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Our Biodynamic® Gardens

Biodynamics®: Not a trend, a way of life

Organics aren’t some newfangled trend we’re jumping on. More like a trend we helped to establish. We set up one of the very first Biodynamic® gardens all the way back in the 1920s to provide us with the natural, effective raw materials we needed to make our products the way we knew they should be made.

In these gardens, flowers thrived in the rich, balanced soil, bees buzzed from blossom to blossom, weeds were attended to with natural solutions and gardeners gently trod on the earth, nurturing every living creature. The result: the purest plants, flowers and fruits grown on earth.

Remarkably, little has changed in Weleda’s gardens since more than 80 years ago. Although, indeed, we’ve grown a bit since then.

Today we have 50 acres of these Biodynamic® gardens in Germany—the Weleda Biodynamic® Medicinal Plant Gardens are the largest of their kind in Europe—with more in Switzerland, France, the UK, the Netherlands, Argentina, Brazil and New Zealand, collectively growing more than 300 healing plants and flowers. That’s a whole lot of Biodynamic® goodness.

We believe that beauty comes from within—and without. There is power in the soil that we till, the organic, Biodynamic® and wild plants that we harvest and the essential oils that we extract. So you can be assured we take excellent care of all of them.

In fact, our gardens are like our babies; that’s why you’ll never find chemicals, pesticides or other scary things anywhere near our crops.

Pure farming practices make for pure, effective Weleda products. Just the way they’ve always been.

A brief history of Biodynamic® farming

In the early 20th century, farmers noticed a decline in the health of their crops and livestock. They turned to renowned philosopher, natural scientist and Weleda founder, Dr. Rudolf Steiner, for help. He, in turn, created the principles that now define Biodynamic® agriculture and the entire Weleda philosophy.

Dr. Steiner described each farm as a complete, self-sustaining organism. The soil was “alive,” and if kept in balance, it had the ability to give life to healthy plants. Composting, fertilization and pest control were to be achieved using natural farm resources, and chemicals or growth hormones were strictly forbidden. Farmers were urged to study the natural rhythms of the sun, moon and planets to provide guidance on planting, crop rotation and harvesting.

In other words, take good care of your farm, and it will take good care of you too.

Biodynamic® farming turned out to be a great success, yielding crops of incredible purity and potency and helping to spawn the organic movement that’s so popular today.

We see it as the way farming was meant to be. Which is why we continue to employ its methods as we cultivate beauty around the world.