Grower Support Plans

Annual subscriptions include Biodynamic Preparations, Consultation Services, Educational Materials and Free Shipping. The mininum order, our “Basic Growers Plan”, costs $225 and contains enough materials for thorough treatment of up to 5 acres of land. If you are a compost manufacturer, retailer, or have any other needs simply contact us for more information.

Why Growers Plans?

Why Growers Plans? Although we encourage growers to make their own Biodynamic Preparations, we know that this is no small task.

The making of Biodynamic Preparations is a labor-intensive, seasonal job, and requires a considerable amount of resources and careful planning. Some of our preparations take more than a year to make!

20161013_163749The bulk of our manufacturing and administrative work is completed in the fall and winter months and we try to spend the warm season farming.
This approach allows us to keep overhead to a bare minimum and allow customers a very competitive cost for services and saves us from being tied to a desk. This same idea applies to a ‘minimum’ order. If this can’t work for you, contact us and we will try to accommodate you or at least connect you with someone who can better help you.

Biodynamic Camp and Fall Practicum | November 2nd-12th, 2016

img_2991Our preparation making Practicum this year will involve two essentially identical, but separate sessions which will aim to cover the production of all nine of the preparations, and will include certain aspects of using them. We will try to remain flexible enough to address the main concerns of those who are attending.

The fee for attending will be $100.00 per day which will include both meals and on-site lodging. A 25% deposit is requested on or before October 15 to reserve your spot.

Attendance at each session will be limited to approximately 10 people. People attending the first session may stay over for the second session if they wish, but will be responsible for their own meals during the interim period.

Recommendations For Working With Crops, Sequential Spraying, And Ashing (2016)

The times indicated are those deemed to be the first choice periods for working the soil, applying the biodynamic preparations, sowing seed, or working with plants in general. Since not everyone will have an opportunity to take advantage of these periods, or will need to be working in the garden at other times, for daily indications please refer to The North American Maria Thun Biodynamic Calendar 2016 (included as part of an Earth Legacy Agriculture subscription for 2016).

By Hugh J. Courtney

January through December 2016 for the Biodynamic Grower (Recommendations for U.S.A. – Eastern Standard Time – EST until  March 13, 2016 then Eastern Daylight Time – EDT @ 2:00 AM until November 6, when EST returns @ 2:00 AM)

The times indicated are those deemed to be the first choice periods for working the soil, applying the biodynamic preparations, sowing seed, or working with plants in general. Since not everyone will have an opportunity to take advantage of these periods, or will need to be working in the garden at other times, for daily indications please refer to The North American Maria Thun Biodynamic Calendar 2016 (included as part of an Earth Legacy Agriculture subscription for 2016). Other biodynamic planting calendars may be obtained from Steiner Books and/or JPI. The Sequential Spray technique is described in Applied Biodynamics, Issues #6 and #25. For greater details on the ashing technique, consult Gardening for Life by Maria Thun and in Issues #27 & #28 of Applied Biodynamics. Since the Thun calendar determinations are based on some 50 years of plant observations in the context of celestial rhythms, I have relied on it as the primary basis for the recommendations which follow. Please note the error in the diagram on page 16 of the Thun Calendar which still shows Gemini(Twins) at the Ascending point and Sagittarius (Archer) at the Descending point. For some years now, the Ascending point of the Moon has been in Taurus (Bull) and the Descending point has been in Scorpio (Scorpion). This error has been brought to the attention of the publisher some time ago, but correction has yet to be made.

Eclipse/occultation events for the period:

March 23 Lunar Eclipse @ 8:01 AM

April 6 Moon occults Venus @ 4:01 AM

May 9 Sun occults Mercury @ 11:12 AM

June 3 Moon occults Mercury @ 6:08 AM

June 25 Moon occults Neptune @ 7:47 PM

July 9 Moon occults Jupiter @ 5:32 AM

July 23 Moon occults Neptune @ 0:54 AM

August 4 Moon occults Mercury @ 5:44 PM

August 5 Moon occults Jupiter @ 11:20 PM

August 18 Lunar Eclipse @ 5:28 AM

August 19 Moon occults Neptune @ 7:22 AM

September 1 Solar Eclipse @ 5:03 AM

September 2 Moon occults Jupiter @ 6:13 PM September 3 Moon occults Venus @ 7:30 AM

