Why Biodynamics

Planting Calendar

Rudolph Steiner

Bk. Notes


"Biodynamic" farming: Steiner nonsense from the BBC good intro

Video: One Man, One Cow, One Planet how to save the world, Biodynamic Agriculture & Farming. Peter Coyote narrates, Peter Proctor father of BioDynamics. Goes to India. Monsanto & corporate control of food.

Biodynamic Man Alan Brockman. Beyond organic, spiritual. Self sustaining.

BIODYNAMIC AGRICULTURE interviews for the film 'The Challenge of Rudolf Steiner'

Biodynamic Farming Weekend with Jeff Poppen Day 1 UNCUT Patrick

Biodynamic Farming Basics Demeter [Mother Nature]

Demeter Biodynamic farms and products.

Biodynamic Farming Weekend with Jeff Poppen Day 1 UNCUT

Biodynamic Farming Weekend with Jeff Poppen Day 2 UNCUT

Whole Soil Fertility with Ea Murphy Part 1 Introduction Living Web Farms

Building Soil w/ Elizabeth Murphy

Treating the Farm as an Ecosystem with Gabe Brown Part 1, The 5 Tenets of Soil Health Living Web Farms. Northern plains, N.Dakota, tundra... verbose about production agriculture

Plants Interracting with Mycorrhizal Fungi

Assists with P[hosphorus] uptake from the soil

Moves P from the non-legume plant to the legume plant

Moves N from the legume plant to the non-legume plant

Treating the Farm as an Ecosystem Part 2 with Russell Hedrick

Treating the Farm as an Ecosystem Part 3 with Gabe Brown

Small Scale No-Till Methods for the Market Garden with Pat Battle UNCUT The trouble with a weedeater or lawnmower is they throw the biomass everywhere. You want it to lie right there; use a scythe.

Referrred to in video: Rodale No-Till organic farming

Experiments with No-Till Cover Crops at Potomac Vegetable Farms NRCS Virginia

HOW TO: No-Till spring bed prep Urban Farmer Curtis Stone

Deep Mulch, No-Till, Garden at Prairie Road Organic Prairie Road Organic Seed

Doing nothing can be best | Volunteer Gardener no-till

John McCarley Organic Gardening Cardboard Magic! mushroom compost is best .. cardboard, then compost 1", leaf mold & newspaper from vacuum cleaner 4", slug bait [Slug-it] sprinkled.

No dig garden! How to compost your lawn PainChaud. Chopped weeds on top of grass, then cardboard dry.

Soil & Diverse Cover Crops Final Parts UNCUT

High Bionutrient Crop Production with Dan Kittredge Part 1 Living Web Farms Massachusetts. Taste tells you what is really good for you. keyline systems?

Living Web Farms

Video: Ted Talk: How to green the world's deserts and reverse climate change | Allan Savory

Planting Calendar

Biodynamic Calendar

Bach The 2017 Bach Biodynamic Planting and Reasearch Calendar is available here as a free download. Just click on the button above. This year's theme is to continue to explore different cosmic influences that affect the growth of plants sown from seed.

the various lunar and cosmic rhythms that affect the germination of seeds and subsequent growth and vitality of plants,

The calendar

Rudolph Steiner

Rudolph Steiner Rudolf Joseph Lorenz Steiner (27 (or 25) February 1861 – 30 March 1925) was an Austrian philosopher, social reformer, architect and esotericist.

Steiner gained initial recognition at the end of the nineteenth century as a literary critic and published philosophical works including The Philosophy of Freedom. At the beginning of the twentieth century he founded an esoteric spiritual movement, anthroposophy, with roots in German idealist philosophy and theosophy; other influences include Goethean science and Rosicrucianism.

Rudolf Steiner in 1879 ~~ Goetheanum Dornach, designed by Rudolf Steiner

In the first, more philosophically oriented phase of this movement, Steiner attempted to find a synthesis between science and spirituality. His philosophical work of these years, which he termed "spiritual science", sought to apply the clarity of thinking characteristic of Western philosophy to spiritual questions, differentiating this approach from what he considered to be vaguer approaches to mysticism.

In a second phase, beginning around 1907, he began working collaboratively in a variety of artistic media, including drama, the movement arts (developing a new artistic form, eurythmy) and architecture, culminating in the building of the Goetheanum, a cultural centre to house all the arts.

In the third phase of his work, beginning after World War I, Steiner worked to establish various practical endeavors, including Waldorf education, biodynamic agriculture, and anthroposophical medicine.

Steiner advocated a form of ethical individualism, to which he later brought a more explicitly spiritual approach. He based his epistemology on Johann Wolfgang Goethe's world view, in which "Thinking… is no more and no less an organ of perception than the eye or ear. Just as the eye perceives colours and the ear sounds, so thinking perceives ideas."

Rudolf Steiner in 1912 ~~ Rudolf Steiner (1861-1925) in 1919

A consistent thread that runs from his earliest philosophical phase through his later spiritual orientation is the goal of demonstrating that there are no essential limits to human knowledge.

Born Rudolf Joseph Lorenz Steiner 27 (25?) February 1861 Murakirály, Austria-Hungary (now 'ji Kraljevec, Croatia)

Alma mater Vienna Institute of Technology University of Rostock (PhD, 1891)

Died 30 March 1925 (aged 64) Dornach, Switzerland

Throughout his life Steiner consistently emphasized the core spiritual unity of all the world's peoples and sharply criticized racial prejudice. He articulated beliefs that the individual nature of any person stands higher than any racial, ethnic, national or religious affiliation.

His belief that race and ethnicity are transient and superficial, and not essential aspects of the individual, was partly rooted in his conviction that each individual reincarnates in a variety of different peoples and races over successive lives, and that each of us thus bears within him or herself the heritage of many races and peoples.

Toward the end of his life, Steiner predicted that race will rapidly lose any remaining significance for future generations. In Steiner's view, culture is universal, and explicitly not ethnically based; he saw Goethe and idealist philosophy in particular as the source of ideas that could be drawn upon by any culture, and he vehemently criticized imperialism.

Rudolf Steiner in 1879 ~~ Goetheanum Dornach, designed by Rudolf Steiner

In the context of his ethical individualism, Steiner considered "race, folk, ethnicity and gender" to be general, describable categories into which individuals may choose to fit, but from which free human beings can and will liberate themselves.

Steiner's collected works, making up about 400 volumes, include his writings (about forty volumes), over 6000 lectures, and a substantial body of artistic work.

Egyptian Myths and Mysteries Paperback Rudolf Steiner emphasizes the astonishing and special relationship between our own time and that of ancient Egypt―how, in the natural rhythm of the ages, the so-called third post-Atlantian (Egyptian) epoch is mirrored by the fifth (present) epoch.

In this sense, today it is especially relevant to look at ancient Egypt with fresh eyes. The evolution of Western civilization has been profoundly influenced by Egyptian myths through the Greek mysteries. Because of other influences, however, this heritage has degenerated; thinking has mummified and and myth has all but disappeared. Consequently, it is important to revive the seed of goodness passed down to us from ancient Egypt.

Through true imagination, it is our task to renew human knowledge related to the creative forces in nature, which the Egyptians attempted through the Osiris-Isis myth, and the Greeks through the myth of Demeter. This is what Rudolf Steiner attempts in this lecture cycle.

Steiner's subjects include: experiences of Egyptian initiations; esoteric anatomy and physiology; the stages of evolution of the human form; and much more. The final lecture is on the Christ impulse as the conqueror of matter.

The great Rudolf Steiner Quotes Site Quotes and fragments from the work of the great visionary, thinker and reformer Rudolf Steiner

All we do is guided from elsewhere. As a matter of fact, many of the feelings and impulses that we carry in our soul are there as a result of earlier lives on earth; only we do not observe them as such because we remain in our body.

