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Introductory books recommended by our staff and board members. (See also the Introduction to Biodynamics section on SteinerBooks' site.)
|Biodynamic Agriculture, by Willy Schilthuis|
|The Biodynamic Year: Increasing Yield, Quality and Flavour, by Maria Thun|
|Cosmos, Earth and Nutrition: The Biodynamic Approach to Agriculture, by Richard Thornton Smith|
|Culture and Horticulture: The Classic Guide to Biodynamic and Organic Gardening, by Wolf D. Storl|
|Gardening for Life: The Biodynamic Way, by Maria Thun|
|Grasp the Nettle: Making Biodynamic Farming and Gardening Work, by Peter Proctor|
|Soil Fertility: Renewal & Preservation, by Ehrenfried Pfeiffer|
Each includes background information on the relationship between plants, earth, and the cosmos, as well as practical instructions for using the calendar to plan your farming and gardening.
|2016 North American Biodynamic Sowing and Planting Calendar, by Matthias Thun|
|2016 Stella Natura, edited by Sherry Wilfeuer|
|2016 Celestial Planting Calendar|
While not an introductory book, Rudolf Steiner's "Agriculture Course," the series of lectures he gave to European farmers in 1924 that initiated the biodynamic movement, is a core text for understanding biodynamics. We recommend the following version, translated from the original German by Catherine E. Creeger and Malcolm Gardner.
|Agriculture: Spiritual Foundations for the Renewal of Agriculture, by Rudolf Steiner|
|Biodynamic Sprays and Compost Preparations: Directions for Use, by Christian Wistinghausen, by Christian Wistinghausen|
|Biodynamic Sprays and Compost Preparations: Production Methods, by Christian Wistinghausen|
|New Biodynamic Preparations, by Hugo Erbe|
|Organic Manure: Its Treatment According to Indications by Rudolf Steiner, by Nicolaus Remer|
|Principles of Biodynamic Spray and Compost Preparations, by Manfred Klett|
Muck and Mind ~ Encountering Biodynamic Agriculture: An Alchemical Journey, by Jonathan Code
This book arose from the author’s engagement with core aspects of the biodynamic approach to land stewardship and from a deepened understanding for how working with the land, plants, and animals may become a catalyst not only for the transformation of compost and soil, but also for a transformation of consciousness.