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    • biodynamic farming: alternative agriculture, organic gardening, Rudolf Steiner - anthroposophybiodynamic farming: alternative agriculture, organic gardening, anthroposophy was spawned by the late anthroposophist, Rudolf Steiner father of biodynamics, andhas grown and developed in popularity since 1922.Please Bookmark or Print This Page Now - View With Netscape To Avoid Distortions READ FOR YOURSELF ABOUT BIODYNAMIC FARMING What Is Biodynamic Farming? .....by Melvin D. Saunders........The use of pesticides has gone up 10 times since World War II, but damage to crops by insect pests has doubled.Do poisonous pesticides weaken a plants resistance to pests and make it less nutritious to insects? Think about it. If acrop is less nutritious, an insect must eat more of it to maintain its same growth rate. Just as a healthy person resistsdisease better, properly nourished crops resist pests more effectively.........Are residual amounts of deadly pesticides on fruits and vegetables harmful for humans to ingest? Since yourbody responds quite dramatically to only scant amounts of its own bodily chemicals, why cant trace amounts ofpoisonous pesticides disrupt the bodily system too, especially in accumulative amounts? Even the absence of one traceelement in the bodily system can produce disastrous results.........Biodynamic farming was spawned by the late anthroposophist, Rudolf Steiner, and has grown and developed inpopularity since 1922. The term biodynamic is taken from the Greek words bios meaning life and dynamis meaningenergy. Hence biodynamic farming refers to "working with the energies which create and maintain life." Bysidestepping the typical preconception that light makes chlorophyll plants grow, biodynamic farmers realize thatother energies contribute to a plants growth. Because of the differences in these contributing energies, planting yourcrop one day will be totally different than planting it another day. In fact, planting during certain days of the mooncycle is important.........Biodynamic farming is not easily learned from a textbook, but rather it is better "sensed" through"experiencing" it. Hence, an enthusiast can best learn biodynamics through observation and feedback from analready practicing biodynamic farmer. For example, instead of indiscriminate distribution of vast quantities ofcompost and organic materials over the soil, the correct disposition of specific quantities of specific qualities oforganics can better maximize your crops potential more effectively. It is far more complex than just planting cropsorganically. There is an integrated relationship between plant, animal and soil that must be understood.........Largely through the efforts of Alan Chadwick and John Jeavons, biodynamic/French intensive gardening hasslowly gained a reputation among organic gardeners in North America. Striving to produce the optimum yield in thesmallest possible space, John Jeavons (author of How To Grow More Vegetables - 1979) has produced nothing lessthan amazing results. His per acre production has often been 4 to 6 times that of the average U.S. yield, and allwithout pesticides and chemical fertilizers. Biodynamic gardens waste little space for walkways, and often use raisedbeds that are 4 to 10 inches high and 5 feet wide. Moreover, the beds are "double dug" to a depth of 2 feet to giveplant roots a cushion of well worked soil ash, bone meal and compost. Plants are arranged so that each maturevegetable leaf will just barely touch the leaves of its neighbors, creating a leafy cover. This "living mulch" keepsweeds down and helps to moderate soil temperature and improve water retention. Companion gardening is alsoimportant so that certain vegetables, flowers and herbs can mutually benefit each other in eliminating each otherspests and influencing the quality of each others taste.........Biodynamic farming involves restoring to the soil a balanced living condition through the application and use ofthe completely digested form of crude organic matter known as stabilized humus. Crop rotation, correct compostingand proper intercropping can all contribute to a healthier biodynamic yield. If you have ever tasted the sweet flavorof biodynamically grown spinach leaves, youll be startled at the difference that this form of organic gardeningproduces. For a list of apprenticeship opportunities and staff openings on biodynamic farms, write: Bio-DynamicFarming & Gardening Association, Inc., P.O. Box 550, Kimberton, PA 19442 or Applied Bio-Dynamics, Inc., P.O.Box 133, Woolwine, Va 24185-0133. http://www.braincourse.com/biodyna.html (1 of 3) [3/30/2002 1:45:17 AM]
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