Biodynamics Hands-On

How to Move Like a Gardener

Planting and Preparing Medicines from Plants

Deb Soule

Softbound, hundreds of full-color photos

Autographed by the author - while copies last!

$33.00

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The book's 256 informative pages and more than 200 beautiful color photographs taken in Avena's garden embody Deb Soule's deep love and respect for the spirit of the medicinal plants, with which she has worked for almost forty years.

*****

"This book is astounding! It is everything you want in a book about gardening: good solid practical advice, a spiritual connection to the earth, and visually beautiful. Deb has taken her twenty-five-plus years as a professional medicinal plant gardener and her life-time love of the earth and the plant people, and come up with something very special.This is a must-have book for anyone interested in gardening or the plant people. I promise you this book will be well read, well worn, and well loved.

Karyn Sanders, Blue Otter School of Herbal Medicine


"Herbalist Deb Soule offers the reader a beautifully written, heart-centered gardening book that reads as much like a prayer as it does a practical guide for all gardeners, new and experienced; sure to awaken and inspire one to explore creative ways of tending the rich life held in a well-loved garden. The author shares wisdom gleaned through years of cultivating not only soil and plants, but also her research and work with the pollinators, biodynamic practices and favorite tools used in growing simple herbal remedies to nourish the gardener as they heal the Earth. Honoring traditions, ancestors and the sacredness of carrying on the work of the wise herbalists that came before us, Deb reminds us of the blessing of being called to this work!"

Kate Gilday, Herbalist, Woodland Essence

A Biodynamic Manual

Practical Instructions for Farmers and Gardeners

Pierre Masson

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$30.00

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This book is one that many of us have been hoping for many years that someone would write.  It answers just about every question I've ever had regarding biodynamic gardening and farming, and goes on to provide practical instruction for much, much more.  It is a gold mine of guidance and information.

This manual, fully illustrated with explanatory diagrams and photographs, provides the answers. The book covers:

  • All aspects of making and using biodynamic preparations and composts
  • Managing the health of plants
  • Weed control
  • Parasite control
  • Issues of mixed cultivation
  • Animal care
  • Specialized crops and planting such as fruit trees and vines

The author exhaustively covers technical aspects of biodynamic growing, as well as the human qualities needed for this kind of holistic agriculture to succeed.

Biodynamic Gardening for Health and Taste

Hilary Wright

$35.00

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What a beautiful, useful, mouthwatering book this is! This is one of the most well-presented gardening books ever to have been printed, and the very clearest explanation of how to garden biodynamically that has ever been written. Truly, this is the book that, whether they know it or not, gardeners all over the world have been waiting for.

What captures my heart the most about Hilary Wright's book is that she writes engagingly about biodynamics, the earth's rhythms, gardens, gardening, compost, and while holding your attention as if you were reading a page-turner, she weaves a picture of all of this (and more) being one thing, a whole. She does this in a way that is not just immediately comprehensible (it is most certainly that), it is also crystal clear that gardening within the unity of nature and using biodynamic methods is just not difficult. It's not difficult to make compost (she shows you several ways). It's not difficult to use the preps you need (i.e., the homeopathic preparations used in biodynamics), it's not hard to tend your garden and protect it in wholesome ways, and it's absolutely no problem finding ways to enjoy eating what you grow.

In other words, in addition to pulling it all together and making it clear, Hilary Wright has made biodynamics do-able by any gardener who wants to garden.

So grab your spade and digging fork, your seed packets and trog baskets, and head out into the world of nature that is your garden, no matter how big or small, whether in the soil itself of containers. The harvest you reap will be so much more than the wonderful vegetables you can grow.

The Biodynamic Year

Increasing yield, quality and flavour

Maria Thun

100 helpful tips for the gardener or smallholder

Compiled and edited by Angelika Throll-Keller

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$32.00

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In The Biodynamic Year, Maria Thun invites us all into her garden and takes us on a planter's journey through the year. At each point, she shows us how she thinks about her garden, and what she does to make it the verdent paradise that it is.

