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I first met Dewane back at a BD gathering back in the 80's, then again in the early 1990's when I was farming at Camphill Village Minnesota - about an hour from Dewane's farm and a group of us got together to study Steiner's Agriculture Course. I appreciate the perspective of someone who has been practicing biodynamics on a piece of land for many decades in a consistent way. Some results of the preps and other BD practices take time and persistence, so it is good to see how this has played out for Dewane.
Currently I am in Minnesota on a 1 acre suburban property with sandy loam soil several hours south of Dewane, where I have been gardening for 20 years. This year we have snow on the ground in mid-April, a week after Easter. Like Dewane I have used the preps consistently, though with less precision in relation to the planting calendar (My lame excuse is that until recently I had a full-time job that made it difficult to be in the garden at the right time). In my garden I noticed a quantum leap around year 7, when both quantity and quality of produce from the garden really took off. The moral: stick with it - don't be discouraged if you don't see a huge result at the beginning. The elemental world wants to make sure you're going to be around for awhile.
Thanks again Dewane.