Happy Friday, April 3! Are you familiar with biodynamic farming?
My celestial planting calendar informed me that today was a 'leaf' day, so I ventured outside with small romaine lettuce starts, some young kale plants, and my spinach seeds. I'm doing my best to align these babies with the 'leaf' energy that will help them thrive!
In all honesty, I am not sure I fully comprehend all of the facets of biodynamic gardening. It elevates gardening to a new height. I do use it as a guide as to when to plant, harvest and what to cook, though!
Here is a bit of info from this fabulous calendar to whet your appetite:
Biodynamic (BD) agriculture is the practical application of the spiritual thinking introduced by Rudolf Steiner (1861-1925). The central focus throughout Steiner's life was his curiosity around the nature of human beings and their reason for being alive on earth. He called this way of thinking Anthroposophy (literally Anthropo-Sophia: wisdom of humans). Steiner himself defined it as "a path of knowledge to lead the spiritual in the human being to the spiritual in the universe."
Biodynamic agriculture is based on three underlying principles:
1. Cosmic/spiritual forces in the universe influence life on Earth;
2. Each farm attempts to function with a sense of wholeness, that is, it is self-contained;
3. The role of the farmer is central in achieving the equilibrium needed on the farm
What a concept, huh? To consider how everything is connected to everything else and how to work symbiotically with all the parts and pieces...in the most sustainable way possible.
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After getting a little soggy planting in the drizzle, I came in and made a nice cup of tea: another way to enjoy leaf day. Cheers!