The present incarnation of AV Botanical Gardens reveals an eclectic imprint of organic practices borrowed from Permaculture, Warré method bee keeping, and irrigation-fertilization techniques based on the science of  Viktor Schauberger’s Vortex Mechanics. Perhaps the most comprehensive, and influential training we’ve incorporated over the years is that of Biodynamics.

Rudolph Steiner, an Austrian luminary and contemporary of Schauberger, is considered the founder of Biodynamic farming. Steiner spent a lifetime in observation of the subtle forces of the cosmos and nature, and applied his understanding uniformly to everything from medicine to agriculture. In the early 1900’s, farmers sought Steiner’s counsel for a more unified approach to farming in light of the declining vitality of their agrarian ecosystem. After a series of lectures at Koberwitz, Germany the science and philosophy of Biodynamics emerged.

Biodynamics is an agricultural methodology based upon the creation of a balanced and self-renewing ecology. While the fundamentals remain unchanged, new minds are now applying these same principles within new paradigms of application and technology. Our favorite tool is the use of Vortex Brewing to produce living nutrient teas teaming with beneficial micro-organisms, while restructuring water for increases in vitality and yield up to 300%.

We’ve set our intention through AV Botanical Gardens to hasten the transition from being dependent consumers to responsible producers. Biodynamic farming builds the skills, ethics and resilience that are now required if our species is to thrive.

“More energy is encapsulated in every drop of good spring water than an average-sized power station is presently able to produce.” ~ Viktor Schauberger