BIODYNAMIC FARMING IN 7 POINTS
BIODYNAMIC FARMING IN 7 POINTS
We explain today biodynamic farming principles in 7 points. Here, you can find out more about one of the most sustainable farming methods and how it can have a positive environmental, economical and social impact.
- A Farm Is a Living Organism
A biodynamic farm is a living organism made up of many connected elements: fields, plants, animals, soil, compost, people, the universe and the peculiarity and uniqueness of the region.
A biodynamic farmer supports and nurtures all these elements and recognises their interdependence. He manages the dynamic whole they form, allowing them to thrive individually as well as work in harmony together.
There is a constant dialogue with Nature strengthening the understanding of the dynamics of the farm. Through the knowledge and awareness generated by observation and listening, the farmer can help the land express its full potential without stretching its capacity.
- Biodynamics Nurtures Biodiversity
A biodynamic farm is characterised by the unique biodiversity fingerprint of its environment: a web of fruits, vegetables, plants, herbs, flowers, animals, water and its peculiar microclimate that the farmer nurtures maximising its health and vitality.
In a farm showcasing a biodiversity of plants and animals and a habitat with natural predators, pests and diseases cannot thrive. Diseases and pests often point to an imbalance in the organism, it is Nature sending a signal and trying to correct the imbalance.
Biological controls can be used, but a biodynamic farmer tries to go to the root of the problem and solve the underlying imbalance.
- Biodynamic Farms Aim To Self-sufficiency
In a biodynamic farm there are both plants and animals as in every natural ecosystem. The presence of animals makes the system more balanced and prevents nutrients deficiency and pollution. Manure is composted with plants and soil to become a powerful natural fertiliser.
Cover-cropping is a common practice to improve the fertility and quality of the soil, to prevent erosion, to suppress weeds and control pests and diseases.
The biodynamic farm aims to be self-sufficient and minimise external input. The objective of biodynamics is regeneration and resilience of the whole farm organism.
- Biodynamic Preparations
Biodynamic preparations can be added to manure or sprayed. They protect and enhance the health of the plants and the soil bringing a full spectrum of nutrients and powerfully concentrated beneficial substances. The soil is revitalised thanks to multiplied microbial diversity and has more ability to store water and nutrients. The plants become more resilient to pests, disease and extreme climate conditions and have long powerful roots that allow them to source water from the soil. Thus, there is a decreased need for human input in terms of water with positive repercussions in the safeguard of our most precious resource.
- Biodynamic Calendar
The biodynamic calendar is based on traditional farmers' knowledge and provides information and indications of optimal times for sowing, transplanting, cultivating, harvesting and using the biodynamic preparations.
- Biodynamics Is Connected To The Local Cultural Heritage
A biodynamic farm is deeply rooted in the agronomic and cultural heritage of its region and intimately connected to the local community.
Not only does it bring benefits to the area in terms of purified air, water and soil but it also contributes to an educational process for all the inhabitants of the area. In fact, biodynamic farmers often partner with other local farms, schools, restaurants, medical and wellness facilities and other organisations to spread the love for the land and the peculiarities of the territory and to enhance the connection between locals and their agronomic and cultural heritage.
- Biodynamics Is A Regenerative Approach
Biodynamics is the most sustainable way of farming, regenerating soil, plants, animals, people and the whole environment. Each farm gives a generous contribution to the ecology, the economy and the society of its local community. It is a regenerative approach under multiple points of views that enables communities to face the environmental and social challenges peculiar of our times. The biodynamic standards are consistent all over the world and are guaranteed by the Demeter logo.