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What is Biodynamics?

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The essence of Biodynamics

A biodynamic farm functions as a strong, self-sustaining and vibrant single organism that recognizes and respects the basic principles at work in nature. It is a complete system in which all the different components of the farm are seen as parts of a greater whole. With farm animals at the centre a self-sustaining, balanced and harmonious environment is the result.


Special manure and herb-based preparations are applied to the fields and compost to enhance and stimulate the microbiological life in the soil and improve fertility. These have been shown to significantly improve the health and well being of soil, plant and animal as well as enhancing the vitality, flavour and maintaining qualities of the produce for the benefit of the consumer. With the soil sequestering up to 25% more carbon than conventional farming methods, the health of the planet is also cared for. Biodynamic is a sound basis for sustainable food production.


Further to this, the biodynamic farmer recognizes that the life of a farm is exposed to wider as well as internal farm-based influences. The more subtle rhythms associated with the sun, the moon and the planets form the basis of an annually produced planting calendar. This guides the farmer towards appropriate times for cultivation and sowing for maximum quantity and quality.


The result is a rich and diverse farm built on sound organic principles that is embedded and sensitized to its surroundings. It produces food with such an individual quality that, as with wine, it can be described as having the ‘terroir’ of the farm – the sense of the place where it was grown.  (taken from  the BDAA web site)

So what is Biodynamic Farming? On the right is an extract from the Biodynamic Association web site on the essence of biodynamics. In addition, below, you can download a series of articles called ‘Biodynamics in a Nutshell ‘ which we have written. You can learn more about it here.

What is Biodynamics?

Biodynamics in a Nutshell - Introduction

Biodynamics in a Nutshell - Spray Preparation

Biodynamics in a Nutshell - Compost Preparations

Biodynamics in a Nutshell - The Sowing Calendar

Biodynamics in a Nutshell - Formative Forces

Biodynamics in a Nutshell - Research

Biodynamics in a Nutshell - Nutrition

So, what is biodynamics?!