Fascinated in biodynamics?
Lend a hand for biodynamic stirrings and preparation on 6 January 2018 at Oakbrook Farm in Stroud and Landscove House in Devon.
Three Kings stirrings in Devon
When: Saturday 6 January 2018 12 noon
Where: Landscove House, Ashburton, South Devon
Volunteers and members welcome at Landscove House. Do bring and share lunch followed by 2pm stirring, then participants will take some of the preparation to Huxhams Cross Farm (and other holdings) to spray their boundaries. Part of the South Devon biodynamic group, Huxhams Cross Farm will be helping prepare and spray the Three Kings preparation. Contact Selby or Max Tel 01803 762260 or selby@ crookedpath.co.uk for more information.
Following the 1945 nuclear bombings, German biodynamic farmer, Hugo Erbe, developed the Three Kings Preparation as offerings to elemental forces to enable plants to root, sprout and blossom.
Three Kings stirrings in Gloucestershire
When: Saturday 6 January 2018 1.30pm
Where: Hawkwood College, Stroud GL6 7QW
Meet at Stroud Community Agriculture community building/polytunnels for an hour of stirring followed by an hour of spraying. Hawkwood College head gardener and estate manager, Bernard Jarman, is planning to spray the Three Kings preparation at Hawkwood. He invites Oakbrook Farm people to join the stirring and spray some around the perimeter of Oakbrook Farm. One or more of the Oakbrook Farm group will be there to welcome volunteers. Come help stir and spray the preparation. Bring your own bucket and brush if you can.
Oakbrook Farm development (farm and building) meeting
When: Tuesday 16 January 2018 7.30pm
Where: Biodynamic Land Trust office, Painswick Inn, Stroud GL5 1QG
Biodynamic farming was born from eight lectures on agriculture given on a Silesian farm estate by Austrian philosopher Rudolf Steiner (1861 – 1925) at the request of a group of German farmers concerned by the advent of farm chemicals and their deleterious effect on soil erosion. These lectures developed into biodynamic farming, including the biodynamic moon and planet-related planting calendar and the use of herbal-based preparations to improve soil fertility and farm vitality.
The following eight herbal-based preparations are required to achieve Demeter biodynamic certification: two preparations, Horn Manure (500) and Horn Silica (501), are added to the soil and plants through field sprays, while the remaining six (502 – 507), based on yarrow, camomile, stinging nettle, oak bark, dandelion and valerian, are used to treat the compost heap (or to make an additional culture that can be used as a field spray).