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.