Another interesting karmic relationship is between an habitually selfish attitude and a loving sympathy with others. Some people are hardened egoists — not only in their acquisitiveness — and others are unselfish and sympathetic. Both attitudes depend on the etheric body and may even find expression in the physical body. People who in one life have been habitually selfish will age quickly in their next life; they seem to shrivel up. On the other hand, if in one life you have been ready to make sacrifices and have loved others, you will remain young and hale. In this way you can prepare even the physical body for the next life.

Self-indulgent and unscrupulous people become slaves to evil spirits after death

Rudolf Steiner und Familie~~ Sketch of Rudolf Steiner

Who is Rudolf Steiner? Several hundred Waldorf schools worldwide share a common regard for the educational methods of Rudolf Steiner (1861-1925), Austrian-born scientist and educator, architect and philosopher. Steiner founded the first Waldorf school in 1919 in Stuttgart, Germany, where he put into practice an approach to education that begins with a deep insight into children – who they are, how they develop, why they respond and react.

Madison Waldorf School is a private grade school located in Madison, Wisconsin. Our primary mission is to provide education that honors every child’s enthusiasm for initiative, creativity and social responsibility. Our Waldorf-trained teachers provide a curriculum devoted to intellectual and spiritual growth, while fostering a sense of wonder in the world. We are committed to providing a wholesome, play-based early childhood program in conjunction with a rich Grade 1 – 8 curriculum.

Rudolf Steiner und Marie (Steiner)-von Sivers ~~ Biography of Rudolf Steiner

1923/24 | Die Weihnachtstagung Rudolph Steiner en Deutsch

Rudolph Steiner: A sketch of his life and work

Albert Schweitzer & His Friendship with Rudolf Steiner My encounter with Rudolf Steiner took place on the occasion of a theosophical conference in Strasbourg. If I'm not mistaken, it was in 1902 or 1903. Annie Besant, with whom I was acquainted through Strasbourg friends, introduced us.

At that time Rudolf Steiner acted in connection with the Theosophical Society, not so much because he shared its convictions, but because he found in its members the possibility to find understanding and interest for the spiritual truths which he had to make known.

I knew that he had completed a study of Goethe’s works in Weimar. He of course knew nothing of the young Strasbourg University instructor [Schweitzer] who was occupied with Kant’s philosophy and the problems of the life of Jesus research. He was fourteen years older than I.

The language mostly used at that theosophical conference was French. So they counted on me, because I spoke German, to take care of the Austrian guest, which I gladly did. I arranged it so we were neighbors at meals during the conference. From the beginning on he was the talker and I the listener and questioner during our conversations. Before we had consumed the soup, the discussion arose of itself about his studies on Goethe in Weimar and about his [Goethe’s] Weltanschauung (world view). I immediately became aware that my neighbor possessed extensive knowledge in the field of natural science. It was a great surprise to me that he spoke of the need to recognize the importance of Goethe’s knowledge of nature.

My table partner realized that he had an attentive listener beside him. He held a lecture. We forgot that we were supposed to be eating.

In the afternoon we stood around together, not paying much attention to what was happening at the theosophical conference.

When the discussion turned to Plato I could participate more. Steiner surprised me here as well, in that he revealed to me hidden and not yet appreciated aspects of Plato’s knowledge.

Albert Schweitzer

When Steiner asked me what concerned me especially in theology, I answered that it was research into the historical Jesus. Well, I felt the moment to have come in which I could take the conversation in hand and began to lecture him about the state of the life of Jesus research and about the problem of which Gospel contained the oldest tradition. To my astonishment, a discussion about this subject did not come about. He let me lecture on without saying a word. I had the impression that he was mentally yawning. I got off my theological social scientific high horse and put it in the stable, and waited for what would come.

And something remarkable happened. One of us, I '’t remember which, began to speak of the spiritual decline of culture as the fundamental, unnoticed problem of our time. Thus we realized that we were both occupied with it. We had not expected it of each other.

A lively discussion resulted. We learned from each other that we had both taken on the life mission of working for the emergence of a true culture enlivened by the ideal of humanity and to encourage people to become truly thinking beings. We parted with this consciousness of belonging together. A re-encounter wasn’t decided upon. But the consciousness of togetherness remained. We each followed the activities of the other.

