Genesis Farm uses both biodynamic and organic growing methods. Organic farming methods avoid the use of all chemical pesticides and fertilizers. Natural inputs, such as compost or manure, are used to enrich the soil. Biodynamics is a holistic form of organic farming originally developed by Rudolph Steiner in the early 1920’s. The Biodynamic Association of North America defines it as, "a spiritual-ethical-ecological approach to agriculture, food production and nutrition.”
Biodynamic principles align planting and harvesting with the seasonal and lunar cycles. Its methods deepen our relationship with plants and with the land that nourishes us. We use natural preparations that enhance soil fertility and guard against disease. Comprehensive information about the gardening techniques can be found at the Biodynamic Association.
Conventional agriculture methods are a leading cause of pollution in the United States. Runoff has poisoned lakes, rivers, wetlands, and groundwater, and fertilizers continue to be a huge source of greenhouse gas emissions. Pesticides and other chemicals ingested are a major source of health problems and birth defects to humans and non-human species alike. Organic or biodynamic farming methods are safe and sustainable, and can be adapted to any small garden in any environment.