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What’s Included
1 unit of Apple+Pear 
1 unit of Apple+Ceylon Cinnamon 
1 case of Baby Food - Mango, Carrot, Banana, Pear
1 case of Baby Food - Carrot, Sweet Potato, Pea

Biodynamics 101

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BIODYNAMIC® FARMING IS REGENERATIVE FARMING  

Producing healthy, pure food that is farmed in a way that helps to heal the Earth so that our kids will inherit a better planet for tomorrow.

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The Beginning of Biodynamics

Biodynamics was born in 1924, when Dr. Rudolf Steiner was approached by a group of European farmers after they had noticed a rapid decline in their seed fertility, crop vitality and animal health. Dr Steiner then created a series of lectures where he presented the farm as a self-sustaining, living organism. Biodynamic® farming is the best model of Regenerative Agriculture

What does biodynamic mean?

Biodynamic comes from the Greek words "bio," meaning "life," and "dyn," which means "force." When applied to agriculture, "Biodynamic" means working with life’s forces or processes.

Biodynamics and the use of GMOs

Biodynamic farming is adamantly opposed to genetic modification organisms (GMOs) in agriculture, gardening and food processing. International biodynamic standards forbid the use of any GMOs and ingredients, including animal feeds, that would never occur in the natural world. These are the very principles upon which the evolution of all living things has been based for billions of years. A biodynamic® farm aims to produce everything on the premises, including seeds, fertilizers, pesticides and even feed for livestock.

Organic vs. Biodynamic

The international biodynamic certifying group, Demeter, was established in Europe in 1928, and in the United States in 1985, while the National Organic Program (NOP) was established in the United States in 2002. NOP is crop-focused and allows for a designated section of a farm to be certified. Biodynamic® certification, on the other hand, is farm-focused. It requires that the entire farm be certified using NOP standards as a baseline, and then takes that a step further by requiring additional standards be met before certification is awarded. Biodynamic farms are built to integrate every living organism within the system, including all plants, livestock and farmers, creating a closed-loop system of farming. It aspires to transform and maximize the health and vitality of the farm's every aspect, and to improve the way we farm through an ongoing relationship with Nature. 

Biodynamic farming is all about building nutrient-rich soil

  • The backbone of biodynamic farming is the creation of nutrient-rich soil in which to grow nutrient-rich produce. This is achieved by using crop rotation and growing cover crops (crops grown specifically to add nutrients to the soil) and natural compost.

Respecting Nature

  • Biodynamic farms require a biodiversity set-aside of ten percent of the total farm acreage to attract beneficial insects and animals that prey on crop-damaging pests. Wetlands, grasslands, and forests are all are considered an integral part of the farm's life. 

Farm-generated natural green compost

  • Biodynamic farmers and growers use specially made herbal preparations to enhance and enliven their compost, soils, plants, animals and farm. Just as wine growers use biodynamic techniques to ensure their grapes express the essence of their vineyards, the same principles apply to growing all biodynamic fruits and vegetables. Production is never maximized at the expense of the health and integrity of the biodynamic farmer's land or the health and quality of the food they produce.

Farming according to nature's cycle

  • Biodynamic planting and harvesting are structured around lunar and astrological cycles that are said to play a role in the the cycle of the plant, much in the same way that the lunar cycle affects the tides and vitality of the ocean.

Biodynamic farming can reverse climate change

  • Other than the ocean, the soil holds the most carbon of any other place in the world, which is important for the natural balance of the earth and what we grow in it. Unfortunately, agricultural practices have degraded our soil to the point where much of it isn’t able to hold carbon. As deforestation and industrial agriculture methods take over massive portions of the world’s agricultural areas, the carbon in soil is released into the air as Carbon Dioxide (CO2). This increases the amount of CO2 in the air and contributes to global warming and climate change. By using organic fertilizer, no-tillage, crop rotation, and composting soil, Biodynamic farming practices take an environmentally friendly approach that can recover from degradation and actually reverse the process. These practices take CO2 out of the air and instead absorb it. This concept, called regenerative farming, has been shown to absorb nearly 3% of global carbon emissions. Some scientists estimate that with enough regenerative farming, the global carbon emissions absorbed back into the soil could be up to 15%. Studies show that the soil may be our best chance to reverse the effects of global warming and CO2 emissions.

