The first question they asked me was “why is Biodynamics important to you?”
Biodynamics is important to me for three main reasons:
NUMBER ONE - IT FOSTERS A LOVING AND DYNAMIC RELATIONSHIP WITH NATURE
Biodynamics and the processes involved with it includes landscape, plants, animals, atmosphere, and soil and water on a farm, and all the cycles that exist within the bounds of that piece of land and in the environment that we are managing and living in. I'm a farmer and always have been, however my relationship with nature, its processes and the animal and mineral and plant realms on my property have not always been close. Using the Biodynamic preparations and understanding, even in simple terms, the philosophy and principles of Biodynamics creates a wonderful relationship with nature and therefore a strengthened relationship with self. That's incredibly important in supporting my feeling of leading a purposeful life. My understanding, appreciation and observations of the ecology, animal behaviour, plant growth patterns, soil health and the dynamics of all the cycles within the environment that I manage has been greatly improved and enhanced by using Biodynamics.
NUMBER TWO – IT CREATES BETTER FOOD FOR EVERYONE
On our farm, we are creating nutritionally dense food. As a conventional farmer many years ago, my objective was to produce a commodity, and we produced plenty of beef, lamb, wheat, wool or hay. The biggest change in my attitude to managing my business and farm has been my objective to grow food to feed people, no longer growing a commodity to sell into the commodities market. The food we produce is chemical free, nutritiously dense and therefore the healthiest food that anyone can put into their bodies. This also adds to my sense of purpose, I'm actually improving people's health by growing food using Biodynamic practices. Whereas once upon a time, when I was growing food conventionally using chemicals etc, I was in the very least not improving the health, and quite possibly negatively impacting the health of the people who ate my products, given their relative lack of nutrition and the chemicals used to grow them.
NUMBER THREE – IT IS THE MOST EFFECTIVE AND CHEAPEST WAY TO HEAL THE PLANET
Biodynamics is the most effective and cheapest way to heal the planet, whether it's on a micro single farm scale or a macro scale in a whole region or country. We as humans in our agricultural pursuits have managed to consistently remove carbon from the soil which has ended up in the atmosphere; and as a consequence, the health of the soil has suffered, water holding capacity has been significantly reduced, the food produced is much less nutritious than it previously was and the health of the landscape in general has declined. Not to mention human health decline. Biodynamics represents an effective tool to restore soil health by increasing microbial life and activity, enhancing soil fertility and that of course improves the health and quality of the food grown, whether that's pasture to feed livestock or vegetables and fruit to feed people, the food produced is of much higher nutritional value once soil health is restored. Biodynamics is very cheap, and one of the other wonderful things about biodynamics is that many of the ingredients used to create the Biodynamic preparations and compost can be sourced from your own farm, which gives the owner/principle/manager of the farm a sense of responsibility and privilege to be producing food in a much more holistic and sovereign way.
I would encourage anyone to learn a little more about Biodynamics and the benefits it brings. If you’re a farmer wanting to implement Biodynamic practices on your farm then keep an eye out for the ‘Introduction to Biodynamics’ workshops we run regularly throughout the year.