My Food Garden

My Food Garden

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Organic food growing with biodynamic methods - Darwin 2 Day Workshop

What to Bring

  • Your lunch for Saturday and Sunday 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 - Darwin 2 Day Workshop

About This Event

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
  • Personalised attention as there is a maximum of 15 participants
  • An experience of sharing 2 days with like minded people in our beautiful gardens being nurtured and educated
  • Comprehensive written training materials
  • Organic coffee or tea on arrival
  • Healthy afternoon teas each day

Description

Workshop content:

This experiential two day workshop  gives you a balance of both practical and theory in a great setting on 20 acres at the farm of Angela and Steve Connelly, Lot 12 Elizabeth Valley Road, Noonamah, NT. It's only 30 minutes from the Darwin CBD  The property has very well established landscaped grounds, large vegetable growing areas and a big variety of fruit trees. Biodynamic methods have been used on the farm for 3 years. The place has a beautiful feel with plenty of shade in the teaching area. 

The workshop is suitable for food growers from small scale urban growers to hobby farmers keen to develop their food growing potential.and ramp 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 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 philisophical framework that drives all biodynamic processes so you can work with them from a place of knowing 

  • Immerse yourself in the nurturing space  

  • 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 8 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 last ran this workshop in Darwin in 2015. Peter's business also consults to individuals, schools, community organisations and large property developers on integrating sustainable urban agriculture into their environments. For more information on biodynamic gardening and farming visit Biodynamic Agriculture Australia.

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 - bring your own

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 : Lot 12 Elizabeth Valley Road, Noonamah, NT

Cost and registration

The workshop fee is $330 per person. Numbers are a maximum of 15 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, biodynamic preparations kit and training material.

Contact information

Peter Kearney on 0401156532 or peter@myfoodgarden.com.au and Shirley Preston, the workshop organiser in Darwin on 0411056564.

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good content in the information given. great hands on demonstrations and workshops. it was good to confirm that I have been on the right track with my gardening methods, and have picked some new information to try. great weekend and some new like minded friends

A brilliant 2 days in a beautiful location lead by an inspirational instructor! I feel that the missing pieces of the gardening puzzle were finally revealed to me....and they all had a bit of cow poo in them! A very hands on workshop where everything made sense and all questions were answered by Peter in a way that could be easily understood. I look forward to growing my own soil, cover crops and composting, and not throwing money away on buying in poor quality soil again. I would highly recommend this course to anyone interested in keeping plants alive and thriving naturally.

So much about biodynamic farming and gardening i feel i am on a new pathway with the earth.

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