Organic food growing with biodynamic methods - Brisbane 2 Day Workshop

What to Bring

  • Your lunch for Saturday (Sunday lunch provided) and water bottle
  • Writing pad or tablet computer
  • Hat and gardening clothes

What to Wear

  • Casual gardening gear

Appropriate For

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

Organic food growing with biodynamic methods - Brisbane 2 Day Workshop

About This Class

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 Get

  • 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 15 participants

Description

Workshop content:

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

Presenter

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.

Participant comments

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 

Content

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.

Contact information

Peter Kearney on 0401156532 or peter@myfoodgarden.com.au 

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I got a much deeper understanding of Biodynamics that I can apply to my garden... Great course delivery. Many extras: BD Prep, lunch, afternoon teas, good company, etc...

workshop was very informative. i learnt basic soil health elements. also learnt simple composting methods. they also helped me with resources. introduced and gave me contacts with like minded people.

This was a very exciting two days. I get to learn what is biodynamic gardening really means, what is the difference between organic gardening, permaculture and all the other fancy words. I really enjoyed the hands on experience and it broke the ice between all the participants. A lot of new knowledge and addition to something I already knew. It was perfect for people of different levels of experience. Snacks and non ending tea supply really kept us going through the rainy Saturday. I also had an opportunity of renting the room in Peter's house and meet all of his lovely family. It was a great experience, very interesting people and great weekend and so much knowledge I can now use!

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