In Biodynamic agriculture the entirety of a farm, including the landscape of its surrounding terrain, the influences of the waning or waxing moon, even the positions of the stars themselvds in relation to the earth are all seen as integral factors to soil health and crop vitality.
Like organic agriculture, Biodynamics prohibits the use of chemical pesticides and fertilizers, but also goes one step further (or perhaps remains one step closer), by requiring that a farm’s soil-productivity be maintained exclusively through the use of compost, the manure of local animals, and cover crops.
In essence, Biodynamics is a system of agricultural attunement wherein farmers seek to reawaken their innate sensitivity to the rhythms of nature. By observing and then integrating natural rythms into their sowing, tending and harvesting, Biodynamic farmers teach themselves to think terms of forces and processes rather than additives and amendments. They also set aside a minimum of 10% of their total acreage for the preservation of biodiversity.
The inspiration behind Biodynamics comes from Dr.Rudolf Steiner, whose famous series of lectures in 1924 made him one of the first public figures to publicly suggest the long-term ecological hazards of industrial agriculture.
“Artificial plant genesis in the laboratory will become possible, but first one has to
create the right moral conditions.”
-Rudolf Steiner, 1908