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Introduction to Biodynamics



Non-profit promoting biodynamic farming and gardening, free introductory course on-line by the Oregon Biodynamics Group.
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Contact Person: David Robison
Phone: 503 827 8336
Fax: 503 827 8336
E-Mail: drobison@teleport.com
Website: http://www.oregonbd.org/Class/class.htm
   


Detailed Information:
Biodynamics is an approach to agriculture based on a concept of life forces. These forces work in nature to bring about balance and healing. Developed by Rudolf Steiner, biodynamics combines "biological" agriculture with an understanding of "dynamic" ecological systems.Using a systems ecological approach, biodynamics sees each farm as an organism, a self-contained entity with its own individuality. Thinking about the farm as ecosystem leads to holistic management practices. Biodynamics parallels organic farming in many ways - especially with regard to cultural and biological farming practices - but it is set apart by its emphasis on chi or life energy. Biodynamic practices seek to balance the physical and non-physical realms, acknowledging cosmic and terrestrial forces that influence life energy. It is this complicated metaphysical terminology that makes biodynamics hard to grasp, yet these concepts are part of the biodynamic understanding of how living systems work.


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