BOOKS & CALENDARS
BK2DEVELOPING THE SELFEcologically GrownWhat is this book doing on a seed offering website? Answer from Meadowlark Hearth Biodynamic Seed Initiative: If we are to strive toward healing the earth, we must seek out ways to work with ourselves as farmers toward healing. "Individual effort toward development of the higher self is essential for genuine progress on the inner work path. The clear insights and exercises outlined in this book reveal the meaning and necessity of this essential striving in the present consciousness soul age, contributing toward enlivening both our inner and outer work at the same time. The path of developing the self and our work in the world are not separated, but united through the practices and their results." 145 pages, weight: 170 grams or .40 lb BK1STELLA NATURA CALENDAR 2017Ecologically GrownNEW!(Edited by Sherry Wildfeuer)We really enjoy looking at the various updates in the Stella Natura Calendar about the whorling world around the Earth. There is even a place to note your daily weather and gardening accomplishments in next to each day. There is even a handy map which helps with viewing the sky at night. From the publisher: "This Calendar has many aspects: a basic introduction to astronomy, a simple ephemeris, a planting guide, a star map, aid for following the movement of the planets in the night sky, and articles by nine different authors. All of these attempt to provide a true picture of the world outside us and ideas to assist in developing a healthy relation to that world."
Writing in her introduction to this year's calendar, Sherry Wildfeuer notes:
"This is the fortieth year of Stella Natura! Although I have met only a small number of you, I describe you regularly to prospective authors as intelligent, open-minded individuals who are drawn to gardening or farming by a love for the Earth and its surroundings. I don't assume any prior knowledge of biodynamics. At the same time, my aim is to offer continuing inspiration and education to long-time practitioners of biodynamics.
"When I started producing the Calendar, I turned to my elders to write most of the articles. Later, I asked my peers to contribute. More recently I have been seeking out younger authors; and by now I and my peers are becoming elders ourselves, having the possibility to offer the fruits of our work with the perspective of experience. Walter Goldstein's article exemplifies this, as he describes his extraordinary accomplishments as a corn breeder. Katherine Rapin tells the story of Christian Elwell, founder of South River Miso Company. And I share what I have learned about Justus von Liebig, the early advocate of chemical fertilizer who gained more respect for the inherent life of the soil later in his career, although this is generally overlooked. In this article I have introduced some key concepts of biodynamics which I intend to elaborate in future editions.
"In other articles, the cycle of the year is characterized as a breathing process, and we can learn how a farming community has created a mid-winter agricultural festival to support the coming season. " Weight of the calendar is 170 grams BK3THE SPIRIT IN THE REALM OF PLANTSEcologically GrownYou can go online and get this lecuture from Rudolf Steiner free. The Spirit in the Realm of Plants: