The Biodynamic Farm

The Biodynamic Farm

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.

Author: Herbert H. Koepf

Publisher: SteinerBooks

ISBN: 9781621511625

Category: TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING

Page: 245

View: 937

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.
Categories: TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING

The Biodynamic Farm

The Biodynamic Farm

A practical guide to developing a healthy, balanced and sustainable farm.

Author: Karl-Ernst Osthaus

Publisher:

ISBN: 0863157661

Category: Technology & Engineering

Page: 93

View: 520

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.
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A Biodynamic Farm

A Biodynamic Farm

A practical, how-to guide to making all of the biodynamic preparations, this book will provide what you need to successfully put these proven techniques to work in your fields.

Author: Hugh Lovel

Publisher: Acres USA

ISBN: WISC:89058905423

Category: Technology & Engineering

Page: 215

View: 555

A practical, how-to guide to making all of the biodynamic preparations, this book will provide what you need to successfully put these proven techniques to work in your fields.
Categories: Technology & Engineering

Biodynamics in Practice

Biodynamics in Practice

People often view farms simply as food-producing factories; this book, however, shows that they can be much more, offering spiritually sustaining focal points of community cohesion and participation.

Author: Tom Petherick

Publisher: Rudolf Steiner Press

ISBN: 9781855842502

Category: Nature

Page: 131

View: 327

Born from a series of eight lectures delivered by Rudolf Steiner in 1924, the movement of biodynamic agriculture today encompasses many hundreds of farms and millions of consumers worldwide. This book examines what it is like to run a farm based on the principles of biodynamic agriculture.
Categories: Nature

Agriculture Course

Agriculture Course

This edition also features a preface by Steiner's colleague the medical doctor Ehrenfried Pfeiffer, as well as eight color plates. This is the course that began the biodynamic movement.

Author: Rudolf Steiner

Publisher: Rudolf Steiner Press

ISBN: 9781855841482

Category: Technology & Engineering

Page: 175

View: 191

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.
Categories: Technology & Engineering

Cosmos Earth and Nutrition

Cosmos  Earth and Nutrition

This book has much to offer to the beginner as well as to those already involved with biodynamics.

Author: Richard Thornton Smith

Publisher: Rudolf Steiner Press

ISBN: 9781855843196

Category: Science

Page: 304

View: 671

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. DR RICHARD THORNTON SMITH was formerly a geography professor at the University of Leeds, specializing in soil science, environment and conservation. Widely travelled, he has a long-standing interest in indigenous and sustainable farming. He was introduced to the work of Rudolf Steiner at an early age, although his full involvement with biodynamics dates from 1990 when he began to participate in training programmes and workshops at Emerson College, Sussex. In 1996 he began a biodynamic extension programme in Sri Lanka, for which he published a book, most recently updated in 2007. Since 2001 he has been an inspector for the Biodynamic Association's Demeter and Organic Certification in the UK. In 2003 he produced an edited selection of Steiner's work relating to agriculture. He is currently a council member of the Biodynamic Agricultural Association, and lives in Ross-on-Wye, Herefordshire.
Categories: Science

Developing Biodynamic Agriculture

Developing Biodynamic Agriculture

Biodynamic agriculture was launched by Steiner at a conference on the Koberwitz estate in Germany. Adalbert Count Keyserlingk, the son of the hosts, was present, and this book reflects his life-long absorption in biodynamic methods.