A Documentary Film on R. Steiner

Change Yourself if you wish to change the world "Thou art all, everywhere, and in all, and this body which acts is Thy own body, just as is the visible universe in its entirety; it is Thou who breathest, thinkest and lovest in this substance which, being Thyself, desires to be Thy willing servant." Mother of Sri Aurobindo, Mirra Alfassa (A Mãe) may have known R. Steiner.

Rudolf Steiner Book Centre

Rudolph Steiner Library in Hudson, New York. The Rudolf Steiner Library is the research, archival, lending, and mail-order library of the Anthroposophical Society in America. It is a unique resource for the on-going conversation about humanity's future.

Anthoposophical Society In America their mag. is Being Human.

Shape mag: What Are Biodynamic Foods and Why Should You Be Eating Them? Long story short: Biodynamic is the new organic, and you need to get behind it, like, yesterday.

Biodynamic Association The Biodynamic Association awakens and enlivens co-creative relationships between humans and the earth, transforming the practice and culture of agriculture to renew the vitality of the earth, the integrity of our food, and the health and wholeness of our communities.

Founded in 1938, the BDA is considered to be the oldest sustainable agriculture non-profit organization in North America.

Steiner is considered one of the pioneers of the organic farming movement and biodynamics is considered by many to be the most advanced and holistic form of organic farming and gardening on the planet.

Notes from Books on & by R. Steiner

Atlantis, migration west to east to Europe, Asia, & N. Africa.

Post-Atlantean eras:

