As per the teachings of Rudolf Steiner, the farm is considered an organism in biodynamic farming – even more so than in organic cultivation. Everything it needs, it should produce for itself. Manure? From its own properly kept animals – animal husbandry is obligatory for a Demeter farm. Animal feed? From its own field, 100% organic. Bringing in natural fertilizer from outside – like from another Demeter farm – should be an exception. Demeter’s aim in no way seems to be that the soil be fertilized, but rather that it be nurtured: “the farmer nourishes the soil life, not the plants” is how Rudolf Steiner explains the approach.
The means employed to do this, referred to as a “preparation” (Präparat) in Demeter terminology, might appear to be more mystical than agricultural to some. Cow horns that are first filled with fresh manure and then buried in the ground for half a year are quite a strange idea. Diluted with water and spread onto the soil in spring, this horn manure preparation promotes the young plants in their first stage of development. The effect of this biodynamic preparation has been scientifically proven in various studies. Plants of a special quality grow in this way. And our verdict is you can taste it, too!