The book is organized in a one-tip-at-a-time fashion (thank you, Angelika Throll-Keller!), and in so doing, it is amazing the clarity that has been achieved. Between the hundreds of photos and clear drawings and Maria's text, I found that questions I'd been carrying for years about how or when exactly to do a variety of things were answered fully and completely.

A single reading of The Biodynamic Year has taught me more about gardening than any one book since my first reading of How to Grow More Vegetables way back in the 1970s. Needless to say, I will be going back again and again - it is one of those resources that, now that I have it, I never again want to be without. For that reason, I am also very grateful that the publisher chose to produce the book in a hard binding - I think it might well wear out if softbound.

Clearly, I can't recommend The Biodynamic Year highly enough. Combine it with Maria Thun's planting calendar (below), and your garden will grow as never before.

Pfeiffer's Introduction to Biodynamics

Ehrenfried Pfeiffer

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$13.95

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Ehrenfried Pfeiffer was a pioneer of biodynamics in North America. This short but comprehensive book is a masterful collection of three key articles introducing the concepts, principles and practice of the biodynamic method, as well as an overview of its early history.

Pfeiffer’s Introduction to Biodynamics was previously published by the Biodynamic Farming and Gardening Association as Biodynamics: Three Introductory Articles.  Both Bob and I are thrilled to see these articles back in print - they are as alive today as they were when they were written in the 1940s and 1950s.

Biodynamic Gardening

A How-to Guide DVD

Joe Tooker

Lightfilled Productions - DVD Video

$19.95

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This is a most welcome addition to the newly-expanding "how-to" literature on biodynamic gardening. This hour-long video features Joe Tooker, a master biodynamic gardener with over 25 years experience, explaining in at an easy and enjoyable pace how you can transform even the most unpromising setting into a beautiful, living and productive gardening. The biodynmic method rejuvenates the soil as it restores health to our Earth - and results in some of the best-tasting fruits and vegetables that will ever grace your table. This video offers an inspiring introduction to these methods and their results - so inspiring, you'll be inclined to get started the minute the tape comes to an end!

How to Grow More Vegetables* - 8th Edition

*Than You Ever Thought Possible on Less Land Than You Can Imagine

John Jeavons

8th Edition, Revised

Foreword by Alice Waters

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$19.99

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John's methods are nothing short of miraculous.
- Alice Waters (from the Foreword)

Decades before the terms "eco-friendly" and "sustainable growing" entered the vernacular, How to Grow More Vegetables demonstrated that small-scale, high-yield, all-organic gardening methods could yield bountiful grops over multiple growing cycles using minimal resources in a suburban environment.

The concept that John Jeavons and the team at Ecology Action launched more than 40 years ago has been embraced by the mainstream ad continues to gather momentum.  Today, How to Grow More Vegetables, now in its fully revised and updated 8th edition, is the go-to reference for food growers at every level: from home gardeners dedicated to nurturing their backyard edibles in maximum harmony with nature's cycles, to small-scale commercial producers interested in optimizing soil fertility and increasing plant productivity.

Whether you hope to harvest your first tomatoes next summer or are planning to grow enough to feed your whole family in years to come, How to Grow More Vegetables is your indispensable sustainable garden guide.  I have used these methods for as long as this book has been in print, and have never found it wanting for sound advice that yields beautiful harvests.  I cannot recommend it highly enough.

The Sustainable Vegetable Garden

A Backyard Guide to Healthy Soil and Higher Yields

John Jeavons and Carol Cox

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$12.95

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From the author of the widely beloved How to Grow More Vegetables comes this concise and more focused introduction to biointensive gardening that shows it is not only possible but easy to grow astonishing crops of healthful organic vegetables and fruits, while conserving resources and actually helping the soil.