Maintaining the purity of the finished product

  • Twelve Biodynamic processing standards, developed for specific product types, require minimal manipulation so that the agricultural ingredients and manufacturing processes used define the product.

Regenerative Agriculture: What Is It?

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Our planet is at risk, and the global food system is part of the problem.

Thanks to industrial farming, half the world’s topsoil was depleted in the past century, and future predictions aren’t much better. If current rates of farmland destruction continue, the earth will become critically short of fertile land within 60 years.

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Since giving up eating entirely isn’t an option, improving how food is produced is critical for global sustainability. And it turns out, taking care of farm fields yields impressive benefits for the rest of the planet, too. Farmers and scientists alike are finding that improving soil health has lasting impacts on every level of the ecosystem and that sustainable farming might be one of the best ways to combat soil erosion, biodiversity loss, and even climate change.

As an alternative holistic land management philosophy, regenerative agriculture is disrupting the industrial food system and improving soil fertility, one farm field at a time.

But what is regenerative agriculture, and how is it different than other sustainable farming techniques? We’ve addressed these questions below.

What is Regenerative Agriculture?

Sometimes referred to as carbon farming, regenerative agriculture is a farming philosophy that views restoring soil health and sequestering carbon dioxide from the atmosphere is just as necessary as making a profit.

‘Regenerative’ refers to any process that naturally improves or restores the system that it’s part of, rather than harming it. The phrase ‘regenerative agriculture’ was first used by the American farming nonprofit the Rodale Institute in 1980 as a way to define their soil health-focused sustainable farming practices.

In this way, regenerative farming works to rebuild depleted soil by restoring its nutrient levels so that it can grow better crops. Regenerative farmers also strive to reduce erosion, improve their soil’s capacity to hold onto water, promote biodiversity, and produce more food in smaller spaces.

In this way, the principles of regenerative agriculture are designed to create a system of mutually beneficial relationships where outputs become inputs, waste is minimized, and resources are reused as much as possible.

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How Does It Work?

When farmland becomes overused or eroded, it loses most of its carbon content, which is a valuable form of organic material. To combat this concern, regenerative agriculture works to restore soil to its naturally robust, carbon-rich state. A fundamental principle is that land should be tilled as little as possible, which allows it to regain fertility through biological methods like cover crops, compost, and managed animal grazing.

Adding organic material to farmland has other benefits, as this healthy soil becomes a carbon sink. This means that the ground holds more carbon than it releases, leading to a net loss of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. These low-tech, low-cost techniques can be implemented on all farms, and they are especially suited for small farms.

The following farm practices (and many others) are considered regenerative:

  • Minimal Tilling or No Tilling: Plowing up the soil each season wrecks the structure of the communities that live within it, and it contributes to soil erosion and CO2 emissions. In contrast, no-till farming enhances the soil structure by preventing it from compacting and improving water infiltration and retention rates.
  • Intensively Managing Animal Grazing Systems: Contrary to what you might think, well-managed grazing systems can improve pastures. Letting cattle, goats, and other livestock graze appropriately will stimulate better plant growth, increase forage biodiversity, and even contribute natural fertility through manure. Not only does this create a healthier pasture, but the benefits get passed on to the animal and the consumer, too.
  • Naturally Increasing Soil Fertility: Artificial fertilizers make plants less resilient to the unique threats in their environment, causing them to grow vulnerable. In contrast, cover crops, crop rotations, natural compost and animal manure can improve the functionality of the soil microbiome while allowing the plants to grow more robust.

