What’s different about biodynamic farming? Today, some of the most common farming methods actually work against nature.
Biodynamic farming is a sustainable and holistic approach to agriculture acting in respect for nature and its elements and in full harmony with its cycles from micro to macro, combining the concept of healing and farming and connecting soil quality with human health.
Biodynamic means so much more than organic. If we deconstruct the word itself, we find two deeply connected elements: bio meaning life, and dynamic meaning force. In biodynamic, we therefore find a natural force of life.
Biodynamic methods are all about restoring vital connections, and to achieve this connected balance we have to see our land as a connected whole. That means everything from the insects, to birds, to plants, to the soil. Everything is naturally as one.
To fully connect with the dynamism of the earth’s natural energy and rhythms, we grow things with as little interference as possible. That begins in the soil, the most important part of biodynamic growing. We think of the soil like the diaphragm of the earth: the place where the energy exchange happens. When the soil is biodynamically prepared, it gives whatever we grow in it taste, colour, and nutrients.
It’s the key to the essence of the fruit, vegetables and herbs we grow: whatever was in the soil will be absorbed into them. So we need it to be abundantly good. Biodynamic eating is about making a conscious decision to connect to the earth: to make better decisions that will impact how we eat, how we feel, and the footprint we leave behind after we have done so.
An extra insight into the biodynamic universe that is our farm comes from our Head Gardener, Dorothea: “Between the tomatoes, which right now are a joy to watch grow, we are harvesting rocket and coriander. Hopefully we can start picking our tomatoes around mid-July for a big, bright crop. And outside - beyond the shelters - the sugar snap peas will soon need some support in the form of a chicken fence. They’ll probably be ready from the end of June. As we’re not the only creatures that love them, we need to use some carefully placed netting to protect them from pigeons and pheasants.”