The awareness of the importance of biodynamic, quality and sustainable agriculture, combined with the continuous search for a balance between human work and the life of plants and animals, has led us to create training courses with one objective: to take care of earth to heal man himself.
In any part of the world where we live and cultivate the land we can do biodynamics . We must respect the biological laws of this land which are still partly unknown today; we must take care of it, since in the last 50 years man has disfigured the entire agricultural territory by applying conventional agronomy connected to agro-industry to it.
Twenty-first century man has forgotten how to understand the relationships between the various natural factors, he has lost the knowledge that his ancestors had accumulated for millennia with their direct observations and experiences, and therefore he is no longer able to put it to good use in his own activities .
In 1924 Rudolf Steiner gave us a new impulse to replace the chemical agricultural method, which was then becoming established; he gave us the tools to understand and intervene, respecting the wisdom and mechanisms of nature that have existed for millions of years. These tools exist today in the Biodynamic agricultural method .
Biodynamics encompasses a series of agricultural practices enriched by a spiritual and anthroposophical vision of the Austrian philosopher Steiner. According to the latter, only through a holistic approach that embraces man, the soil and the life that develops on it can agriculture be achieved that is more in balance with the terrestrial ecosystem. In Steiner's ideas, spirituality, astral forces and active microorganisms are physically transferred to the earth through preparations.
Story of a vocation
In the 70s, Carlo Noro approached the world of biodynamics, immediately starting his own method for creating spray and cumulation preparations. Meanwhile in Australia this practice was already well established thanks to extensive work and a series of tangible results. During a conference on Steiner's contributions, Carlo met Alex Podolinsky, an Australian farmer and pioneer of this discipline.
Podolinsky was impressed by Carlo's preparations and convinced him to undertake a radical change in his life. So, with a sense of mission, Carlo left his bank job in Rome and moved to the small, cold valley beyond the Labico hills.
From the very beginning, Carlo understood that that area was seriously polluted. The land was considered uncultivable due to diseases that aggressively affected all types of crops.
In this context he developed his biodynamic preparations to restore the balance that allows crops to thrive in harmony with nature. Over the course of a few years, he was able to restore vitality and fertility to the soil and grow a significant variety of vegetables.
Today, after almost 30 years Carlo Noro has become the point of reference in Italy and not only for this agronomic approach. It is also the largest producer of biodynamic preparations in the country.
biodynamic according to noro
Current biodynamics has undergone notable changes compared to the theoretical principles of Rudolf Steiner. We believe that anthroposophy is beneficial, but only if agriculture achieves a high level of quality through the use of biodynamic preparations.
Sensitivity is an essential requirement for practicing biodynamics. It is necessary to observe plants from a different point of view, recognizing their interaction with the sky, the earth and the entire ecosystem.
This approach focuses on prevention rather than symptoms , unlike conventional agriculture. The analogy with human nutrition is clear: good nutrition leads to a state of well-being, and the same principle applies to plants.
Therefore, working on the land requires the same commitment that taking care of your body would require.
The processes are long and gradual, but the damage we have on our health has a very distant origin…
…even since the post-war period when it was necessary to feed an entire nation and the harmfulness of pesticides was not yet known.
The biodynamic approach also goes beyond the concept of sustainability: it aims to improve and not just keep a starting state intact.
This improvement manifests itself through the transformation of the soil by cultivating its humus, giving it vitality, dynamism and fertility.
The philosophical approach of biodynamics has often been an obstacle in attracting farmers; therefore, the practice must demonstrate tangible results to gain credibility.
It is clear that conventional agriculture, based on chemistry, pesticides, genetic engineering and above all on a symptom approach cannot be the adequate answer to address the problems of soil fertility and ecosystem sustainability.
Between 7 June and 16 June 1924 Steiner held eight conferences during which he introduced the concept of biodynamic preparations and the importance they have in the application of the method.
The preparations, depending on their method of use, are divided into spray preparations , 500 or Cornoletame and 501, Cornosilice and heap preparations ranging from 502 to 507.
The heap preparations must be inserted into the compost and guide all the processes of demolition of the organic substance and construction of the humus and provide microelements necessary for the correct nourishment of the plants.
A complete dose of heap preparations should be inserted into a compost of approximately 6 linear metres, one meter high and two meters wide. The dosage is 2 grams for each preparation. 5 holes must be drilled on the pile (see image) reaching the center. A preparation must be inserted into each hole. The last one (the 507 valerian) must be dissolved in 5 liters of warm water (without being absolutely dynamized) and the entire mass must be wetted. At this point, once the preparations have been inserted, the compost must be covered with a generous layer of straw.
We have been carrying out biodynamic agriculture courses for more than 30 years both on the farm and in other locations throughout Italy.
Strongly desired by Carlo Noro and Michele Lorenzetti , the "Professione Biodinamica" Cultural Association was born in 2013 in our company, a school that aims to teach professional farmers, hobbyists and anyone who wants to learn an effective method, alternative to the conventional, to practically shape the work on the ground (and beyond).
All courses are both theoretical and practical.
Michele Lorenzetti is a Biologist and Oenologist. A very close collaborator of indispensable importance like Carlo Noro in the biodynamic world. His work as scientific director of the training school and on biodynamic preparations is the basis of our work.
Enormous and indisputable results obtained in viticulture have led him to be one of the most undisputed and established oenologists in the biodynamic field.
To date he is committed to training many wineries throughout Italy in biodynamic agriculture. In 2006 he planted a vineyard in Vicchio del Mugello on the Tuscan-Emilian Apennines where he produces and bottles his wine.