Biodynamics

Common Good Farm

Ruth Chantry and Evrett Lunquist with Jenn Simons from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln

About:

  • Common Good Farm is located in Raymond, Nebraska. A certified biodynamic farm, crops and animals are integrated and treated with the various preparations fundamental to biodynamic farming.

The short video includes a brief history of biodynamic farming, a superficial look at some of the preparations, and scientific evidence of the results witnessed from biodynamic practices.  The long video includes a deeper insight into the motivations and practices behind biodynamic farming and sustainability at Common Good Farm.

Website/Contact:

  • http://www.commongoodfarm.com/
  • farmers@commongoodfarm.com

Teaching Objectives:

  • To ask students to¬†consider and understand the concept of alternative, biodynamic farming
  • To address components of Common Good Farm in the larger agricultural perspective

Discussion questions:

  • What is the underlying concept behind the biodynamic principles?
  • How does organic certification differ from biodynamic?
  • How would you explain the biodynamic principles and relatively uncommon tactics to a stranger?
  • How might the concept behind biodynamic principles be applied to other operations? What is the feasibility for large-scale use?
  • What would you include if you were required to create your own biodynamic operation?
  • How would you measure the sustainability of Common Good Farm? What could be improved?

Location: Common Good Farms, 17201 NW 40th St, Raymond, NE (map from Google Earth, 2013)

Location: Common Good Farms, 17201 NW 40th St, Raymond, NE (map from Google Earth, 2013)