Sunday 30 October was the first in our series of workshops on Biodynamics. 7 enthusiastic people came along to learn about what Biodynamic practice really was and demystify the myths surrounding this fantastic way of caring for our environment. We all meet in the shearing shed at Glendhu Station, Sue had created an amazing environment for us to gather in. It is here that we begin, our journey.
We discovered what we could look forward to over the next 6 months, and what the out come of this would be. So for those of you who missed out, the course is about restoring soil fertility, feeding our soils much need micro-organisms, retaining natural water absorption, and best of all providing a nutrient dense food source, which is great for animals and humans alike – yum yum.
This will be achieved by using herbal preparations, combined with the natural energies from the sun, moon and solar system, stimulating processes in the soil and bringing about a natural balance.
We were also shown how to read a moon calendar, and explained the benefits of using the days of the week with astrology for the appropriate times to plant various types of plants e.g. root, leaf, flower and fruit, to get the best from your crop.
Sue also provide us with all the necessary handouts of information so we could go home with a plethora of knowledge to full our minds with.
It didn’t stop there, after a delicious morning tea – that Sue had prepared. She took us on a tour of Glendhu Station and showed us what a certified organic farm looked like and how it was run.
We visited one of the chicken tractors. These are portable chicken houses that are moved around the paddocks. They house about 200 very happy and social free range chickens, and at the same time naturally fertilisers the paddock. These paddocks have had no need for water, manual fertilising or resowing a several years. Awesome aye.
Sue also showed us around the very substantial grounds and gardens at Glendhu Station, this is her domain and where she applies all of her biodynamic practices. We were all impressed by her prolific worm farms and massive compost, not to mention her many garden areas.
I for one can’t wait to throw myself boots and all into the next session, and start applying some of these principles in my own garden, with the hope that I too will be able to grow the amazing produce that Sue does.
Thanks Sue that was a very inspiring 1st workshop.