Saturday, April 13, 2013

Biodynamic Gardening

In addition to the education philosphy known as Waldorf, Rudolf Steiner introduced the world to a spiritual-ethical-ecological approach to agriculture, food production and nutrition, known as Biodynamics.
The Biodynamic Farming and Gardening Association (BDA) describes the origins of Biodynamics on their website in this way:  In the early 1920s, a group of practicing farmers, concerned with the decline in the health of soils, plants and animals, sought the advice of Rudolf Steiner, founder of anthroposophy, who had spent all his life researching and investigating the subtle forces within nature. From a series of lectures and conversations* held at Koberwitz, Germany (now in Poland) in June 1924, there emerged the fundamental principles of biodynamic farming and gardening, a unified approach to agriculture that relates the ecology of the farm-organism to that of the entire cosmos. 
This approach has been under development in many parts of the world ever since.
Wild Rose & Honey Bee
The BDA is an association of individuals and organizations in North America who are committed to the transformation of the whole food system, from farm to table, and who draw inspiration from the spiritual-scientific insights of Rudolf Steiner. Biodynamics is a worldwide movement for the renewal of agriculture based on an understanding of the spiritual forces at work in nature and in human social life. From this understanding, a particular form of organic farming has been developed that continues to grow and evolve around the world.

Felt Spring Flower Elf
If you'd like to know more about biodynamics, please explore the 12 Ways To Learn More About Biodynamics, visit the BDA blog at, or find them on Facebook at
 For those of you living in the Southern Hemisphere this website from Australia with the message "Care for the Earth by caring for your earth" is a good resource and inspiration: 
 In addition to the obvious benefits children receive from eating healthy foods and living in a healthy environment, are the more subtle changes that take place within children when they experience farms and gardens for themselves. We encourage you to go outside with your children, visit a local farm and spend time in the garden together this spring!
*If you would like to read these lectures for yourself as well as other teachings and writings of Rudolf Steiner please visit this resourceful website:
Other Book References on Biodynamics:
Companion Plants and How to Use Them by Helen Philbrook 

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