What Is Biodynamics?

Author: Rudolf Steiner

Publisher: SteinerBooks

ISBN: 0880109890

Category: Nature

Page: 103

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"This edition has been edited by Marcia Merryman Means, who also wrote the short introductions before each lecture"--T.p. verso.

Cosmos, Earth and Nutrition

The Biodynamic Approach to Agriculture

Author: Richard Thornton Smith

Publisher: Rudolf Steiner Press

ISBN: 1855842270

Category: Technology & Engineering

Page: 298

View: 3871

In recent years there has been an explosion of interest in organic and biodynamic produce. Although once marginal and 'alternative', escalating concerns about the environment, health, food quality and animal welfare have brought organics into mainstream consciousness. Biodynamics, a unique development of the organic approach, does not narrowly focus on agricultural techniques. It was conceived as a new way of thinking about farming, nutrition and the world of nature, allowing for a revitalized relationship with the living soil, the elemental world and the cosmos. Originating from a series of eight lectures given by Dr Rudolf Steiner in 1924, biodynamics broadens the outlook of agriculture and the science behind it, leading to a holistic perspective that incorporates astronomical rhythms and unique preparations for plants and earth. The author describes the foundations on which not only biodynamics but also the wider organic movement is based. He builds bridges between mainstream science and Steiner's insights, making it easier for the wider organic and ecological movement to approach biodynamic concepts and practise.This book has much to offer to the beginner as well as to those already involved with biodynamics. Its broad range of topics - including the ecology of the farm organism, food quality and nutrition, community supported agriculture, planetary influences, seed quality, and the vitality of water - contribute to a deeper understanding of the subject. The author is also concerned to promote innovation so that biodynamics moves with the times. An appendix includes details for contacting various elements of the biodynamic world.

Biodynamic Gardening

Author: DK

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 1465441034

Category: Gardening

Page: 256

View: 2048

A simple step-by-step guide to biodynamics This is the easy guide to getting luscious fruit and vegetables and gorgeous flowers by harnessing the rhythms of nature and using all-natural methods. For gardeners looking for a self-sufficient, ethical approach that produces great results, biodynamics is the ultimate form of organic gardening. DK's trademark visual approach and practical advice shows the home gardener how to get the best from their garden using biodynamic methods. Biodynamic Gardening is the perfect introduction to this ultra-green method, explaining how it works by improving soil health and performing key tasks at optimal times. Focused chapters show you what to do in the garden each season, including preparing and feeding the soil, caring for plants, keeping a balanced garden ecosystem, and harvesting at the best times for the best flavor. It also includes step-by-step features explain how to make the special soil preparations biodynamic gardening is so famous for.

Biodynamic Agriculture

Author: Willy Schilthuis

Publisher: N.A


Category: Organic farming

Page: 111

View: 2704

A concise, illustrated introduction to the internationally recognized approach to agriculture in which the farmer or gardener works with the spiritual dimensions of the earth and its environment, enabling the life processes and ecological interconnections of plants and animals to function ar their best. Willy Schilthuis was president of the Dutch Biodynamic Association for twenty-five years. She has written several books on biodynamics.

Agriculture Course

The Birth of the Biodynamic Method : Eight Lectures Given in Koberwitz, Silesia, Between 7 and 16 June 1924

Author: Rudolf Steiner

Publisher: Rudolf Steiner Press

ISBN: 1855841487

Category: Technology & Engineering

Page: 175

View: 1684

When Rudolf Steiner gave these lectures 80 years ago, industrial farming was on the rise and organic methods were being replaced in teh name of science, efficiency and technology. With the widespread alarm over the quality of food in recent years, and the growth of the organic movement and its mainstream acceptance, perceptions are changing. With these talks, Steiner created and launched biodynamic farming - a specific form of agriculture which has come to be regarded as premium organic.

Wine from Sky to Earth

Growing & Appreciating Biodynamic Wine

Author: Nicolas Joly

Publisher: Acres USA

ISBN: 9780911311600

Category: Gardening

Page: 168

View: 1334

From France's greatest winegrower-a chemical free, organic, wine-rich in the vital force of life. Nicholas Joly's Loire Valley vineyard produces what has been called France's-or even the world's-best white wine. He grows and produces these wines without using any pesticides, herbicides or synthetic fertilizers in growing the grapes or using chemical additives during the winemaking process. He creates his beautiful wine by understanding and working with the subtle forces of nature. This practice founded by visionary Rudolf Steiner is called biodynamics and Nicholas Joly is one of the world's most respected practitioners and teachers. Sophisticated wine lovers, winegrowers, and new age horticulturists will enjoy this beautiful, poetic book about the earth, our food, and our lives. The striking photos of Mr. Joly's vineyard, planted by the Cisterian monks in 1130 and continuously cultivated, will inspire all to learn more about the Loire Valley, Joly's methods, and wine in general.

