growing strawberries organically

Growing strawberries organically

Growing strawberries organically is one of my favourite activities in the food garden. Strawberries are a wonderfully nutritious and sweet tasting fruiting vegetable. I enhance organic methods with biodynamic soil and plant preparations. One of my previous food gardens about 5 years ago had about 1000 strawberry plants. I am incorporating strawberries into our new […]

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organic garden design principles

Organic garden design principles – working with beauty, goodness and truth

Organic garden design principles tend to relate to physical aspects of the garden such as: layout, size, orientation, drainage, materials used and how it is managed with a strong orientation to eliminating the chemicals of industrial agriculture. When the deeper meaning of beauty, goodness and truth permeate design and operation of the garden, you will […]

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urban agriculture Goetheanum

Urban agriculture – alternative ways of viewing economic aspects

Urban agriculture economic aspects are an evolving area of thought and practice where much innovation is occurring globally. I had the good fortune in February 2019 to attend an international biodynamic agriculture conference at the Goetheanum in Switzerland. The conference subject was the economic aspects of agriculture. It focused on agricultural examples from around the […]

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regenerative urban agriculture

Regenerative urban agriculture – translating principles into action

Regenerative urban agriculture works with regenerative agriculture principles within an urban and peri-urban context. Those principles are more commonly discussed around how to regenerate farming land and communities severely degraded by chemical farming and animal stocking rates totally unsuited to the land qualities. Regenerative agriculture principles are deceptively simple, using natures processes, guided by our […]

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organic gardening without chemicals

Organic gardening without chemicals – practical and ethical issues

Organic gardening without chemicals. sounds pretty logical, but in our desire to be pure in this pursuit, many fuzzy lines exist. Let me demonstrate this fuzziness with two examples of common inputs for organic gardeners, chicken manure and newspapers. When I say without chemicals, I do mean without harmful and mostly synthetic chemicals, as I […]

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farm individuality

Farm individuality – new concepts of individuality for urban food growers

Farm individuality is an important principle in biodynamic food growing. Individuality can also be applied in urban food growing spaces of any scale, but there are some changes needed in how to work with individuality, some new perspectives. I had the pleasure of running a workshop recently at the global centre for biodynamics in Dornach […]

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