[Market-farming] Alan Chadwick book from Logosophia: Performance In the Garden

Tom tomsgardens at yahoo.com
Sat Feb 16 18:57:17 EST 2013

Well put, Richard.
Tom at Tom's Gardens
Cut Flowers & Veggies
Northern Lower Michigan

----- Original Message -----
From: Richard Robinson <rrobinson at nasw.org>
To: Market Farming <market-farming at lists.ibiblio.org>
Sent: Friday, February 15, 2013 3:39 PM
Subject: Re: [Market-farming] Alan Chadwick book from Logosophia: Performance In the Garden

On 2/15/2013 at 3:10:25 PM, Allan Balliett wrote:

> Nobody, my self included, should be
> rude to strangers, let along those who appear to want to learn, but the need
> to apply the scientific method to a horticulture system that was designed to
> remediate problems that Science has brought into the land and food can make
> someone who actually practices biodynamics quite angry.

The scientific method has a pretty good track record of taking specialized knowledge out of the hands of a priesthood and putting it into the hands of anyone who wants to use its methods. It is also the only system of obtaining knowledge that includes an instructional manual for systematically uncovering and correcting error in its results, even (especially) error by those with most status. To say that science has brought problems into the land and food confuses science with greed and ignorance. Scientists are not immune from the latter two, but neither are the two restricted to scientists, and knowing quite a few of them as I do, as a group they tend to be generally less greedy and ignorant than many other groups.

> Let "proof"
> go and just DO IT! 

Interactions between plants and microbes in the soil (and out of it) are so complex that it is tempting to abandon attempts to understand them in any scientific way--that is, to understand them in a way that depends on observation, hypothesis, and experiment, with constant refinement of one's model. But the alternative is to never add to the pool of knowledge in a way that reliably advances agriculture. To place biodynamics outside the realm of science is to do it, and farmers, no favors.

  Richard Robinson
  Hopestill Farm
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