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The soil is the most important basis of agriculture. Soils are gradually developed into a humus-rich, friable,
well structured, well-drained state. Rudolf Steiner, in 1924, described a method of making a series of biological
activator preparations that would powerfully influence soil development in all these aspects and allow plants to
grow with optimum health, feeding naturally from the soil humus, not artificially from the soil water as described below.
Biodynamic growers use a variety of materials and techniques to develop healthy humus levels, good structure and biological activity in the soil. Some of these are:
The Biodynamic Preparations
The compost preparations, 502 - 507 are made from specially prepared plant materials and are used in compost heaps, and added to 500 to make what is known as prepared 500, an enhanced 500.
CultivationBiodynamic growers used carefully selected implements to conserve, and further develop soil structure. For instance, gardeners use thin tyned forks rather than spades for digging.
Sowing by the moon and stars
BD growers use a sowing chart developed as a result of many years of scientific research (not based on folklore or mysticism!). Plants can be influenced to grow more to root, leaf, flower or fruit. Pruning, transplanting, weeding can also be carried out at optimum times.
This is only the very briefest of outlines. Refer to the articles Biodynamics - an Introduction, and The Biodynamic Preparations in Biodynamic Growing No.1 (see www.bdgrowing.com) and to Alex Podolinsky's Bio-Dynamic Agriculture, Introductory Lectures, Vol 1 for more detail (see www.demeter.org.au)
As a consumer, when you buy DEMETER quality products you support the objectives and achievements of many farmers who, long before it became customary to talk of "sustainable" or "ecological" agriculture, practised all this.
John Cashmore of Nyonger Farm proudly supports the development of Environmental Rejuvenation through DEMETER Bio-Dynamic Agricultural Practices.
Salination and bio-dynamics
In general, salt scalds first occur in valleys. As much of Nyonger farm lies on the valley floor, it would be the first place to experience salt scalding.
Bio-dynamic farming practices have helped our salt problems to recede. See Case Study 1 on the Demeter Australia website where some salt affected land on Nyonger is discussed. Reclamation of Salinity Affected Farmland
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