September 15 Moon occults Neptune @ 3:46 PM

September 27 Lunar Eclipse @ 3:05 AM September 29 Moon occults Mercury @ 6:05 AM

September 30 Moon occults Jupiter @ 12:54 PM

October 13 Moon occults Neptune @ 1:16 AM

November 22 Moon occults Neptune @ 8:15 AM

December 6 Moon occults Neptune @ 4:35 PM

As far as occultations and eclipses are concerned, 2016 with 21 events, although modestly reduced from 2015 (23 events), remains well above the number for most years. The negative influences of the above events may extend for a considerable period before and after the exact times noted above. These influences may be lessened through a judicious application (preferably a few hours before the times listed) of specific preparations that share a certain harmonious relationship to the planet affected. For instance, where Venus is involved, the Yarrow preparation may reinforce the Venus force that will be otherwise limited by an occultation. Similarly, Stinging Nettle preparation could be applied when Mars is in the picture, Chamomile where Mercury is involved, Dandelion where Jupiter is involved, Valerian if Saturn is involved. If the outer planets are involved, until a clearer relationship is established, the initial preparation to consider would likely be Equisetum arvense. An alternate approach would be to apply the concept (from traditional astrology) that Uranus is regarded as the higher octave of Mercury, making Chamomile the preparation to counter negativity associated with an occultation of Uranus. Similarly, with Neptune as the higher octave of Venus, Yarrow would be the choice, and with Pluto as the higher octave of Mars, Stinging Nettle would be the choice.

It is striking to note that 2015, included a dozen occultations of Uranus by the Moon and none of Neptune, while 2016 contains seven occultations of Neptune by the Moon and none of Uranus. It will be interesting to note the difference in how we regard 2016 and how differently events manifest in comparison to 2015. Also of concern are the several occultations of Jupiter by the Moon which take place largely when crops are generally harvested, which suggests that one could expect that the 2016 crop harvests will be well below normal. To counteract this possibility, a generous application of the Dandelion Preparation (BD #506) would be strongly recommended to bolster crop production. This would be sprayed separately and individually in much the same way that one might apply BD #500 or BD #501, that is, as both a soil spray (early in the growing season) or as a foliar spray (later in the growing season).

While indications of various blackout periods are noted in the listings below, the grower should be aware that not all blackout periods are necessarily of equal severity and, in my view, can sometimes be ameliorated by a judicious spraying of certain preparations, along the lines mentioned above.

Best FRUIT Periods: Monday January 25 @ 1 AM through Wednesday January 27 @ 10 PM

(But avoid 5 hours before and 4 hours after Moon’s upper nodal point at

7 PM on January 27)

Sunday February 21 @ 9 AM through Tuesday February 23 @ 9 PM

(But avoid 5 hours before and 3 hours after Moon’s upper nodal point at

1 AM on February 24)

Saturday March 19 @ 4 PM through Tuesday March 22 @ 1 PM

(But avoid 5 hours before and 3 hours after Moon’s upper nodal point at

9 AM on March 22)

Friday April 15 @ 10 PM through Monday April 18 @ 6 PM

(But avoid 5 hours before and 4 hours after Moon’s upper nodal point at

2 PM on April 18) (Thun notes enhanced FRUIT period from 7 PM on

16th until 9 AM on 26th due to Mercury trine Pluto at 5 AM on 17th as well

as an enhanced LEAF period from 4 AM to 9 AM on 18th due to Venus

trine Saturn at 11 AM on 18th )

Friday May 13 @ 4 AM through Monday May 16 @ 1 AM

(But avoid 5 hours before and 4 hours after Moon’s upper nodal point at

5 PM on May 15) (Thun notes enhanced FRUIT periods from 1 PM on

12th until 4 AM on 13th due to Mercury trine Pluto at 5 AM on 17th as

well as from 12 PM on 13th to 3 AM on 14th due to Venus trine Pluto

at 10 PM on 13th )

Thursday June 9 @ 1 PM through Sunday June 12 @ 7 AM

(But avoid 5 hours before and 4 hours after Moon’s upper nodal point at

6 PM on June 11)

Wednesday July 6 @ 10 PM through Saturday July 9 @ 3 PM

(But avoid 5 hours before and 4 hours after Moon’s upper nodal point at

10 PM on July 8 and as well avoid 3 hours before and after occultation

of Jupiter at 6 AM on July 9th)

Tuesday August 30 @ 3 PM through Friday September 2 @ 9 AM

(But avoid 4 hours before and 11 hours after Solar Eclipse at

5 AM on September 1)

Monday September 26 @ 9 PM through Thursday September 29 @ 3 PM

(Note multiple blackout periods due to occultation of Jupiter by Moon

and Venus at lower nodal point on September 26 at 3 AM. and 11 AM

respectively, followed by Moon at upper nodal point on the 28th

with an occultation of Mercury by the Moon on the 29th to complete

the cycle.)

