We grow all the normal biodynamic preparation plants (yarrow, chamomile, stinging nettle, oak trees, dandelions and valerian) in various locations around the farm, but we enhance their strength and potency by spraying the flowerbeds themselves with the finished preparations of each plant. As an example, we will dilute valerian preparation (known in BD practice as 508) and spray the valerian flowers as they grow throughout the season. We will also spray the bare soil before we plant to give the message to the area of the finished preparation. This is a Homeodynamic method for increasing the potency of the preparations.
We grow both perennial and annual flowers in the vegetable gardens. They give us cut flowers throughout the summer but also support the bees and encourage them to pollinate the other plants. The bees at our farm probably never need to go more than a few hundred feet to gather nectar. This assures that they are not gathering nectar and pollen from flowers polluted by chemical sprays, and saves them much energy and time by not having to fly long distances. The bees, in turn, supply us with an abundance of honey for our own use all year long. I never sell honey since I believe it is more precious than gold. It’s been estimated that a bee makes trips to 1 million flowers to produce only 1 cup of honey. Because it has been gifted to us by the bees, I will make gifts of the honey, but never sell it.
We recently added grain cultivation to our farm crops. We now rotate corn, rye, wheat, triticale and oats through our fields to provide grains for our own poultry mix and also supply two other organic farms feed for their pigs and chickens. We mix native strains of corn with sunflowers in a companion planting scheme which supports both crops. We hope to grow an entire field of sunflowers to use the seeds as an added protein source for our poultry feed
In 2015 we began conducting new trials using Homeodynamic preparations on our corn field and one hay field. Results are promising thus far in the increase of organic matter and consistency of the soils. Continuing evaluation of the soils, monitoring of the crop yields, and soil analysis results will tell us how the preparations are working over time.