Biodynamic Farms in the US
Agritourism in America
By Mar Yvette
Biodynamic. It's a word we're hearing and seeing more often. But do you really know what it is?
According to the Biodynamic Association, the largest and oldest North American non-profit for sustainable agriculture, biodynamics is a "holistic, ecological and ethical approach to farming, gardening, food and nutrition." In that sense, it's very similar to organic farming – no chemicals, pesticides, genetically modified organisms, antibiotics or growth hormones are used in crops or livestock. There are even organic/biodynamic wines.
But beyond organic farming, biodynamic agriculture is rooted in the esoteric ideas of philosopher Rudolf Steiner, who originated the concepts that farmers have been adapting since the early 1900s. Think of biodynamic farming as "organic plus" or "super organic" – not only does it require strict adherence to healthy farming practices, but it also places supreme importance on soil fertility and following the natural rhythms of the Earth, taking into account the cycles of the moon, sun and more. Anything labeled biodynamic must be approved by Demeter, the world's only certifier of biodynamic farms and products.
It's all very complex, but we hope this eco-friendly philosophy encourages you to learn more and embark on your own agritourism adventure. That's why we created GAYOT's list of Biodynamic Farms in the US. While it's in no way a complete directory, consider it your beginner's guide to taking this increasingly popular lifestyle to the next level.
For more ecotourism ideas, be sure to check out our guide to the best eco-friendly resorts around the world.