Bio-Dynamic, deep bed,no-till farming is a holistic-spiritual, environmental, social, economical impactful way to farm.
Rudolf Steiner influenced the field.
-Biological- organic farming
Steiners 9 bio-dynamic preparations enhance soil quality and stimulate plant life.
Cow manure is packed into cow horns and placed into the earth for six months in order to break down. Cow horn is used because it’s high in silica.
Understanding Compost construction:
-Aerated Static Pile ( ASP)
-Used to decrease composting time. Air is pushed along the bottom of the compost pile via corrugated tubing also known as a “French drain’.
BD Compost produce: Higher soil micros
More diverse soil
Greater natural flora.
Soil in compost
-Addition of rock powders. ( Green seed, granite dust)
Break down phase:
-Decomposition of organic materials
Proteins are broken down into amino acids. amines, then ammonia, nitrites and free nitrogen.
Carbon dioxide ( aerobic) and methane ( anerobic)
BUILD UP PHASE:
– Simple compounds re-synthesized into complex humus substances.
COMPOST and SOIL EVAL
-Test for biological and chemical content.
COVER CROPS- GREEN MANURE
-Dynamic accumulation of soil nutrients
Soil building, soil protection and nitrogen fixation
EXAMPLES:Green crops: Phacelia, rapeseed, mustard, rye, vetch. -Crops are grown to be tilled as ‘manure’.
LIQUID MANURE snf Herbal Teas
-Herbal, compost and liquid manure.
-Fermented plant extract with fish or sea weed extracrs
Dual rRole; Bilogical and Dynamic
Source of soluble plant nutrients
Stimulates plant grown
Multi Purpose: Plant tonic, bio stimulant, imune building.
TEAS: Horsetail tea.
Stinging nettle tea
Check BD Farming & Gardening Assn.
PLanetary Influences: Lunar and Astrlogical Cycles play a role in BD practices:
Community Supported Agricultre.
CSA; Small scale farmers banded together to support economic viability
Weekly Boxes or bags are put togther for members or subscribers who pledege to buy a portion of the farms crop for the season
Bee Wise is example of Highly successful CSA.