Agriculture in harmony with nature thanks to biodynamic methods and permaculture

People are intermediaries between earth and the cosmos. A cultural landscape exists from a natural landscape. A farming culture characterises the countryside, the people who live there and finally the land itself. The responsibility is not only to manage the business economically but at the same time there is a cultural and creative job to be done. Permaculture joins the two terms “permanent” and “agriculture” meaning no more and no less than long-term sustainable agriculture. Natural ecosystems that are close to nature but also how indigenous people handle their resources. In permaculture we orientate ourselves towards natural systems for the establishment of a sustainable and stable land use sytem. The basic principle is a ecological, economic and socially sustainable management of all resources.

 

 


Permaculture is the creation of little paradises here on earth. Our changeover in 2006 to biodynamic cultivation is an investment in quality of life and independence.

Our objective is the design of the economic area according to the model of an independent individual. There is a lot of diversity on the farm to build up, to maintain and to expand. The business should as far as possible be in a position to cover our own requirements of fertilisers and aids. The “organs of the farm” are the different types of agriculture (farming, rearing cattle, cultivation of vegetables, fruit and wine but also hedges, forests, humid and dry-meadow biotops. wilderness areas, fruit and mulch meadows, rainwater storage, compost piles, greenhouses, herb terraces, beehives, hen houses, sheep pens, early vegetable beds, photovoltaic systems, vegetable and fruit storage facilities, etc. )

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Biodynamic cultivation for sustainable winemaking

The changeover in 2006 to biodynamic cultivation methods is an investment in quality of life and independence. The maintenance and improvement of soil fertility has been successful through the use of horn fertiliser as well as those compost preparations by Rudolf Steiner based on biodynamic principles. In this way we keep our soil and plants fertile and healthy using compost, mulch and preparations as well as targeted seeding. Our vineyards stay healthy and vital through home-produced cold extracts, teas, extracts and composting. We experience in our daily work that it is possible to operate both wine production and agriculture.  The influence of natural rhythms – in addition to the influence of the cosmic rhythms (seasons, moon cycles, the rhythm of the day, movements of the planets, etc) – are all examined and their influence documented in the talks on agriculture. When viewed as a whole the influences of the cosmos can function better through healthy earth and thus be transferred onto the plants. Its not only us who are sensitive but also our soils, plants and animals who increasingly react positively to the beneficial effects of the cosmos.

The basic principles and system elements of permaculture

Nice little places are always being created on Rosenberg and these are mainly in the ground filled with dead wood, compostable materials such as grass, leaves, shrubs and manure. They are beautifully untidy, diverse, lively and consciensciously planted over with different perennial flowers, fruit trees, shrubs, vegetables and herbs. Here on Rosenberg we like to experiment, cherish and care for, water, promote soil life, mulch, cover, rework, chop, loosen up the earth, contemplate and harvest – together with the ensuing consumption and conservation. This brings us so much joy, creativity and physical exertion in our daily life as well as inspiring conversations with likeminded people so its like an additional reward for all the many labour-intensive hours we invest. Increasingly we are leaving certain areas of ground to nature. Its great that our neighbours love that too!!