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on May 16, 2011
Written by the genius himself, Rudolf Steiner argues for a completely natural way to grow plants. Some of his ideas are esoteric and seems a bit "out there," but they've been proven to work. Growing anything biodynamically requires some serious labor intensity. There are wineries in France using these methods -- say, planting grapevines during a certain phase of the moon -- and their wines are considered the best in the world. Be prepared to be blown away. Steiner was way ahead of his time.
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on December 23, 2011
We own a 22 year old vineyard and have been organic for over 6 years and now moving toward Biodynamic. We learned a lot from this book and the right way to do many things. It told us that we were doing things right and how to continue to move toward full biodynamic farming. I now am the proud owner of cows and will be following the outline in this book for years to come. Worth reading.
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on June 7, 2012
This book is the translation of Steiner's 1924 series of classes that paved the way for the entire biodynamic movement.
It is certainly not a "how to" guide. But it is a great read for people willing to go back to the roots of Steiner's thinking and teachings. For newcomers to the world of biodynamic farming, be open minded as you engage in this reading. You will read about etheric bodies, about the astral nature of plants, about Venus and Jupiter. Steiner was an absolutely brilliant man but he was eminently versed in the esoteric. There are many assertions in here than our current knowledge cannot justify. This annoys many people and if you're not prepared to get over that, it might be a painful read for you. If you are though, this might be the beginning or teh continuation of a thrilling learning journey.
As a wine professional, I believe it is a key read. Not an easy one though. And probably not the most helpful either. But it is the founding book and as such should be read and if not understood, at least familiarized with.
In any case, don't let this book deter you from drinking more biodynamic wine!
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on December 19, 2010
I been reading this book more than one time and still amazed at the knowledge offered to us. We can apply these principles to our gardens to recover the fertility of our soils around the world, a great book !!!
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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!
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on February 24, 2014
Steiner isn't necessarily easy to read. I'm reading this group with a study group so it helps. I also find when I read his work sitting outside in nature helps me experience his words rather than try to understand. Biodynamics is one of the most important practices of our time. It has the power to bring the wisdom back into the earth and the plants and therefor to us. I recommend Steiners work.
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on April 10, 2012
This book is a series of lectures translated from German done by Rudolf Steiner,the founder of the biodynamic reading. I bought the book because I am interested in viticulture and had heard there were vineyards that use the biodynamic method successfully. It is dense reading and difficult to relate to agricultural practices in the modern day. Much of what is discussed is almost mystical in nature and some of it quite bizarre. (notably stuffing cow horns with manure and then burying them) I found it interesting reading, but the translation is not very readable. I will have to read more modern books about this technique to understand it better. I could not recommend this book on its own. I would read a more modern book first and then if interested, might get this one for a historical perspective.
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on April 24, 2013
If you envisioned a more healthy lifestyle that includes the way you garden and plant, please read on this ancient yet successful way of dealing with nature...
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on November 1, 2013
I am trying to understand why plants grow. This book is filling in some of the areas I have wondered about. Blessings.
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on February 19, 2015
I have read and will use the methods by getting the preparations from the organization that prepares them.
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