– Hugh Lovel and Shabari Bird Lovel
Pure Vision is a South Australian owned boutique winery dedicated to providing premium quality organic wines. Sourcing only the finest organic grapes from South Australia, we have met our vision to produce wine which captures the essence of each grape in its natural glory. Our certified organic grapes grow free from synthetic chemicals or fertilizers – a process which releases the natural colors and flavour resulting in wine which tastes pure, clean and divine.
Avondale Estate Vineyards
At Avondale, we make extraordinary wines approved by Mother Nature
Our ethos, Terra Est Vita meaning ‘Soil is Life’ encapsulates our view of Avondale Estate as a dynamic living system where soil, water and energy; plants, animals and people; even our buildings, are part of a complex web of relationships and networks, interconnected and interdependent.
Premium Quality Wines – Our commitment to promoting life does not only lead to Mother Nature’s approval of our healthy, balanced vineyard ecosystem; it also ensures the premium quality of Avondale’s unique, naturally-made, slow wines. The vigour of our well-tended vines leads to excellent grapes bursting with fresh flavours that are evident in our individually-styled, classic wines, so full of life and character.
Certified Organic – Avondale is certified organic and we practice bio-dynamic agriculture; but we go beyond both these beneficial systems of natural farming by also using the best 21st Century science, technology and knowledge to enhance sustainability.
Enjoying Our Wines – When we dispatch Avondale wines for worldwide distribution in select markets, we hold the intention that they will play a role in enhancing healthy balance and affirming joy in the lives of those that take pleasure in them. We are mindful that whenever an Avondale wine is part of a family dinner or a celebration; an exciting gathering or a solitary interlude we are all connected in those moments by a shared love of life.
Tuning into the Energy of Place with a Field Broadcaster
From Johnathan Grieve”s Blog
At Avondale, we make use of biodynamic practices because they enable us to engage in the energy of our farm – which is a vital component if you want to farm in a truly holistic way. Two years ago, we installed a field broadcaster on the farm. This is an instrument invented in the 1990’s by Hugh Lovel, an American agricultural expert who has long been an advocate of Rudolph Steiner’s biodynamic philosophy.
The field broadcaster is essentially a pipe with glass wells, flat copper disk transmitters and induction coils at each end. One field broadcaster can cover an area of 1000 hectares. I dowsed to find an optimal power spot, which is a convergence of energy lei lines that creates a vortex of positive and negative energies. One end of the field broadcaster was then buried in the ground at the power spot, and the other rises up into the atmosphere; thus the instrument is ‘plugged’ into the energy grid of the farm. Biodynamic preparations and other fractal patterns can then be inserted into the wells, and their frequencies are then broadcast directly into soil and air across the farm. Field Broadcasters are really about transmitting the energy patterns of the preparations and other remedies you might want to broadcast. It’s about getting patterned energy’s working with us. The field broadcaster enables us to work easily and constantly with the cosmic influences, and so contribute to the flourishing of life at Avondale at the subtle energy level.
Macari Vineyards, located on the North Fork of Eastern Long Island in Mattituck, is owned and operated by the Macari Family. The business is led by owners Joseph Macari Sr. and his wife, Katherine, and Joseph Macari Jr., who is at the helm of the winery with his wife, Alexandra. Though Macari Vineyards was established in 1995, the Macari Family has owned the 500 acre waterfront estate for nearly 50 years. In this time, they have been careful environmental stewards of the land. What were once potato fields and farmland has become a vineyard of 180 acres of vines with additional fields of compost, farmland, and a home to cows, goats, Sicilian donkeys and ducks.
Macari is on the cutting edge of viticulture and is dedicated to a more natural approach to winemaking. Joseph Macari, Jr. is recognized as a pioneer in the movement towards organic and sustainable farming on Long Island, employing principles of biodynamic farming since the vineyard’s first plantings. Extensive soil preparation, rich composts, careful cover cropping and a consideration to wildlife and terrain makes Macari’s 180 planted acres stand out from the rest. Taking into account the health of the environment as a whole, and moving away from the harmful effects of pesticides to a more natural and meticulous caretaking of the soil and plants, ultimately yields premium wines.
