From our Sustainable Living Short Course Series:
This course is for those interested in advanced knowledge of growing a garden or managing a farm in greater accord with Natural Law
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Biodynamic Agriculture is an advanced state of organic farming which lays the foundation for a new way of thinking about our relationship to earth and the environment. It was the first ecological farming system to raise a voice against the commercial fertilizers and pesticides during the early years of industrial agriculture. In Biodynamic Agriculture, a farm is considered a self-sufficient organism with interactions with biotic and abiotic factors.
This course will introduce students to biodynamic agriculture: concepts, principles, and practices. Students will understand soil as a living entity, soil formation, and agronomic aspects comprising soil fertility, nutrient cycling, and the importance of organic soil matter. This course will also cover biodynamic preparations, which are vital in this system of farming. The role of planets and constellations on plants and farming to attune the crops to the biorhythms of nature will be discussed.
Dr. Thimmaiah’s online non-credit course, Biodynamic Agriculture, introduces students to the principles and practices of growing plants biodynamically. Using the well-established, scientific methods of organic farming, biodynamic agriculture takes them one step further by integrating spiritual practices into the system.
This course is designed to help anyone interested in growing plants: You may be growing a flower or vegetable garden in a small urban plot, or managing a small or large farm, or growing potted plants indoors. If you wish to implement the healthiest practices for your plants and soil, this course is for you.
Students will understand soil as a living entity, not as “just dirt.” They will learn about soil regeneration, the agronomic makeup of soil fertility, nutrient cycling, and vital biodynamic preparations. The spiritual aspects of biodynamic agriculture will be discussed, in particular, the importance of attuning plants or crops to the biorhythms of nature, including planets and constellations.
This course consists of four pre-recorded lessons discussing the benefits of biodynamic farming. Each lesson has 3 or 4 videos approximately 15 to 20 minutes each. Once you register, you have access to the course for six months to one year.
- Lesson 1: Introduction to Biodynamic Agriculture
- Lesson 2: Biodynamic Principles and Practices
- Lesson 3: Biodynamic Preparations
- Lesson 4: Biodynamic Preparations and the Lunar Calendar
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