A 900-acre Demeter certified 650A Biodynamic farm in central Columbia County, NY


About Hawthorne Valley Farm:

Food and Culture:

  • Culture and Horticulture by Wolf D. Storl – a great intro and more about Biodynamics
  • Wild Fermentation by Sandor Katz
  • Fast Food Nation by Eric Schlosser
  • The Omnivore’s Dilemma by Michael Pollan, or anything by Michael Pollan
  • Consumed: Why Americans Love, Hate and Fear Food by Michelle Stacey
  • Field Notes From a Catastrophe: Man, Nature and Climate Change by Elizabeth Kolbert
  • Salt: A World History by Mark Kurlansky
  • Why Grassfed is Best by Jo Robinson
  • Cabbage: Cures to Cuisine by Judith Hiatt
  • Nutrition and Health: Two Lectures to Workmen by Rudolf Steiner
  • One United Harvest: Creative Recipes from America’s Community Supported Farmscollected by Julie Sochaki

Vegetable Growing:

  • Any of the books by Elliot Coleman
  • Anything written by Vernon Grubringer – University of Vermont Vegetable Extension Agent
  • Knott’s Handbook for Vegetable Growers, a classic, standard reference tool for growing vegetables
  • The Northeast Cover Crop Handbook by Marianne Sarrantonio
  • Biodynamic Greenhouse Management by Heinz Grotzke
  • All About Weeds by Edwin Rollin Spencer
  • Seed to Seed by Suzanne Ashworth
  • Sharing the Harvest: A Guide to Community Supported Agriculture by Elizabeth Henderson


  • Animals Make Us Human by Temple Grandin, or anything by Temple Grandin
  • Secrets of the Soil by Christopher Tompkins and Peter Byrd
  • The Unsettling of America: Culture and Agriculture by Wendell Berry
  • Biodynamic Agriculture by Willy Schilthuis
  • Principles of Biodynamic Spray and Compost Preparations by Manfred Klett
  • Soil Fertility by E. Pfeiffer
  • Extraordinary Plant Qualities for Biodynamics by Jochen Bochemuhl and Kari Jarvinen
  • Awakening to Landscape by Jochen Bockemuhl
  • Agriculture by Rudolf Steiner
  • The Fatal Harvest Reader: The Tragedy of Industrial Agriculture edited by Andrew Kimbrell
  • Biodynamic Agriculture: Practical Applications of the Biodynamic Method by Koepf, Petterson, Schaumann
  • The Biodynamic Farm by Herbert H. Koepf
  • Weather and Cosmos by Dennis Klocek


  • The E-Myth by Michael Gerber
  • The Legal Guide For Direct Farm Marketing by Neil D. Hamilton at the Drake University Agricultural Law Center in Iowa
  • Sermons in Stone: The Stone Walls of New England by Susan Allport
  • Written in Stone: A Geological History of the Northeastern United States by Chet Raymo