What is biodynamics?


Biodynamics is a modern, ecological approach to agriculture that strives to bring balance and healing to the Earth through a renewed awareness of all the forces at work in the farm - among and between the soil, plants, animals, and humans, as well as the cosmos itself. The farmer works to create a holistic and diversified farm eco-system that generates fertility and health from within the farm itself, as is practical for the locale.

Biodynamic preparations – made from fermented manure, minerals and herbs – are applied regularly to the soil to restore and harmonize the vital forces of the farm and to enhance the nutrition, quality and flavor of the food being produced. The biodynamic planting calendar is utilized to help the farmer work consciously with seasonal, solar and lunar rhythms and their influences on soil, plant and animal health. Composting, seed-saving, crop rotation, and companion planting are also key components of biodynamic farming. The ultimate intention of biodynamics is to actively heal and enliven the Earth as we work it, leading to improved health and vitality of its inhabitants.


resources on biodynamics

Biodynamic Association 

Josephine Porter Institute (source for biodynamic preparations)

Demeter Association

Whole Foods, Biodynamic Farming: A Farm-Forward Approach

Stella Natura (source for biodynamic calendars)

Rudolf Steiner College (classes)