First India [castes]
Second Persia, Zarathrustra
Third Chaldean, Babylonia, Egyptian [mummy cult]
Fourth Greco-Roman [747 BC - 1400 AD]
Fifth today/current [reawakening of Egyptian] 1400 - ?
~~~great catastrophes, War of All against All
Sixth Persian renaissance
Seventh India renaissance [castes again] last period

Kamaloca... life after death much longer than life.

Why Biodynamics?

Dr. Mercola on Moringa Powder Our Organic Biodynamic® Moringa is raw, organic and produced according to Biodynamic® standards. Plus, it’s made only from the leaves of the Moringa tree, so you get nothing but pure Moringa.

Why Biodynamic?

Food can only be as good a quality as the soil in which it was grown. Poor-quality, nutrient-depleted soil simply cannot produce high-quality nutritious food.

While Certified Organic may be a good first step, I believe it’s less than ideal. Yes, it helps you avoid health-harming synthetic pesticides. But it may potentially lack in some other important areas.

Just because a food is organic doesn’t guarantee it is a high-quality food. If the soil lacks important nutrients, the food will lack nutrients.

For nutritious food, you need good topsoil. And to build good nutrient-rich topsoil, you must follow regenerative farming methods.

A step above organic, Biodynamic® farming utilizes regenerative farming methods with a spiritual-ethical-ecological approach.

The Biodynamic® concept views a farm as a living organism. It’s self-contained, self-sustaining, and follows the cycles of nature. The farm creates its vitality and well-being out of its own dynamics.

So how did this concept come about?

Back in the 1920s, Rudolf Steiner, the founder of Waldorf education, and someone regarded as a very wise man, was approached by a group of farmers. They were alarmed at what was happening on their farms.

Their seeds weren’t germinating... Their food wasn’t as tasty... Even their animals weren’t as healthy. They were beginning to notice the effects of industrialized agriculture with its repurposed nitrogen fertilizer and synthetic pesticides.

Steiner’s sage advice? Stop viewing farms as factories and instead, see them as the living organisms they truly are!

A Biodynamic® farm with its diverse crops and animals ~ Certified Biodynamic

A group of German farmers who followed Steiner’s teachings wanted to make his concept of “biodynamic” farming an agricultural standard. Demeter was formed in 1928.

The world’s oldest ecological certification organization, Demeter sets the standards for Biodynamic® just like the National Organic Program (NOP) sets organic standards.

Demeter is well known within Central Europe. In fact, a full 10 percent of German organic farmland is Certified Biodynamic®.

However, the U.S. has been much slower to catch on...

The wine industry was the first to take note. U.S. winemakers began noticing that the best wines in the world were coming from Biodynamic® vineyards. This led them to adopt Biodynamic® practices on their own land.

So, how does Demeter’s Biodynamic® differ from Certified Organic?

Certified Biodynamic® agriculture goes far beyond Organic Standards in that they consider the entire farm instead of individual crops and products. And they require the use of holistic regenerative farming practices to promote the health of the soil, crops and livestock.

Biodynamic® farmers strive to build a diverse and balanced ecosystem within their farm to enhance the quality and nutrition of the food being grown, with a heavy focus on sustainability.

Comparing Certified Organic to Certified Biodynamic®

Certified Organic

Certified Biodynamic®
Allows imported organic fertilizers
Reduces imported materials by utilizing nutrient-rich humus created within the farming system
Allows imported organic pesticides
Creation of biologically diverse habitat encourages balanced predator prey relationships
Does not require the use of livestock
Integrates livestock to improve soils
Does not address the rotation of crops
Promotes crop rotation and makes intensive use of cover crops (green manure) to add nutrients to the soil
Organic feed for livestock can come from anywhere in the world
50% of livestock feed must be grown on the farm
No requirement for biodiversity 10% of total farm acreage must be set aside for biodiversity
Focused on crops and allows only one section of a farm to be certified Focused on farms and requires that the whole farm be certified
Product certification focuses mainly on ingredients used Product certification uses 12 Biodynamic® processing standards so the agricultural ingredients used define the product

Of course, many organic farmers recognize the importance of caring for their soil and may already be practicing some of the Biodynamic® methods, thereby exceeding the Organic standards.

However, a Demeter Certified Biodynamic® farm must meet ALL of the Biodynamic® standards, not just a handful.

And if a farm is Demeter-certified, it means that it has also met the organic standard, even if it isn’t certified organic!

Certified Demeter Biodynamic® is as good as it gets in agriculture – it’s the platinum standard for high-quality, nutrient-dense food.

I've fully embraced the Biodynamic® concept and am currently in the process of converting some of the products in the Mercola line from organic to Certified Biodynamic®. It is a slow process as there are only a few Biodynamic® farms within the U.S. and it is extremely difficult to find a steady stream of Biodynamic® raw material.

Produced in a Region That Stands to Benefit Greatly

In many parts of the world – especially those affected most by drought and poor soil conditions that can lead to what’s known as desertification, or the spreading of arid desert conditions – hundreds of millions of people face the real threat of famine.

The planting of trees, including the planting of the Moringa tree, can play a very important role in helping to reverse this dire situation. We now know that the Moringa tree can help meet basic food needs with its highly nutritious leaves.

Farmers from our partner Egyptian community ~

A Moringa tree grows fast and can survive in dry regions, thanks to its long taproot that allows it to withstand periods of drought.

Moringa can also grow in regions where strong winds and long dry spells occur at the same time, leading to serious soil erosion.

Unlike regular crops that can fail due to poor growing conditions and lack of water, Moringa trees offer a hardy and weather-resistant alternative that can continue to support communities and feed mouths.

