Tuesday 22nd – Thursday 24th November, 2016
0900 – 1700 each day
Join RegenAG’s own Kym Kruse for a three-day workshop on how biofertilisers can drastically increase your on-farm fertility and save you tens of thousands of dollars a year on inputs. Representing the pioneering work of Latin American based organisation Mashumus, Kym will lead you through the why and how of making your own organic fertilisers out of easily available ingredients.
This 3-Day course focuses on practical techniques of defining what your soil needs and enhancing it by applying biofertilisers for small, medium and larger-scale farming, horticulture and forestry operations.
Over the last 20 years, pioneering scientists in Latin America have developed a range of ‘farm-made’ BioFertilisers to replace energy-intensive and expensive artificial fertilisers. These techniques have enabled farmers across Latin America access to the tools and knowledge needed to get themselves ‘off the drip’ of increasingly unaffordable artificial fertilisers. And now we’re continuing the job of bring this knowledge to regions across Australia, including Baxter, Victoria for the second time in 2016!
This very popular hands-on course will re-define the role that bio-fertilizers and organic inputs can play on your property in addressing soil health, plant nutrition, pest control, fungal disease control, equipment and processes.
Learn methods that are scaleable and suitable for all farming enterprises. This course places technology in the hands of farmers, teaching you how to produce your own inputs from available resources.
One tonne of healthy topsoil will typically harbor as much as 25% of its weight in living microorganisms. Encouraging more microbiology (of the right kind) to your soil strengthens its structure, makes nutrients available to the plants above, builds humus and leads to resilient, productive soils, naturally. Biofertilizers and other soluble mineral inputs can be made using everyday organic materials that are already present on the average farm. Biologically available minerals can be applied via foliar spray or as a soil drench for immediate uptake by your crop. With the nutritional requirements of your plant met, it will be less susceptible to disease and attack.
This workshop will introduce multiple techniques for making a range of inputs, using fermentation and brewing processes that are easily within the scope of the average landowner.
This workshop will cover:
- Trophobiosis: Plant metabolism & physiology theory
- Biofertiliser production from a variety of sources: Paunch, Cow manure, Native Microbes
- Mineral Chelate recipes – individual minerals + super biol mixes
Zinc & Boron, Magnesium & Iron, Calcium, Phosphorus & Potassium, Moly & Cobalt
- Native microbe manufacturing and uses: A base for biofertiliser production, Animal lick blocks, Animal gut flora health – increases diversity of gut microbes to aid digestibility, Plant extractions, Cellulose/Lignin digester production – post harvest stubble digester
- Pumpkin based Biofertiliser production: Alternative to other animal or native microbe derived biology for biofertiliser production
- Production of soluble phosphorus from cow bones: Used in production of chelated Biofertiliser production, incl. in loose mineral mixes and dry lick block production
- Recipes for pest & fungal disease suppression
- Mother brew recipes for mass biofert production
- Reproduction & application of beneficial microbes incl.:
Diazotrophics – free living nitrogen fixing bacteria
Mycorrhiza – highly beneficial fungi
- Sulphate utilization recipes
- Various methods for making beneficial plant extracts for pest control: Alcohol, Native Microbes, Hot water methods
- Beneficial Biological brews for stimulating soil ecology production from various biological sources
- Effective Microorganism manufacturing & multiple uses
- Cattle Nutrition:
Dry lick blocks – for dry season supplementation
Loose mineral mixes – free choice mineral
Liquid mineral supplements – for water trough supplementation
Pasture flavour improver – ahead of cattle to increase digestibility / digest trash on ground
- Fish emulsion production: From fresh/raw fish sources or dry
- Alternative fungicides for replacement of:
Copper based fungicides
Control of early/later powdery mildew control
- Mineral Seed coating for protection from:
Elements & bird predation
Supply nutrition to plant at point of germination
- Bokashi compost + various alternative mass composting methods
- Quality control testing of biofertilisers
- Chromatography practice for soils
- Application rates & equipment
- Mechanization & up-scaling of processes
Please wear appropriate clothing for a practical workshop environment.
We will be spending a portion of each day outside
Bookings for this course can be made above or enquiries can me made by contacting RegenAG® via Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or Office on (07) 4086 8019.
Registration for this workshop includes lunch, morning and afternoon tea.
Peninsula Fresh Organics is a family owned and operated, 5th generation market gardening enterprise run by Wayne & Tash Shields. They grow fresh picked to market Certified Organic produce on two farms located in Barham and Baxter on the Mornington Peninsula, where this course will be held.
Wayne & Tash specialise in heirloom/heritage vegetables with some of their specialties including the heirloom carrots, heirloom beetroot and heirloom radish. Selling their produce at their Farm Gate in Baxter and at markets all over Melbourne and the Peninsula, they are certainly not your average grower.
Wayne is also the current President of the Victorian Farmers’ Markets Association.
About the teacher:
Kym Kruse is a Permaculture designer, consultant and educator who works with farmers, natural resource management groups, local government and industry representatives, schools, sustainable backyard developers and indigenous communities across a wide range of bioregions, farms, watersheds andurban environments. Kym’s background is in Integrated Rice and Duck Cultivation, Permaculture Design and Regenerative Agriculture methodology.
Kym has co-founded: FreeRange Permaculture, non-forprofit community group Permaculture Cairns, King Brown Technologies and RegenAG®. Currently Kym works for RegenAG® to establish collaborative regional partnerships, farmer to farmer networks and convenes Regenerative Agriculture events around Australia. He is an entertaining speaker well known for his passionate and whole-hearted persistent promotion of how thoughtful design and Regenerative Agriculture can build the future for resilient, profitable and regenerative farming and urban communities. Kym has trained with and been mentored by Latin American based organisation MasHumus, whose work he will present at this workshop.
2013 Study Tour of Latin America Trailer
In September 2013, we took 17 farmers from Australia on a Study Tour of Latin America looking at the methods of MasHumus. We visited 12 farms, everything from bananas to roses, avocados to papayas, chickens to lettuces and vegies. It was an incredibly inspiring experience and proved to our farmers that the MasHumus methods work on any scale, even the biggest in the world. Click here to watch the DVD trailer of the trip.