Large-scale agriculture tends to view a farm as a means for producing a certain amount of grain, milk or meat.
This practical book argues instead for a holistic method of farming: the farm as a living organism.
This is the principle of biodynamic farming. The author, an experienced farmer, takes a down-to-earth approach.
Based on an example farm of around 60 hectares, he recommends the ideal numbers of livestock: 12 cows, 4 horses, 6 pigs, 10 sheep and 120 hens.
This mix is drawn from Osthaus's deep understanding of nature, animals, agriculture and the cosmos, and from his many years of personal experience as a biodynamic farmer and teacher.
The result is a healthy, balanced and sustainable farm. This is an invaluable book for anyone considering setting up a farm, or developing their existing farm with new biodynamic methods.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 96 pages
- Publisher: Floris Books
- Publication Date: 23/09/2010
- Category: Sustainable agriculture
- ISBN: 9780863157660