Feb 27th Workshop
8am-245pm - confirmation email with farm address & considerations on booking
Paddock to plate BBQ and Morning Tea provided
8am arriaval, tea and coffee
830am Context about the systems, farm tour and introductions
- The 6 cycles of the moon and their meanings, critical to agriculture
- reading the biodynamic calendar to plan your agricultural work.
- 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 huge chalkboard)
- Designing the new line we are planting on the farm, with fruit trees, cover crops, veg seeds, mushroom spawn, cuttings and any donated plants by participants (totally randomly gathered species for in depth understanding of how to design and sketch utilising what you have) the combo of plants is called a consortium
- layout planting consortium across freshly cultivated line
- make and apply pre-planting BD brews
- Prepare the holes with various soil amendments and microbes
- 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
- no till mulching the bed
- setting up micro sprinkler irrigation
- 100% organic/biodynamic BBQ from all local producers, right from the sourdough bread, to wild bush chutneys
- Kombucha, Tea, Coffee, Coconut water/Juice
- 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
- practical segment as we each take a few meters of bed and manage the biomass while feeding the main crop and service trees
- Quick demonstration and run through of converting long, wild grass into thriving no-till vegetable beds/or whatever you desire them to be. Without much energy at all.
- Dynamics of no till soil management, how to no till, when to no till and when you need to till
- Chalkboard Q&A about your own propertys
- about your crops you would ant to produce and how to design them specifically to you needs
- Alternatives to species
- General Q&A about the days lesson
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)
- hat (we will have organic sunscreen)
- An idea of what you want to integrate into your own gardens, or what crops you are focused on producing.