The Sustainable Vegetable Garden presents the basic principles of this gardening classic in concise, easy-to-understand terms accessible to even a beginning backyard gardener. You'll learn to view your garden as its own mini-ecosystem and to foster the soil's life-giving cycles of nourishment and replenishment. By using these Biointensive techniques and working in concert with the cycles of nature, you'll soon produce yields up to four times greater than are possible with conventional methods, and in a fraction of the space! More importantly, you'll be preserving and enriching for future generations one of our most precious resources: the soil itself. With this book at your side, you'll be part of the ecological solution, for sure!

 

Gardening for Health & Nutrition

An Introduction to the Method of Biodynamic Gardening

John and Helen Philbrick

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$15.95

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A simple, down-to-earth introduction to the method of biodynamic gardening written especially for the backyard gardener - this was the first book I ever read about Biodynamics, way back when. Since that time, I have often returned to it, just so that I could remember clearly how simple gardening can be, and how much I love it.

The Philbricks introduce the gardener to an obvious, often forgotten principle: gardening is about living things.

Gardening for Health and Nutrition is a simple and practical guide for the beginning gardener. It deals with planning a vegetable garden: how, when, and where to plant seeds and tools and compost making raised beds crop rotation, mulching, and companion plants harvesting, cooking, and preserving. There are also sections on flowers, lawns, and home orchards.

Gardening for Health & Nutrition concludes with a useful chapter on "most frequently asked questions." If you are planning a garden—or need a few tips for the one you have, this is a book you'll want.

 

Extraordinary Plant Qualities for Biodynamics

Jochen Bockemühl and Kari Järvinen

Softbound

Introductory Price: $28.00

$30.00

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Plants have many qualities that can be harnessed for use in health and beauty products. In the case of biodynamic gardening and agriculture, one of the most important uses of plants is to make spray preparations and compost mixtures in which the various plants can each provide unique benefits.

This beautifully illustrated book considers the qualities of seven plants, showing how their nature and habits relate to the positive characteristics they bring to biodynamic methods. For example, the authors look at how the nettle—with its almost geometrically precise leaf growth and extensive desiccating root system—can bring order to otherwise chaotic soil decay.

In addition to the nettle, the authors also look at the qualities of six other everyday plants - yarrow, chamomile, valerian, oak, dandelion and horsetail - and show how their nature and habits relate to the positive characteristics they can bring to biodynamics.

Fascinating reading, with much to inspire your work in the garden and your appreciation for the unique gift of each plant.

What Is Biodynamics?

A Way to Heal and Revitalize the Earth

Rudolf Steiner

Seven Lectures and an introduction by Hugh J. Courtney

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$20.00

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In 1924—in response to questions about the depletion of soils and a general deterioration of crops and livestock—Rudolf Steiner gave eight lectures on “the spiritual foundations for a renewal of agriculture.” Based on his suggestions and spiritual science, generations of farmers, gardeners, viticulturist, and researchers developed biodynamics as a healing, nurturing, holistic, ecological, organic, and spiritual approach to a sustainable care of the Earth.

Biodynamic methods consider the farm or garden to be a self-contained organism, embedded in the living landscape of the Earth, which is in turn part of a living, dynamic cosmos of vital, spiritual energies. The aim is to increase the health and vitality of the whole, including the farmer or gardener. The biodynamic practitioner follows an alchemical, transformative path of working with the Earth through the nine “homeopathic” preparations created by Steiner.

What Is Biodynamics? collects seven seminal lectures—four on developing a spiritual perception of nature and three from his Agriculture Course, dealing with the preparations. Hugh Courtney of the Josephine Porter Institute for Applied Biodynamics contributes an informative, passionate, and visionary introduction.

Whether you are concerned with the quality of agriculture and gardening in particular or have a broader interest in the ecological crises facing us today, this book offers a transformative approach that can truly change the way we live together on Earth.