The Biodynamic Farm

Developing a Holistic Organism

Author: Karl-Ernst Osthaus

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780863157660

Category: Technology & Engineering

Page: 93

View: 3917

Large-scale agriculture tends to view a farm as a means for producing a certain amount of grain, milk or meat. This practical book argues instead for a holistic method of farming: the farm as a living organism. This is the principle of biodynamic farming.The author, an experienced farmer, takes a down-to-earth approach. Based on an example farm of around 60 hectares, he recommends the ideal numbers of livestock: 12 cows, 4 horses, 6 pigs, 10 sheep and 120 hens. This mix is drawn from Osthaus's deep understanding of nature, animals, agriculture and the cosmos, and from his many years of personal experience as a biodynamic farmer and teacher. The result is a healthy, balanced and sustainable farm.This is an invaluable book for anyone considering setting up a farm, or developing their existing farm with new biodynamic methods.

The Agriculture Course, Koberwitz, Whitsun 1924

Rudolf Steiner and the Beginnings of Biodynamics

Author: Peter Selg

Publisher: Temple Lodge Publishing

ISBN: 1906999082

Category: Technology & Engineering

Page: 193

View: 2796

Biodynamic agriculture, which has consistently increased in popularity over the years, was born from a single course of 8 lectures delivered by Rudolf Steiner in Poland in June 1924. Peter Selg presents a study of the context within which the lectures took place.

The Biodynamic Year

Author: Maria Thun

Publisher: Temple Lodge Publishing

ISBN: 1906999147

Category: Astrology and gardening

Page: 120

View: 5159

Maria Thun, a preeminent expert in biodynamic methods of cultivation, or "premium organic," has collected more than a hundred of her best gardening tips from fifty years' research. The Biodynamic Year contains a wealth of advice for gardeners who wish to care for and manage nature more responsibly and successfully.

Radical Regenerative Gardening and Farming

Biodynamic Principles and Perspectives

Author: Frank Holzman

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 1538105993

Category: Gardening

Page: 200

View: 2668

Radical Regenerative Gardening and Farming informs and inspires gardeners, and farmers, who wish to bring quality and integrity into their work with the land. It is about developing close relationships with land that produces our food. This book combines over 40 years of Frank Holzman’s experience in farming, gardening, education, research, and development to provide techniques and concepts for sustainable land use. Radical Regenerative Gardening and Farming is a more spiritual and thoughtful approach to land stewardship, geared toward aspiring gardeners with a desire for a deeper connection with the earth. It is as much about why as it is about how to develop land. Rather than traditional tractor farming, this book provides a better understanding of horticulture, dealing with the biological interactions between soils and plants, and providing a good understanding of living systems. Holzman examines healthy perspectives of how to approach a piece of land as a living organism and transform it into a balanced ecosystem. Frank Holzman provides lots of information and insight for backyard gardeners and professional farmers, alike. Truly a great resource for transforming the garden, as well as the gardener.

Pfeiffer's Introduction to Biodynamics

Author: Ehrenfried Pfeiffer,Herbert H. Koepf

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780863158483

Category: Gardening

Page: 87

View: 6818

Ehrenfried Pfeiffer was a pioneer of biodynamics in North America. This short but comprehensive book is a collection of three key articles introducing the concepts, principles and practice of the biodynamic method, as well as an overview of its early history.The book also includes a short biography of Ehrenfried Pfeiffer by Herbert H. Koepf.

Conscious Food

Sustainable Growing, Spiritual Eating

Author: Jim PathFinder Ewing

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1844099008

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 160

View: 8042

When did growing and eating food cease to be considered sacred? How did food lose its connection with health? Why is our food system out of control? What simple steps can we each take to profoundly change our world as a healthier place for us all? Journalist, author Jim PathFinder Ewing answers these and other questions with his new book, Conscious Food: Sustainable Growing, Spiritual Eating. Ewing provides a background on the emergence of agriculture and the declining connection with food as society evolved, particularly during times of war, and scrutinizes today's "conventional" farming that relies upon deadly toxins and unsustainable fossil fuels. The book outlines how modern people can avoid being victims of biocultural evolution and the resultant entropy of declining global and personal health--and instead contribute to the movement toward mindful food choices and better world health, both physically and spiritually. Ewing discusses how society can nurture the unseen Spirit world that permeates plants through adopting nondenominational spiritual understandings, and includes how-to examples for growing organic food and fostering a supportive community and urban agriculture, as well as notes for expanded resources.

