“Life always bursts the boundaries of formulas. Defeat may prove to have been the only path to resurrection, despite its ugliness. I take it for granted that to create a tree I condemn a seed to rot. If the first act of resistance comes too late it is doomed to defeat. But it is, nevertheless, the awakening of resistance. Life may grow from it as from a seed.” ~ Antoine de Saint-Exupery, Flight to Arras
- The foundations of holistic agriculture
- The Nature of Life: Looking to the Cosmos
- The Living Earth and the Farm Organism
- The Working of Cosmic Energies in Plant and Soil
- Supporting and Regulating Natural Processes
- Working Practically with Astronomical Rhythms
- Biodynamic preparations and their application
- Seeds: Nurturing a Vital Resource
- Water: The Foundation of Life
- Healing Outer and Inner Landscapes
- Food Quality, Nutrition and Health
- Community supported Agriculture
- Looking to the Future
Biodynamic agriculture is a form of agriculture very similar to organic farming, but it includes various esoteric concepts drawn from the ideas of Rudolf Steiner (1861–1925). Initially developed in 1924, it was the first of the organic agriculture movements. It treats soil fertility, plant growth, and livestock as ecologically interrelated, emphasizing spiritual and mystical perspectives.
Biodynamics has much in common with other organic approaches – it accentuates the use of manures and composts and excludes the use of artificial chemicals on soil and plants. Methods unique to the biodynamic approach include its treatment of animals, crops, and soil as a single system, an emphasis from its beginnings on local production and distribution systems, its use of traditional and development of new local breeds and varieties. Some methods use an astrological sowing and planting calendar. Biodynamic agriculture uses various herbal and mineral additives for compost additives and field sprays.