Articles & Essays

Video: Alchemical Extraction using a Mary’s Bath

By Ben Klocek February 1, 2021

We’re using a device called a mary’s bath to extract resin from powdered myrrh to make a preparation called the three Kings. Learn how to use a Mary’s Bath to safely “loosen” compounds for making medicinal or biodynamic substances.

Read More

Video: Sustainable Garden Harvesting – Fennel Harvesting Tips

By Dennis Klocek January 15, 2021

Instead of one-and-done harvesting for the market, learn to harvest fennel so that your garden plants last all through the season. Plus, tips to winterize your organic veggies so they don’t rot when the rains come.

Read More

Video: Seedling to Table – Growing Cabbage, Making Kraut

By Dennis Klocek January 11, 2021

Learn the tricks and tips from Dennis Klocek, master gardener, for how to grow, harvest, and process cabbage into sauerkraut.

Read More

Video: Working with Solar Rhythms – Planting Cabbages out of Season

By Dennis Klocek January 11, 2021

What agricultural magic can we work when working with the solar rhythms? Follow Dennis into his garden to learn how using the number of hours in a day (solar length of day) when planning your garden activities can lead to increased quality and yield for veggies, fruits, and medicine. In this video he describes how…

Read More

Video: Sow seeds once, harvest all season – The process of “pricking out”

By Dennis Klocek October 28, 2020

By transplanting and separating seedlings based on their vigor, you can benefit from nature’s own strategy of staggering growth among seeds to give you a harvest all season long from one sowing.

Read More

Thoughts on the BioDynamic Preparations

By Dennis Klocek October 2, 2020

For even the most ardent supporters of Biodynamic agriculture understanding the BD preps is challenging. For instance, it is difficult for a business owner to explain to a client why cow manure put in a cow horn is a soil amendment. That is one side. On the other side,  practitioners themselves express difficulty seeing the…

Read More

Farm or Garden?

By Dennis Klocek October 2, 2020

Artisanal agriculture is based on small scale methods. The illusory power over nature that drives large scale agriculture can be seen in a five hundred horsepower John Deere tractor. To duplicate that power with five hundred actual horses would require setting up teams and harnesses for a double column a quarter of a mile long.…

Read More

Biodynamics, Art and Ritual

By Dennis Klocek September 17, 2020

Artists who have worked for a long time can confirm that overcoming the trials of the two tyrannies is difficult. The first trial is the tyranny of the white. This is the sinking feeling that the first stroke on a drawing or the first strike of a chisel has set in motion a destruction process.…

Read More

A Path Towards Earth Stewardship

By Dennis Klocek June 11, 2020

If there is a potential benefit from the current health issues globally it might be that having a garden in your backyard now seems like a good idea. It’s interesting to muse over this trend as an evolutionary sequence for human beings. To help do that, imagine a woman who is part of an aboriginal…

Read More

Experimental Process for Enhancing Drought Tolerance and Fungus Resistance in Plants

By Dennis Klocek August 1, 2010 Comments Off on Experimental Process for Enhancing Drought Tolerance and Fungus Resistance in Plants

In the life of a plant alcohols play an important role in the maturation and fruiting process. They also form the basis for the protective wax cuticle that keeps the plant free from insect and fungus attack. Plant wax in the form of the cuticle surrounding the surfaces of leaves and stems of plants also…

Read More