Good Morning to all!
Yes, Farmer Mama, I did attend the biodynamic gardening lecture yesterday and it was so interesting and inspiring. Yet, it was frustrating, too, as they we only able to scracth the surface. The lecture was not practical in a sense of helping you to grow your food biodynamically. The speakers gave an overview of the agricultural movement and where biodynamic gardening comes in.
Before the lecture ended, I asked the speakers to recommend two books for a beginner, one practical and one philosophical. The practical one they recommended is by E. Pfeiffer called, "Grow A Garden and Be Self-Sufficient." The philosophical one is by W. Storl, "Culture and Horticulture: A Philosophy of Gardening."
We also received an annotated bilbiography of about 30 books on the subject. We also learned of this website www.oregonbd.org.
Once there, select the link "introductory class on-line". This site was created by Dave Robison of the Oregon Biodynamic Group.
Also, go to the biodynamic farming and gardening associations website at www.biodynamics.com
for their on-line resource catalog.
Finally, the speaker is going to send me a list of biodynamic farms and initiatives in Western Washington for those of you who are in the area. I'll post them as soon as I receive the information.
I also want to find a resource for biodynamic seeds.
Phew! Okay, don't forget our book discussion on the Nearings starts Sunday!!!
Peace to all of you mamas, and enjoy your day!! Must go round up my boys!!!
ps All you beekeepers, a book on bees that is listed in the biodynamic book catalog is "Toward Saving the Honeybee" by Gunther Hauk -- "This book invites the reader to experience the innate intelligence and wonder of the natural world. In addition to being a guide to the care and protection of the honeybee, this manual demonstrates how the ills plaguing our honeybees proceed from the ills in our manner of living and doing business."