This concept was conceived by Rudolf Steiner, an Austrian scientist and philosopher, who recognized the nutritional depletion of soils and loss of quality in produce and livestock on farms who introduced newly fabricated chemicals and fertilizers after the industrial revolution. His concept was the first to develop a holistic, grassroots farming plan to encompass annual cycles and soil replenishment as an alternative to industrialized agriculture.
Biodynamics is a method of farming that includes the forces, rhythms, and impulses of the entire universe. Just as plants depend on the day and night cycle of the sun, there are many other important impulses in the cosmos that affect the outcome of a living organism. The goal of the practice is to achieve balance and harmony between the physical and less tangible realms of our system.
The forces of the sun, moon, planets, and stars have been reaching Earth in regular patterns and rhythms since the beginning of time. Understanding and honoring these rhythms and their effects help us time our farming practices to take full advantage of their forces and remain in harmony with them.