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Introductory Field Days 2022

The most effective way to learn about Biodynamics is by attending a field day. The following field days are directed towards commercial-scale farmers. Dates are still to be set for a series of field days more suitable for gardeners and small growers. 

Sunday 29/5/22, Mepunga, south-west Victoria 
The Smiths are sixth generation dairy farmers producing Demeter Certified raw milk, hay, cattle and pasture. 

Saturday 25/6/22, Koonwarra, South Gippsland, Victoria 
Neil and Anna Hawkins recently gained full Demeter Biodynamic certification for their small vineyard and winery and are starting the process from scratch on a new vineyard site nearby.  

Sunday 24/7, Inverleigh, Victoria
Darren Aitken produces certified Demeter Biodynamic vegetables and seeds on his market garden, Vortex Veggies. 

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Australian Demeter Biodynamic (ADBD) is committed to running safe and inclusive events to facilitate the education and training of farmers and practitioners in the Australian Demeter Biodynamic method. ADBD field days are run in accordance with all relevant government regulations. Attendees are encouraged to practise good hygiene, maintain physical distancing and are respectfully asked to stay home if unwell.

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Introductory Field Days

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Introductory field days are held across the country at different times of the year.
Topics covered include:

  • History and development of Biodynamic farming and growing
  • Plant feeding within nature
  • Soil cultivation to improve soil structure
  • Soil humus formation and microbial activity
  • Biodynamic plant expression
  • Using Biodynamic preparation 500
  • Prepared 500 (Podolinsky introduced: 500 plus 502-507)
  • Using Biodynamic preparation 501
  • Stirring and applying the Biodynamic preparations
  • Preparing soil to receive the Biodynamic preparations at the most beneficial time
  • Building a Biodynamic compost heap and using compost preparations 502-507
  • Sheet composting and green manures
  • Using the Biodynamic astrological sowing chart

Activities include:

  • Participatory demonstrations of stirring, spraying preparations, building a compost heap and green manuring
  • Where applicable, farm walks showing Bio-Dynamic results and discussing practical aspects of Bio-Dynamic farming
  • Quality Australian Demeter Bio-Dynamic preparations are displayed

Successful completion of an introductory field day facilitates membership of either the Biodynamic Growers Australia or the Biodynamic Agricultural Association of Australia, depending on your scale.  Information and application forms are available on the day.

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Australian Demeter Biodynamic (ADBD) is committed to running safe and inclusive events to facilitate the education and training of farmers and practitioners in the Australian Demeter Biodynamic method. ADBD field days are run in accordance with all relevant government regulations. Attendees are encouraged to practise good hygiene, maintain physical distancing and are respectfully asked to stay home if unwell.

Learning Resources

A series of books and DVDs covering the Australian Demeter Bio-Dynamic practices can be purchased at biodynamic.com.au
For books – click here.

Suggested books to start with are:

  • Alex Podolinsky Lectures, Volume 1
  • Living Agriculture

For DVDs – click here.

Download Resources

2011 Lecture
Written version of an address given to farmers at a field day on a Bio-Dynamic grazing / cropping property near Young, NSW, Australia.
Discusses (world-wide) problem of loss of water storage due to compaction of soils.
Shows how Bio-Dynamics can remedy this situation.

Bio-Dynamics Agriculture of the Future
Excellent introduction to the Bio-Dynamic method, provides a comprehensive, yet easily readable, explanation of the difference between organic and Bio-Dynamic farming and resulting product quality.

Living Agriculture
Topics include: reclamation of salt affected farming land under Bio-Dynamic management / humus vs organic matter and their qualitatively differing effects on soil and plant feeding / education and training of farmers.

Living Knowledge
Topics include: Classic Natural Science vs Hypothetical Science / correct stirring of 500 reflected in Kepler’s 3 Laws / life implanting action of Chaos / 3 types of viewing – imagination, intuition, inspiration.

IFOAM Conference Address 2005
Addresses the problem of Australian agriculture as world phosphate reserves diminish, providing a truly sustainable alternative to the modern approach of “input” farming – which is occurring even on organic farms.

 

Several videos are available to view here

Soil Conversion
5 Bio-Dynamic Farms
Compost Making
Cosmo Earthly Ecology
Vortex Vegies
Stirring Machine



           




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