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Posted on 15 August, 2019

Biodynamics Basics, Coodardie Station, Mataranka NT

Biodynamics Basics, Coodardie Station, Mataranka NT

Sat 25th and Sun 26th August 2018                 

A small but enthusiastic and passionate group gathered at Coodardie Station on the weekend 25-26th August for a hands-on introduction to Biodynamics. Participants' backgrounds varied from household gardeners, pastoral and land managers to medical professionals.  

Presenter, Adam Collins and his partner Gwen, from North Queensland were a wealth of knowledge and shared generously.

The group learnt about the importance and connection of a whole living farm, starting with the health and well-being of those nurturing it. Shared energies and intent can be realised and tapped in via assistance from BD preparations.

Hands on activities included the start of a cow-pat-pit and large compost pile. Biodynamics is more than just organic it is about total wellbeing and health.

Thank you to Roper River Landcare Group, Landcare NT and Territory NRM for their assistance in supporting this training.

Biodynamics Basics, Coodardie Station, Mataranka NT

Above: Gwen and Adam with hosts, Mike and Clair in their veggie garden.

Cow Pat Pit

Biodynamics Basics, Coodardie Station, Mataranka NT

Above: All hands in, stirring the shit.

Biodynamics Basics, Coodardie Station, Mataranka NT

Biodynamics Basics, Coodardie Station, Mataranka NT

Biodynamics Basics, Coodardie Station, Mataranka NT

Above: Moira, transferring to the pit. BD compost preparations are then added in a set process. The stirred manure will stay covered and moist in the pit for several months Prior to being used as potentized soil inoculants. By the time of completion, it will no longer resemble manure but a sweet dark plasticine type substance.

Biodynamics Basics, Coodardie Station, Mataranka NT

Above: Wetting and mixing compost on a large scale prior to windrowing.

Biodynamics Basics, Coodardie Station, Mataranka NT

Above: The small quantities of BD preparations placed inside mud balls ready to be inserted into the pile in a set pattern.

Biodynamics Basics, Coodardie Station, Mataranka NT

Above: The finished compost windrow covered with mulch. On completion the compost will be used as soil top dressing (couple of months).

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