What on Earth is Biodynamic?

What on Earth is Biodynamic?

Biodynamics is a holistic, ecological, and ethical approach to farming, gardening, food, and nutrition.

Now, if you Google deep into ‘biodynamic’ you will come across some people who love to argue that it is a hoax. Well, I beg to differ. Mostly from my own hands-on experience of drinking biodynamic wine and buying biodynamic farming from “Chef’s Garden”. I can 100000348234792837 percent guarantee that it tastes, feels, & looks better than any organic or non-organic farming I’ve ever tasted and ingested. Including no hangover when drinking more biodynamic wine than I should have. Lol. That being said, I am going to tell you guys the basics of biodynamic and how it works.

A Biodynamic Farm Is a Living Organism. Each biodynamic farm or garden is an integrated, whole, living organism. This organism is made up of many interdependent elements: fields, forests, plants, animals, soils, compost, people, and the overall spirit of the place. Biodynamic farmers and gardeners work to nurture and harmonize these elements, managing them in a holistic and dynamic way in order to support the health and vitality of the whole. Biodynamic practitioners also endeavor to listen to the land to sense what may want to emerge through it, to develop and evolve their farm as a unique individuality.

Biodynamics is based on building soil health and vitality through composting, cover cropping, and crop rotation. In biodynamics, inputs sourced off of the farm are avoided; the ideal biodynamic farm generates all the substances and forces it needs to build up and maintain a continuously improving, fertile environment. Biodynamic practices support water and soil conservation, balanced fertility, pest management, and biodiversity.

The history of Biodynamics is rooted in the work of philosopher and scientist Dr. Rudolf Steiner, whose 1924 lectures to farmers opened a new way to integrate scientific understanding with a recognition of spirit in nature. His original concept has continued to develop and evolve since the 1920s through the collaboration of many farmers and researchers. Around the world, biodynamics is alive in thousands of thriving gardens, farms, vineyards, ranches, and orchards. The principles and practices of biodynamics can be applied anywhere food is grown, with thoughtful adaptation to scale, landscape, climate, and culture.