Biodynamic was Organic Pasture Raised, BEFORE those were marketing terms!!
Consumer demand for better, fresher, cleaner eggs drives the popularity of pasture raised eggs. Pasture raised is great, organic is better, bio-dynamic is the BEST! Here’s why:
Biodynamic is a system of animals living in their natural environment eating what nature intended them to eat. Chickens living with cows create massive benefits for both species. The animals know this and they love each other.
The key difference between organic pasture raised and biodynamic is the inclusion of a natural riparian environment. Very, very few pastures qualify for this difficult certification. Stueve Organic embraces a farm culture designed to produce the only biodynamic egg in the United States.
In order for a farm to refer to itself as Biodynamic, it must have achieved certification through Demeter by adhering to the Demeter Farm Standard for a minimum of three years if conventionally farmed, or a minimum of one year if organically farmed. The entire farm must be certified, not just a portion of land within the farm. Farms are inspected annually to ensure that the Standard is being met. The standards include:
- Compost Preparation
Environment – Riparian Qualifications
- 15% Shaded Canopy
- Tall grasses
- Protection from Predators
- Natural drainage
- Running stream
- Year round environment – our location in California’s Sierra Foothills is unmatched for the perfect biodynamic setting.
- Natural feed from pasture
- Organic grain and seed
- Insect larvae, grubs
- No synthetics used – ever
- Methioninie free
Biodynamic Compost Prep
The Original Biodynamic Preparations are numbered 500-507.
Biodynamic (BD) 500 Prep and BD 501 Prep are used as field sprays to promote rich soil, root development and stimulate plant growth. BD Preps 502-507 are applied to the manure and compost piles to direct and enhance the fermenting and decomposing process.
- 500 – Field compost – used for morning prep
- 501 – Additional compost specifically for evening
- 502 – Yarrow – stimulates the potassium, silica and selenium in the soil bacteria
- 503 – Chamomile – stabilizes nitrogen within the compost and increases soil life
- 504 – Stinging nettle – aids chlorophyll formation and stimulates iron, potassium & calcium
- 505 – Oak bark – combat harmful plant diseases like fungus and eliminates the need for lime
- 506 – Dandelion – builds potassium and magnesium
- 507 – Valerian – forms a blanket of warmth over the entire compost pile, earthworms LOVE this
for more complete information – please follow this link to Demeter USA