Monday October 24 @ 2 AM through Wednesday October 26 @ 9 PM

(But avoid 5 hours before and 4 hours after Moon’s upper nodal point at

10 PM on October 25)

Sunday November 20 @ 8 AM through Wednesday November 23 @ 1 AM

(But avoid 5 hours before and 4 hours after Moon’s upper nodal point at

10 PM on November 21)

Wednesday December 28 @ 8 AM through Friday December 30 @ 5 PM

SEED “ : Same as Fruit above except for December

ROOT “ : Wednesday January 27 @ 10 PM through Sunday January 31 @ 6 PM

(Thun notes FLOWER period from 7 PM on 29th to 7 AM on 30th due

to Moon at Apogee at 4 AM on 30th )

Wednesday February 24 @ 5 AM through Sunday February 28 @ 1 AM

(Thun notes FLOWER period from 2 PM on 26th to 2 AM on 27th due

to Moon at Apogee at 10 PM on 26th )

Sunday March 13 @ 7 AM through Tuesday March 15 @ 8 PM

Monday April 18 @ 7 PM through Friday April 22 @ 3 PM

(Thun notes FLOWER period from 4 AM to 3 PM on 21st due

to Moon at Apogee at 12 PM)

Monday May 16 @ 1 AM through Thursday May 19 @ 10 PM

(Thun notes FLOWER period from 9 AM to 9 PM on 18th due

to Moon at Apogee at 6 PM )

Sunday June 12 @ 8 AM through Thursday June 16 @ 4 AM

(Thun notes FLOWER period from 11 PM on 14th to 11 AM on 15th due

to Moon at Apogee at 8 AM on 15th )

Saturday July 9 @ 4 PM through Wednesday July 13 @ 12 PM

(Thun notes FLOWER period from 5 PM on 12th to 5 AM on 13th due

to Moon at Apogee at 1 AM on 13th )

Saturday August 6 @ 2 AM through Tuesday August 9 @ 10 AM

(Thun notes FLOWER period from 11 AM on 9th to 9 AM on 10th due

to Moon at Apogee at 8PAM on 9th )

Friday September 2 @ 9 AM through Tuesday September 6 @ 3 AM

(But avoid 3 hours before and after occultation of Jupiter at 6 PM on 2d

and occultation of Venus at 8 Am on 3rd)

Thursday September 29 @ 4 PM through Monday October 3 @ 11 AM.

(But avoid 3 hours before and after occultation of Jupiter at 1 PM on

September 30) (Thun also notes enhanced FLOWER period from 6 AM

Until 4 PM on October 1st due to Venus trine Neptune at 1 PM on 1st)

Wednesday October 26 @ 10 PM through Wednesday October 30 @ 5 PM

Wednesday November 23 @ 2 AM through Saturday November 26 @ 10 PM

(Thun notes enhanced LEAF period from 11 PM on 25th until 12 PM on 26th

due to Mercury trine Pluto at 9 AM on 26th)

Tuesday December 20 @ 10 AM through Saturday December 24 @ 4 AM

(But avoid 10 hours before and after Mercury at upper nodal point at 6 PM

on 20th)

FLOWER “ : Thursday January 21 @ 8 AM through Saturday January 23 @ 9 AM

Wednesday February 17 @ 2 PM through Friday February 19 @ 4 PM

Tuesday March 15 @ 9 PM through Thursday March 17 @ 11 PM

(Thun notes enhanced FRUIT period from 4 AM until 10 PM on

16th due to Jupiter trine Pluto at 4 PM on 16th)