Eden Hope Dairy
Eden Hope is a certified Biodynamic and organic dairy farm located 12 kilometers outside Gympie in the South-East corner of Queensland, Australia. The farm is approximately 64.4 hectares (159 acres) in size and currently stocks around 150 head of cattle. The main cattle breed is Jersey, with several cross-breeds in the herd.
The milk produced by the cows is extremely rich and of a very high quality. The farm-label milk is processed at the local Cooloola Milk factory and is available throughout Gympie and the Sunshine Coast. One key feature of our product is that we can guarantee that the milk you buy under the Eden Hope label is from the Eden Hope farm. This feature allows you, the consumer, to truly experience the seasonal changes that we experience here on the farm.
Traders Point Creamery
Traders Point Creamery is a family owned artisan dairy farm located in Zionsville, Indiana. We started making dairy products, selling direct to customers, and delivering in the central Indiana region in the summer of 2003. Our herd of Brown Swiss spend all of their time on pastures and we milk 60 to 90 cows each day throughout the year. Our farm is Certified Organic by the USDA. Additionally, we purchase milk from similar sized local farms who share in our organic, 100% Grass-fed beliefs. As certified organic milk producers you can be assured that we never use synthetic fertilizers, pesticides, or herbicides on our land and our cows never receive antibiotics or synthetic hormones. We produce pure, fresh, cream line whole milk, chocolate milk, plain, and fruit yogurts. Our cheese offerings include 3 flavors of Fromage Blanc, cottage cheese, and our raw milk natural rind aged cheese “Fleur de la Terre.” We believe in “nourishing the land that nourishes us all.” This means preserving the family farm and continuing our grandparents’ legacy of sensible, sustainable, low-input agriculture.
Meet the Knapp Family
By Carrie Branovan
The secret ingredients in Maureen and Paul Knapp’s special family farm recipe are a generous cup of gratitude and a hearty handful of positive thinking. All they have done to create this haven, abundant with delicious organic food, beautiful flowers, thriving plant life, contented animals, and happy people; they have come to instinctively, trusting the progress to unfold naturally. “When you are open to learning new things, and ask for what you need to know, it appears. Usually for me, it’s by the next day,” Maureen says.
Spending a day with the Knapps on their organic family farm near Syracuse New York reminded me of the recent film “What the Bleep Do We Know.?” The film’s message is that that our thoughts influence reality…that the choices we make collapse the wave of infinite possibilities into particles of experience.
Arriving on a glorious summer day, I am invited into the farmhouse and ushered through a large airy kitchen, filled with goodness from the Knapp’s fields and animals: eggs in baskets, strawberries in ceramic bowls, dried herbs, fresh flowers, veggies, cheese, and the sweet aroma of home baked cookies. This house was built by Paul’s great grandfather in 1896, and while we tour the ground floor, Paul reminds me that the house didn’t have electric or running water in those days. What a transformation! While they have preserved the charming character of their Victorian house, they certainly enjoy modern conveniences, including wireless for their laptops. We settle in a large comfortable dining room adjacent to the kitchen and arrange ourselves around a seemingly ancient oak table, which I imagine has been the center of over a century of family stories.
Lunch is served, delicious egg salad sandwiches, cheese, cookies, iced tea, but it was the STRAWBERRIES that caught my attention. Wow. They were the most extraordinary berries I’ve ever tasted. My interest is piqued; the conversation begins. The Knapp’s history unfolds.
Paul was of one of eight fourth-generation children born on the 600 acre Knapp farm, which produced cabbage and potatoes, dairy, and feed crops. 300 acres of the farm consists of wetlands and forest, and the remaining 300 tillable with pasture, with the upper West branch of the Tioughnioga River running through. Uncertain whether he would return to continue the family tradition, Paul decided on a degree in Nursery Management at Cobleskill Agricultural and Technical College. That’s where he met Maureen. Though she was born and raised in Brewster, a suburb of New York City, Maureen had a lifelong dream of living a rural farm life, (though admittedly, she jokes that she hadn’t figured on the amount of work and manure involved!) She was pursuing a degree in Equine Science when she met Paul.
