Garden and farm work, nature exploration and creative outdoor activities foster healthy physical development and nurture strong bonds with the natural world. It is the exposure in childhood that sets the foundation for their future relationship to the Earth, a stewardship complete with reverence for the true, an awareness of the interdependence of all natural systems, and an active responsibility for a balanced existence in the world.
Here at the TMS Education Center, we strive to adhere to the agricultural method first indicated by Austrian philosopher, Rudolf Steiner in his Agriculture Lectures of 1924. Responding to farmers who were concerned about the declining health and vitality of their crops, plants and animals, Steiner put forth a model in which the farmers could create a diversified, balanced farm ecosystem that generates health and fertility as much as possible from within the farm itself. Preparations made from fermented manure, minerals and herbs are used to help restore and harmonize the vital life forces of the farm and to enhance the nutrition, quality and flavor of the food being raised. Biodynamic practitioners also recognize and strive to work in cooperation with the subtle influences of the wider cosmos on soil, plant and animal health.
Most biodynamic initiatives take inspiration from Steiner's insights into social and economic life as well as agriculture. Community Supported Agriculture (CSA), for example, was pioneered by biodynamic farmers, and many practitioners work in creative partnerships with other farms, schools, medical and wellness facilities, restaurants, hotels, homes. Biodynamics is thus not just a holistic agricultural system but also a potent movement of enlivening aspects enlivening aspects of life connected to food and agriculture.