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Why Biodynamic Food

 
What's Special About Biodynamics

There is substantial scientific evidence based on years of research indicating that biodynamic food is superior to organic.  Crop yields are higher for biodynamic cultivation. Also, chemical analysis demonstrated among other things, better soil quality, higher organic content and microbial activity, more earthworms, better soil structure, and thicker top soil.  Biodynamic produce has much more vitality and more concentrated nutrient value.  Additionally, research indicates that biodynamic produce has better flavor, keeps fresh longer.  Anecdotally, a strong connection exists between eating biodynamic food and increased vitality, reduced allergic reactions and improved overall health.

Biodynamic agriculture brings healing to the earth from all the damage it has experienced and from human intervention putting nature out of balance.  Even organic farming does not have the healing characteristics of restoring life. At the heart of Biodynamics lies recognition of basic principles at work in nature which form the basis through which balance and healing take place. Biodynamic farming means healing and revitalization of the Earth.
By Marika Torok, CSA Newsletter, February 2006


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“In conventional farming you are taking more from the earth than you are giving back.  In organic farming, you try to give back the same amount as you take out.  In Biodynamics, you give more back to the earth than you take out.”

- Andrew Whitby, a young BD farmer
        at the National BDA conference 2011

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What Biodynamic Farmers and CSA Have in Common

  • To care for the earth and heal the environment
  • Quality food for body, mind and spirit
  • Build community
  • Reconnect with the land and with all of nature
  • Support spiritual farming
Biodynamic farming is a science, an art, a business, and a spiritual practice requiring great knowledge and continuous study; fantastic management skills; creativity; physical strength and stamina; dedication, sacrifice and risk; and cooperation with workers, consumers and nature. It also requires a unique virtue, called surrender in spiritual terms, which involves putting your whole heart and soul into what you do and being willing to give it all up when it doesn’t turn out as you expected.
  
Many Biodynamic gardens and farms are educational centers, many are models for the future of food production involving now popular concepts like: local, sustainable, environmentally friendly, economic parity (living wage and the true cost of food). All are models for how to produce and consume the healthiest food available, true food as nature intended, infused with the forces of life for physical, mental and spiritual nourishment.

      
  

 
 
 
It Tastes Better!
We
encourage our members to have blind taste tests of biodynamic vs conventional food.  Here is the response by one of our members:

I don't need to do a blindfold test!  I've recently eaten watermelon from a conventional farm.  It was redder but definitely not as tasty.  This week's  [biodynamic] watermelon was the best I've ever tasted.  It was delicious down to and including some of the non red/pink part.  Last week's was wonderful too!  ~Margaret


What is Biodynamic Agriculture Really About?

by The Demeter Association    
Biodynamics was started in 1924 by farmers and soil scientists who chose not to follow the world into the widely promoted “chemical future”. Even in 1924, there was noticeable degradation in quality of soil, seed, plant and animal. Biodynamics is a world-wide non-chemical agriculture movement which pre-dates “organics” by two decades. But, Biodynamics is about more than avoiding chemicals.
 
Biodynamics growers seek to improve the health and vitality of soil, plant and animal through working with the health-bearing forces of nature. Our belief is that if the soil is healthy and the garden is a balance of natural forces, seed will bring forth plants which are true to their own unique nature and have more life-giving vitality for animal or human consumption.

   
We are inspired by the belief that True Food nourishes the body and the human spirit.


“Tis not the bread that nourishes

What heals us in the bread
Is God’s eternal Word
His Spirit and His Life indeed."
Angelus Silesius (1627-77)


We believe that this IS going to be the future of food production everywhere   Why does this CSA include some food that isn't local?


Biodynamic Diet and Food Sensitivity, observations by a CSA member      

The Role of Farmers in "Biodynamic Farmers- Backbone of a Spiritual (R)Evolution"