The Biodynamic Farm

Developing a Holistic Organism

By Karl-Ernst Osthaus

Foreword by Bernard Jarman

Translator: Beate Buchinger

Format: Paperback

A practical guide to developing a healthy, balanced and sustainable farm.

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Floris Books

Floris Books is an independent publishing company based in Edinburgh, Scotland. In 2016 Floris won the Saltire Society Scottish Publisher of the Year. Floris Books is the largest children's book publisher in Scotland and are well known for the Kelpies range of Scottish children's books. They also publish international children’s books and an extensive list of non-fiction books, including alternative education, agriculture, health, parenting and religion.

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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.

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Format Paperback
Imprint Floris Books
Publication Date 23 Sep 2010
ISBN 9780863157660
Number of Pages 96

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