Biodynamics is shorthand for an approach to agriculture that was inaugurated in the early 20th Century by Rudolf Steiner.
In a course of lectures to farmers Rudolf Steiner offered a wealth of new and groundbreaking insights into the interconnections of all life on earth with the planets and the zodiac - in brief, a comprehensive view of the cosmos and the life sustained in it. For a really concise and insightful description of biodynamic agriculture look no further than the home page of the Biodynamic Association, with whose kind permission we reproduce it here.A biodynamic farm functions as a strong, self-sustaining and vibrant single organism that recognizes and respects the basic principles at work in nature.It is a complete system in which all the different components of the farm are seen as parts of a greater whole. With farm animals at the centre, a self-sustaining, balanced and harmonious environment is the result.Special manure and herb-based preparations are applied to the fields and compost to enhance and stimulate the microbiological life in the soil and improve fertility.The preparations have been shown to significantly improve the health and well being of soil, plant and animal as well as enhancing the vitality, flavour and keeping qualities of the produce for the benefit of the consumer.With the soil sequestering up to 25% more carbon than conventional farming methods, the health of the planet is also cared for. Biodynamics is a sound basis for sustainable food production. Further to this, biodynamic farmer recognizes that the life of a farm is exposed to wider as well as internal farm-based influences.The more subtle rhythms associated with the sun, the moon and the planets form the basis of an annually produced planting calendar. This guides the farmer towards appropriate times for cultivation and sowing for maximum quantity and quality.The result is a rich and diverse farm built on sound organic principles that is embedded and sensitized to its surroundings.A biodynamic farm produces food with such an individual quality that, as with wine, it can be described as having the ‘terroir’ of the farm – the sense of the place where it was grown.
please contact (as soon as possible) either:
Heidi Herrmann: 01342 82 2101 / 07925 372524
Penny Crowder: 01342 82 2224 / 07817 880325
Peter Brown 07803 032283
Ninette Sapir: 01342 82 6374
or Plaw Hatch Farm: 01342 81 0201
We can cover an area of about 15 miles from Forest Row, Sussex RH193RX
And here is help for swarms in areas of the country we do not cover:
For Surrey and South Essex please contact Chris Cook on 07847 393182 or 01306 500067