Biodynamic Greenhouse Management

Author: Heinz Grotzke

Publisher: Bio-Dynamic Farming & Gardening

ISBN: 9780938250258

Category: Gardening

Page: 105

View: 7023

Heinz Grotzke draws on over forty years of experience as a professional gardener to address the practicalities of greenhouse management, such as soil blends, preparations, sanitation and cuttings. He also explains all the biodynamic theory, terminology and methods necessary to understand and follow the information provided. The book tackles all the essential topics, from choosing which type of greenhouse to own, to protecting your plant from diseases.

Grasp the Nettle

Making Biodynamic Farming and Gardening Work

Author: Peter Proctor,Gillian Cole

Publisher: Steiner Books

ISBN: 9781869416577

Category: Organic farming

Page: 192

View: 6636

Contains appendices, bibliography, index.

The Biodynamic Food & Cookbook

Real Nutrition that Doesn't Cost the Earth

Author: Wendy E. Cook


ISBN: 9781905570010

Category: Cooking

Page: 255

View: 9427

Illustrated with hundreds of color photographs, "The Biodynamic Food & Cookbook" explains the principles behind biodynamic methods and places it in the context of food and cooking through the ages. Included are supplementary sections on breads, sauces, salads, desserts, drinks, and much more.

Gardening for Life

The Biodynamic Way

Author: Angelika Throll-Keller

Publisher: N.A


Category: Gardening

Page: 127

View: 1315

Biodynamic techniques recognise that plant life is intimately bound up with the life of the soil; that the soil itself is alive and that the degree of vitality influences the health of the crops. You will soon be able to grow quality produce which possesses vitality and has the highest flavour, through the nurture of the soil.Whether you are an experienced gardener or not, whether or not you have used permaculture or grown organic produce before, this book offers valuable, easily accessible tips

Real Goods Solar Living Sourcebook

The Complete Guide to Renewable Energy Technologies and Sustainable Living-Revised and Updated

Author: John Schaeffer

Publisher: New Society Publishers

ISBN: 0865717842

Category: Technology & Engineering

Page: 528

View: 3686

The essential guide to energy independence – fully revised and updated

The Biodynamic Farm

Agriculture in the Service of the Earth and Humanity

Author: Herbert H. Koepf

Publisher: Rudolf Steiner Press


Category: Science

Page: 245

View: 8023

Bankrupt farmers, erosion of topsoil, and poor food quality owing to pesticides, hormones, and other additives-these are the well-known realities of the modern crisis in farming. This problem is the outcome of the limited vision of conventional methods and a system that focuses exclusively on quick results and profits. The need for changes is clear, and Koepf provides a vast array of research data and results, as well as many helpful details on animal feeding, crop rotation, diseases, pests, and fertilizing. He shows that the biodynamic method of farming and gardening is the alternative that can turn farming around. Biodynamics is "the oldest alternative agricultural movement in the world." It is based on the concept of the whole farm as a single organism. Its goals are to protect and nurture the soil, improve the quality of food, and organically integrate the farm into the environment as a whole. This is an essential reference for all farmers who are unsatisfied with conventional methods and for gardeners who wish to improve the quality of life around them as well as the food they serve their families.

A Biodynamic Manual

Practical Instructions for Farmers and Gardeners

Author: Pierre Masson

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781782500803

Category: Technology & Engineering

Page: 309

View: 1224

Answers all questions about the practice and methods of biodynamic farming and gardening.

Sacred Agriculture

The Alchemy of Biodynamics

Author: Dennis Klocek

Publisher: Lindisfarne Press

ISBN: 9781584201410

Category: Science

Page: 377

View: 2134

Biodynamic methods are increasingly used by farmers, gardeners and winemakers. Dennis Klocek argues that, in order to use such methods effectively, the practitioner must undergo constant self-development.Based on numerous lectures, Klocek discusses the kind of inner development and understanding required to work with the elemental nature of the earth. His views are presented in a framework that includes alchemy, the classical four elements, Goethean observation, and the work of Rudolf Steiner.This is not a book of how-to techniques, but a conceptual guidebook to those looking to implement biodynamics at the deepest level.