Below is an excerpt from the Spring 2021 issue of Harvests Magazine, written by Rachael Ewings. In Harvests, we share biodynamic stories from around Aotearoa, New Zealand and beyond. To get your hands on a copy of Harvests – and loads of other perks – become a member of Biodynamics New Zealand https://biodynamic.org.nz/biodynamic-association/joining-the-association
I strive to use biodynamic and permaculture techniques in the gardening and care for animals here. We source all of our preparations from the Biodynamic society of New Zealand. Some day we will be able to grow and create our preparations and sprays here at Ipuwai. In the garden and orchards we follow the biodynamic calendar (and our deep intuition) for planting, transplanting, applications of preparations and remedies, pruning and harvesting. We also follow the rhythms of the moon very closely when it comes to our seeding and harvesting. I continue to remain humble with a transparent eye, a child’s outlook on this journey, to bridge the heavens with the earth through farming. My personal biodynamic journey began when I was a small child in the mountains of North Eastern America. My mother and father would make teas for the garden, that is when I first began to feel the pull of the preparations. My parents were unaware that they were gleaning from Steiner’s intentions at that time although they were completely rooted in his philosophies on an intuitive level . Later on, as I finished my teacher training at Taruna college I had the great fortune to work with the legend, Peter Proctor. He taught me how to make the preps and when to bury the horns, I became completely infatuated and I felt a piece of my soul kindle with remembrance. It was as if I was tapping into a cellular memory, locked down deep in my ancestry. From that moment on I was hooked. Biodynamics speaks to who I am deep in my soul.
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