Agriculture

Rudolf Steiner

$17.50

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This course is the founding impulse of biodynamic agriculture and gardening. In it, Steiner gave instructions and explanations for tending to the needs of the Earth in a way that weaves together the forces of our Living Earth, human beings, and the spiritual world. What can arise from working with these methods is a restored Earth and a bountiful harvest.

Steiner mentions the origins of this course, and to me they speak so eloquently of the role of the individual that I am including his account here:

"I must confess, however, that it was not easy for Count and Countess Keyserlingk to get this course off the ground. It had been promised for a long time, but I did not manage to get there until Count Keyserlingk's nephew came to the Christmas Conference in Dornach with strict instructions not to return home without a firm commitment from me to conduct the course within the next six months. So when this nephew, who has a knack for making the most unlikely things happen, showed up here under those auspices, he was so persuasive that I told him the course would take place at the first possible moment. This turned out to be a Whitsun. And so it was a lovely Whitsun celebration, a truly anthroposophical Whitsun festival."

-Rudolf Steiner

Sometimes, simple determination can change the world.

Principles of Biodynamic Spray and Compost Preparations

Manfred Klett

Based on keynote talks by Manfred Klett at Biodynamic Agricultural Association conferences

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$14.95

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Manfred Klett, a renowned biodynamic expert, provides a fascinating overview of the history of agriculture. He then goes on to the discuss the practicalities of spray and compost preparations and the philosophy behind them.

This book is essential for any biodynamic gardener or farmer who wants to understand the background to core biodynamic techniques.

Developing Biodynamic Agriculture

Reflections on Early Research

Adalbert Count Keyserlingk

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$16.00

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There is a growing public concern over the safety of the food on our tables. As a result, there is a growing interest in organic farming and gardening. Biodynamic agriculture is an extension of hte organic approach that uses homepathic agricultural preparations to enrich the soil by working in harmony with cosmic and earthly forces.

Biodynamic agriculture was launched by Rudolf Steiner at a conference on the Koberwitz estate in Germany. Adalbert Count Keyserlingk, the son of the hosts, was present, and this book reflects his life-long absorption in biodynamic methods. It presents a wide range ofmaterial, including the count's personal experiences of Steiner at work, his reflections on practical research and experimentaiton, and descriptions of biodynamic preparations. More than anything else, this book conveys the enthusiasm and the power of initiative that arose from Rudolf Steiner's work to develop a method of farming that provides nutritious, safe food for the future.

Biodynamic Agriculture

Willy Schilthuis

$9.95

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Biodynamic Agriculture is another outstanding introduction in the excellent "Rudolf Steiner's Ideas in Practice" series. It offers a concise and fully illustrated introduction to the principles and practice of biodynamic agriculture. Biodynamics is an internationally recognized approach to organic agriculture in which the farmer or gardener respects and works with the spiritual dimension of hte earth's environment, enabling the life processes and ecological interconnections of plants and animals to function at their best.

In a world where conventional agricultural methods severely threaten the environment, biodynamic farms and gardens are designed to have a sound ecological balance. Research reveals increasing evidence that biodynamic crops put down deeper roots, show strong resistance to disease and have better keeping qualities than conventionally produced crops.

Outstanding and highly recommended!

Culture and Horticulture

A Philosophy of Gardening

Wolf D. Storl

Softbound

$17.50

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This extensive book - over 400 pages long - was written as an introduction to gardening in its wider aspects, linking it to historical, philosophical and cosmological contexts, taking horticulture from the microscope to the wider cosmos. Surely such vistas are involved when one takes a shovel to hand to turn the soil: eons have formed it; life permeates it in manifold forms; cosmic cycles of sun and moon warm it, circulate water through it, lure out of it the season's vegetation; and human beings shape it according to their thinking, feeling and willing. We plant and husband it according to our cultural traditions, and find mental and physical sustenance through it. All this is gardening - and this book is a delicious, engaging way to discover these depths!