Was it a surprise the love of Maureen’s life turned out to be a farmer? I don’t think so.
The first time Paul took Maureen home to meet his family, the future course was set. Maureen became passionate about returning to the farm, and Paul agreed. They were married in 1982, and began co-managing the farm with Paul’s parents and brothers in 1980. The births of three sons followed: Casey in 1989, Blaise in 1992, and finally Evan arriving in 1995. The first ten years was spent co-managing the produce side of the farm, and then Paul and Maureen took over the family’s dairy operation in 1993.
About this time, Maureen started to become interested in organics, through various articles she read and people she met. Paul smiles, “Maureen’s the dreamer; I’m the logistics.”
Because the Knapps were the first in their community to transition to organic, it raised eyebrows, of course. But it felt so right for the farm and their family, so the couple persevered. Paul explains, “Our soil was ready for organic farming. It is renowned for being the best in the state. There’s such good drainage and percolation in the 25 feet of silty gravel below the topsoil, that even in some years when it’s dry our crops are still able to grow, and when we get a lot of rain, the soil drains beautifully. We have learned to improve the soil with compost, instead of synthetic fertilizers, and this wakes up the biology.” In the years preceding their certification they also learned how to treat sick cows with homeopathic remedies and herbs instead of antibiotics, implemented rotational grazing, and added turkeys, pigs, and chickens to the operation. “We found that adding multiple species contributes to soil vitality,” Paul adds. They earned organic certification, became members of Organic Valley/CROPP cooperative, and shipped their first load of organic milk in 2000.
In the meantime, while serving as president of the New York Agricultural Land Trust, a new entity formed to hold conservation easements on farms working through American Farmland Trust, and sitting on numerous boards of farm-related organizations and teaching workshops, Maureen continues to pursue their quest for cutting edge practices to further increase farm vitality.
At this point I understand Paul and Maureen are knowledgeable, tireless and dedicated agricultural visionaries, guided by their intuition and love for the land.
“In 1999, I started following a list serve on biodynamics, which I found fascinating,” explains Maureen. “The results people were getting were amazing. I realized that the practices were more time intensive than we could afford to devote in our operation, so we set the intention to try to find aspects of biodynamic techniques that would fit.”
They became familiar with Hugh Lovel’s work, and invited him to the farm in 2003. “He told us about things to start looking for and it really opened our eyes,” Paul says. They learned about useful wild plants on the farm that they hadn’t even noticed before. “The other thing we got out of his visit is that the signs are there if you look for them,” Paul says. “The plants growing in the fields, the structure of the roots, even the weeds that we have–there’s information to be had from everything that grows on the farm.” Lovel also worked with Paul and Maureen to install a “field broadcaster,” a pipe that is placed in a strategic part of the farm that amplifies their greater intentions for the farm as a whole.
Since their farm became tuned “Radionically,” the Knapps report two straight years of the best crops they’ve ever had. “The vitality of the whole farm is huge,” Maureen says. Some of their recent forage samples were deemed among the best in the area. The high-quality forage directly translates to better herd health, milk production, and fertility.
Today, the Knapps organically steward 10 acres of U-Pick strawberries, a huge and lovely kitchen garden, 80 acres of pastures, 80 organic milking Holsteins, 150 hens, turkeys, broilers, and pigs, with the help of their three talented children.
Cameron McKellar conducts a very successful biological farming operation on his 1300 ha property “Inveraray Downs” at Spring Ridge, NSW. Ten years ago he shifted from chemicals to natural fertilisers such as kelp and fish emulsion before introducing his own composting system to avoid fluctuations in prices. Soil organic matter registered 3% in the top 30cm and 2.5% in the 30-60cm profile, up from less than 0.5% in the late ‘80’s. Cam combines dry land and irrigation cropping under no-till cultivation, including slashing of stubble. Am has installed three Fieldbroadcasters. He also runs a herd of Belted Galloways which are also used to process stubble. A small woodland area is managed for timber and biodiversity. He tests his soils every 6 months.
