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Homeodynamic agriculture is a farming methodology, currently used by over 400 farms, mostly in Italy and Greece, with a few more around the world. Developed in Italy in the late 1990s by Enzo Nastati, it was created from the same teachings of Rudolf Steiner that biodynamic agriculture is based upon.

Biodynamic principles

The principles of biodynamic agriculture were given by Rudolf Steiner in a series of eight lectures, held in Koberwitz in 1924. In these lectures, Steiner presented three basic principles of biodynamics:

  1. The plant is an image of the forces acting in the cosmos.
  2. Manure brings life to the soil.
  3. The farm must be designed and developed as a living organism, complete in itself.


The first principle stresses that the life cycle of the plant is fully connected to the rhythm of the movement of the planets and to the world of the fixed stars, where the forces that regulate the biological functions of plants come from.

The second principle stresses that properly composted manure is not just a vehicle of physical nutritive elements for plants, and the soil is not simply an inert support system for their roots. It implies further that the Earth has its own life which must be supported so that plants do not run out of the forces they need to grow.

The third principle says that a farm should strive to become self-sufficient by balancing the forces of life. The farm will comprise several zones (orchards, grains, gardens and greenhouses, healing herbs, hedges, forest, composting area, ponds and animal shelters) which are like the various organs that make up a living organism. The proper exchange between the different organs is not only reflected in the great vitality of the farm organism but also in the new faculty of "dialogue" with the cosmos.

The homeodynamic method

Enzo Nastati (Trieste, Italy), developed the homeodynamic agriculture method in the late 90s based upon his study of biodynamic agriculture and other traditional agricultural knowledge. L'Albero della Vita Association, based in Trieste, Italymarker is continuing the work begun by Nastati through research, meetings and seminars.

The first step in understanding this method is to move beyond the traditional biodynamic method because the challenges facing the farmer today are far worse than they were at the beginning the twentieth century when biodynamics was originally developed, especially considering the deteriorating environmental conditions with the changing weather conditions and various kinds of pollution.

This new method of agriculture is a synthesis of biodynamics and homeopathy. The practice of homeodynamics has shown, in accordance with the homeopathic viewpoint, that it is possible to bring to plants and the soil the forces they need in the form of messages memorized and preserved in water.

The tools

The principles of homeodynamic agriculture originate in biodynamic agriculture; the tools of homeodynamic agriculture are:

  • A redesigned astronomical agricultural calendar.
  • Interventions to be performed during the Thirteen Holy Nights of Christmas.
  • Seed baths, to bring a new message to the seed, a message that the plant will accept if it is appropriate, without it being forced upon it (like with GMOs).
  • Preparations to be inserted under the root systems of perennial plants.
  • Preparations to stimulate the plants in their various needs and helping them adapt to changing equilibrium of the environment, including resistance to electromagnetic fields and issues related to GMOs.


Astronomical agriculture calendar

This is the fundamental reference point for determining the best time for sowing, transplanting, harvesting, cultivating the soil and, of course, to find the right time to apply the homeodynamic preparations.

Compared to the biodynamic calendars, the homeodynamic one presents a stronger aspect of freedom: in fact the astronomical calendar is no longer determined by the physical location of the planets in the sky, but is based directly on the rhythm of the flow of vital forces in the Earth.This is allowed by the changed conditions of those living forces that occurred after 1999, and represents one of the most important "updates" in biodynamics.

The thirteen holy nights

According to homeodynamic research, in this very particular time of the year, from December 24 to January 5, there is a descent of spiritual forces that allow plants to grow, flourish and bear fruit and seed in abundance in the following year. To enhance the dialogue between heaven and earth as much as possible, homeodynamics provides specific preparations to facilitate the flow of these life forces.

The seed bath

The seed bath allows the farmer, who is aware of the agricultural calendar and its fundamentals, to overcome limitations when it is not possible to do necessary work at the optimal times. Through seed baths it is possible to bring forces to the seeds that they would normally receive from the planetary-zodiacal world if sowing were done at the ideal time according to the calendar. The seed bath can improve the germinating ability of the seed and the possibility of obtaining healthier, hardier and more vigorous plants, capable of higher production in both qualitative and quantitative terms (up to 200% from germination).

Intervention for perennial plants

For perennial plants, given the considerable length of their lives, in addition to the seed bath that is performed on the seed, the farmer can prepare mixtures of homeodynamic products in small glass flasks which, inserted under the plant, at the center of the root system, can provide over time the subtle forces that the plant needs to grow healthy, vigorously and productively.

Other applications

Many other homeodynamic products have been developed to help all types of farmers and gardeners in their various needs. There are specific homeodynamic products that can:
  • bio-stimulate the vital functions of the plant;
  • enhance composting;
  • stimulate the micro and macro element formation processes in the soil;
  • stimulate the purification processes in order to remove soil pollutants;
  • encourage adaptation to climatic and environmental stresses;
  • combat pests without poisons;


In addition, the creative use of the homeodynamic products and principles in concert with the Astronomical Agriculture Calendar is useful in the adaptation and improvement of seeds and the resulting plants. With the increasing environmental stresses affecting the plant, the seeds appear to be more receptive to the influences of biodynamic and homeodynamic preparations and are therefore able to produce plants with more desirable traits, for example, better adaptation to different environments and soil types.

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References

  1. Yvette Varvaressou, Health-conscious growers turn to biodynamic method, Kathimerini English Edition, 8 September 2006. Accessed 2009-09-02.
  2. Yvette Varvaressou, Biodynamics down on the farm, Kathimerini English Edition, 22 September 2006. Accessed 2009-09-02.
  3. Steve Diver, Biodynamic Farming & Compost Preparation: Introduction, ATTRA - National Sustainable Agriculture Information Service, Publication #IP137, 1999. Accessed 2009-09-02.


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