The Living Organism in Biodynamic Agriculture

by Juan Jose Pena

The Biodynamic Agriculture created by Rudolf Steiner in 1924 with the conference “Scientific impulses for the entrance of agriculture”, develops the lines of a conscious agricultural practice allowing to read the laws of nature and its vital impulses to create and maintaining soil fertility at the service of food production and the regeneration of the natural ecosystem in order to achieve a healthy balance on a human level.

The biodynamic method for living agriculture, according to Steiner, speaks of giving the vital impulse to the land, destined for cultivation with the aim of stimulating the genesis of humus or increasing the self-fertility of the soil, where at the time of germination the initial footprint is determined by a growth impulse that keeps the bacterial flora of the soil healthy through the use of biodynamic preparations.
In this journey we will explore the notions of a living organism, the vital forces that guide it and the increase of the perceptive capacity in agricultural practice.
The observation of nature through the biodynamic method allows to deepen and cultivate a particular sensitivity for the conscious development of today’s agriculture.

Juan Josè Pena bio

My name is Juan Josè Pena and I was born in Mérida, Venezuela. I have always lived close to the peasant practices of my people.
Traveling in South America and Indochina, I expanded my research to other traditions, learning the simple but fundamental ways of sustenance that these people have handed down for generations.
Curious to find alternative methods in harmony with the earth, I discovered synergistic agriculture, permaculture and biodynamics. In my journeys I practiced farming models close to the rhythms of Nature.
I currently live in the Bolognese hills where I continue to train at work and personal level.
I am honored to have received these teachings, the beauty of the seed that becomes bud, flower and fruit, and I am driven to continue this research with passion.