Author: Adalbert C. Keyserling

Publisher: Temple Lodge Publishing

ISBN: 1902636139

Category: Technology & Engineering

Page: 108

View: 115

Genetic manipulation, industrial agriculture, and disregard for natural laws have all led to growing public concern over the safety of the food on our tables. As a result, there is a growing interest in organic methods of farming. Biodynamic agriculture (the method developed by Rudolf Steiner) is an extension of the organic approach that uses special preparations that enrich the soil and enliven our food by working in harmony with cosmic and earthly forces. Biodynamic agriculture was launched by Steiner at a conference on the Koberwitz estate in Germany. Adalbert Count Keyserlingk, the son of the hosts, was present, and this book reflects his life-long absorption in biodynamic methods. It presents a wide range of material, including the count's personal experiences of Steiner at work, his reflections on practical research and experimentation (including photographic documentation), and descriptions of biodynamic preparations. More than anything else, his words successfully convey the enthusiasm, the exalted feelings, and the power of initiative that arose from Rudolf Steiner's work in this field - to develop a method of farming that provides nutritious, safe food for the future. C O N T E N T S Foreword by Manfred Klett Insights Gained from Early Work in Biodynamic Research Biodynamic Preparations Getting to Know the Pioneer Plant Breeders Transforming Plant Species and Varieties by Immanuel Voegele Koberwitz Remembered Learning about Scientific Research at the First Waldorf School in Stuttgart Some Correspondence with Miss Windeck Photographs of the Experiments done at Pilgramshain The Revitalization of the Ether Powers by Erich Kirchner
Categories: Technology & Engineering

Using the Biodynamic Compost Preparations and Sprays in Garden Orchard and Farm

Using the Biodynamic Compost Preparations and Sprays in Garden  Orchard  and Farm

A classic work by a pioneer of biodynamics which lays out the details of the biodynamic method.

Author: Ehrenfried E. Pfeiffer

Publisher:

ISBN: 0938250329

Category: Fruit-culture

Page: 56

View: 278

'These lines are written in the hope that the introduction and development of biodynamic methods may be furthered by methodical instruction. It is only a beginning, for in spite of fifteen years of practical work, we are but standing on the borders of a new world of knowledge and of life.' Ehrenfried Pfeiffer, 1938.This classic work by a pioneer of biodynamics lays out the details of the biodynamic method. Following Rudolf Steiner's indications, early biodynamic farmers and gardeners experimented with the methods, and this book passes on their valuable practical experience. It includes sections on compost in wet climates, the treatment of fruit trees, and crop rotation.
Categories: Fruit-culture

Soil Fertility Renewal Preservation

Soil Fertility  Renewal   Preservation

A comprehensive study of biodynamic agriculture, its basis, effects and results.

Author: Ehrenfried Pfeiffer

Publisher:

ISBN: CORNELL:31924051837361

Category: Agriculture

Page: 183

View: 718

A comprehensive study of biodynamic agriculture, its basis, effects and results.
Categories: Agriculture

The Biodynamic Spray and Compost Preparations Production Methods Booklet 1

The Biodynamic Spray and Compost Preparations Production Methods  Booklet 1

This book is a good companion to the second book by the same authors, Biodynamic Sprays and Compost Preparations: Directions for Use.

Author: Christian von Wistinghausen, Wolfgang Scheibe, Eckard von Wistinghausen and Uli Johannes König

Publisher: SteinerBooks

ISBN: 9781621511786

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Growing Biodynamic Crops

Growing Biodynamic Crops

This is a comprehensive overview of crops and cropping for biodynamic farmers, written by experts in their field.

Author: Friedrich Sattler

Publisher:

ISBN: 1782501126

Category: Agricultural ecology

Page: 160

View: 841

A biodynamic farm is an integrated, holistic organism which balances animal husbandry with growing a range of plants, crops and trees. Balance is of the utmost importance, and will result in a sustainable farm. This book focuses in depth on one aspect of biodynamic farming: growing crops. It addresses all aspects of crop husbandry, from the nature of plants and issues of land use to cultivating grassland, weed control, crop rotation, seeds and sowing, and growing cereals, row crops, legumes, fodder crops and herbs. This is a comprehensive overview of crops and cropping for biodynamic farmers, written by experts in their field.
Categories: Agricultural ecology

Biodynamic Agriculture

Biodynamic Agriculture

"Biodynamics is an internationally recognized approach to organic agriculture in which the farmer or gardener respects and works with the spiritual dimension of the earth's environment.

