What is Biodynamics?

The Practice

The practice doesn’t involve clearing virgin forest or vegetation to create space for gardening or farming. The principles and practices of biodynamic farming protect natural habitats, wildlife and plant biodiversity in any given place. 

This type of farming involves crop diversification where gardeners grow different crops instead of just one type of crop. This ensures that soil isn’t depleted of soil nutrients. The ground is allowed enough time to stay fallow and replenish without engaging in over cultivation. 

Various measures are also adopted to prevent soil erosion. 

Off-farm inputs and chemical soil treatments are not allowed in this type of farming. Instead, biodynamic practices (such as livestock integration) and preparations, and green manure support organic farming. 

Farm-sourced pest and disease control methods are adopted as much as possible. Airflow, penetration of light, proper understanding of the habits of predators, timing of planting, and other natural practices help with pest control. 

Shade canopy, timing of planting, soil fertility adjustments and understanding the life cycle of weeds help fight unwanted plants such as weeds. Other organic approaches of biodynamic farming include biodynamic livestock feeds and water conservation. 

Advantages of Biodynamic Gardening/Farming

  • Availability of healthy organic produce
  • Ability to withstand challenges in the environment
  • Prevention of waterways and soil pollution 
  • Improvement of energy efficiency 
  • Lower impacts on the ecology
  • Better health