming. The farmer and gardener help to build up the physical body of mankind. They work with the most valuable material we can think of ‒ Mother Earth. Out of the earth the plant-life grows. The plants nourish the animals, and plants and animals contribute to our life. Rudolf Steiner was convinced that only a real understanding of the wonderful organism “agriculture” will make it possible to grow healthy food.  

In Slovenia, biodynamic farming and gardening began in 1990s when Meta Vrhunc started to give lectures and published some articles about biodynamics. In 1991 Ajda Vrzdenec society was founded which was followed by many others Ajda societies all over Slovenia. Ajda societies are joined into Federation of biologic-dynamic farming societies. Food produced on biodynamic farms is sold under international Demeter trade mark and controlled by Demeter International Institution. Each country has its own Demeter organization which is required to meet international production standards, in Slovenia it is called Demeter Institution for Biodynamic Agriculture.

Basic Facts about Biodynamic Agriculture

Biodynamic agriculture tries to restore, maintain and enhance ecological harmony. Quality of herbs depends also on where they grow. Dr. Steiner spoke about how life on Earth does not depend only on the Sun, but also on other planets and constellations. Rhythms in nature are very important ‒ yearly-, monthly-, weekly- and daily rhythm. Researches have confirmed Steiner’s claims about planets’ influences on life on the Earth ‒ they work through different elements: heat (Mercury‒chamomile, Saturn‒valerian); light (Venus‒yarrow, Jupiter‒dandelion); water (Mars‒oak). Different constellations have influence on different parts of plants: Aries, Leo and Sagittarius (heat) ‒ fruit and seed; Taurus, Virgo and Capricorn (earth) ‒ root; Gemini, Libra, Aquarius (light) ‒ blossom; Cancer, Scorpio and Pisces (water) ‒ leaf.

Biodynamic agriculture uses various herbal and mineral additives (chamomile, yarrow, horse-tail, nettle etc.) for compost additives and field sprays made exclusively of natural plants and substances. Correct use of these concoctions revitalizes plants and soil and stimulates root growing and developing of micro-organisms and formation of humus.

Biodynamic agriculture is one of the first modern ecological farming systems that emphasize a sustainable approach to agriculture. Biodynamic farmers strive to create a diversified, balanced farm ecosystem that generates health and fertility as much as possible from within the farm itself.

Biodynamic farmers do not recommend use of unripe manure since it contains still active fungi that should not be brought into the soil. This kind of manure contains nitrogen that stimulates rapid plant growth. Of course, it makes us happy to see our plants growing fast, but there is no reason for happiness when we see that our plants are attacked by all kinds of pest and diseases. Biodynamics respects natural rhythms of growing which are slower than artificially stimulated ones, but the plants produced that way are much stronger and healthier and of great benefit to man.   

 

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