biodynamics

Biodynamic vs Organic

Biodynamic vs organic methods of food growing, is there a difference or are they pretty much different names for the same thing? The organic method is ecologically oriented. It tries to replace an overly complex, laboratory-oriented approach with a common sense approach which the ordinary gardener and farmer can relate to. In many cases, the […]

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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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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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Biodynamic agriculture conference

Biodynamic agriculture conference – 2018 at the Goetheanum – My reflections

The biodynamic agriculture conference for 2018, held at the Goetheanum, Switzerland, was a wonderful experience for me. I wanted to share some reflections of my journey as I have just returned to Australia. The conference, run by the Section for Agriculture at the Goetheanum was attended by 900 people from 40 countries. These people were […]

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