The Martina Gebhardt products are certified Demeter, which means the ingredients have been grown biodynamically – but what does that mean? Here is a brief overview of the biodynamic method.
Biodynamic growing is organic and particular focus is on the biological activity of the soil. This is encouraged with the help of natural preparations made on the farm. There are four aspects the biodynamic grower takes on:
- Thinking of your garden or farm as an organism – a living being – rather like a bee hive can be seen as a single organism made of many individual bees, we can see a garden as a single organism made of many individual plants and animals (large, small and tiny!).
- Compost is used to introduce more life to the soil. The compost process is slower and involves less mechanical work. The compost is used earlier, before the life-community of the heap has departed.
- Sprays are used on the plants that are made on the farm from cow-manure and silica to support the plant’s capacity to access water and warmth.
- It is possible to cultivate in rhythm with the natural cycle of the moon! The moon’s mediates an impulse to the plant through the soil whenever it is disturbed (night or day) which guide the plant in the direction the grower wants.
For further information on biodynamic growing visit biodynamic.org.uk
Clover growing at Rush Farm, a biodynamic community owned farm in Worcestershire. The community ownership organisation is called Stockwood Community Benefit Society and it was founded by Sebastian, the founder of Liv. Visit the Stockwood website for more information.