Wednesday May 2, 2007 | 10 comments
I had heard that tea gardens were certified biodynamic but frankly speaking I never knew what exactly biodynamics was until we entered into a partnership agreement with Mr. Tamang, who owns Meghma Estate with a plantation at 8000 ft. and his hand made organic, bio dynamic tea factory at an unbelievable altitude of 9800 ft.
What does biodynamics mean?
‘Bio’ comes from the Greek word which means life, and ‘dynamic’ means a moving force. Hence biodynamics is life as a moving force. Biodynamic farming principles and methods are based on the teachings of Austrian philosopher Rudolf Steiner who in 1924 outlined a method of agriculture that seeks to actively work with the health-giving forces of nature. He developed the technique in response to the degradation and nutrient depletion of European soils.
Biodynamics is the oldest non-chemical agricultural movement in the West, predating, by 20 years, the organic farming movement.
Biodynamics is about gardening using a set of eight homeopathic-like animal, mineral and plant based preparations. These preparations are used at certain times to align with the rhythms of the Earth, Sun, Moon, planets and constellations. Followers of this method of farming believe that energy and life comes from the astronomic features in a rhythm, and activities such as planting and adding preparations are keyed to the astronomical events.
What is the goal of biodynamics ?
The goal of a Biodynamic farm is to be able to support just the right balance of nature – people, plants and animals, so that no outside inputs such as soil additives or feed for the animals is needed. This is done by carefully timing planting; weeding, fertilizing and harvesting to coincide with the lunar and celestial phases which will most enhance the farm output. Specially made compost consisting of time-tested doses of plants, minerals and animal manure is applied throughout the seasons to enhance plant vitality and soil fertility.