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Intro to Biodynamic Food Growing Methods (2 days)



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This experiential two day workshop  gives you a balance of both  practical and theory and is suitable for food growers from small scale to hobby farmers who are interested in ramping  up their organic food production, whilst developing an appreciation of  the deeper spirit of nature. It's ideal that you have some experience of  organic food growing, but we have catered for beginners. If you have  already studied permaculture, you will find the workshop extends your  existing knowledge, adding a new and interesting perspective to maximising the effectiveness of your food growing activities. 

The  workshop content is contexualised to the food growing spaces at the  venue and the presenter also works closely with each participant to  ensure there is an action plan to bring all content into the context of  their own food growing spaces. Workshop participant numbers are a  maximum of 15 people.

During the 2 days, Saturday and Sunday, you will:

  • Work with our vegetable growing and orchard areas gaining practical experience of how to work with organic and biodynamic methods
  • Understand the philosophical framework that drives all biodynamic processes so you can work with them from a place of knowing 
  • Immerse yourself in our nurturing space and be well fed with biodynamically grown food, so you appreciate the end point, healthy enlivened food 
  • Appreciate how biodynamic methods will fit into the rhythm of your organic food growing system to produce the highest quality organic food

Trainer Bio:

Peter Kearney is an experienced workshop presenter, educator and urban  farmer who has worked with and studied biodynamics for 23 years and run biodynamic workshops for 8 years. Peter is the founder of My Food Garden and a director of Biodynamic Agriculture Australia. Peter has presented at the 2018 and 2019 international biodynamic agriculture conference in Switzerland on working with biodynamics in urban  agriculture. Peter's business consults to individuals, schools, community organisations, governments and large property developers on integrating  sustainable urban agriculture into their environments.  

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What you will learn
  • Understand why biodynamic methods are an essential part of sustainable organic food growing
  • Understand how to develop a deeper consciousness of the living processes driving vitality of soil, plants and animals
  • Understand how to enhance your organic food growing of any scale with biodynamic methods
What you will get
  • Biodynamic preparations kit to get you started, online support and connection into a network of biodynamic gardeners
  • Comprehensive written training materials

What to bring
  • Notepad and pen
  • Your lunch
  • Weather and garden appropriate clothing
What to wear

Casual, clothes that you don't mind getting dirty

Appropriate for

Adults of all ages that are capable of doing activities in the garden



Vendor since 2013

CERES - Centre for Education and Research in Environmental Strategies, is an award winning, not-for-profit, sustainability centre located on 4.5 hectares on the Merri Creek in East Brunswick, Melbourne.

It is also a thriving community, an urban farm, Australia’s largest deliverer of environmental education, an event and conference venue and a place rich with social and cultural diversity. CERES is recognised as an international leader in community and environmental practice.

Built on a decommissioned rubbish tip that was once a bluestone quarry, today CERES is a vibrant eco-oasis. 350,000 people visit CERES each year. Many more engage with us through our Sustainable Schools program which takes sustainable education into schools across the state.

CERES’ green technology displays, buildings, education and training programs and social enterprises (CERES’ Organic Market, Café, Permaculture Nursery and Fair Food organics delivery) demonstrate food security, sustainable agriculture, energy efficiencies, renewables and water conservation in action.

CERES is a model for a future with sustainability, innovation and connectedness at its heart.

Come, be welcome, you never know what you will find on our rambling paths.

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22 May 2019 • Intro to Biodynamic Food Growing Methods (2 days)

Peter is an incredible source of information and my disappointment in the course is that it's over! Great if you want to delve into Bio dynamics - it really is so much more than simply growing food, it's about the interrelationship between nature and life and I would highly recommend to anyone. 5 /5 stars!! - Chelsea