Biodynamics is a spiritual-ethical-ecological approach to agriculture, food production and nutrition. Biodynamics was first developed in the early 1920s based on the spiritual insights and practical suggestions of the Austrian writer, educator and social activist Dr. Rudolf Steiner (1861-1925), whose philosophy is called “anthroposophy.”Today, the biodynamic movement encompasses thousands of successful gardens, farms, vineyards and agricultural operations of all kinds and sizes on all continents, in a wide variety of ecological and economic settings.
Biodynamic farmers strive to create a diversified, balanced farm ecosystem that generates health and fertility as much as possible from within the farm itself. Preparations made from fermented manure, minerals and herbs are used to help restore and harmonize the vital life forces of the farm and to enhance the nutrition, quality and flavorof the food being raised. Biodynamic practitioners also recognize and strive to work in cooperation with the subtleinfluences of the wider cosmos on soil, plant and animal health.Most biodynamic initiatives seek to embody triple bottom line approaches (ecological, social and economic sustainability), taking inspiration from Steiner’s insights into social and economic life as well as agriculture. Community supported agriculture (CSA), for example, was pioneered by biodynamic farmers, and many biodynamic practitioners work in creative partnerships with other farms and with schools, medical and wellness facilities, restaurants, hotels, homes for social therapy and other organizations. Biodynamics is thus not just a holistic agricultural system but also a potent movement for new thinking and practices in all aspects of life connected to food and agriculture.
This exquisite tea hails from one of the last family-owned tea estates in Darjeeling, India. The Makaibari estate in the Darjeeling hills of Northeastern India is home to the finest high grown Darjeeling teas and leader of biodynamic, fair trade and organic permaculture. This high altitude tea is grown on steep picturesque slopes up to 4000 ft, surrounded by fresh air and pure mountain spring water. Our select high grown tea is hand picked, artisan processed, and provides a bright and brisk cup much lighter than other black teas because of its high altitude.This “champagne of teas” is a proprietary blend of 2nd autumnal flush teas, and steeps a pink, light amber color, with a fresh floral and apple-like character and a slightly astringent finish. It serves better when steeped at a cooler temperature of 180F. It is rare to experience a pure 100% Darjeeling outside of India. This is your passport to experience this rare and golden opportunity of a truly prized luxury.