Mount Zero - Biodynamic Farming Methods

November 22, 2016

Our family has been passionate about biodynamic agriculture, food and skincare since we were first exposed to Rudolph Steiner’s philosophies four decades ago. 

In 1993 we founded Mount Zero Olives, taking over an abandoned olive grove which we slowly nursed back to good health using biodynamic farming principles. We live simply on the land, making the best use of our limited natural resources and ensuring that we are sustainable. 

We work inclusively and respectfully, encouraging local Indigenous people to work with us on the farm. 
We became inspired by the philosophies of Rudolph Steiner, the founder of Biodynamic agriculture, when our daughter started school at the Melbourne Rudolf Steiner School in the mid 1970’s. 

Steiner stated that; “the need for imagination, a sense of truth and a feeling of responsibility are the three forces which are the nerve of education”. As a family, this approach, which balanced the creative, intellectual, social and the practical aspects of education inspired us.

Biodynamic Farming

Biodynamics is a specialised form of organic farming focussing on the health of the soil, using minimal inputs, and aiming for a “closed sustainable system”.

The heart of every Biodynamic farm is the health, structure and humus of the soil where the farmer aims to:

Create soils with enhanced biological activity

Develop soils where the plant’s feeder roots are fed from the nutrients stored in humus and not through soluble fertilisers

Use minimal inputs

Increase the structure and fertility of the soil

Produce food of high nutritional value with outstanding taste and flavour

Protect the ground water and river systems by avoiding the use of chemicals and fertilisers

Demeter Biodynamic farming is an internationally recognised, advanced form of organic farming used in Australia for more than 40 years.

It is the healthiest form of agricultural practise where the farmer is committed to building healthy soil, aided by an organically produced activator to stimulate biological activity.

The taste, nutritional and keeping qualities of biodynamic produce are outstanding.

The primary difference between biodynamic and organic farming is that organic farming permits substantial inputs of natural manures and is not committed to plants feeding solely from the humus. 

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