Farmers practicing biodynamic agricultural methods work to become aware of the subtleties in nature, to not view nature as a series of disparate parts unrelated to one another. Plants come to be known as sense organs of the earth. If a farm is showing unhealthy plants, simply making them bigger by spraying them with fertilizer or killing off the pests with insecticide will not solve the land’s underlying, long-term health and sustainability concerns.
The biodynamic farmer will look to many variables when working to support the soil health and farm vibrancy of the land they steward. What crops were in this spot before, are other plants hindering growth, when were the plants sown or transplanted, was the compost right? All of the inquiries make for a holistic approach to farming.
For the consumer, this means that you are eating the most nutrient dense food available. By using compost prepared with chamomile, oak bark, nettle, dandelion, and yarrow, the plants are able to take up what they need from the environment, and use it. This practice makes for healthy soil, which supports the growth of healthy food, which in turn makes for healthy people. Food is something that directly connects people to their environment. By cutting the plant off from its environment, by giving it artificial fertilizer, pesticide, and herbicide, it deprives us from getting to know our environment. Let us re-introduce you, for it is a relationship worth nurturing.