Getting Started with Biodynamics
Welcome to the world of biodynamics! We’re stoked to have you as part of the community.
No matter whether you have joined for the practical application of biodynamic preps, or for the spiritual and cosmic aspects – Biodynamics New Zealand have a massive range of educational resources and support to get you started.
Biodynamics is an approach to agriculture and gardening that views the farm or garden as a self-contained organism. It is based on the teachings of Rudolf Steiner and emphasizes the interconnectedness of soil, plants, animals, and cosmic forces.
Biodynamic practitioners strive to create a harmonious and balanced ecosystem by integrating organic farming practices, composting, crop rotation, and the use of biodynamic preparations. These preparations, made from natural substances, are applied in small amounts to enhance soil fertility, stimulate plant growth, and promote ecological balance.
Biodynamics also incorporates lunar and astrological influences in timing planting and harvesting activities. The goal of biodynamics is to cultivate healthy, vibrant ecosystems that produce nutritious food while respecting the environment and maintaining the long-term sustainability of the land.
Where to start?
A great place to start is with Su Hoskin’s free video ‘Introduction to Biodynamics’ which gives you a great overview to where biodynamics came from and some of the basic practical applications.
Harvests is a magazine produced by Biodynamics New Zealand that’s sent out to Members twice a year. There’s also a fabulous amount of free Harvests articles that have been dug out from the archives and uploaded to the website. Keep scrolling to check these out.
Introduction to Biodynamics with Su Hoskin
Harvests Magazine Archives
Intro to Biodynamics
Hosted by Katrina Wolff, Monique Macfarlane and Laura Hett.
Laura interviews biodynamic educators, Katrina and Monique on how to get started in biodynamics.
These are some of the questions that were answered
- Where to start with biodynamics in your garden?
- How is biodynamic compost different to normal compost?
- What difference gardening with biodynamic philosophy can make to your plants and vegetables?
- What are biodynamic preps and where can you get them from?
- How to begin your gardening with the moon?
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Harvests Education Bundles
We have selected the BEST OF some of the incredible Harvests material from over the last 20 years and conveniently packaged them up to support you on your biodynamic journey.
The contributors of these articles content have kindly donated their content to the Biodynamics Association. Purchasing these conveniently packaged bundles helps to support the work that BDNZ does in Aotearoa NZ to support the impulse of biodynamic philosophy.
- Biodynamic Case Studies
- Biodynamic Preparations
- Biodynamics in Schools
- Cosmic Influences
- Cows + Ethical Calf Raising
- Farm as an Organism
- Growing Food
- Harvest Magazine Article
- Hua Parakore
- Latest News
- Nutrition + Food
- Past Events
- Pest Management
- Stirring + Water + Flowform
- Sustainability + Climate
- Taikura Steiner School Motueka