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Biodynamic Agriculture

Updated: Aug 8, 2022

From Wikipedia, “Biodynamic Agriculture is a form of alternative agriculture very similar to organic farming, but it includes various esoteric concepts drawn from the ideas of Rudolf Steiner (1861–1925). Initially developed in 1924, it was the first of the organic agriculture movements. It treats soil fertility, plant growth, and livestock care as ecologically interrelated tasks, emphasizing spiritual and mystical perspectives.”

From Specialty Food Magazine, “Biodynamics 101” here is another description of Biodynamic Agriculture: “Biodynamic® farming is sometimes referred to as being “super” organic and sustainable. Its approach is to treat each farm as its own ecosystem, using holistic remedies for soil, integrating livestock and creating a biologically diverse habitat. The core beliefs of the method also depend upon seasonal cycles and cosmic rhythms.”

Demeter Association, Inc. is the owner of the trademark terms “Biodynamic®,” which certifies growers for the designation. They are a not-for-profit, incorporated in 1985 with the mission “to enable people to farm successfully, in accordance with Biodynamic® practices and principles. Demeter’s vision is to heal the planet through agriculture.”

Oregon is big on sustainable farming and winemaking.  There are a number of certifications that indicate a commitment to the earth. Cowhorn news notes, “Biodynamic philosophy is a holistic approach that  focuses on building healthy soil, treating the farm as a living organism, and the interaction of the soil, plants, animals, humans, and the cosmos.”

Troon Vineyard is a Demeter Biodynamic® Certified and Regenerative Organic Certified™️ farm in Oregon’s Applegate Valley. Cowhorn Vineyard & Garden, also located in the Applegate Valley appellation of southern Oregon, is certified as a Biodynamic® farm and winery.  Resonance Vineyard, located in the Yamhill-Carlton District of Oregon practices Biodynamics but is no longer Demeter-certified.

The Oregon Biodynamic Group, founded in 1975, has seasonal meetings in Corvalis, Eugene, Salem and Cottage Grove.


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