Friday April 22 @ 4 PM through Sunday April 24 @ 3 AM

Thursday May 19 @ 10 PM through Saturday May 21 @ 9 AM

Thursday June 16 @ 5 AM through Friday June 17 @ 4 PM

Wednesday July 13 @ 1 PM through Friday July 18 @ 12 AM

Friday August 26 @ 11 PM through Sunday August 28 @ 11 PM

Thursday October 20 @ 11 AM through Saturday October 22 @ 11 AM

Wednesday November 16 @ 8 PM through Friday November 18 @ 5 PM

Wednesday December 14 @ 7 AM through Friday December 16 @ 4 AM

LEAF “ : Tuesday January 5 @ 10 PM through Friday January 8 @ 7 AM

Tuesday February 2 @ 7 AM through Thursday February 4 @ 6 PM

Monday February 29 @ 3 PM through Thursday March 3 @ 2 AM

Sunday March 27 @ 10 PM through Wednesday March 30 @ 11 AM

(Thun notes enhanced LEAF period from 11 AM on 29th until 12 AM on

30th due to Mercury trine Saturn at 11 PM on 29th)

Sunday April 24 @ 4 AM through Tuesday May 26 @ 6 PM

Saturday May 21 @ 10 AM through Monday May 23 @ 10 PM

Friday June 17 @ 5 PM through Monday June 20 @ 5 AM

Friday July 15 @ 1 AM through Sunday July 17 @ 12 PM

(Thun notes enhanced FLOWER period from 2 PM on 16th until

3 AM on 17th due to Sun trine Mars at 11 PM on 16th)

Thursday August 11 @ 9 AM through Saturday August 13 @ 9 PM

Wednesday September 7 @ 5 PM through Saturday September 10 @ 6 AM

Wednesday October 5 @ 12 AM through Friday October 7 @ 1 PM

Tuesday November 1 @ 6 AM through Thursday November 3 @ 8 PM

(Mercury at lower nodal point shortens period by 10 hours on 1st)

Monday November 28 @ 11 AM through Thursday December 1 @ 1 AM

Sunday December 25 @ 6 PM through Wednesday December 28 @ 7 AM

Moon/Saturn oppositions occur on January 20 at 2:54 AM, on February 16 at 12:10 PM, on March 14 at 8:54 PM, on April 11 at 4:36 AM, on May 8 at 12:32 PM, on June 4 at 7:55 PM, on July 2 at 2:05 AM, on July 29 at 7:06 AM, on August 25 at 12:29 PM, on September 21 at 8:13 PM, on October 19 at 7:40 AM, on November 15 at 9:34 PM, and on December 13 at 2:04 PM during periods when the Moon is in the constellation of Taurus(Bull) and Saturn is in the constellation Scorpio(Scorpion). Early in the year on March 25, Saturn begins a period of retrograde motion turning direct on August 12 while remaining in Scorpio(Scorpion) throughout all of 2016. A retrograde Saturn is deemed to make things dramatically more difficult or opposite to expectations. Biodynamic practitioners in New Zealand regard the Moon/Saturn opposition as one of the most favorable aspects for seed germination and application of the biodynamic sprays. (Aspects can be regarded as having an effect at least 12 hours prior to the event until at least 6 hours after. The closer to the actual time of a Moon/Saturn opposition the more effective is one’s action likely to be.) Since the Moon/Saturn oppositions occur during Ascending Moon periods, the Northern Hemisphere grower may be well advised to take notice also of Moon/Jupiter oppositions which are now taking place during Descending Moon periods, which have been identified as Northern Transplanting Time by Maria Thun {as her 50 years of plant research has established}. Accordingly, the Moon/Jupiter oppositions are listed as follows: on January 14 at 10:13 AM; on February 10 at 2:56 PM; on March 8 at 7:47 PM; on April 5 at 2:34 AM; on May 2 at 9:23 AM; on May 26 at 5:30 PM, on June 26 at 3:36 AM, on July 23 at 4:25 PM, on August 20 at 8:21 AM, on September 17 at 3:06 AM, on October 14 at 11:34 PM, on November 11 at 6:45 PM, and on December 9 at 12:16 PM.

