Bio-Dynamic Agriculture goes back to 1924! Only a few years after the invention of the Haber-Bosch process in 1917 through which nitrogen from the air can be synthesized and used as fertilizer (although it was first used to produce gun powder), farmers throughout Germany began to notice a dramatic drop in the quality of their products. They asked Rudolf Steiner for advice and his famous lectures given in Koberwitz in Silesia (then Germany, now Poland) became the foundation of the first organic agricultural movement, decades before other methods came up which are easier to understand for the materialistic mind. However, as a matter of fact, decades-long research shows that bio-dynamics is the only proven method through which humus can be increased. And humus is the basis of long-term fertility of the soil.
We have four different farm lots on which we grow tropical vegetables, fruits, cereals and seeds using the bio-dynamic method. We do harvest, but our main goal is to provide a hands-on experience for trainings of all sorts, whether it is a guided tour, a one day seminar, an internship or the practical part of an university study. We also assist in transforming farms into bio-dynamic, and that includes helping to find appropriate new markets.
Bio-Dynamics is rather an attitude than a method. It does need the farmer´s love and dedication for the earth and all her beings. It is based on the farmer´s ability to meditate in a conscious manner and his / her faculty of observation in the sensory and spiritual worlds. We try to look at the farm as an individual organism. We also have the so-called preparations for soil, plants and compost, we do have methods to sow, work the land and harvest according to cosmic rhythms. We use companion-planting, earth-worms and many other methods used today also in other forms of organic farming. But maybe the most important part is that the farmer looks at herself / himself as a part of whole big universe.
We have two main reasons why we use the bio-dynamic method. The first was mentioned above: it is helping the earth and the soil as it is adding humus and life. The other is that with bio-dynamics we can harvest the foods which are needed today for the human being to think, feel and will independently. So, bio-dynamics is feeding the earth and its inhabitants. The fertilizers, feeds and foods of today can somewhat fill the stomach, but not nourish the whole human being – that´s why the soil, the plants, the animals and also the humans need so many food supplements, minerals, trace elements, vitamins. With bio-dynamics we are trying to grow and process whole foods for holistic nutrition. As it is widely known from the best palates around, the wine connoisseurs, bio-dynamically grown foods also taste best.
Part of our agricultural work is to come up with appropriate products, help farmers process their produce and find the right markets. Examples of our work in this field are: breads which are based on local ingredients and spontaneous yet holistic fermentation processes not unlike the honey salt bread. Propolis, peppermint and moringa products. Coffee and palm tree concotions.
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