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About the Author

Rudolf Steiner (1861–1925) was born in the small village of Kraljevec, Austro-Hungarian Empire (now in Croatia), where he grew up. As a young man, he lived in Weimar and Berlin, where he became a well-published scientific, literary, and philosophical scholar, known especially for his work with Goethe’s scientific writings. At the beginning of the twentieth century, he began to develop his early philosophical principles into an approach to systematic research into psychological and spiritual phenomena. Formally beginning his spiritual teaching career under the auspices of the Theosophical Society, Steiner came to use the term Anthroposophy (and spiritual science) for his philosophy, spiritual research, and findings. The influence of Steiner’s multifaceted genius has led to innovative and holistic approaches in medicine, various therapies, philosophy, religious renewal, Waldorf education, education for special needs, threefold economics, biodynamic agriculture, Goethean science, architecture, and the arts of drama, speech, and eurythmy. In 1924, Rudolf Steiner founded the General Anthroposophical Society, which today has branches throughout the world. He died in Dornach, Switzerland.



Hugh Courtney, a veteran and librarian, discovered Steiner’s agriculture course in 1975 at a health food store in College Park, Maryland. This led him to Josephine Porter, who was making biodynamic preparations according to Steiner’s indications. He apprenticed under Josephine and, when she died in 1984, took up her work. He created the Josephine Porter Institute in Woolwine, VA, where he has been making and selling preparations (six compost preparations and 3 others), editing the newsletter Applied Biodynamics, and consulting on all aspects of the biodynamic approach.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 200 pages
  • Publisher: SteinerBooks (November 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0880105402
  • ISBN-13: 978-0880105408
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.5 x 8.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #138,512 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book tells the whole truth about the basis of biodynamics. I am very grateful nothing was held back in order to appeal to people who are not comfortable with something other than a materialistic approach to the reality of the earth and its processes.
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I ordered this book to begin with because of the foresight of Rudolph Steiner. He realized many years ago that we would begin destroying the land, air and water. His methods of holistically rejuvenating our land masses and treating them with care is a concept which he is known for. Putting this into practice should be a personal responsibility that each of us carries. Instead of depleting our resources, let us protect them so they are available for our children's children.
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The forward itself is worth reading - offers us the future of farming and the ability to transform our lives. Definitely the future for a sustainable world and the gift of a towering genius and one of the great leaders and prophets for our time. Biodynamics has only started to really grow in the last 50 years, science is only starting to catch up with the deep knowledge contained here. An untouchable brilliant and generous gift of knowledge to the earth.
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Glad to get to read the book. Almost finished. I will try out the methods and then give a better analysis of the situation. Hope it really does work. I once did see the large garden of a man who used the method and also rock fertilizers and was astonished at his results on clay "soil".
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This book came on time, and the content was exactly what I thought it was. I enjoyed it thoroughly. It was in great condition too.
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Excellent exposure to the thought and teachings of Rudolf Steiner. I was the student of one of his pupils named Alan Chadwick, so I appreciate this insight into Steiner's spoken words.
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Heard about this type of gardening but had never tried it before...last 2 yards were small but now have big fenced in back yard and am ready to plant a good sized vegetable garden and figured this was the time to try Biodynamic gardening...
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What is Biodynamics? If you are asking this question like me, then you probably haven't the foggiest what Biodynamic farming entails. Now, after purchasing this fine book, I'm a piggin biodynamic guru! Yes at first I thought this was a load of hogwash, but how I was wrong. My wife Anne and myself have just successfully engineered our first biodynamic garden and are growing mainly peas. (My wife likes mushy peas, it's all she eats really). By using the biodynamic process we have created our own strain of pea, it's slightly bigger than a petit pois but not quite as big as a marrow fat. We have named the plant after the good Dr Steiner himself. Sales of 'Mushy Rudolf' will begin early next year. My wife's arms are still bad.
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