Best SEQUENTIAL SPRAY Periods:

If moisture lacking – in addition to times listed above under LEAF (some of which may require abbreviated sequence) the following times are also available – but avoid blackout periods:

Friday February 19 @ 5 PM through Sunday February 21 @ 8 AM

Tuesday May 3 @ 8 AM through Thursday May 5 @ 11AM

Saturday July 23 @ 7 PM through Tuesday July 26 @ 10 AM

Monday August 1 @ 4 AM through Wednesday August 3 @ 6 AM

Thursday October 13 @ 10 PM through Sunday October 16 @ 7 AM Thursday November 10 @ 7 AM through Saturday November 12 @ 6 PM

Wednesday December 7 @ 3 PM through Saturday December 10 @ 6 AM

Please Note: Other times may require an “abbreviated sequence.” An abbreviated sequence involves a spray combining BC plus BD #500, stirred together for one hour, and applied near sunset on day one. Instead of the combination, BD #500 XP may be used with stirring time of 20 minutes or one hour optional.. On day two, BD #501 and #508 (fermented recipe preferred) are stirred together for one hour and sprayed near sunrise. All sprays must be applied during a time when the moon is in a Leaf/Water constellation in order to achieve an influence on moisture conditions. Instead of BD #500 and #501, #(X)500 and #501(5x) may be used in the appropriate combination with BC and BD#508 respectively with a resultant stirring time for each combination spray of only 20 minutes.

If moisture excessive – – the following opportunities in addition to those listed under FRUIT

above (some of which may require abbreviated sequence) are also available:

Friday January 8 @ 8 AM through Monday January 10 @ 12 PM

Thursday February 4 @ 7 PM through Saturday February 6 @ 10 PM

Thursday March 3 @ 3 AM through Saturday March 5 @ 8 AM

Monday May 23 @ 11 PM through Thursday May 26 @ 7 AM

Monday June 20 @ 6 AM through Wednesday June 22 @ 1 PM

Saturday August 13 @ 10 PM through Tuesday August 16 @ 5 AM

Monday August 22 @ 5 PM through Wednesday August24 @ 8 AM

Saturday September 10 @ 7 AM through Monday September 12 @ 2 PM

Friday October 7 @ 2 PM through Sunday October 9 @ 11 PM

Sunday October 18 @ 1 PM through Tuesday October 20 @ 7 PM

An additional note: In order to clear up some confusion, please keep in mind that although the same preparations are used in cases where there is either too much or too little moisture, BD #501 and BD #508 occupy a different place in the sequence according to whether one is trying to stimulate moisture or attempting to achieve a drying effect. In the case of lack of moisture, BD #501 is second in the sequence and one finishes with BD #508 giving a final impulse with the preparation in the sequence that appears to relate most strongly to the watery forces. For maximum encouragement for moisture, all sprays should be applied when the Moon is in a Water/Leaf constellation. When moisture is excessive, BD #508 takes the second place in the sequence and the last spray is BD # 501, thus using a preparation that relates very strongly to a drying impulse as the final signal in the sequence. For maximum drying effect, all sprays need to be applied during the period when the Moon is in a Fire/Fruit constellation.

For those attempting to employ sequential spraying in an effort to encourage or abate moisture conditions, please contact Earth Legacy Agriculture for a copy of a report form for collecting data on sequential spraying so that we may include it in our continuing research on the effectiveness of this technique. If one must use the sequential spray technique during a root period, the likelihood is that a drying tendency would be enhanced, whereas in a flower period a tendency towards encouraging moisture is more probable, although experience and data in this area is quite limited.

One should note further that this technique should not be approached from the viewpoint of “manipulating” the weather, but rather as a means to restore conditions of harmony and balance when drought or deluge conditions would clearly suggest that there is a decided lack of harmony or balance within the earth in a given location.

For ASHING —

Please note: See Thun – The North American Maria Thun Biodynamic Calendar 2015, for additional choices for controlling various pests.

OF INSECT PESTS:

Moths

Thursday May 8 @ 1 PM through Saturday May 7 @ 3 AM

Wednesday June 29 @ 12 PM through Tuesday July 12 @ 12 PM

(But avoid various blackout periods, occultation times, etc. during the

above periods.)

Cabbage butterflies, flies, white fly, mosquitoes, etc.

Sunday July 3 @ 9 AM through Tuesday July 5 @ 9 AM

Colorado potato beetle, cabbage root fly, varroa mites, chitinous insects (i.e., grasshoppers, etc.)

