Biodynamic Soil Cultivation & Agro-Food Forestry Design Course | Full Day
This is our complete agroforestry course, from designing, soil cultivation, to high density planting and managing the rows. Aimed at experienced growers, primary producers, orchardists, permaculture farmers, small crop producers and serious urban gardeners. But that doesn't mean you can't come down without experience. If you have been doing a lot of reading and researching and understand biomass, organic matter, high density and syntropic concepts then this can be a really good practical course for you to connect all the dots to start your own production systems.
Located Mooloo 4570 (Sunshine Coast Hinterland, Mary Valley)
8am-2pm - confirmation email with farm address & considerations on booking
Paddock to plate BBQ lunch
830am arriaval, orange juice/tea/coffee, Context about the farm & group introductions
- The cycles of the moon and their meanings, critical to agriculture
- reading the biodynamic calendar to plan your agricultural work. (Brian Keats biodynamic calendar, purchase one online if you wish to mark yours out for the month too)
- Designing and planning your own BD Successional Agroforestry system, Sketching systems, design parameters, basic layouts and intro to stratification and time cycles of the forest systems (group activity on chalkboard)
- Designing the new line we are planting on the farm, with fruit trees, cover crops, veg seeds, mushroom spawn, cuttings.
- layout planting design across freshly cultivated line
- make and apply pre-planting BD brews
- Prepare the holes"wombs" with various soil amendments & biologicals
- planting to maximise energy intake, adaption efficiency and high production
- planting nursery crops of veg, covercrops and cash crops to foster the newly planted species
- sowing well designed and placed covercrops for mulch and fertiliser production
- mulching and sowing techniques through mulch
- setting up micro sprinkler irrigation
- 100% organic/biodynamic BBQ from all local producers, right from the sourdough bread, to wild bush chutneys
- Walk and talk of indicators to look for cutting down your covercrops
- Decision making process to make the cuts and when to make the cut for different outcomes, understanding & weighing up the many options to best suit what work you need the cover to do
- practical segment as we each take a few meters of bed and manage the biomass while feeding the main crop and service trees, all techniques covered
- analysing our work, rethinking the situation, assessing gaps and filling them/ planting the next covercrops, veg or fruit crops into the residue
- group activity analysing & discussing ideas/ways to improve recent farm lines and discussing how they could have been improved or layers that could be added in
- General Q&A about the days lesson, wind down, relaxed discussion
These are basic guidelines that I will try to follow during the course, but each course is always tailored to the groups skill level, size of their own property and goals for their own farms. There is always deep long drawn explanations during each part of our topics, with direct reference to what is visiually happening by taking a look at what nature has to tell us, my aim is to show you these signals, this language and train you to take in the clues, hints and signs through primal pathways. I want to share what I know and what ive figured out from my years of dedicated, committed observation, and experiences working with different landscapes and forms, professionally.. but most of all, give voice to the plants, ecosystem, and rhythms unseen.
The day will be fully practical, with hand tools on site, this is the best way to learn, so come fully prepared to have fun.
Our production area is in full sun with a gentle slope so please wear some good shoes
What you need
- Closed shoes
- water bottle
- (gloves if you prefer)
- An idea of what you want to integrate into your own gardens, or what crops you are focused on producing.