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Michael Straub on biodynamic gardening

The manager of medicinal plant gardens for Weleda shares the fundamentals of this natural gardening method

Q: How long have you been working for Weleda and what is your role?

A: I’ve been working as head of garden and as consultant for our raw material suppliers for 15 years. For the last five years, I’ve also resumed the role as representative for endangered species.

Thanks to new technology, the garden area could grow, as well as the variety of tasks. Research programs have become a part of the general garden project, as well as the development of our own crop and flower stock, and the selection of useful varieties. In order to move forward with the multiplication and breeding of medicinal plants and to secure biodynamic resources long-term, we have founded the non-profit organization “Hortus Officinarum” in collaboration with other medicinal plant nurseries. In addition, I’ve written a book on medicinal plants, which is called The 11 magical healing plants (Gräfe und Unzer)

Q: Does your role as manager of medicinal plant gardens allow you to dig in the dirt and garden?

In an ideal world, a gardener is to stay in contact with living soil and the plants; however, the organization and planning bound to running a garden also requires a lot of time in front of the computer—so realistically, the two complement each other.

Weleda products are available on the Weleda Canada website,, Whole Foods Market and at natural independent health food stores.


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