Friday June 3 @ 1 PM through Sunday May 5 @ 11 PM

Cutworms and mole crickets

Saturday May 21 @ 10 AM through Monday May 23 @ 10 PM

Friday June 17 @ 5 PM through Monday June 20 @ 5 AM

Shieldbugs, slugs and snails

Friday March 18 @ 12 AM through Saturday March 19 @ 4 PM

Thursday April 14 @ 6 AM through Friday April 15 @ 10 PM

Wednesday May 11 @ 2 PM through Friday May 13 @ 4 AM

Tuesday June 7 @ 11 PM through Thursday June 9 @ 1 PM

Tuesday July 5 @ 9 AM through Wednesday July 6 @ 10 PM

Monday August 1 @ 5 PM through Wednesday August 3 @ 7 AM

Aphids

Wednesday February 17 @ 2 PM through Friday February 19 @ 5 PM

Tuesday March 15 @ 9 PM through Thursday March 17 @ 11 PM

Tuesday April 12 @ 4 AM through Thursday April 14 @ 6 AM

Monday May 9 @ 1 PM through Wednesday May 11 @ 2 PM

Sunday June 5 @ 11 PM through Tuesday June 7 @ 11 PM

Sunday July 3 @ 9 AM through Tuesday July 5 @ 9 AM

Saturday July 30 @ 5 PM through Monday August 1 @ 5 PM

Weevils

Sunday July 3 @ 9 AM through Tuesday July 5 @ 9 AM

Mites, non-chitinous insects

Monday February 7 @ 9 AM through Wednesday February 9 @ 2 AM

Wednesday March 9 @ 12 PM through Wednesday March 30 @ 12 PM

(But avoid various blackout periods, occultation times, etc. during the

above period.)

Sunday April 3 @ 8 PM through Tuesday April 5 @ 2 PM

Sunday May 1 @ 5 AM through Tuesday May 3 @ 1 AM

Saturday May 28 @ 11 AM through Monday May 30 @ 7 AM

Friday June 24 @ 5 PM through Sunday June 26 @ 1 PM

Thursday July 21 @ 11 PM through Saturday July 23 @ 7 PM

If you are experiencing serious pest problems when conditions are not the most favorable for ashing, it is suggested that you continue to collect the desired 50-60 (more when possible) specimens and preserve them in alcohol (i.e., vodka) until a favorable time occurs. In any case, the grower should harvest a maximum of troublesome pests whenever the chance exists so as to be prepared at a future time to complete the ashing. As a last resort, ashing of insect pests can be attempted under certain other aspects than a “most favorable” one, but anyone attempting to do so should be advised that a wrong choice in this regard can actually stimulate an increase in the pest concerned rather than the desired decrease or elimination.

OF ANIMAL PESTS – with respect to vertebrate animals, Steiner specified that the skin of the animal must be burned when the planet Venus is “in the Scorpion.” The resultant pepper is then scattered over the area to be protected from the particular animal. In the case of deer, mice, voles, gophers, groundhogs (woodchucks), coyotes and the like, one should use as much of the skin/hide as possible, but probably should omit from the ashing process the feet or other parts containing flesh or bone. For crows, pigeons, or other bird pests, skin as well as feathers are desired, again omitting flesh and bone from the ashing process. Given the fact that there are times when Venus is in Scorpio/Scorpion when some animals would be in hibernation and thus not as readily “harvestable,” one would gather the skin of the “pest” at other times during the year rather than only when “Venus is in the Scorpion.” {There is a great deal of research to be carried out on the question of “pest peppers.” We would like to encourage as many people as possible to conduct ashing experiments and especially encourage them to share their results – good, bad, or indifferent – with us, so that we may further share this information} The next period for a transit of Venus through Scorpio/Scorpion begins on December 29. 2015 and will complete its passage on January 22, 2016. Thun suggests that ashing be done between 6 PM January 18 and7 AM January 21 When Venus is in Scorpio/Scorpion and the Moon is in Taurus/Bull. However, my calculations conclude that ashing can take place on or after January 10 when Venus has reached the high conjunction of Scorpio, and should be completed on or before January 22. Later in 2016, another opportunity is available after Venus enters Scorpio/Scorpion on October 16, where it remains until November 11. Thun does not identify this period as suitable for ashing of animal pests. Given that Venus in Scorpio/Scorpion is a fairly rare event, and Steiner specifies that it is the time for ashing of animal pests, I would believe that we should take advantage of this opportunity as well. The other criteria for ashing of animal pests delineated by Steiner include the requirement that