In support of these regions facing such challenges, I am sourcing our Organic Biodynamic® Moringa from an Egyptian community that has been embracing sustainable development for over 40 years.

Sharing our beliefs in ethical and fair business practices as well as environmental stewardship, I feel good working with and supporting this global community.

Certified by the Egyptian Biodynamic® Association, this organization applies Demeter International guidelines in their agricultural processes. Best of all, they are supplying more than 20,000 local people with fair wages and a life-affirming livelihood.

In 2015, our partner organization earned the Land for Life award from the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification!

With your purchase of their high-quality Organic Biodynamic® Moringa, you are helping this outstanding organization support their sustainable practices, community, and actively combat desertification and soil erosion.

What is Biodynamics? In 1924 a group of concerned European farmers approached Rudolph Steiner, an Austrian philosopher, about the declining health of their farms even though they were applying fertilisers. Steiner responded to these concerns with a series of lectures on Agriculture which form the basis of biodynamic principles.

Biodynamics is about soil fertility (healthy foundations) and the recognition of a relationship between plant growth and the rhythm of the cosmos. It provides an opportunity for farmers to retain the role and function as providers for and caretakers of health and the welfare of the community as well as the environment.

Melissa started farming biodynamically in 2007 but we took a very pragmatic approach to the transition. These systems had to work with our vineyard, so we couldn’t just throw the baby out with the bath water and just all of a sudden change every single regime. We started slowly and now after several years we can see a noticeable difference in the health of our vineyard and quality of our fruit.

Our Biodynamic feature wall.

You can learn about our biodynamic farming regime on our biodynamic feature wall in our Sustainable Cellar Door. This large mural shows a year-long timeline of vine growth, indicating key times for biodynamic practices (such as burying a cow horn filled with manure to create compost) and which animals are allowed in the vineyard at certain times to aid with natural processes to ultimately 'grow a great wine'.

Why Biodynamic Agriculture Matters

Biodynamic agriculture is based on a series of lectures delivered in 1924 (“Toward a spiritual renewal in agriculture”) by Rudolph Steiner, noted scientist, philosopher, and iconic founder of the spiritual science called Anthroposophy, which means “the wisdom of humanity”

It’s important to note, that whereas in the USA, organic agriculture is certified according to the National Organic Program (NOP) put forth by the USDA, Demeter USA is the only certification agent for Biodynamic farms, processors and products

Demeter USA Assoc. “Healing the planet through agriculture”

What distinguishes biodynamic from organic agriculture is the way the earth is seen as a living, breathing, metabolizing entity.

There’s a deep consciousness of the interconnectedness of all living things. Water provides the circulation system, the movement of the seasons acts as a pulse—expanding in spring and summer; contracting in autumn and winter, the soil and plants blanketing the landscape act as the skin. So it can be said that biodynamics honors the cosmic rhythms, the natural rhythms of the earth. These cyclical rhythms — circadian, seasonal, lunar and tidal—are reflected in the universe, the earth, and within our own mind-body physiology.

Humans and plants evolve with an intimate connection to their environment, including the movement of the sun, the seasons, and the lunar cycles. In biodynamic agriculture or gardening, cultivation is done in accordance with these rhythms (I love my Stella Natura biodynamic agricultural calendar, which includes lovely essays,

Aligned with this, the biodynamic approach harnesses the four elements of earth, air, fire, and water by classifying plants according to which part of them is most developed and harvested: fruit (fire), flower (air), leaf (water) or root (earth).

Thus, as the moon passes through each of the 12 constellations each month, plants are worked on according to which ones the moon is currently governing. I am oversimplifying given space constraints; however, you’re getting a small flavor of the approach, which I hope inspires you toward further study.

Demeter: Biodynamic Principles and Practices “What we do with biodynamics is invite nature back in.” - Kathy Benziger-Threlkeld, Benziger Vineyards Glen Ellen CA

Demeter slideshow

A foundation of the Biodynamic method of farming is a Goethean observation of nature and its application to a farming system. This encourages a view of nature as an interconnected whole, a totality, an organism endowed with archetypal rhythm.

Biodynamic farming involves managing a farm utilizing the principles of a living organism. A concise model of a living organism ideal would be a wilderness forest. In such a system there is a high degree of self-sufficiency in all realms of biological survival. Fertility and feed arise out of the recycling of the organic material the system generates. Avoidance of pest species is based on biological vigor and its intrinsic biological and genetic diversity. Water is efficiently cycled through the system.

Demeter slideshow

While agriculture takes nature to a state that is one step removed from wilderness, the wisdom of the farmer that guides its course can reflect these ancient principles of sustainability. The view of the farm organism extends beyond the fence line and includes the tangible and intangible forces that work through it.

Examples include the climate, inherent wildlife of the earth (above and below the ground), the light and warmth from the sun and the more distant astronomical influences. Biodynamic agriculture attempts to harmonize all of these factors within a holistic, living farm system.

The food that results is very pure and true to its essence and provides deeply penetrating nutrition that is essential to an increasingly unhealthy human population.

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