Biodynamics is the name Rudolf Steiner gave to his imaginative ideas about the the treatment of the earth. There are many spiritual aspects to Biodynamics.
|Occasionally, a few of the horns are damaged in this process. We don't care... cows are cows, |
and there are plenty more with little horns that need our help.
Here is the process at Promise Hollow.
|Biodynamic Peppers from our farm. Our|
head gardener, Peter Dirtfix appreciates
the occasional exchange student whose
karma it is to help out the farm. There's a
special plot for our school there. The
children love working in "Peter's Patch".
- Cows are cows... and we know what's best for them and their horns. Sometimes we need to trick them into giving up their horns. We have perfected "tricking" cows into giving up their horns willingly. With unfounded confidence, we make them think we know how to care for their horns better than they do. We may not get every cow in this way - but we get many.
- The empty horns are lined up each day... we look carefully at each one and shake it with confidence.
- Every day, we fill the empty horns with manure. We tell the cows that everything is already in the horns, but of course that's not true. We need to take everything the cows put in, out of the horns - so we can fill them with our own very special manure.
- When the little horns are filled with just the right amount of manure, we bury them in more manure.
- Occasionally, a few of the horns are damaged in this process. We don't care... cows are cows, and there are plenty more with little horns that need our help.
- The manure sits and ferments for a period of time before it's ready to come out.
- Pretty soon, the manure has transformed into something more pungent... Anthroposophy.
- The result is called Waldorf School Starter #500.
- The ingredients are put into a giant tub with water. (This is sometimes called Waldorf teacher training).
- Stirring the ingredients in a figure eight excites the undines that live in the water and now, finally, what was implanted in the little cow horns is ready to be spread to the world.
- The solution is collected and spread on a pile of dirt, decaying vegetables, ground up animal parts and feces from around the farm to become Biodynamic Compost (also called Waldorf curriculum).
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- We do our best to convince the world that this compost is better than other compost. If we didn't do this, of course, our Biodynamic farm might shrivel up and die.
- Our mission is to spread our compost all over the world, so that the world will be a better place eventually. This works, generation after generation to replenish the earth with more of our compost. Bad luck for the cows, of course.