Joined: Apr 03, 2010
Location: Portugal Zone 9 Mediterranean Climate
I'm looking for suggestions for a really good book on biodynamics that would be of interest to permies members. I'd love to find a book with an author who'd be willing to come and do a promotion for us here, so it would need to be written an English speaking author, not one that's been translated from another language. And ideally an author who could inspire some really good discussion here.
Joined: Jun 21, 2012
Location: Arkansas Ozarks zone 7 stoney acidic sandy loam
Burra, I have no suggestions for really good biodynamic books, just a book on biodynamic gardening that I would probably put more energy into reading if someone said it was a "good" one...what I have read of it I like....published by Biodynamic Literature, it is called "Culture and Horticulture...a Philosophy of Gardening" by Wolf D. Storl from 1979 .
"We're all just walking each other home."
I found the book "How to Grow More Vegetables*, *(and fruit, nuts, berries, grains and other crops) Than You Ever Thought Possible On Less Land Than You Can Imagine" by John Jeavons was a great book to get started with the biointensive style of growing food, which I figure is similar to the biodynamic method.
Joined: Feb 01, 2009
Location: North Central Michigan
ok I just ordered the North American 2013 calendar mentioned above and the book Secrets of the soil....never stop learning I say....
I used to get a magazine with the phases of the moon info in it but couldn't afford to continue it..maybe I'll try to resubscribe to it someday soon ?? but will read these when they come and try this out a bit this next year to see if it makes any difference..
I do garden in food forest plan..so I'm not sure if they are going to work together or not, but can't hurt to try
Bloom where you are planted.
Joined: Aug 14, 2012
Location: Eastern Shore of Virginia, USA, Zone 7b, KeB Bojac Sandy Loam
I would specifically NOT recommend the "Secrets of the Soil." It is rambling and is not a good introduction to practical biodynamics. Most of the book you will never be able to apply, even if you think it is good science.
Joined: Apr 16, 2013
Location: 6200' westen slope of colorado, zone 6
+2 for Soil Fertility by E. Pfeifer
I just finished reading it, and reccomed it highly. I have been a practicing Biodynamic farmer for the past 8 years. This book is straightforward, practical, insightful, and compelling. If you are at all curious about Biodynamics, give it a read.
Biodynamics can seem difficult to get into. Steiner is so far out, and many books are etherial at the expense of being practical. This book is the middle path, I cant reccomend it enough.
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