Canterbury – 6. Sunday 11 April – What, why and how of Biodynamics


Black Estate Vineyard – 10:30-12:00pm

Black Estate Netherwood Vineyard 12:30-4:30pm

Nicholas Brown Black Estate wine tour, Biodynamic preparation making workshop and Nourishing Food Discussion



Programme for the day:

At Black Estate restaurant, 614 Omihi Road. 

10:30-12:00 – Gill will discuss:

  • how biodynamic preparations improve nutritional quality of food crops.
  • address the importance of bringing more light into our food.
  • balancing our diets with root, leaf, flower and seeds.

Then please drive to Black Estate Netherwood Vineyard for the afternoon which includes a cellar tour, lunch and the prep workshop.

192 Reeces Road, Omihi. 5km north of Black Estate Restaurant at Reeces Road, PLEASE turn into driveway at black sign on right and park in car park at bottom of property and walk up to the winery. Please do not drive up the neighbour’s farm which is 100m after our black sign and called Netherwood Farm.

12.30-1pm – Nicholas Brown Black Estate Netherwood Vineyard  tour of the cellar explaining his processes

1-2pm – Light catered biodynamic lunch together

2-4:30pm – Ian Henderson, Marinus LaRooij and Black Estate Vineyard team – Preparation making workshop including burying biodynamic field preparation horn manure 500 preparation and biodynamic compost preparations.

Ian Henderson is one of the pioneers of biodynamics in New Zealand agriculture, with over 35 years’ experience as a practicing biodynamic farmer and Demeter licensee at Milmore Downs. Ian is on the Demeter International Standards Committee and is the convenor of the Assessment Group for Demeter New Zealand. His passion, mentoring and commitment have supported many of our community to thrive.

Marinus LaRooij has been in biodynamics and Anthroposophy most of his life.  He studied biodynamic agriculture in the Netherlands, and plant breeding in NZ. He has tutored in organic and BD horticulture at Christchurch Polytechnic (now CPIT), Taruna, and also within the NZ Prison Service.

Gill Bacchus 
Gill is a former MAF Policy analyst who has done her Master’s degree on studies of preparation 501. She has written a book called Food Full of Life and her new book out now Love Your Veggies.


This workshop is part of the Canterbury Autumn Biodynamic Festival
view all workshops here.