Water and Flowform – Ian Trousdell

Harvest Article – Autumn 2018

Flowform expert Ian Trousdell explores the energetic properties of water. 

Water is central to all life. It manifests in the form of living beings and as the blood, lymph and sap which rhythmically sustains them. Water also mediates cosmic information flowing into natural life forms, as light frequencies penetrate organisms’ internal liquids – supplying a mysterious life energy which is the core of personal health and good quality food. Materialistic science knows this energy exists but considers it to be a byproduct of the operations of physical chemistry. Biodynamic thinking, on the other hand, holds that this energy operates in a higher dimension than the physical, coexisting formatively within it. 

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The Nature of Liquid Water – Gary Williams

Harvest Article – Spring 2017

Gary Williams – philosopher, professional soil and water engineer, permaculture consultant and teacher, and biodynamic farmer – offered a fascinating presentation at the 2017 conference that drew on his diverse experiences and wove together many intricate ideas. He summarises that talk here. 

Water plays such an important role in physical and living processes that its flow patterns and influences are fundamental to our life experiences. 

At the same time, our understanding of water and its flow patterns, and our relationships with water, depend on our worldview. A worldview is the cultural framework we use to understand our experiences and the world around us; it conditions our view of reality and how things happen. 

There are as many worldviews as there are cultures, communities and people in the world. However, there is an interesting duality in our cultural worldview, as expressed in the question of quantum mechanics: ‘Is it a particle or a wave?’ Is it a moving object or is it an energy field? 

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In Praise of Untidiness by David Wright

Harvests Article – Autumn 2016

Most of us like some tidiness around us. We like to know where to find things, and we like to have things arranged in an orderly way. (I apologise to any teenager who is offended by this suggestion.) Some of us go much further and need to have everything arranged precisely, with all shirts in exact order, and everything else in the wardrobe in its due place, and so on. But does tidiness extend beyond the inside of the house? Is the space between the soil and the floor still carrying the litter left by plumbers, carpenters and electricians? For most of us tidiness doesn’t extend that far because what’s out of sight is out of mind. I’ll come back to the consequences of this later. 

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Farm Individuality at Millton Vineyard by James Millton

Harvest Article – Spring 2018

“Seek the truly practical material world. But seek it so that it does not numb you to the spirit, which is active in it.” – Rudolf Steiner

I live near Gisborne on the East Coast of the North Island, close to the sea and therefore subject to a maritime influence of the morning mists and afternoon sea breezes. Our soils are young. We don’t irrigate. The air is enveloping, and the sun? Well, in terms of time, they say that it’s the first place on Earth to see this event each day, and it pleases us. People have trodden this piece of earth for a very long time. The family of my wife and business partner Annie have tilled this dirt for many generations. We live in a mild and pleasant climate.

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If at first you don’t succeed…

Harvest Article – Summer 2016

Angus Thomson of Urlar Wines tells how he finally made the leap from organic to biodynamic growing.

My journey to organics had a seed sown about 20 years ago.

My wife and I were farming the family farm in Scotland. We had a friend who owned an organic brewery, and he asked if we would consider growing organic barley for him.

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Biodynamics, Cow Dung and Best Practice: A Viticulturist Journey by Jared Connolly

Harvests Article – Summer 2016

My biodynamic journey began in 1999 while studying organic growing with Holger Kahl at Seven Oaks in Christchurch. We were fortunate to have Ian Henderson teach our class the basics of animal husbandry at Milmore Downs, and I had the opportunity to plough paddocks and dig soil pits at Terrace Farms with Geoff and Ira Wilson. We also picked chamomile flowers at Hohepa Farm in Halswell with Marinus La Rooij.

All three of these occasions in my two years of learning ignited a very strong desire to create a life working and learning with this approach called biodynamics.

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Ancient Grains for Optimal Nutrition

Harvest Article 2017 – Spring

Rachel Rose talks with Ian Henderson of Milmore Downs, the oldest continuously- certified Demeter farm in New Zealand, about growing nutritious biodynamic grains and flour.

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Farm Individuality – New Perspective for Urban Farm Growers

Harvest Magazine Article – Spring 2018

Farm individuality is an important principle in biodynamic food growing. Individuality can also be applied in urban food growing spaces of any scale, but there are some changes needed in how to work with individuality, some new perspectives. Article by Peter Kearney.

I had the pleasure of running a workshop recently at the global centre for biodynamics in Dornach, Switzerland at the Goetheanum. It was the 2018 international biodynamic conference. The workshop I ran was focused on working with biodynamic preparations in the urban food growing context. Farm individuality was discussed and a number of the perspectives described below evolved from our conversations. 

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Farm Identity

Harvest Magazine Article – Spring 2018

Biodynamic farmers frequently talk about the need to consider the farm as an individuality or organism – but why is this important, and what does it mean? In a series of articles, this issue of Harvests explores that concept from multiple perspectives.

Here, long-time biodynamic practitioner and guide Peter Bacchus explores the original foundations underpinning the concept of farm as organism.

Ninety-four years ago, biodynamic agriculture was born at a conference in what is now northeastern Germany. It is now 96 years since the first biodynamic preparation was made and demonstrated by Dr Rudolf Steiner. When the first biodynamic course was given, it was a series of lectures given to mostly farmers and was called Lectures for the spiritual renewal of agriculture.

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Bringing Forgotten Soil To Life

Harvest Magazine – Autumn 2018

Jen Speedy tells the tale of transforming soil at Taikura Rudolf Steiner School in Hastings, using biodynamic practices.

Six years ago, our school grounds expanded with the purchase of the neighbouring property – a commercial four-story building surrounded by asphalt car parking areas. On two sides of the newly acquired grounds, edging the building and edging the street, were very sorry, pale, baked, unloved and lifeless strips of gardens supported by a couple of Acer negundo maple trees, a eucalypt and that thorny stalwart, the Eleagnus hedge.

On the third side sat an additional very large asphalt carpark. A contracted company ripped up the asphalt for us. On half the area, topsoil was smoothed out and grass seed blasted on – and presto, the existing playing field had been extended.

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