by Elizabeth Candelario, Demeter Co-Director
In the early 1920’s a growing group of European farmers were increasingly concerned about what they were witnessing on their farms. Their soil was depleted, their seeds weren’t germinating, their crops’ quality was declining, and their animals were suffering. The overall life and vitality of their farms was markedly changing. Seeking the causes behind their observations, the farmers approached Dr. Rudolf Steiner-a well-know scientist and social advocate, who is now best known as the founder of Waldorf education- for guidance.
It’s helpful to place this story in the context of the times. Prior to the advent of industrialization, our communities were agrarian and people lived on their farms. They grew food for themselves and their farm animals. Lots of different crops grew and the farm itself existed in a larger ecological context of forests, plains, and watersheds. People lived in tune with the seasons and the celestial rhythms. But by the turn of the last century, people moved from their farms to the cities. Factories were built focused on increased production based on the increased utilization of our natural resources.
It’s not surprising that farms began to resemble factories. Read Full Article »