Simba – when we die, our bodies become the grass, and the antelope eat the grass. And so we are all connected in the great Circle of Life.
That’s essentially biodynamic farming in a nutshell – a philosophy based on the knowledge that the soil, plants, animals and farmers work together in one agricultural cycle. Similar to organic farming, biodynamic farming uses no synthetic fertilisers and pesticides. Biodynamic farming works to achieve soil health through the use of compost, animal and green manures, diversified crop rotations, and incorporation of livestock. However, the two agricultural systems differ in that biodynamic farmers rely on eight specific preparations for the soil, crops and compost to enhance soil and plant quality, and to stimulate the composting process.
The eight preparations, designated by their ingredients or by numbers 500 to 507, are made from cow manure; silica; the flowers of yarrow, chamomile, dandelion and valerian; oak bark; and the stinging nettle plant. A ninth prep, often referred to as 508, is made from horsetail and is used for fungal disease. Only a certified organic producer can be considered for biodynamic certification.
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