Biodynamic France

Recently we went up to the pretty little town of St. Jean du Gard for an interesting exposition of French biodynamie – biodynamic agriculture, heritage plants, composting demonstrations, and rare farm animals.

At least, that’s one version of the story.  Here’s the other.  Recently we had a chance to take

the little steam train up into the Cevennes where we wandered around a bit, had a nice lunch, looked at some plants and animals, and hopped right back on the train.  Both versions are true, of course, it’s just a matter of perspective and which of the travelers is telling the story.

We started out, along with a few hundred other people, in the town of Anduze.  At least half of the group looked to be under the age of 12, and whoever said that French children are always quiet and polite has obviously never ridden a steam train with a whole gaggle of them, where they behaved exactly as you’d expect kids to behave

when going over high trestles and through long tunnels cut into the mountains.  I had to shut my eyes to the air pollution implications of this train.  It’s only a 40 minute ride, but I was ready for the peace and quiet and general lack of sootiness of the exposition by the time we arrived.

Some of my favorites were this especially noble rooster,

the giant pigeons,

the beautiful and oh so soft chocolate bunnies,

and this little guy who hadn’t yet had a chance to grow into his ears.

We also saw ingenious solar hot water heaters,

seed-saving demonstrations, and

dozens of farmers selling plants.  I wanted to bring them all home with me, especially this cute guy, but since there was no way to get it all on the train full of rambunctious kids I settled for a piment d’Espelette plant and some lovage.

The French are pretty serious about saving the Earth, vanquishing Monsanto and GMOs, eating local food, and preserving the landscape.  As in the rest of the developed world it’s an uphill battle, but I say bravo and bon courage!  It’s a beautiful country, well worth saving.

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2 Comments on “Biodynamic France”

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  2. Tamara Says:

    What a great posting. It comes at the right moment for me….Last night Joel Salatin (of Omnivore’s Dilemma / Polyface Farms fame, among other things) was in Bremerton inspiring a few hundred of us on those very same topics. Even us hicks out on the Peninsula are getting serious about the very same things as those French.

    P.S. Nice chickens!

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