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Just not that useful
on January 18, 2013
This review is not directed at the teachings of Rudolf Steiner or the biodynamic method itself, but rather at the presentation of those concepts in this book. I suppose it is a straightforward translation of several Steiner lectures, so maybe I should not have expected more. But I did. And this book did not deliver.
When writing about something as complex and unfamiliar -- to most people, even farmers -- as biodynamic farming, an author (or translator) should expect the reader to be at some kind of comparable disadvantage. I am not a experimental farmer in 1920s Germany, so how can I be expected to assimilate Steiner's lectures to that audience into a coherent understanding or practical use in modern-day America? Maybe I'm not expected to. But, in that case, this was a pretty useless read.
I would suggest reading this book if, and only if, you're curious about Steiner himself or the historical/culture surroundings of the beginnings of the biodynamic farming movement. It will not help you if you're a novice who actually wants to learn about biodynamic farming methods. There must be many other good reads on that topic, which I'll be sure to review once I find and read them!