I always encourage friends, family and clients to shop local and organic. With the growing popularity and known benefits of organic produce and meat productions, almost everyone is familiar with organic farming practices. But have you ever heard of biodynamic farming?
Biodynamic farming takes a holistic approach to agriculture. Farmers create a balances ecosystem that promotes healthy growth from the agriculture, gardens and plants themselves. For example, if one crop depletes magnesium from the soil in order to grow, the farmer plants magnesium rich plants alongside, to improve and replenish the soil. Without using chemicals or processed fertilizers, biodynamic farmers allow the plants and crops to flourish together, creating a balanced ecosystem.
With the spring and summer months upon us, and a bit of biodynamic inspiration, I can't wait to create a mini vegetable garden on my tiny balcony. I'll have to do some serious pinteresting and get creative to make it work, but I'm so excited about the idea of growing some of my own food. As a child, my grandparents had huge vegetable gardens and my favorite thing to do on warm summer days was explore the gardens and snack on fresh vegetables straight from the ground. Have you ever heard of a child that suggests pulling out carrots from the cold soil as a fun past time? Well that was me! And to my Papa's dismay, he would find an empty carrot row after every one of my visits and I would leave happy, with a full belly.
Have you ever started your own vegetable garden? Leave your tips and tricks in the comments below!