Just like every year, Antonio J. Heinze, president of the Biodynamic Agriculture Association of Argentina visited Interrupción´s Biodynamic Farms. (To learn more about biodynamic agriculture, please click here: https://www.facebook.com/interrupcion/posts/428037290665879?stream_ref=10)
The first visit of the year was to Desafío del Valle farm, in Río Negro, where high quality biodynamic apples are produced. We believe in biodynamic farming because it maximizes nutrients release of the soil and captures cosmic energy forces, increasing the vitality, flavor and nutritional quality of the fruits, while taking care of the ecosystem in which they are produced.
During Antonio’s three-day visit, meetings were held with the team to discuss the previous year’s goals, make a detailed analysis of the progress and status of the farm ecosystem and operations, recognize achievements, and talk about challenges and questions.
After that, the team toured the farm together to assess the state of the plantations, and the volume and quality of production. They also visited the compost piles to see which ones were ready to be applied and which ones had to be turned over again. In addition, the biodynamic calendar used in 2015 was handed over.
On the third day, a group of agronomists that work as technicians for the Agrifood Development Program (PRODA), which reports to the Ministry of Territorial Development of the Province of Neuquen, came to visit the farm. The Director of the Program also toured around the plantations. In addition, preparation 500 was made as part of the activities.
Preparations made during the visit:
Stinging nettle plants were divided and relocated for their multiplication
Preparation 500 was made and it was pointed out that they should prepare more.
Dandelion preparation was made and it was also pointed out they should make more.
Biodynamic tree paste was prepared.
Function of the aforementioned preparations
1. Stinging nettle water. Fresh or dry nettle can be used. Fresh nettles are put into a pot or keg (preferably wood) until it is almost full, without pressing. Then the pot is filled with clean water. After some days the liquid becomes brown. In the growing season of the plant, it has a revitalizing and harmonizing effect. Nettle water is used during cold seasons and provides a useful function in controlling pests and plant diseases.
Preparation 504 Stinging Nettle Preparation (Urtica dioica)
Nettles should be harvested when the plants are in bloom, put into a hole in the ground and left there for one year. After this period, the blackened and decomposed nettles are ready to be applied to the compost.
2. Preparation 500: In early fall, cow horns are filled with dung without straw, pressing firmly so as not to leave air inside. These are buried in grassland or fodder fields with fertile topsoils until spring. The content is removed from the horn, stored in a cool place in a pot surrounded by brown peat moss. Finally, in spring the soil is sprayed. This preparation favors the decomposition process, improves plant root activity, and prevents future problems such as diseases and slow growth.
3. Preparation 506 – “Dandelion” (Taraxacum officinalis)
This plant, good for metabolic diseases because of the high sodium, potassium and phosphate content of its roots, grows in nitrogen-rich soils. The flowers are picked between nine and eleven in the morning on a sunny day, when the flowers are no more than half open. Then they are dried. In the fall they are wetted with a decoction of its own leaves. This preparation is buried sheathed in a cow mesentery over winter, and removed and used in the spring.