In Biodynamic agriculture the entirety of one’s farm and focus, the surrounding terrain, the influences of the waning and waxing moon, even the positions of the stars in relation to the earth are all seen as factors integral 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 first observing and then integrating these rhythms into their cultivation, Biodynamic farmers begin to think in terms of forces and processes rather than substances 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.

Integrity is wholeness, the greatest beauty is
Organic wholeness, the wholeness of life and things, the divine beauty of
the universe. Love that, not man.

-Robinson Jeffers