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Has Anybody Had Success w/ Biodynamic Farming?

 
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I have to say, I'm impressed with the claims that biodynamic farming uses no pesticides or herbicides in a monoculture setting.  As permaculturist, pests have been my main concern in the food forest.

My question is, anybody out there using biodynamic with success?  How long does it take to start seeing the effects?  Is the food noticeably different tasting?
 
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Many people say it takes as much as seven years. Straight from Steiner, his indications for animals seem to be that they are acclimated/adapted to the farm after a couple of years. It depends on how you're working. The compost preparations help improve the compost process, making a higher cation exchange capacity (CEC) final product. Almost any soil being converted to permaculture (or biodynamics) is probably very tired and biologically dead.

Pests show up when organisms "leak" nutrients (odors). They do more of this when fed raw manure or unfinished compost. The first step to biodynamics is better compost. Attached is a good PDF that can seriously help improve composting -- one I wish I'd found years ago:http://www.worldsbestcompost.com/index.html?hop=weaverllc

Weeds show up for the same reason -- often excess nutrients and/or acidity.

Start with a very small area until you see results that differ from the rest of the farm. If you do make the whole farm biodynamic all at once, you may feel like it's not doing anything. I've been progressively converting our farm and there are distinct "zones" from progressive years of biodynamic treatment.
 
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depends what you define as success
Does it give you the same yields - arguable
Do you get a better price by using Demeter standards well here in France yes .

David
 
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How to Make Colloidal Humus Compost.. Free info


Overview
Compost is made from decomposed organic materials. A colloid is a liquid with solid suspended in it firmly like, for example, butter, which is cream with fat suspended in it. Completed compost becomes humus. Additional fermentation is needed for it to become colloidal. When compost reaches the colloid state it can be rolled into a rubbery ball. It will continue to compost and feed itself. This process keeps important plant nutrients from being washed away.

Step 1
Place grass clippings, dry leaves, kitchen scraps and straw into a shredder. One can be rented from your local equipment rental dealer. Shred organic materials into fine particles.
Step 2
Add shredded materials to large back trash bag. Add 1 cup of lime to the bag. Add 1 quart of water to the bag. Place the bag in direct sunlight during the summer and into a heated garage or basement in the winter. It takes approximately six to 12 months for this to completely breakdown.
Step 3
Open the bag after six months. Grab a handful of compost. It should form a rubber-like ball. If it does not form a rubbery ball, close the bag and allow the mixture to decompose for six more months.

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http://www.gardenguides.com/89099-make-colloidal-humus-compost.html

 
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Thank you everyone for sharing!  I wonder how nature fabricates the colloidal compost.  Either way, it's very interesting.
 
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I have been inching into biodynamics, because I have a kind of mentor out here who is a real biodynamic farmer.

I have been applying biodynamic tree paste and it has saved some fruit trees.

I just started using the horsetail spray. It's too early since I just started. I also didnt' quite do it right. I forgot to cook it.  I can confirm that it does smell very bad.

I would consider myself to be barely participating in biodynamics, intrigued, but not really an experienced biodynamic gardener.

I will try others next year, probably.

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Quite a bit of my farmers' market veg brought in to London, UK, is biodynamically grown
 
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I believe Brian Kierkvliet is a biodynamic farmer.  He has done podcasts with Paul about it.  He has YouTube videos of his own and is famously in Paul's video about using horsetail tea on his squash plant.  i haven't personally taken a tour of his farm but from what I can see from various videos he has a great system setup to harvest water and nutrients on his property.  Enjoy listening to Brian.
 
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I noticed it immediately the very first year. best crops I ever had
most disease and pest resistant as well. I also had a control group where i planted each group of veggies in one plot on the same day. They did horrible in comparison to the rest of the garden when planted on the right moon days.
 
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