Principles and Practices
Biodynamic Agriculture is the name used for the ideas and ideals, the principles and practices suggested by Rudolf Steiner to farmers and gardeners in 1924 for the renewal of agriculture.
Since then, many farms, gardens, vineyards, orchards and other kinds of operations have “converted” to and are cared for with biodynamic methods. In Germany alone hundreds of farms use these methods as the very organizing principle of their farm’s management. On every continent and in many countries, biodynamics is practiced. From India to Indiana, from New Zealand to New York, from Egypt to Argentina and from South Africa to South Korea, biodynamics is on the rise. This is because it is simply the most comprehensive ecological farming system and because it is based on an ethical spiritual philosophy that cares not only about the practical farming, but also about socially responsible relationships, moral financial arrangements and about each and every individual living being.
One way to quickly get an idea about this new paradigm of agriculture, is to see biodynamics as having “bio” and “dynamic” aspects; meaning that there are very practical, biological (we might now call them “ecological”) aspects and then there are some more dynamic, spiritual, unusual sides.