Copyright February 2007 Housewifemafia.com
WHAT IS BIODYNAMICS?
Biodynamic farming is a not a new way of thinking in the grand
context of human history and the development of agriculture, but it
is certainly a departure from today’s conventional, corporate
farming methods. Of course it involves organic farming concepts
with which many of us are familiar, but the biodynamic approach
goes further to include elements of holistic health.
Earcine Evans, founder of the Francis Flowers & Herbs Farm,
points out that even though the philosophy and simplicity of the
biodynamic concept is not new, the enlightened farmer can bring to
bear new scientific understandings and techniques on the way we
grow our sources of nourishment. Evans states that she is not
simply returning to the old way of farming, but improving upon it
while keeping intact the ideals of harmony and accord with God’s
design for creation.
Evans’ grandparents farmed according to the farmers’ almanac.
They would plant everything according to the moon phase.
Whatever phase the moon was in, they would plant according to
that. This was the system of African farming that was passed down
to them through an oral tradition.
Evans says, “This farming technique dates back to ancient
civilization. It's nothing new. It rolls in to one big beautiful thing.
It is all connected back to how the Creator designed it. Really,
mankind just had to learn the universal laws of how things are.
These are the divine laws. You know plants come into being, and
animals are a part of it. We work in harmony with the way God
intended us to live with the earth, and being connected to our food
Evans uses Radionics and a “biodynamic field broadcaster” device
to maintain nutrient levels in the soil of her farm. This is where her
process departs from the traditions of her ancestors. Lorraine
Cahill, of the Union Agriculture Institute, comes to the farm regularly
to analyze the soil using Radionics technology. Once Cahill has
determined the needs of the soil, Evans uses her “field
broadcaster” to return the proper balance of nutrients to the soil.
(For more information on Radionics and the field broadcaster,
check out the Union Agriculture Institute’s website at unionag.net.)
Evans believes that the goal of a biodynamic farmer should be the
goal of any farmer, for the farm to be self-sufficient. The farmer
should not have to bring something from outside, but should be
able to use everything on the land that is already there to have a
thriving system. Evans says, “The farm is complete on its own. If
you have to bring something in from the outside, you have a sick
farm. If you are working in harmony, and according to the
harmonious natural laws and principles that the creator set forth for
us, everything will work.”
Even though these are old ideas, Evans says, it is important for
each generation to improve on them.
Evans points out the differences in the plant kingdom and an
animal kingdom. “Their functions are different, yet complimentary,”
she explains. “Plants are pharmacists. They build. Animals are
transformative. They recycle, break down and rebuild.” Evans
says that conventional scientists tend to limit their appreciation of
plants’ building function to photosynthesis. The biodynamic
practitioner, on the other hand, is likely to take exception to the
implication that photosynthesis is all that is involved in building the
plant. Evans says that it is only one of the many ways in which
Again, the conventional investigators may say that the animals
break down plant tissue with digestive enzymes. Evans does not
disagree, but says animals’ digestion and nervous development run
parallel. She says both of these activities are transformative. “For
one thing,” she asks, “how does the animal select what it chooses
to eat? Think about that. Digestive enzymes are not all that
count. Knowledge of such details does not explain everything.
The biodynamic investigators know that animals have a digestive
impulse. Enzymes play a part in this digestive impulse. There is
much more, and much of those details are yet undiscovered.”
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