Biodynamics (BD) is the name given to the first codified organic farming methodology which was taught by Rudolf Steiner in Silesia in 1924. Later, J.I. Rodale took the biodynamic model and adapted it to what we know as organic farming.
Organic farming generally follows a similar model to chemical-based farming with the exception that inputs are of an organic, rather than chemical, nature. It is healthier for the soil, the biota, and the environment than conventional agriculture, but still relies heavily on water as the medium to carry inputs to the soil and plants. Inputs can be costly and time consuming and don’t necessarily lead to a balanced ecosystem on the farm.
Biodynamics is different. The system is governed by 3 basic principles:
Rancho del Gallo progressed from biodynamics to homeodynamics beginning in 2013. Homeodynamics is a form of agriculture developed by Enzo Nastati at Eureka Institute in Italy using biodynamic principles and enhancing them, principally through homeopathy, to be more effective and to meet the demands of our times.
In 1924, when BD indications were first presented, the use of chemicals in the world was minimal. There was no EMF, Wifi, or nuclear to speak of. Today, the world is replete with all those influences, and yet, few BD practitioners have developed their techniques nor preparations to meet these increased challenges. Again, the principles of BD and HD encourage us to see the whole world as an interacting holistic system. With greater stress on the overall ecosystem from petrochemicals, air and water pollution, and the more subtle levels of electro-magnetic pollution, we must develop a more robust system in response.
Homeodynamics strives to do just that. With increased potency of preparations resulting from the way the herbs are grown, the way the preparations are combined, the way they are diluted to spray onto the farm, every aspect of the preparations has been consciously elevated to new levels of efficacy. Sacred geometry, the use of form, sound, color, the layout of the farm organism itself, are all of utmost importance in the overall health of the farm and are some of the components considered in a homeodynamic model. The calendar as well is taken to a new level to include the changing cosmic rhythms over millennia and to include the effect of the constellations beyond the Zodiac, even to the Milky Way.
Homeodynamics, in our view, is the appropriate response for mankind and the earth in the 21st century.
Fruits & Veggies
We produce berries in abundance at Rancho del Gallo. Raspberries, blackberries, strawberries, gooseberries, and currents grow prolifically here due to the high organic matter in our soils and adequate irrigation throughout the season.
Dairy & Eggs
Our hens and our cows have access to mixed grasses and forbs throughout the growing season and are given the hay from mixed pastures all winter. Hay produced using homeodynamic preparations and stored properly means it has the highest nutritional value we can manage. Hence, the eggs and milk the animals provide for us are also of the highest value.
Flowers & Grains
Flowers are an important part of our overall garden design. First, they add beauty and nectar flow throughout the entire growing season and are an important balancing effect to the predominant leafy growth in the vegetable garden. Grains are an important component to our whole farm organism so that we have high quality feed for the chickens and a balance to the fields.