Wednesday, September 30, 2009

The Spiritual Scientific Approach To Farming: Does It Make Sense?

We continue to explore ways of tilling the land without doing any harm to the ecosystem. One of the farming system we are interested to try and maybe later on showcase to other farmers in the area is the Biodynamic system. It is not something new. Our indigenous forefathers talked about it. Still, I  had my eyebrows raised when I first heard it is gaining more and more advocates in the farming world.  But the more I thought about it,  the more it made sense. Read on and tell me what you think.

The system was first introduced in 1924 by Austrian spiritual scientist Rudolf Steiner to the industrialized world. But like I have said, the indigenous peoples have always practiced it until the western agriculture systems obliterated the practice. The system not only embraces the living ecology of the soil, but goes further, into the interaction of elements of the cosmos on the plant community.

You could say that to the degree “organic” food rises above mainstream food, so does biodynamic rise above organic - meaning it’s produce is even more vital and nutritious. Soil and plants are not only physically enriched, but are enhanced on the etheric level - in effect, aided to evolve to a higher state.

Homeopathic preparations are one of the devices used to accomplish this enhancement. Sometimes they are implanted in the soil, other times applied as a spray.

A quote from the Biodynamic Farming and Gardening Association:

“Rudolf Steiner presents a notion of science that says we can know things that go beyond what we can weigh, measure, and calculate. Science is the practice of observing phenomena and relating them in a way that correctly represents the phenomena's reality. Agricultural judgments about health, what to do where, and when to do what, best succeed when we begin to rely on a certain wisdom gained through observation and experience and when we perceive consciously and concretely the phenomena that induce life itself. 

Biodynamic farming and gardening combines common-sense agriculture, an understanding of ecology, and the specific environment of a given place with a new spiritual scientific approach to the concepts, principles, and practices of agriculture.” 

For further resources, visit the insight21 website.


Ken Michael said...

The thought of spreading the idea of biodynamic farming among farmers in your area is a direction I really hope you would take with your farm. it is a balm to the already much abused ecosystem.

I wish you all the luck

VanillaSeven said...

Hello, interesting topic about gardening. Back in my country, they still believe in the spiritual leaders to give them better harvest.

Just joined your google friend connect. I hope you can join mine too. Thanks!

Edna / HandmadeDiva said...

I think that I'm really going to enjoy this blog; as I grew up in the country where my grandpa farmed; and I had a garden this year. It didn't do very well, but it was worth the effort.

Eli @ Business Sphere said...

The spiritual scientific approach to farming that you're talking about does not only make sense, but it is humanly necessary if we are to help save the soil from environmental degradation brought about by too much use of chemical fertilizers over the years.

It's a question of profit by destruction vs. profit by principle and sustainability, which this spiritual scientific approach makes possible. In the process, we are also helping save our Mother Earth.

As the Brundlant report in "Our Common Future" says: "We did not inherit this earth from our forefathers; we just borrowed it from our children." Thus we have to conserve the soil and the farms, which produce food, for our children and their children's children.

VetTech said...

Putting your hands in the earth reminds us everyday of the wonder of creation and the broad scope of nature in the world and how it is all interconnected. You don't have to be religious to feel that gardening and farming are spiritual.