Author: Willy Schilthuis

Publisher: Floris Books

ISBN: WISC:89085778843

Category: Organic farming

Page: 124

View: 102

"Biodynamics is an internationally recognized approach to organic agriculture in which the farmer or gardener respects and works with the spiritual dimension of the earth's environment. In a world where conventional agricultural methods threaten the environment, biodynamic farms and gardens are designed to have a sound ecological balance. This concise and fully illustrated book presents evidence that biodynamic crops put down deeper roots, show strong resistance to disease and have better keeping qualities than conventionally produced crops."--Publisher's description.
Categories: Organic farming

Agriculture Course

Agriculture Course

Steiner's original contribution to human knowledge was based on his ability to conduct 'spiritual research', the investigation of metaphysical dimensions of existence.

Author: Rudolf Steiner

Publisher: Rudolf Steiner Press

ISBN: 9781855843530

Category: Technology & Engineering

Page: 176

View: 254

Steiner's original contribution to human knowledge was based on his ability to conduct 'spiritual research', the investigation of metaphysical dimensions of existence. With his scientific and philosophical training, he brought a new systematic discipline to the field, allowing for conscious methods and comprehensive results. A natural seer from childhood, he cultivated his spiritual vision to a high degree, enabling him to speak with authority on previously veiled mysteries of life. The evolving human being; Cosmos as the source of life; Plants and the living earth; Farms and the realms of nature; Bringing the chemical elements to life; Soil and the world of spirit; Supporting and regulating life processes; Spirits of the elements; Nutrition and vitality; Responsibility for the future.
Categories: Technology & Engineering

Citizen Farmers

Citizen Farmers

Illustrated with photographs of gardens designed by Farmer D as well as line drawings, the book is packed with advice on: Establishing a biodynamic garden Composting Soil composition and replenishment Controlling pests and disease ...

Author: Daron Joffe

Publisher: ABRAMS

ISBN: 9781613126011

Category: Gardening

Page: 224

View: 302

A guide to organic vegetable gardens and small-scale farming with an emphasis on sustainability. Biodynamic farming, with its focus on ecological sustainability, has emerged as the gold standard in the organic gardening movement. Daron Joffe—known as Farmer D—has made it his mission to empower, educate, and inspire people to become conscientious consumers, citizens, and stewards of the land. In this engaging call to action, Farmer D teaches us to not only create sustainable gardens but also to develop a more holistic, community-minded approach to how our food is grown and how we live our lives in balance with nature. Illustrated with photographs of gardens designed by Farmer D as well as line drawings, the book is packed with advice on: Establishing a biodynamic garden Composting Soil composition and replenishment Controlling pests and disease Cooperative gardening practices Creating delicious meals with your home-grown produce In collaboration with a James Beard Award-nominated food journalist, Farmer D offers an indispensable resource for anyone who wants to make the world a greener place.
Categories: Gardening

The Biodynamic Orchard Book

The Biodynamic Orchard Book

Brings together the best advice for cultivating fruit trees using biodynamic methods, by two leading experts.

Author: Ehrenfried E. Pfeiffer

Publisher:

ISBN: 1782500014

Category: Gardening

Page: 104

View: 510

This book brings together the best advice for cultivating fruit trees, berries and shrubs using biodynamic methods, with the aim of harvesting healthy fruit free of pesticides. Ehrenfried Pfeiffer discusses the principles of tree biology before describing the measures that can be taken to develop a pest-free orchard without the use of chemicals, including soil preparation, the selection of trees for planting, issues of transplanting and pruning, the application of pastes, green cover crops, and pest control. Michael Maltas ran fruit tree experiments on his biodynamic farm in Missouri for four years. The results are recorded in a highly practical annual spraying schedule for orchards, which is reproduced in this book. A month-by-month calendar gives information on specific methods and controls, based on Maltas's extensive experience. This is an invaluable book with practical advice on all aspects of planning and maintaining a healthy orchard. This is a thoroughly revised and updated combined edition ofBiodynamic Treatment of Fruit Trees, Berries and Shrubs by Ehrenfried Pfeiffer andOrchard Pest Management and Spray Schedule by Michael Maltas. Published in association with the Biodynamic Farming and Gardening Association of North America.
Categories: Gardening

Biodynamic Farming and Gardening

Biodynamic Farming and Gardening

Thus, although Biodynamic Farming and Gardening was first published in 1938, it remains a foundational text for anyone who is or plans to become a serious biodynamic farmer or gardener.