Lakeview Organic Grains
anic farmers, with about 1400 acres of organic corn, soybeans, small grains (wheat, spelt, barley, oats, and triticale), field peas, winter peas, dark red kidney beans, edamame soybeans and other things too. They have been farming organically since 1993. They also raise organic heifers, pigs, chickens, and most importantly, 3 children – Peter, Elizabeth and Daniel.
T/A Lochabar Enterprises Pty Ltd. Certified USDA ACO Organic 4199A
Neil and Kym Sullivan operate a mixed grazing and cropping certified organic farming property Riverview of 1025Ha, 22Klms South of the township of Tara in Queensland since 2005. Neil and Kym have been certified organic farmers since 1996. Neil and Kym currently operate a mixed enterprise comprising predominantly certified organic grain production for the domestic and export markets and certified organic beef cattle for the local market off their farm Riverview. In 2000 they built an Industrial Shed in Crocker Street Millmerran in which they operate their grain processing and packaging business trading as Sul Organics for Lochabar Enterprises P/L.
“In 2010 we purchased a field broadcaster from Quantum Agricultural and our lifelong friendship with Hugh & Shabari Lovel began, the broadcaster has been in operation from September 2010 and in that time we have witnessed subtle, but positive changes in soil conditions which will equate into good results in crop nutrition and quality (approx. 3 weeks from harvest till results come in ) early March 2011 there were opium yields and bushel weights recorded in the face of one of the wettest summer seasons recorded in a long time. Radionics through the broadcaster is a new way of farming for us, total outside the box. We have attended several workshops with Hugh and Shabari, including the Advanced Course, and we have come to a greater understanding of the concepts of Quantum Agriculture we are developing the principles necessary for farming sustainably.”
Lake Crescent Citrus
Skip Miller, owner of Lake Crescent Citrus in Crescent City, Florida has 80 acres of mandarins, oranges and grapefruit. He has been organic since 2002 and has attended many US Advanced Courses. He installed a Field Broadcaster in 2009 and is in training to become a Certified Field Broadcaster consultant.
Heinz and Angela Gugger of Mary Valley Orchards are a family owned and operated fruit plantation, producing sweet, seedless, non-astringent Persimmons. Their sweet persimmon is not to be confused with the astringent variety that most people associate with when they first hear the word Persimmon that variety needs to be soft before any attempt can be made to eat it.
Mary Valley Orchards is located in the beautiful Mary Valley which covers the towns of Amamoor, Imbil, Dagun, Kandanga and Kenilworth, 2 hours north of Brisbane just before Gympie and 40 minutes from the Sunshine Coast, Queensland.
As well as sweet seedless persimmons, Mary Valley Orchards grows nectarines which are harvested around the end of September. We pack all our fruit with a specialised fruit grader and we do our own marketing to guarantee fast turnaround. All this means the freshest fruit in the stores in a few days ready for your enjoyment. After a few trails and tests Mary Valley Orchards took a significant change in farm management practices for the good of the environment and towards the carbon offset scheme. Mary Valley Orchards is committed to grow quality produce and protecting his land with new biological – or non-toxic – farming approach.
Biological farming means refraining from practices that harm soil life and organisms ranging from earthworms to fungi and bacteria. The minerals in the soil have to be balanced and if any elements are in short supply productivity is limited. This balance is achieved by monitoring and testing soil and leaves throughout the year, adding humified compost, which introduces organic matter and microbes into the soil. Beneficial soil microbes in adequate number balance out the effects of pathogens in the soil, thereby minimizing the onslaught of pests and diseases. We still have to use certain chemicals but we opt for softer, targeted substances and we always use a carbon buffer to minimize damage to biology in the system. The importance of good mineral levels in the soil cannot be underestimated. Minerals combined with good microbial activity are what determine both the health of our plants and your own health.
The overall approach for our biological farming is split in Mineral, Microbe, Plant and Pest Management. Each part plays a vital role itself but also influences and relates strongly with the other segments.