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Biodynamic Food Could End up on Your Kitchen Table

Originating in Europe in the 1920s, biodynamic farming takes organic farming to a new level.
(ST. JOSEPH, Mo.) If you are driving down Highway 169 toward Gower, you might have noticed a sign about picking your own blackberries.

The 400-foot long rows of berries that line the side of the road are part of Natures Choice Farm.
 
Natures Choice has been a certified organic farm since 1995, but for the past decade farm owner Fred Messner says he and his wife Helen have taken on a new type of farming.

"In 2001, we decided to advance to biodynamic farming," said Messner. "I ran into it in Australia and was very impressed with what I could see in terms of production."

Originating in Europe in the 1920s, biodynamic farming takes organic farming to a new level.

"The biodynamic movement emphasizes a the relationship between the plants and the soil and the plants and the farmer and the environment that we live in," said Messner.

Messner uses the moon as a guide for when to plant and harvest to get the most out of what goes into the soil.

"We're able to utilize the natural microflora in the soil by using biodynamic practices that enhance the production capability of what would normally be an ordinary soil," he said.

Customers, like Brandi Schoen of Platte City, are impressed with the fruit produced from the soil.

"It's so much fresher. The taste is just unbelievable. It's heads and tails above what you can buy in the grocery store," she said.

"The physiology of the plant is stronger," said Messner. "We find that the a actually the produce has a longer shelf life with the biodynamic growing."

Along with blackberries, Natures Choice also sells tomatoes, potatoes, and green beans.
  
They are open Monday through Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
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