The class includes material for two sorts of student.
Chapters one through six are for suburban gardeners, providing organic gardening tips in addition to basic biodynamic information. Chapter seven is a short intensive workshop focused for farmers and was offered in January, 2002.
Note that there is a printable download at the end of each section. If you want to print the whole batch, I suggest that you put the files on a flash drive and take to copy shop. It would be too big a job for a home printer and the shop could put on a binding as well.
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Class 1 Intro and Organic Fundamentals.,Class 2 Dynamic Growth; Polar Forces,Class 3 Maturity; Cosmic Influences,Class 4 BD Materials; Compost
Class 5 Ecosystem Management,Class 6 Gardening Tips,Class 7 A Farming Example,8. Appendices
Class 1. Introduction and history
What is different about BD?
Fundamentals of Organic Farming: soil structure and microbiology
Atmospheric factors: light and warmth
Class 2. Dynamic Growth — the BD difference
Growth gestures of plants
Polarity of natural forces
Class 3. Ripening and Change
Growth and Maturity
Lunar cycles, zodiac cycles
Class 4. The BD Materials
Other applications: teas, tree paste
Compost: ingredients, process
Class 5. Ecosystem Management
Companion plants/ ecosystem management
Class 6. Gardening Actions
Bed preparation, Gardening calendar,
Harvest: food storage and preparation, seed saving
Dealing with pests (weeds, insects, slugs)
Recommendations for specific vegetables
Class 7. Examples from Winter Green Farm
The farm organism and fertility recycling
Compost preparation and application
Community education and involvement
Questions from the group
Glossary and Appendices
Advanced Level BD Discussion — for practitioners who have read through the introductory course.
Form Gestures of Animals, review of Shad’s BD biology text.
Planetary Processes in the Preparations, background on the compost preps.
I have summarized the class material from various resources — I cannot claim originality. A number of fine authors provided the sources. When I started preparing for this class, I intended to use as a text Wolf Storl’s Culture and Horticulture. This book is based on a class Wolf gave in Oregon — I consider it to be the best introduction to the theory and practice of biodynamics. Highly recommended! As I assembled class material, I was repeatedly impressed by Wolf’s thoughtfulness in covering all the bases. But I also wanted to include more recent writings on systems theory and more thorough explanations of the esoteric idea. For the later, I have been greatly assisted by Glen Atkinson of New Zealand. Glen has provided explanation for many of the difficult and esoteric ideas. Best of all, Glen generously offers his writings on-line. A wonderful resource! Finally, I should mention that the basic source, Steiner’s lectures, is available online at Steiner books.
There are many, sometimes conflicting, interpretations of Steiner’s ideas. Our intention is to provide an objective overview of the various authors. Any opinions expressed are those of the writer and not necessarily those of the Oregon Biodynamic Group. I welcome comments and suggestions from those in the biodynamic community for improving these class materials. Reach me at the contact page.