This experiential two day workshop gives you a balance of both practical and theory in a great setting on 5 acres at 7 Hogan Court, Camp Mountain, QLD. It's only 30 minutes from the Brisbane CBD and 5 minutes to our local railway station. Low cost local homestay is available. The property has very well established gardens and has been worked with biodynamic practices. The place has a beautiful feel, the bird sounds are ever present.
The workshop 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 maxium of 12 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 philisophical 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
Peter Kearney is an experienced workshop presenter, educator and urban farmer who has worked with and studied biodynamics for 20 years and run biodynamic workshops for 7 years. Peter is the founder of My Food Garden, a member of Biodynamic Agriculture Australia and in 2011 and 2014 presented at their National Conference. Peter's business also consults to individuals, schools, community organisations and large property developers on integrating sustainable urban agriculture into their environments.
“This course has really broadened and deepened my knowledge in growing food in a sustainable way. Biodynamics was the piece of the puzzle I was missing in my garden. I can not wait to apply all that was taught in the course as I am certain it will make my garden grow abundantly. The course material is incredibly fascinating and it will make you want to learn even more and dig even deeper. The hands on part of the course is great fun as you will not only hear how to make the biodynamic preparations, but you will get the opportunity to do so! It is a great learning experience and highly recommended as I know it will greatly improve your gardening experience!”Anna Marie Davies, Kellyville, Sydney
Course format - over 2 days - Saturday - Sunday
Day 1 – 9.15 - Welcome with tea and coffee
9:30-11:00 - Introduction to the concepts of biodynamic gardening - theory
11:00 – 12:30 - Biodynamic compost making – practice & theory
12:30 – 1:15 - Lunch - bring your own
1:15 – 2:15 - Soil management practices using biodynamics - theory
2:15 – 3:00 - Making and applying biodynamic cow pat pit soil enhancer – practice & theory
3:00-3:30 - Afternoon tea - provided
3:30 – 4:30 - Usage, stirring and applying bidynamic horn manure – practice & theory
4:30 - Finish for the first day
Day 2 – 9:15 - Arrival with tea and coffee provided
9:30-11:00 - Working with planetary rhythms in growing food & planting techniques - theory and experiental movement exercise
11:00: 12:30 - Making and applying Biodynamic tree paste including fruit tree management practices using biodynamics – practice & theory
12:30 - 1:15 - Lunch - provided
1:15 – 3:00 - Understanding and applying key biodynamic preparations, crop rotation, companion planting and planting techniques – theory & practice
3:00-3:30 - Afternoon tea - provided
3:30 – 4:30 - Questions and game plans for your own food garden space and applying what you have learnt
Times and location
Saturday - 9.15 am – 4.30pm
Sunday - 9.15am - 4-30pm
Where : 7 Hogan Court, Camp Mountain
Cost and registration
The workshop fee is $330 per person. Numbers are a maximum of 12 people per workshop, so .payment in advance is required. Use the booking link above to pay by credit or debit card. The price includes 2 day workshop, afternoon teas each day, welcome coffee and tea each morning, lunch on Sunday, biodynamic preparations kit and training material.
Peter Kearney on 0401156532 or firstname.lastname@example.org
- 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
- Biodynamic preparations kit to get you started, online support and connection into a network of biodynamic gardeners
- An experience of sharing 2 days with like minded people in our beautiful gardens being nurtured and educated
- Delicious and healthy lunch on the Sunday made predominantly from biodynamically grown ingredients
- Comprehensive written training materials
- Organic coffee or tea on arrival and a healthy, delicious afternoon tea each day
- Personalised attention as there is a maximum of 12 participants
- Your lunch for Saturday (Sunday lunch provided) and water bottle
- Writing pad or tablet computer
- Hat and gardening clothes
Casual gardening gear
Adults of all ages that are capable of doing activities in the garden
Vendor since 2013
My Food Garden provides knowledge and services to support the transformation of our food system to being more local and organic. Our business empowers people living in and around cities to be more productive at growing their own food.
We are located in Brisbane, Australia and deliver our services locally and nationally. Our services in urban farming and organic gardening combine a mixture of hands-on education, mentoring and garden building, in addition to working on larger scale urban agriculture projects. Supporting the emergence of financially sustainable urban farming is one of our core goals.
The business commenced in 2006 and our first web site release in 2008 was under the name of Cityfood Growers and we are now branded as My Food Garden. The company was founded by Peter Kearney, an experienced organic and biodynamic gardener, educator, urban farmer and strategist.
The business has a small team with passion and knowledge in organic food growing and an expanding set of relationships with the movers and shakers of urban agriculture around the world.