Biodynamic Compost Preparations
Making and Buying the Preparations
You don't need to make your own preparations to get started. Ready-to-use biodynamic preparations can be purchased from professional preparation makers, including those listed below.
Many regional biodynamic groups make the biodynamic preparations together as a seasonal community activity. Joining a regional group is a great way to learn how to make the preparations, and often finished preparations can be purchased from someone in the group.
Josephine Porter Institute (JPI)
JPI's mission is to heal the earth through production of quality biodynamic preparations, and to advance education and research in biodynamic methods. They are a source for purchasing the biodynamic preparations, an education center for all biodynamic practitioners as they begin to make their own preparations, and as a research venue focusing specifically on the biodynamic preparations.
Biodynamic Source offers the expertise and efforts of BioSprays, a Biodynamic agricultural application service founded by Lloyd Nelson with Brook LeVan cofounder of Sustainable Settings, a 501 ©(3) corporation that was founded in 1997 that owns and operates the Demeter Certified 244-acres that make up the working ranch and Whole Systems Learning Center.
Earth Legacy Agriculture
Established by long-time biodynamic prep maker and JPI founder Hugh Courtney and his grandson Jeremiah Proctor, Earth Legacy Agriculture was formed to support biodynamic producers, whether long-standing or under transition, through education and consultation services. Courtney has been making biodynamic preparations on the farm in Virginia since 1976. ELA produces and distributes biodynamic preparations and microbial activators and hosts various educational workshops.
The mission of the Fellowship of Preparation Makers is to ensure that good quality biodynamic preparations are available now and into the future throughout North America. The Fellowship (previously called the Future of the Preparations) is an informal, vital, and growing group that has emerged in the cultural/spiritual sphere of biodynamic agriculture.
Report from the Section for Agriculture
The Section for Agriculture commissioned, directed, and published this study on the biodynamic preparations (link is external). It is particularly directed towards the International Biodynamic Association (IBDA), Demeter International (DI) and the Circle of Representatives of the Section for Agriculture, and especially their member organizations and their individual members. This publication (link is external) contains 14 case studies with comprehensive and easily compared descriptions showing how a selected group of people from across the world work with the preparations in their own geographical and social contexts.
Principles of Biodynamic Spray and Compost Preparations (link is external): In this book, renowned biodynamic expert Manfred Klett explores the preparations in depth, covering both the practicalities of spray and compost preparations and the philosophy behind them.
Biodynamic Gardening (link is external): This beautiful full-color book by Monty Waldin includes photographic step-by-step instructions for making each of the nine biodynamic preparations, as well as applying the preparations and building biodynamic compost on a garden scale.
Grasp the Nettle (link is external): This comprehensive introductory biodynamic book by Peter Proctor includes four chapters on the making and use of the biodynamic preparations, including detailed instructions and a variety of applications.
A Biodynamic Manual (link is external): Also a comprehensive introductory biodynamic farming book by Pierre Masson, with detailed information about making, using and storing the preparations, including photographic illustrations and diagrams.