Lifeline Farm is certified Demeter Biodynamic
The aim of Biodynamic Agriculture, which started in 1924, is to restore and maintain the vitality and living fertility of our soils in order to produce foods of the highest nutritional value. No synthetic fertilizers, insecticides, fungicides, herbicides or hormones are used on Demeter Certified farms. In addition, foods bearing the Demeter symbol are not treated with synthetic chemicals or irradiated during processing, storage or handling.
What Biodynamics promotes is even more important than what it avoids. Soil, plants and animals are seen in a “larger” context, not simply as tools of agribusiness. The ideal Biodynamic farm is a self-sufficient system that enhances the ecological and nutritional environment of the plant resulting in foods which have better taste, longer shelf life and increased nutritional value. The Demeter Association was formed in the 1970s.
The Demeter Biodynamic® Farm Standard applies to the certification of farms and ranches for the purpose of allowing their farms and ranches and resulting agricultural products to carry the Demeter certification marks “Biodynamic®”, “Demeter®” and Demeter Certified Biodynamic®. The Demeter Biodynamic Farm and Processing Standards meet the minimum requirements set by Demeter International. These base standards form a common legal foundation and agricultural framework for Biodynamic practice worldwide.
Like the sustainable farming movement itself there are many entry points on the path to sustainability, and many different reasons why farmers choose, at some point or another, to enhance their farming program through Biodynamic certification. Fred Kirshenmann, PhD, Distinguished Fellow at the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture, a professor of agriculture at Iowa State University, and a Biodynamic farmer, speaks about transitioning his 3,500 acre family farm in order to be more resilient and energy efficient in the face of rising energy costs and a more unstable climate. Jim Fetzer of Ceago Vinegarden speaks about how, back in the early 1980’s, he began to notice a loss of vitality in their family vineyards, and came to believe that conventional farming was not a sustainable paradigm for their multi-generational family business. Dr. Robert Gross, a psychiatrist up in Oregon who owns Cooper Mountain winery, may tell you that he was using homeopathy in his practice and began to feel as if there was a disconnect between how he was treating his patients and how he was farming his vineyards. But one thing is certain: most Biodynamic farmers inevitably mention how they have developed a closer relationship to their farms, and have become better farmers because of it.