Biodynamic farming began from a series of 8 lectures on
Agriculture given by Rudolf Steiner in 1924.These lectures were held in response to farmers concerns of the negative
impacts chemical fertilisers were having on soil and livestock health at the
Biodynamic farming is a holistic approach to agriculture which
encompasses spiritual, ethical and ecological approaches and strives to
co-operate with influences from the wider cosmos.
Biodynamic farmers cultivate,
plant and harvest on a schedule that reflects the natural rhythms of the
earth's rotation as well as the regular patterns of the sun and moon.
Biodynamic farming builds healthy, well-structured soils rich
in humus and high in biological activity.
Biodynamic farming recognises that a healthy soil is the basis
for healthy plants, animals and humans.
Biodynamic farmers create diverse and balanced farm ecosystems
that generate health and fertility as much as possible from the farm
itself.A Biodynamic farm imitates the self-sufficiency of nature
Biodynamic practices are of an organic nature and the focus is
on enhancing soil structure and mineral cycles to maximise the growth of
healthy plants.This is done by using
biodynamic preparations made from farm sourced materials of fermented manure,
minerals and herbs in combination with composting, manuring, crop and pasture
rotations, tree planting and livestock integrated into the farming system.
Biodynamic farmers see pests and weeds as imbalances in the
Biodynamic farmers view the farm as a total organism.They seek to understand and work with life
processes to restore and harmonise life force energy on the farm.This leads to enhancements in the nutrition,
quality and flavour of food produced on biodynamic farms.
How to get started in Biodynamics?
Join Biodynamic Agriculture Australia.They have garden and farm memberships
available.We simply could not practice
biodynamics without them.Because of our
membership we get access to regular newsletters and we purchase our
preparations from them.They conduct
training courses, field days and conferences where you can learn more about
biodynamics and enjoy the company of wonderful people.http://biodynamics.net.au/
Want more background information on biodynamics?Try these websites:
Biodynamic Education Centre is an international college offering a range of
educational programs for biodynamic farming and gardening. The
courses offered by the Biodynamic Education Centre have been written and
developed over many years of practical experience in the biodynamic method for
both large scale agricultural systems and smaller scale gardening systems.
Students gain the knowledge and skills required to use biodynamic farming and
gardening practices in their individual situations.
college provides a distance learning course called Biodynamic Principles and
Practice, which makes education in biodynamic agriculture available to students
worldwide and at the same time offers support to an international culture of
learning and researching biodynamic agriculture.
We value your input and love collaboration so if you know of
any other useful biodynamic farming resources that our community would be
interested in please contact us and let us know so we can add them to our
What is Permaculture?
“Permaculture is a design system for creating sustainable human environments.The word itself is a contraction not only of permanent agriculture but also of permanent culture, as cultures cannot survive for long without a sustainable agricultural base and land use ethic”.Bill Mollison
Permaculture is about the relationships we can design and create between the elements in the environment – plants, animals, buildings and infrastructure.The aim is to create ecologically sound and economically viable systems which provide for their own needs, don’t exploit or pollute and are sustainable.
Permaculture is based on the observation of natural systems, the wisdom contained in traditional farming systems and modern scientific and technical knowledge.
It is about working with nature rather than against it.
The Permaculture Research Institute works with individuals and communities worldwide, to expand the knowledge and practice of integrated, sustainable agriculture and culture using the whole-systems approach of permaculture design. This will provide solutions for permanent abundance by training local people to become leaders of sustainable development in their communities and countries.http://permaculturenews.org/
Permaculture Australia: directory of permaculturalists, course information, permafund grants and an informative blog to keep you up to date on whats happening: http://permacultureaustralia.org.au/
Tagari Publications:for sourcing Permaculture Text Books written by Bill Mollison, one of the founders of the Permaculture movement http://www.tagari.com/home
Green Shopping: Inspiration for Sustainable Living Free Permaculture E-books: Permaculture is all about one part of a system trying to help another, and Green Shopping are helping to replicate that, by sharing permaculture knowledge as freely and as widely as they can.They have a selection of completely free eBook downloads on permaculture and wider environmental topics.
Farmspiration: Our reading list for Conscious farmers and gardeners There is an amazing selection of farmspiring books readily available to help you delve more deeply into areas of interest for you.Here are some we have found.
Cows Save The Planet: And Other Impossible Ways of Restoring Soil to heal the earth.Alicia Miller.
The soil and health library for free ebooks exploring the connections between agricultural methods and the health of animals and humans.. http://www.soilandhealth.org/
Fields of Farmers.Interning, Mentoring, Partnering, Germinating.Joel Salatin.2013.
Everything I Want to Do is Illegal.War Stories from the Local Food Front.Joel Salatin.
The Sheer Ecstacy of being a Lunatic Farmer.By Joel Salatin.
Gaining Ground.A story of farmers markets, local food, and saving the family farm.Forrest Pritchard.2013.
Holistic Management.A new framework for decision making.Allan Savory
Back from the Brink.How Australia’s landscape can be saved.Peter Andrews.
Beyond the Brink.Peter Andrews radical vision for a sustainable Australian Landscape.
Conscious Gardening.Michael J Roads.
Culture and Horticulture.A Philosophy of Gardening.Wolf D Storl.
Grasp the Nettle.Making Biodynamic Farming and Gardening Work.Peter Proctor with Gillian Cole.
Flowforms.The rhymthmic power of water.John Wilkes (add to biodynamics article)
Gardening for Life.The Biodynamic Way.Maria Thun.
Practical Farming References:
Four-Season Harvest.Organic vegetables from your home garden all year long.Elliot Coleman.