This experiential two day workshop gives you a balance of both practical and theory in a great setting on a portion of land at an organic farm in Draper, QLD. It's only 35 minutes from the Brisbane CBD and 10 minutes to our local railway station.
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 maximum of 10 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
Peter Kearney is an experienced workshop presenter, educator and urban farmer who has worked with and studied biodynamics for 22 years and run biodynamic workshops for 9 years. Peter is the founder of My Food Garden, director of Biodynamic Agriculture Australia and presents at national and international conferences on biodynamics and urban agriculture. Peter's business also consults to individuals, schools, community organisations, governments 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 and program - 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 experiential 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 : 674 Eatons Crossing road, Draper, QLD
Cost and registration
The workshop fee is $330 per person. Numbers are a maximum of 10 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. If you attend with a friend the workshop fee is reduced to $300,
Installment payment is available with 50% on booking and the balance drawn from your account, within 6 weeks of the workshop date.
Peter Kearney on 0401156532 or email@example.com
- 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
- Comprehensive written training materials
- Healthy and delicious afternoon tea each day
- Personalised attention as there is a maximum of 10 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.
My Food Garden requires 48 hours notice via email prior to the start of a class or event for a full refund or transfer. Refunds and transfers will not be processed if cancellation occurs within 48 hours of the event commencing. We do not offer refunds for missed classes. There are no fees for refunds or transfers. For cancellations prior to the 48 hour cut off, email My Food Garden to organise a refund or transfer
Anyone partaking in any classes or coming to any events at My Food Garden or organised by My Food Garden must agree to these terms and conditions.
1.) LIABILITY WAIVER
I agree to take on full responsibility for any damages, injuries and for physical and/or personal property, which I might incur whilst participating in classes and/or events organised by My Food Garden.
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My Food Garden requires 48 hours notice in writing prior to the class for a full refund or transfer.
In the event that a class is cancelled, students will be notified via text message or email and entitled to a full refund or credit.