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Dynamize Your Garden with these Biodynamic Practices

One afternoon last summer, an official from the Department of Agriculture unexpectedly stopped by Angela Macke’s farm in Leelanau County, Michigan, to give her — believe it or not — an award for attracting monarch butterflies.A few weeks later, after she sprayed several acres of crops with a solution of pulverized rose quartz, one of her farmer neighbors called to ask why there were hundreds and hundreds of birds of all species, butterflies, and bees “swarming” over and around her land.More validation for her unorthodox farming practices arrived in the bushel of dirt her now nine- and eleven-year-old sons dug up from a plot of stinging nettles: dozens of earthworms — a fivefold increase in a matter of four years.Macke owns Light of Day Organics, the only Demeter-certified biodynamic farm in Michigan, not far from the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore on the state’s west coast. When asked why she gave up a successful career as a heart surgery nurse to farm, the advanced master gardener bats away the question with an “Are you serious?” eye roll. “Each morning, I awaken excited to do this work ... con …

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