By some accounts, building up soil health and sequestering carbon within it might be the best solution to combat climate change and restore the world to better health, all while providing the food, fiber, and fuel that we all need to live.

How is Regenerative Farming Different Than Organic and Biodynamic Farming?

At first glance, the principles of regenerative agriculture sound similar to organic. However, there are some critical differences between them.

According to current the USDA organic certification standards, organic certification is defined more by what can’t be done to farm fields, like not using chemical fertilizers or pesticides. However, an absence of toxic chemicals doesn’t necessarily mean that the land is being improved. 

In contrast, regenerative farming focuses on techniques that directly improve soil health. It is a dynamic and holistic approach to food production that integrates the principles of organic agriculture with conservation tillage, crop rotation and cover crops, and other sustainable strategies. This makes regenerative farming similar in scope to biodynamic, though biodynamic agriculture has a longer history and more certification standards in place.

In this way, regenerative agriculture sets the bar higher for food production than organic certification, as it demands that farm practices not only refrain from damaging the planet but also improve it in the process.

Where Can You Find Regenerative Food?

While regenerative farming is taking off around the world, finding food that qualifies can be difficult. The farms that have transitioned to regenerative growing practices are part of a small, yet bold minority that is making inroads to get regenerative foods focused more prominently on store shelves.

Currently, no standardized certification system exists for Regenerative Agriculture, but the Rodale Institute is working to change that. Working with a team of farmers, rankers, scientists, and other brands, the nonprofit introduced a draft of standards for a Regenerative Organic Certification plan in September 2017. If finalized, this certification system will go ‘beyond organic’ to produce clear requirements and expectations regarding soil health, animal welfare, and even farm laborer standards.

In the meantime, buying Demeter-certified Biodynamic products like we offer at White Leaf Provisions ensures your food was produced with a soil-building mindset, even without the regenerative certification.   White Leaf Provisions believes that healthy food begins with healthy soil. 

Support Regenerative Farmers from the Soil Up

As the regenerative agriculture movement continues to grow, it’s essential to support these pioneering farmers by purchasing these products. Even allocating a few dollars a month towards climate-friendly foods will make a difference for what shows up on store shelves, ensuring that regenerative products will slowly become more available.

To cut out the store altogether, consider buying products directly from regenerative-minded farms at your local farmers’ market. Below are some of the best questions you can ask to identify the origins of a farm product and learn if it was grown in a way that supports soil health.

  • How did growing this product improve the ecological systems it was part of?
  • Were cover crops, crop rotation, compost or other natural fertility techniques used?
  • Were intensively managing animal grazing systems used for meat, dairy and egg products?
  • Did the farming practices work to sequester carbon into the soil?

Choosing Regenerative to Renew the Earth

Every time you prepare a meal, you make a choice about the kinds of farming practices you support. By seeking sustainable-grown foods that restored soil health, improved the surrounding ecosystem, and sequestered greenhouse gases deep into the soil, you can choose to be a force for renewal on the planet we all share.

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Giving Back

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Let's work together to support
Tomorrow's Farmers™

White Leaf Provisions believes that in order to begin to change the food system and to help combat climate change, we need to work together to support and educate young farmers. We are doing this through our mission: Tomorrow's Farmers™

White Leaf Provisions proudly donates a portion of sales from our online marketplace to like-minded businesses that believe we can help heal the earth through regenerative farming practices. 

One such program we are proud to share is through the Biodynamic Association's Biodynamic Scholarship Fund. This program helps those who want to learn about and develop their skills in sustainable and regenerative farming practices, but lack the financial resources to participate in the educational opportunities they wish to pursue. With the help of the Biodynamic Scholarship Fund, these farmers can gain access to high-quality education and advising, and connect with the biodynamic community. The Biodynamic Scholarship Fund has awarded over $130,000 in scholarships to more than 600 individuals to date.
 
Help support scholarships for future regenerative farmers and enjoy the purest, simplest products available today. 


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