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 "It is all about nourishing the humanity in each of us. The entire team at Oregon's Wild Harvest, take great pride in delivering a phenomenally high quality line of herbal products. Yet, they add a special level of caring and heart that is so rare in today's world. I have seen the OWH team go beyond the extra mile to make sure my patients get what they need and countless patients of mine have shared with me that the level of caring and compassion has helped them on their healing journey. As one patient said so perfectly: "You can feel the passion and care that goes into their herbal medicine, and each time I place an order I feel better just having called."  - Dr. Chris D. Meletis, International Author, Lecturer and Naturopathic Physician, Portland, OR

Biodynamic Farming

It took Oregon's Wild Harvest two years to transition into a Demeter® Certified Biodynamic® farm. Today, the farm not only grows certified organic herbs, but Certified Biodynamic® ones as well! The motivation for doing this stems from the company's philosophy to naturally heal the body and earth. When looking at the foundation of biodynamic farming, it just made sense.

The farm is basically viewed as a single organism that is capable of meeting its own needs, without the assistance of synthetic fertilizers and pesticides. We agree with the founder of biodynamic farming, Dr. Rudolf Steiner, that the key to good health for the people and the planet is total sustainability in agriculture. Nutrient-rich soil is of course the foundation of this sustainability.

Biodynamic Defined

Biodynamic agriculture takes in to account the forces and cosmos of the Earth, and combines them with those of the plants, animals and human beings. It works on the basis that everything is interrelated, working to harmonize the environment and ecosystem of the farm and promote sustainability within that environment. It is our goal to maintain a biodynamic farm that works without help from the outside world, besides the addition of minerals from lime and rock phosphate.

  • The most sustainable farming method. All organic material generated on the farm is recycled and returned to the soil, providing nutrition for growing healthy crops.
  • The smaller carbon footprint. The whole farm is considered a self-nourishing ecosystem, so it drastically reduces the need to transport, mine and refine the Earth's natural resources, saving our fossil fuels.
  • The original form of organic farming. Considered the highest grade of organic farming because it has remained true to its guiding principle: the farm should be treated as a living organism with interrelated parts that encompass everything from the soil to the solar system.
  • Ensures unmatched standards for biodiversity. At least 10% of the farm must be left as a natural habitat to encourage a balanced predator/prey relationship and humus development for building insect and disease resistance.

"Everything is interrelated. Healthy food is our medicine. Growing herbs on a holistic farm is just another quest in our path to provide customers with only the healthiest plant material available on the planet." - Randy Buresh, Co-Founder

Biodynamic Preps and Composting Methods

The History of Biodynamic Farming

Recent Studies Suggest that Biodynamic Farming May Yield Superior Soil Quality Compared To Other Organic Methods

The Difference between Demeter Certified Biodynamic® and USDA Organic Agriculture - by Jim Fullmer, Director of Demeter USA

Biodynamic Farming at Oregon's Wild Harvest - March 2009

Beyond Organic - August 2009

Oregon's Wild Harvest Goes Beyond Organic by Achieving Bioydnamic Certification - September 2009