Venus needed to be at the “high conjunction” of Scorpio/Scorpion and that Venus needed to be “behind” the sun. The term “behind” has at least two meanings. To be behind the sun can mean, of course, that Venus is behind or on the far side of the sun when viewed from the Earth. A situation in which Venus is both physically behind the sun and is also in the constellation Scorpio/Scorpion occurs much less frequently, giving one opportunities for ashing of animal “pests” only a few times in a decade. A planet is also said to be “behind” the sun when it follows the sun in rising or setting, which, of course, in the case of Venus in Scorpio/Scorpion would occur when Venus is the “evening star” and the Sun is in a later degree of Scorpio/Scorpion, or else in a constellation following, such as Sagittarius/Archer or Capricorn/Goat. This latter situation offers more opportunities for ashing than waiting for the infrequent instances when Venus is physically behind the Sun. We will continue to take advantage of each situation when Venus is behind the Sun in the hopes of eventually gathering sufficient experimentation to confirm the meaning of “behind the Sun.”

Earth Legacy Agriculture is seeking hides from the following species: coyotes, mice (both house and field), moles, voles, rats, groundhogs, starlings, nutria (from North Carolina and Oregon), wild pigs, and other similarly destructive animals whose boundaries need to be reestablished.

OF WEED SEEDS – This is a complicated issue, since it appears each particular weed has a relationship to a particular constellation, and can best be countered or ashed when the Moon is in that constellation. Maria Thun in her research has repeatedly observed that germination of all weeds is greatest when the Moon is in the constellation Leo/Lion and the least germination takes place when the Moon is in Capricorn/Goat. Therefore in soil preparation, one would be well served to cultivate when the Moon is in Leo/Lion, to stimulate the greatest weed germination, and follow with a final seed bed cultivation when the Moon is in Capricorn/Goat. If able to consistently follow this pattern, weed problems would be greatly diminished.

Until one can identify the particular constellation associated with the weed to be controlled, the following approach is suggested. Gather seeds of the weed in question, and ash them at the beginning of the Moon’s passage through a FIRE/FRUIT constellation (with Leo/Lion being first choice), preferably just before a New Moon or just before a Full Moon. The most propitious time for ashing of weed seeds (as well as application of the resultant ash) is likely when both Sun and Moon are in Leo/Lion, which in 2016 occurs from August 30 at 3 PM through September 2 at 8 AM. This period also coincides with a Lunar eclipse (New Moon) and would seem to be an ideal time to deter the reproductive capacity of weeds. After ashing, one is directed to scatter the ashes over the area in which you wish to reduce or eliminate the weed in question. Ideally, to ensure a sufficient quantity for application, the ash should be applied in the form of a D-8 potency (see Gardening for Life by Maria Thun or Issue # 28 of Applied Biodynamics for details on the potentizing process).

Application of the products of the ashing process, whether seed or pest, should probably be done just before New or Full Moon as well. For most effective results the application should be done three or four consecutive days in a row, and for even greater effectiveness, this three or four consecutive times application could be repeated at some later point during the season. One is well advised to keep careful records of one’s experiments including both ashing and applications.

Biodynamic Pest Remedy Service

In this day and age, it seems that the only solution to dealing with weed, animal or insect pests, in particular with invasive species, is to reach for the most potent poison in our chemical arsenal. The result is often disappointing, so another even more toxic chemical is used. The net effect is that the pest often develops immunity to the chemicals that were supposed to eliminate its presence and our environment becomes ever more dangerous to our pets, our livestock, our children and ultimately the entire human race. This chemical warfare being waged against humanity is subtle and the danger has not yet penetrated our consciousness sufficiently that we are ready to put a stop to it. Continue reading “Biodynamic Pest Remedy Service”

Preparation Making Practicum | October 27th – November 13th, 2015

Hugh Courtney will address needs of the participants through a daily program on the BD Preparations, BD planting calendars, and requested topics. There is no fee for the Practicum, but pre-registration is required. Meals and lodging are the responsibility of participants. On farm kitchens and limited lodging and camping can be reserved ahead of time for a fee. Please contact us for details and to register.