Author: Ehrenfried E Pfeiffer

Publisher:

ISBN: 1938685296

Category:

Page: 228

View: 337

"Every agricultural enterprise is a self-contained, biological unit." --Ehrenfried Pfeiffer There have been numerous developments and advancements in biodynamic agricultural methods since Ehrenfried Pfeiffer introduced North Americans to the foundational principles and practices of biodynamics, the basics of which continue to be used today. Thus, although Biodynamic Farming and Gardening was first published in 1938, it remains a foundational text for anyone who is or plans to become a serious biodynamic farmer or gardener. In this volume, Pfeiffer lays out the essential practices for successfully operating a biodynamic farm, including the principles behind each technique and practice. He backs up these methods with scientific research and data, as well as his own experience as a farmer and researcher, describing what works and what doesn't. Pfeiffer covers soil qualities, making compost, crop rotation, best planting practices, using biodynamic preparations and sprays, and much more--all with the goal of growing the highest-quality foods by using sustainable methods and working with nature and caring for the earth. This detailed book is an indispensable guide for both experienced, beginning, and prospective biodynamic farmers and gardeners. C O N T E N T S Introduction 1. The Farmer, Yesterday and Today 2. The Situation of Agriculture 3. The Farm and Its Broader Connections 4. Soil as a Living Organism: The "Load Limit" in Agriculture 5. Manure and Compost Treatment 6. Maintaining Living Soil: Cultivation and Organic Fertilization 7. How a Conventional Farm Becomes a Biodynamic Farm 8. Forestry 9. Market Gardening 10. The Dynamic Activity of Plant Life 11. Scientific Tests 12. Health Effects of Fertilizing 13. Practical Results of the Biodynamic Method 14. Human Responsibility 15. Summary Cited Works Books in English by Ehrenfried E. Pfeiffer Further Reading
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Biodynamic Preparations Around the World

Biodynamic Preparations Around the World

This book is a valuable reference into the production and application of the preparations around the world and an inspiring endorsement of how biodynamic principles hold true in such varied environments.

Author: Ueli Hurter

Publisher: Floris Books

ISBN: 9781782507734

Category: Gardening

Page: 336

View: 433

Biodynamic agriculture first originated in central Europe but is now practised in farms, vineyards and gardens all over the world. At the heart of the biodynamic approach are the eight preparations – Horn manure, Horn silica, Yarrow, Chamomile, Nettle, Oak bark, Dandelion and Valerian – which are often produced by local biodynamic practitioners using well-established recipes. But as the biodynamic approach expands beyond its European origins, its methods have been increasingly adapted to meet the needs and challenges – climates, fauna, seasons and regulations – of different regions around the globe. This fascinating book presents the results of a unique study, carried out by the Agricultural Section at the Goetheanum, Switzerland, into how the biodynamic preparations are used in fifteen countries worldwide, including Egypt, Brazil, New Zealand, India and across Europe. The detailed case studies explore how the preparations are modified to suit their locations, as well as offering an insight into the work of each practitioner and how their understanding has evolved over the years. This book is a valuable reference into the production and application of the preparations around the world and an inspiring endorsement of how biodynamic principles hold true in such varied environments.
Categories: Gardening

Grasp the Nettle

Grasp the Nettle

This book aims to assist biodynamic farmers and gardeners to observe the processes of life and growth, and to understand how these processes are governed by cosmic forces, so they can use this knowlege in applying their practical skills.

