John Priestley interviewed by Shabari Bird October 2014 at his Hunter Valley, New South Wales, Australia home on using Biodynamic Silica for sweet high brix Citrus. John then age 83 shares his brilliance and innovative uses of Biodynamic Preparations to bring his oranges to ripeness at one time. Saves time and labor having every fruit ready to pick in two rows.
In keeping with indications from The Agriculture Lecture Series by Rudolf Steiner, John Priestley pioneered a new Biodynamic silica known as 501 using diatomaceous earth. Diatoms are the most ancient of living creatures on the earth. John explains how he makes it. This is widely accepted among biodynamic farmers around Australia.
Wayne Rankine, an avid Biodynamic grower and member of the Far Northern Queensland Biodynamic Group left his non-farm career to open an on-farm Education Center. He is also a certified representative of Quantum Agriculture.
Kym Green grows the best tasting cherries and apples in Australia. This fifth generation fruit grower from South Australia uses Biodynamic, Biological and Quantum Agriculture methods. He is the innovator of the pruning method known as KGB which he teaches to stone fruit growers in Chile, US and Canada. He has served as the Chairman of Biodynamic Agriculture Australia.
Arnd Enneking and family have added farm stay cabins and a campground to their farm program. He is a well educated farmer who completed the Quantum Agriculture Advanced Course. We are inspired by his story.
Cris and Lee-Anne Geri manage their small farm in Tansey, west of Gympie, Queensland (Rawganix Farm) in a way that reduces their farm inputs and their environmental impact as much as possible. For them this means having a range of different crops and stock, and being mindful about the biological systems on their farm, and how their farm interacts with biological systems outside it. As well as chickens and eggs, they have sheep and cattle and grow lucerne, grains and other fodder to keep all their animals well fed and happy.
Peter Windrim remembers helping his father plant their first vines 30 years ago. The vineyard is now considered to be the best biodynamic farm in Australia. Peter is dynamic and a real delight to know. Working with a family business is so rare and yet so fulfilling. This is Peter’s story. Learn more athttp://www.krinklewood.com.
Alistair Jones describes his family farm and their famous value added smoked trout, lamb and beef sausages, and restaurant that serves their farm produce and products. They have built Tuki Retreat which is situated on historic “Stoney Rises” a traditional sheep grazing property.
Shabari Bird interviews dynamic farming leader Daron Joffee of Farmer D Organics. He is the author of Citizen Farmers: The Biodynamic Way to Grow Healthy Food, Build Thriving Communities and Give Back to the Earth. His website is farmerdconsulting.com.
Stephan Timmermans shares his experiences as an advisor to commercial farms in the Netherlands, Scotland and Germany with Shabari Bird. Stephan's specialty is commercial strawberries and asparagus. A wonderful friend and delightful man who applies his knowledge, wisdom and love to nurturing his own beloved farm, gardens and orchard.