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Best book for learning about biodynamics?

Burra Maluca
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Joined: Apr 03, 2010
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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.

Any suggestions?


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Judith Browning
steward

Joined: Jun 21, 2012
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Location: Arkansas Ozarks zone 7 stoney acidic sandy loam
    
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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 .


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William Toles


Joined: Mar 30, 2012
Posts: 9
Location: Skowhegan, Maine
I read "Secrets of the Soil" a while ago, and thoroughly enjoyed it. I can recommend it to learn about biodynamics.


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Joined: Mar 28, 2011
Posts: 62
Location: Western Pennsylvania
Each year I purchase two calenders:

In Tune with the Moon, 2012, 2013 etc.

and the North American Biodynamic Sowing and Planting Calender, 2013 etc.

these both break down the moon cycles etc with some really great graphs and help with your gardening plan.


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Cee Ray


Joined: Nov 26, 2011
Posts: 33
Location: Sask. / BC
A Biodynamic Farm by Hugh Lovel
Samuel Rede


Joined: Sep 18, 2012
Posts: 1
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.
Jason Jamora


Joined: Sep 11, 2012
Posts: 4
William Toles wrote:I read "Secrets of the Soil" a while ago, and thoroughly enjoyed it. I can recommend it to learn about biodynamics.


Great book. Really opened my eyes up to looking at the big picture when it comes to gardening.
Brenda Groth
volunteer

Joined: Feb 01, 2009
Posts: 4433
Location: North Central Michigan
    
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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


Brenda

Bloom where you are planted.
http://restfultrailsfoodforestgarden.blogspot.com/
Mark Wells


Joined: Jan 17, 2013
Posts: 5
I would use the Biodynamic calendar 2013 for practical use and Secrets of the soil as suggested before for theory (and later practice)
Brenda Groth
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Location: North Central Michigan
    
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i have read both Secrets of the soil and also How to grow more vegetables..jeavons..and prefer the latter.

Both have good info and both cover different subjects..the first one being more "permie" friendly and the second one more "intensive gardening" friendly..

second is avail as a free download ..see the thread where it is mentioned
Mark Wells


Joined: Jan 17, 2013
Posts: 5
Brenda Groth wrote:i have read both Secrets of the soil and also How to grow more vegetables..jeavons..and prefer the latter.

Both have good info and both cover different subjects..the first one being more "permie" friendly and the second one more "intensive gardening" friendly..

second is avail as a free download ..see the thread where it is mentioned


Thank you, i will check out intensive gardening asap!
Stewart Lundy


Joined: Aug 14, 2012
Posts: 42
Location: Eastern Shore of Virginia, USA, Zone 7b, KeB Bojac Sandy Loam
    
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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.

Instead, read anything by E. Pfeiffer:

"Introduction to Biodynamics"
"Weeds and What They Tell Us"
"Soil Fertility, Renewal & Preservation" (this last one is available for free here: http://www.soilandhealth.org/01aglibrary/01aglibwelcome.html )

Or H.H. Koepf:

"Bio-Dynamics: An Introduction" (available at same link above)

Or Maria Thun:

"The Biodynamic Year: Increasing Yield, Quality & Flavor: 100 helpful tips for the gardener or smallholder" (available for free here: http://books.google.com/books?id=p7zVfzXOL4UC&printsec=frontcover&output=html_text&source=gbs_ge_summary_r&cad=0 )

The one by Maria Thun is exceptionally accessible and has pretty pictures.


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Jim Green


Joined: Jan 18, 2013
Posts: 7
I enjoyed my

" Teaming with Microbes "

As my introductory book, it's written for the layman not scientists
Adam Klaus
pollinator

Joined: Apr 16, 2013
Posts: 835
Location: 6200' westen slope of colorado, zone 6
    
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+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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brandon gross


Joined: Nov 30, 2012
Posts: 69
    
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Thanks for all the suggestions this is my simi start to looking more so into biodynamics
 
 
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