Author: Peter Proctor

Publisher: Penguin Random House New Zealand Limited

ISBN: 9781775530428

Category: Gardening

Page: 196

View: 181

The expert guide to biodynamic farming and gardening. In this revised and updated edition of Grasp the Nettle Peter Proctor tells the reader how to apply biodynamic methods of farming and gardening to a wide range of conditions in New Zealand and in other countries. The book provides practical observations and techniques, and relates these to the spiritual scientific knowlege upon which that biodynamic practice is based. Peter gives tips on how to recognise healthy soil and pasture, and on how to make your own biodynamic preparations. He also gives examples of farms that are successfully using biodynamic methods. This book aims to assist biodynamic farmers and gardeners to observe the processes of life and growth, and to understand how these processes are governed by cosmic forces, so they can use this knowlege in applying their practical skills. Peter Proctor, past national field advisor for the NZ Bio Dynamic Farming and Gardening Association, now teaches and advises farmers on biodynamic methods around the world.
Categories: Gardening

Organic and Biodynamic Agriculture

Organic and Biodynamic Agriculture

There are sections in this book, concentrating fundamentally on Organic and Biodynamic Agriculture, their Environmental Impact, Soil Fertility and Organic Farming Systems, Crop Agronomy, Breeding and Seed Production, Animal Health and ...

Author: Hatem Mohamed Hussein

Publisher: Delve Publishing

ISBN: 1773612891

Category:

Page: 314

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With the sensational development of organic food all through the world, many individuals have been pondering about the contrasts amongst organic and biodynamic farming. Actually, the likenesses exceed the distinctions, however there are a couple to observe. Many people are currently to some degree acquainted with organic farming, yet they might not have known about biodynamics. Biodynamic farming is a method that was first created by Rudolf Steiner - most popular for his commitments to education that prompted Steiner Schools. The primary rule of biodynamic farming is that the whole ranch exists as a solitary substance without the requirement for outside sources of info. As such, where a organic farm may buy natural seeds or natural encourage for animals, a biodynamic cultivate must create everything on the premises. By definition, "Organic agriculture joins custom, advancement and science to profit the mutual condition and advance reasonable connections and a decent personal satisfaction for all included." Organic farming can be characterized by a guarantee to the standards of wellbeing, biology, reasonableness and care. The rule of well-being alludes to the possibility that all organic farming should improve and support everything engaged with the procedure, from the dirt the distance to the general population who devour the nourishment. The rule of biology says that the acts of natural farms should work with existent environmental cycles and frameworks. The standard of decency says that organic agriculture ought to be honed in ways that are sensible for the earth and to the chances of those in the ranch's group. The rule of care says that organic agriculture ought to dependably be overseen in a capable way that secures the well-being of the individual and the earth. While having features alike to each-other, biodynamic farming standards have a more prominent concentration on prophetic cycles and the possibility of the homestead as a solitary 'life form'. * A biodynamic cultivation is imagined as a solitary substance that can be seen as a living being all by itself. * Biodynamic farms ought to stay as encased from their encompassing biological communities as is duable.* Biodynamic ranches are organized around lunar and prophetic cycles that are said to influence the natural frameworks. * Biodynamic ranches are worked to coordinate all the living beings inside the framework, including plants, domesticated animals and agriculturists. * The soil is viewed as the focal part of all biodynamic ranches. Both natural and biodynamic ranches develop their food without the utilization of pesticides, herbicides or hereditarily altered life forms. Accordingly, the two practices create essentially more advantageous food and delivery. At the establishment of the two practices is additionally a regard for biological procedures and the earth; they depend, for instance, on normal solutions for battling crawlies and infections. At last, the two practices are aware of the earth, the food and the general population who expend it. There are sections in this book, concentrating fundamentally on Organic and Biodynamic Agriculture, their Environmental Impact, Soil Fertility and Organic Farming Systems, Crop Agronomy, Breeding and Seed Production, Animal Health and Nutrition, Ethics in Organic Agriculture and Animal Welfare, Organic Food Market, and the slightest however not the last, the Future of Agriculture Sustainability. This book plans to offer a differing scope of profitable data, information and viewpoints on natural and biodynamic farming, and in addition the fate of manageability when the world group is progressively mindful of the issues of our current rural practices and the significance of making feasible horticultural and frameworks for the long haul soundness of mankind and the biosphere in general.
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