Performance in the Garden:
A Collection of Talks on Biodynamic French Intensive Horticulture
by Alan Chadwick
edited by Stephen Crimi
foreword by John Jeavons
"His talks seem to explode out of the unconscious with an alarmingly
precise focus, precipitating one toward completely new perceptions of
the meaning of gardening as a spiritual activity."
E.M. Schumacher (Small is Beautiful) called Englishman Alan Chadwick
"the greatest horticulturist of the 20th century." Chadwick was a
student of Rudolf Steiner, an early advocate of organics, and founder of
French Intensive Biodynamic System. He railed against the tragic
policies of corporate agribusiness, while cultivating gardens of sublime
beauty and production in the 60's and 70's throughout the United States.
Nearly everyone practicing biodynamics today has been kissed by the
Chadwick transmission. Up until now his unique artistic approach and
deep perception of nature were unavailable in writing. Performance in
the Garden harvests sixteen incredible, inspired and practical talks
that will help us, as herbalist and friend Paul Lee aptly put it,
"replant the vital root of existence."
Alan Chadwick comes across as a wonderfully eccentric and inspired
character, an extraordinary combination of the visionary, the rhapsodic
and the practical. One feels he is as highly attuned to the inner world
as he is attentive to the outer. In fact, his talks seem to explode out
of the unconscious with an alarmingly precise focus, precipitating one
toward completely new perceptions of the meaning of gardening as a
Jeremy Naydler, author of Goethe on Science, Temple of the Cosmos, and
Soul Gardening; founder of the Jupiter Trust
Alan Chadwick's goal, an exciting one, was to 'grow' world peace through
all of us working individually, and together, with the life forces of
the garden, its soil and plants to become a participants in life's
wonderful, rhythmic, and quietly-alive Cosmic dance. Performance in the
Garden is a rare opportunity to receive insight into the experiences
Alan shared during his life!
John Jeavons, Executive Director of Biointensive Sustainable
Mini-Farming; author of How to Grow More Vegetables
For anyone wanting to DO something in this world, these lectures and
parables from Alan are a tremendous gift which can open the door to
awareness and encounter of the deep healing joy in, and love for
creation that alone can be the inspiration and motivation for reentering
and recreating the Garden.
Stephen Decater, Live Power Community Farm, Covelo, CA
THE GARDEN’S EMMISARY
Alan Chadwick’s performances over the years would no doubt be considered
Oscar caliber if they occurred in the theatre. But inhabiting a more
cosmic system his lectures and classes regarding Biodynamic French
Intensive Horticulture took him from the gardens he created at the
university in Santa Cruz, to the Covelo Village Garden Project in Round
Valley, California and finally to the spiritual community in New Market,
Virginia. Known for his eloquence and unique terminology his award was
to pass on to his students the in depth knowledge of his life’s work.
As editor Crimi so aptly puts it, “Let what is behind the words come,
from Alan’s Sun if you will. Open yourself and the garden reveals its
secrets.” We owe our thanks to Crimi for compiling, editing and
archiving the wonderment of Chadwick. Chapters that expound on cosmic
forces, fertilization, propagation and roses are but a few that we are
Take your time and enjoy the journey for in reading this book you’re
entering the rare air of one of the gardens’ most amazing emissaries.
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