Biodynamics is a holistic, sustainable form of agriculture developed out of a series of lectures given in 1924 by Rudolf Steiner, the Austrian philosopher, scientist, and esotericist. It is comprehensive in scope, taking into account everything from the cycles of the moon and stars to the soil, plants, animals and people. Its ultimate goal is to make each garden or farm a healthy self-sustaining ecosystem. It was the first ecological farming system to develop in response to the rise of synthetic chemical and specialized agriculture after the turn of the 20th century and reflects Steiner’s belief that in the future, humanity’s work with the land must become sacred. It is now practiced by growing numbers of advocates worldwide both on commercial scale farms and home-scale gardens.