I’ve attempted to learn what I can in this full season of life on biodynamic farming. I truly find that it is the closest thing to “husbandry” we have a modern name for, since it focuses on the entire health of the farm and it’s ability to create a “closed loop” of self reliance. I find when talking to people that many times when someone mentions the term “organic farm” they are often thinking more along the lines of what a biodynamic farm looks like. The animals running free in harmony with the farmers, vegetation being grown in a companion style with as little artificial human interaction as needed.
If you are interested in the philosophy of biodynamic farming, you can look into it more here Biodynamic Association.
From the association’s front page:
“Biodynamics is a holistic, ecological and ethical approach to farming, gardening, food and nutrition. Biodynamics was first developed in the early 1920s based on the spiritual insights and practical suggestions of the Austrian writer, educator and social activist Dr. Rudolf Steiner (1861-1925), whose philosophy is called “anthroposophy(link is external).” Today, the biodynamic movement encompasses thousands of successful gardens, farms, vineyards and agricultural operations of all kinds and sizes on all continents, in a wide variety of ecological and economic settings.
Biodynamic farmers strive to create a diversified, balanced farm ecosystem that generates health and fertility as much as possible from within the farm itself. Preparations made from fermented manure, minerals and herbs are used to help restore and harmonize the vital life forces of the farm and to enhance the nutrition, quality and flavor of the food being raised. Biodynamic practitioners also recognize and strive to work in cooperation with the subtle influences of the wider cosmos on soil, plant and animal health.
Most biodynamic initiatives seek to embody triple bottom line approaches (ecological, social and economic sustainability), taking inspiration from Steiner’s insights into social and economic life as well as agriculture. 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.”
So I received an email a few days ago from the Republic of Tea, sharing some new type of blend they are bringing on. I was beyond excited to see that they carried a slim amount of blends grown on biodynamic farms. How cool! I know there are a lot of herbs that come from places that take great care in sustainability (Mountain Rose Herbs being one), but to see an actual label mentioning biodynamic was so neat.