Biodynamic Farming & Compost Preparation Abstract:
Biodynamic agriculture was the first ecological farming system to arise in response to commercial fertilizers and specialized agriculture after the turn of the century, yet it remains largely unknown to the modern farmer and land-grant university system. The contribution of Biodynamics to organic agriculture is significant. The following provides an overview of Biodynamic farming and Biodynamic composting.

Biodynamic agriculture is an advanced organic farming system that is gaining increased attention for its emphasis on food quality and soil health. Biodynamic agriculture developed out of eight lectures on agriculture given in 1924 by Rudolf Steiner (1861-1925), an Austrian scientist and philosopher, to a group of farmers near Breslau (which was then in the eastern part of Germany and is now Wroclaw in Poland). These lectures, as well as four supplemental lessons, are published in a book titled spiritual foundations for the renewal of agriculture, originally published in English as an agricultural course. The agriculture course lectures were taught by Steiner in response to observations from farmers that soils were becoming depleted following the introduction of chemical fertilizers at the turn of the century. In addition to degraded soil conditions, farmers noticed a deterioration in the health and quality of crops and livestock. Thus, Biodynamic agriculture was the first ecological farming system to develop as a grassroots alternative to chemical agriculture. A basic ecological principle of Biodynamics is to conceive of the farm as an organism, a self contained entity.

 Squash/zucchini soup

1 tablespoon butter
chopped onion
1 medium potato, dice
1-1 1/2 pounds zucchini or squash
1 teaspoon of salt
1/2 teaspoon thyme or mixed herbs
4 chicken cubes

Place ingredients in saucepan, add 4 to 6 cups of water, bringing to boil and simmer for 15 min.

Place in blender and blend until smooth.

Add cream if desired


Helen Messner

Tomato soup

2 pounds of biodynamic heirloom tomatoes
1 teaspoon of salt
1/2 teaspoon of mixed herbs, and unless you're using regular tomatoes then you need more flavor so at least one teaspoon of mixed herbs.
One medium onion
2 teaspoons of chicken soup base, powdered.

Cook until soft and then blend  well.


Helen Messner