“A philosophy of life … a unique ecosystem”
Biodynamic agriculture entails a philosophy of life. It is a higher step in organic farming. For instance, it takes into account the cycles of the moon in the harvest or the way to obtain the compost. By using these methods and procedures we focus to get a more rigorous organic farming. In this agriculture we seek to integrate plants with people and animals. Biodynamics could also be called an “organic Plus” agriculture.
Features of biodynamic farming
The aim of biodynamic farming is to restore maintain and enhance the harmony within the ecology that surrounds us.
This is a model able to answer the great challenges that the agricultural sector is already facing: scarcer rainfall, more degraded soils due to abuse and neglect and a demand for higher quality food as well as long-term sustainability.understanding soils and ecosystem interactions, producing food in a healthier way and with higher quality.
Crop diversification is one of the key features of this type of farming. It requires to grow diverse or different crops rather than concentrating on just one crop which could lead to depletion of soil nutrients.
The prevention measures, land care and soil fertility and protection, the way to control pests, harvest time… are determining factors for the organoleptic features, composition and quality of food.
When we incorporate a robust diversity of plants and animals and create habitat for natural predators (beneficial auxiliary fauna and insect pollinators), pests and diseases have few places to thrive.
It is cost-effective: by reducing fertility inputs/ helping to produce premium quality products (healthy & delicious food)/ developing consistent production and high net returns)
We also use livestock manures to sustain plant growth (recycling of nutrients), maintenance and improvement of soil quality, and the health and well being of crops and animals. We also foster the biodiversity of both flora and fauna , and enhance the biological cycles and the biological activity of the soil.
Biodynamics provides tools to make organics easier by: organising the nutrient cycles / activating the soil food web, which creates humus /creating resilience in plants and animals against stress and extreme weather events /balancing the atmosphere around plants /optimising growth cycles using lunar and cosmic rhythms
Biodynamic agriculture entails a philosophy of life. It is a higher step in organic farming, for instance, it takes into account the cycles of the moon in the harvest or the way to obtain the compost.
“We produce organic by supporting biodiversity and integrate all the elements that exist in nature within the farm, we cultivate awareness” With this quote framed in a mosaic of Cortijo el Puerto Farm’s Ecosystem we invite you to know about the real meaning of biodynamic agriculture for us.
Just briefly … The Demeter guidelines are more comprehensive than those of organic farms.
This is a model able to answer the great challenges that the agricultural sector is already facing: scarcer rainfall, more degraded soils due to abuse and neglect and a demand for higher quality food as well as long-term sustainability.
Organic, Biodynamic, Quality and Innovation certified, Cortijo e Puerto works on understanding soils and ecosystem interactions, producing food in a healthier way and with higher quality. Ecology and Innovation build sinergies obeying principles of sustainability and regeneration of nature as well as a background of innovation and cutting-edge technology in production. Innovation is here an ally. The ecology and innovation binomial, basic feature of Cortijo el Puerto provide an analytical, systematic, research and technology touch to biodynamic techniques and procedures, leading to a logical and measurable development.
100 years old but operational and up-to-date
Biodynamic agriculture emerged in the 1920s and is based on the ideas of the Austrian philosopher Rudolf Steiner. He was concerned about the growing industrial agriculture and the increasing use of nitrogen fertilisers. It’s been a century, but doesn’t it seem absolutely up to date to you?
They are designed to promote plant growth and quality as well as animal health. Plant, mineral and animal substances are combined and returned to nature in a modified form in small quantities and in a certain rhythm. A distinction can be made between two different preparations:
1. Compost preparations: Consist of medicinal plants such as sheep, chamomile, nettle or valerian and are added to natural fertilizers such as manure, plant compost and liquid manure. It strengthens the quality of the compost by stabilizing nitrogen and other nutrients, multiplying microbial diversity, and bringing more sensitivity to the composting process
2. Spray preparations: These are rhythmically stirred in the water and then sprayed onto the fields
helthier and more vital
Harmonious and healthy cycles, such as the material cycle of fertiliser and feed, are important to us. The manure of the animals is spread on their own land and nourishes the soil. It produces grass rich in herbs, which in turn nourishes the animals, fresh or as hay. Due to the closed cycle, the animals (black and white merino sheep, donkeys, chickens, turkeys, geese, etc.) are healthier and more vital.
Olives and almonds: Organic and healthy food
100% organic, we currently produce and sell organic & biodynamic olive oil and almonds, both naturally certified organic and biodynamic. 11 olive varieties and 5 almond varieties.
In Cortijo el Puerto, we like the nature of the farm to be present in our EVOOs, because they are the result of it. Therefore, each variety is represented by an animal from the Cortijo. It reflects the rich biodiversity of flora and fauna that characterises and defines Cortijo el Puerto and the intimate union of a rich ecosystem that produces this exquisite oil.
Demeter Biodynamic Certification
Demeter International is the largest certification organization for biodynamic agriculture, and is one of three predominant organic certifiers. It is is used in over 50 countries to verify that biodynamic products meet international standards in production and processing, including the EU organic seal, but go beyond the EU organic regulation.
Local Production and social Awareness
Nature is an important part of agriculture and our products have a very strong regional connection. Agriculture does not develop independently of society. Your social responsibility is taken up by biodynamic farms: We create training opportunities and jobs, try out new social and legal forms suitable for agriculture, integrate socio-therapeutic tasks, bring town and country closer together. Our “green team” are permanent local workers. We work with farmers in the region in ecological training and our organic EVOO are marked in Braille to make it easier for people with limited vision to access information.
Green Growth and Circular Economy
Managing the life cycle of natural resources, from the very begeinning and through the design and manufacture of products, enables us to adapt to the scarcity of resources at an early stage and to decouple business success from resource and energy consumption. For us, the focus on circular processes and the development of new business models hold huge economic and ecological potential. Moving towards a more circular economy reduces pressure on the environment, improves the security of the supply of raw materials and increases competitiveness, stimulating innovation and boosting economic growth.