Biodynamic agriculture is a form of alternative agriculture very similar to organic farming, but which includes various esoteric concepts drawn from the ideas of Rudolf Steiner (1861–1925). Biodynamics is a holistic, ecological, and ethical approach to farming, gardening, food and nutrition. Biodynamic agriculture has been practiced for nearly a century, on every continent on Earth.
Biodynamic Flowers and Plants
The biodynamic movement encompasses thousands of regenerative gardens, farms, ranches, orchards, and vineyards, in a wide variety of climates, ecological contexts, and economic settings. Biodynamic flower and ornamental plant farmers strive to create a diversified, balanced farm ecosystem that generates health and fertility as much as possible from within the farm itself. Compost preparations made from fermented manure, minerals and herbs are used to help restore and harmonize the soil, which is the vital life forces of a farm and to enhances the nutrition, quality and flavor of the crops being grown. Biodynamic farmers also recognize and strive to work in cooperation with the subtle influences of the wider cosmos on soil, plant and animal health.
Ecological, Social, and Economic Sustainability
Most biodynamic initiatives seek to embody ecological, social and economic sustainability. Community supported agriculture (CSA), for example, was pioneered by biodynamic farmers, and many biodynamic practitioners work in creative partnerships with other farms and with schools, medical and wellness facilities, restaurants, hotels, homes for social therapy and other organizations. Biodynamics is thus not just a holistic agricultural system but also a potent movement for new thinking and practices in all aspects of life connected to food and agriculture.