Stella Natura 2017 Biodynamic Planting Calendar
Planting Charts and Thought-Provoking Essays
Edited by Sherry Wildfeuer
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.
Our New Articles Will Inspire and Guide
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. We are told about the new farming culture in the Hudson River Valley; about getting to know the Yarrow plant; and how the search for meaning in life led to a biodynamic apprenticeship. A beekeeper teaches us about the bees and tells what the bees have taught him; and a doctor compares biodynamics to homeopathy and to anthroposophic medicine.”