What is biodynamics?
The Demeter Biodynamic Farm Standard is a comprehensive organic farming method that requires the creation and management of a closed-spherical-system, exactly like our Earth, self generating, meeting all of its fertility and regenerative needs from the Living Dynamics of the farm itself. A foundation of the Biodynamic method of farming is a Goethean Observation of nature and its application to a farming system. This encourages a new image based belief, nature as an interconnected whole, a complete organism endowed with archetypal rhythm. Our goal is to harmonize our efforts with the existing forces of nature and the moon, which influences and regulates the flow of water/life in all living systems, (including the ocean itself).
Biodynamic farming involves managing a farm in harmony with the principles of a living organism. The ideal model of a living organism is a Virgin Forest. In such a system there is a high degree of self-sufficiency in all biological outputs and survival. Choosing to work in Palmer Park, next to the largest virgin forest within 30 miles of any major US city, (Etheric antennae to the Cosmos), was a perfect fit with Dr. Steiner’s Lectures. Fertility and feed arise out of the recycling organic material that the system generates, from leaf tissue, to bio-mass and most importantly, manure. Pest species such as insect or fungi are kept at bay by virtue of the farm’s biological vigor and its intrinsic genetic diversity, (no Mono culturing here!). All disease, in the forms of insect infestations and or mold is a direct response to the soil’s lack of Fertility/Creation. They are part of the Kingdoms of Nature that are called into action by the frequency each and every plant produces. Natural selection dictates that all weak or subordinate species must fail. Their job is to take things back to the soil creating living fertility, the essence of all nature’s creation. With our ROI Urban Farming Methodology, outside watering is rarely required as the living life of water is efficiently absorbed by our ROI Biosoil, held onto, and then cycled throughout the entire living system.
The wisdom of the biodynamic farmer guides nature’s natural course, recreating the ancient principles of sustainability. In Detroit, we decided to build a new Permaculture Model in plain-view so that others could literally see what modern-day homesteading looks like, while our country rushes back into the Centralized City/Fresh Water River model that can be found throughout the history of all civilizations. The view of the farm organism extends beyond the fence line and includes the tangible and intangible (seen and unseen) forces that work through it. Examples include Climate-Temperature and Atmosphere (below \/ and above /\ the ground). This also includes the light and warmth from the sun and the more distant astrological-constellations-stars, all of which influence the very force of creation, the ‘Elemental Kingdom's’ here on Earth. Biodynamic Agriculture works to harmonize all of these factors within a single holistic, living-farm-spherical-system, resulting in an increase of a farm’s yields and capacity for self-renewal, ultimately making the farm not only sustainable, but truly Regenerative. The food that results from this model are pure and naturally filled with nutritive density (Elemental Weight). True to its essence, the food, oils, mead, and medicinal products grown this way provide Health and Vitality, essential to an increasingly unhealthy human population.
The heart of a Biodynamic Farm’s fertility system is the recycling of the carbon it creates. Crop rotation and integration of animal manure assist in ELIMINATING petrochemical inputs, compared to conventional agricultural practices which contaminate and kill the land for future use (think of Round UP). These factors, in addition to Biodynamic farming’s focus on improving soil health, water quality, and biodiversity, combine to make it the world’s one and only true Gold Standard, the highest paradigm of sustainable agriculture known to exist, and likewise the hardest organic certification to obtain. Certified biodynamic farmers have a collective vision to heal the planet through agriculture. At ROI Urban Farms not only have we quantified and validated this statement, but along the way we have invented vast improvements to the base-line of Biodynamics established in 1924, offering remedy and rapid actualization of our groups mutual goal and heartfelt intent.