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Carlos Martin

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I often buy from the catalogue put out by: SEEDS OF CHANGE. They are strictly organic and seem to offer high quality seeds. Especially recommended is the "Chadwick Cherry Tomato" developed back in the 1960's and 1970's by the famous horticulturist, Alan Chadwick.
Jeavons adapted his methods from what he learned of the Biodynamic French Intensive Method of Alan Chadwick. Although Chadwick had some exposure to Rudolf Steiner in his youth, his methods do not employ the preparations advocated by Steiner. Some commentators have wanted to argue about whether Chadwick was "really biodynamic," but this is a largely misdirected enterprise. An interesting perspective on this issue by Andrew Lorand, PhD, can be found here:

Alan Chadwick and Biodynamics

He argues that the two approaches are mutually complementary.

See also Alan Chadwick for recorded lectures by Chadwick where he discusses his method.
6 years ago
Very few people have achieved the beauty and productivity in a garden as Alan Chadwick, one of the pioneers of organic gardening. His demonstration garden at UC Santa Cruz in the late 60's and early 70's set the standard for sheer productivity, although his methods were somewhat labor intensive. He would often point out the importance of composting your materials while they are still green and fresh. Once they dry out, they lose the vast majority of their nutrients. His technique for making compost is somewhat complex, but works great. You can read about it here: Alan Chadwick.
7 years ago
An excellent website dedicated to the work of pioneering organic gardener, Alan Chadwick, can be found at the following location: Alan Chadwick. You can listen to recordings of Chadwick's lectures, see photographs, read accounts by his former students, view videos of Chadwick's garden, and much more. A great resource for those interested in the Biodynamic French Intensive System, or in the history of this great man.
7 years ago