A Farmer’s Love: Living Biodynamics and the Meaning of Community
A Farmer’s Love is the story of the author’s spiritual journey and how his relationship to the Earth evolved from an experience of basic utility to an experience of abiding love.
Farmers seldom bare their souls in books, but Walter Moora struggled and wrestled the words in this book from his heart. He offers more than specific descriptions of farming; he tells his life story as a biodynamic farmer and how he learned the lessons of creating healthy ecosystems on the farm through biodynamic preparations and by planting according to the stars.
The author learned early in his farming career that working with Nature is infinitely more satisfying and ultimately far more successful than working against Nature with chemicals. His experience of farming biodynamically on four continents taught him to listen to what the land itself asks for. A Farmer’s Love explains how nutrition in the food we eat comes directly from nutrition in the soil in which the plans grow. The book also explains ways the author learned to work with the soil to make it nutrient-rich without the use of synthetic chemicals. It chronicles Walter’s experience of learning both the physical and spiritual aspects of creating a whole, healthy farm ecosystem.
Through his life experiences, the author learned to trust his intuition, to take risks around his values, to find his soul’s destiny, and to deal with death and loss by trusting that the very best things can come directly from the very worst things.
A Farmer’s Love is for those who want to enrich their spiritual connection with the Earth and for budding farmers everywhere who are interested in caring for the Earth in a new way.
C O N T E N T S:
1. Letting Go
2. A Birth and Almost a Death
3. Cast Out of Nature
4. Th e Flight of a Bird…and Biodynamics
5. Falling in Love
6. Cresset Farm
7. Searching for Our Place
8. Washing Windows, Growing Vegetables, Baking Bread, and Back to Farming
9. My Hardest Years
10. Susan Introduces Me to My Kindred Spirits
11. A Vision Quest in Ecuador
12. Biodynamic Farming: My Life’s Work
13. Standing between Heaven and Earth
14. Spiritual Beings Stand behind Matter
15. Th e Farm as an Ecosystem
16. Th e Biodynamic Preparations
17. Th e Horn Manure and Horn Silica Preparations
Cited Works and Further Reading
About the Author
Walter Moora was born in the jungles of Borneo in 1949 of Dutch parents. By the end of high school, he knew he wanted to be a farmer and began his life path. Realizing that conventional farming fights nature instead of working with her, Walter left New Zealand in 1972 to learn how to work with nature through biodynamic methods. For thirty-five years, he has lived in the US and worked on Camphill community farms, as well as his own. In 1998, Walter’s wife was killed in an automobile accident. After years of deep grieving, he met a neighbor who had suffered similar grief and shared his spiritual outlook. Susan Davis had devoted her life to creating “KINS Innovation Networks” in social investing, organics, solar, micro-enterprise, corporate social responsibility and women’s empowerment. Through Susan’s Capital Missions Company, the couple began the successful Kindred Spirits Network (KINS), and invited social investors and philanthropists to visit our Nokomis Farm to learn how non-farmers can steward the Earth. In 2007, Walter sold his cattle and machinery, Susan spun off her latest KINS network, and they moved for almost a year to Vilcabamba, Ecuador. Walter currently writes, gives talks and workshops, and shares his life with Susan.