Biodynamic farming methods and biochar

Biodynamic farming is the word for today as I just completed a field day on Sunday. The goal for me is to gather as much knowledge of earth repairing technologies, so I can steadily convert it to wisdom as I practice over the next few years.

bio dynamic farming field day Biodynamic farming methods and biochar

Learning Biodynamic farming concepts

Biochar as you know is a rock solid foundation on which microbes can build their families and colonies in, it is like offering each family a high rise apartment block for their own use with no conditions. How many people would love something like that ?

Sure I have spent considerable time on researching what is the best ways of populating biochar with microbes. This is why I went to the biodynamic farming field day. In the past I have studied the work of Rudolf Steiner the book is called agriculture. What I took away from these books is the concept of spiritual farming which excites me no end.

Biodynamic farming

building a biodynamic compost Biodynamic farming methods and biochar

biodynamic Compost is a great way to introduce microbes to biochar

It wasn’t until now that I understood that biodynamic farming is all about the microbes. Microbes on mass we are talking about a 35 gram of properly made biodynamic preparation holds as much as 500 million (500,000,000) microbes.

My initial thoughts were wow imagine giving all those microbes a new home that would last a couple of hundred thousand generation. This could be what I am looking for microbes for my biochar.

bio dynamic training at the field day Biodynamic farming methods and biochar

Here are folks awaiting the lectures by lise

So I asked the question “Is biochar suitable to be used with biodynamic farming preparations”.
The answer was “NO”. Lise went on to explain that 2 weeks ago at a biodynamic field day in Gatton, the father of biodynamic farming in Australia Mr Alex Podolinsky was asked the similar question and his response was “No”.

However once we started to walk to the compost demonstration two ladies both approached me and said they were at the Gatton field day and believe that Mr Alex Podolinsky did not understand what biochar was they said he thought it was coal. So now it is my job to research if in fact biochar can play a significant role in biodynamic farming and of course if biodynamic preperations will work well with biochar.

biodynamic preparation box Biodynamic farming methods and biochar

A biodynamic preparation holding box

Here is my hunch (not very scientific I know). Biochar needs microbes and microbes need a safe haven to grow to their potential. Byodynamic preparation 500 offers lots of microbes but they are only available for 1 hour after activation.

However the other biodynamic preparations  502 ,503 ,504 ,505 ,506 ,507 ,508 all work well in a compost system.
Biochar works extremely well in a compost system. Biochar and biodynamics could well be the missing link.

bio dynamic prep application by lise Biodynamic farming methods and biochar

Lise demonstrates how Biodynamic preperation 501 needs to be applied

So here is my open invitation to anyone let me know what your thoughts are on this subject, weather it be knowledge / wisdom / information / trials / tests / channeled information direct from Rudolph. I would like to start a dialogue on this concept.

I will be commencing test trials at the hill of abundance just as soon as I can. My intuition says Yes their is a role for biochar in biodynamics. Charmaster Dolph Cooke will be the grand daddy of Biodynamic Biochar you read it first right here.

I would like to thank James for hosting the biodynamic farming field day. Jim for organising the day.  Lise for presenting all about biodynamic preparations and farming methods. A big thank you to all the newly initiated biodynamic farmers that attended and thank you for your interactions you all inspire me absolutely

Charmaster Dolph Cooke
On the case for Biochar.
Founder Bioichar Industries
Kunghur NSW Australia.

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About Charmaster

Male 45, Australian crazy about biochar. I love the feeling I get when I do something I thought I could not do. Intrests are :- Biochar, Bush Mechanics, Quantum Agriculture, Gardening, Composting, Alternative health through nature, helping others, Dreaming BIG then actioning those dreams.

7 Responses to “Biodynamic farming methods and biochar”

  1. Jane Mulligan October 25, 2011 at 7:18 am #

    Dear Dolph,
    We currently have large amount of biochar available for research purposes at a reasonable price. Would you be able to put us in contact with some farmer/scientist who wish to run trials.
    Yours truly,
    Jane Mulligan
    0746561785 (evenings)

  2. Charmaster October 25, 2011 at 7:29 am #

    Excellent stuff Jane will do can you send me a little about what you do and how you do it and some photos I will make a project for you
    and then you will get a lot of enquiries. In the mean time I will send it on to my lists so folks know right away.

    How did you find me ?

    Thanks
    Charmaster Dolph
    Spreading the word Biochar

  3. Matt P January 16, 2012 at 3:07 am #

    Hi there,

    Fantastic post!
    I’m just getting into Bio char and its wondrous potential here in the South West of England. Most of my connections and friends doing agriculture and small holdings around are very committed to BD which is great to see, but I think sometimes they get to stuck…treat it like a bible and don’t dare sway, so I to am very interested in where the two can meet and correspond. I’m making my own bio-char at home currently and will then run a few tests on various plants to see how they perform.

    e.g. Bed of crop A in Organic compost/permaculture conditions
    Bed of crop A in in BD conditions
    Bed of crop A in Bio Char conditions with organic compost/soils
    Bed of crop A in BD conditions with bio char.

    Let me know if you have had any more luck.

    Matt

  4. Charmaster January 17, 2012 at 3:23 pm #

    Will Do Matt I am currently involved with ucho paperwork but very soon I will be free again to test and measure. I cant wait.
    Feel free to post or eail e your results and I will add the to the website as a project.

    Charmaster Dolph Cooke

  5. Joe November 12, 2012 at 7:24 am #

    I believe you are on to something here. I have been making bio bar inoculated with EM-1 ( effective microbes) a product created by a Japanese microbiologist in the late 80s and I can testify that it has greatly increased moisture retention, productivity,assimilation of organic matter and overall flavor.

  6. mark harvey July 1, 2014 at 6:55 pm #

    dolph, i live in switzerland and have some experience with working in a demeter garden. as you know, the demeter people are devotees to steiner’s work and indeed it can be a bit much… anyway, i stumbled onto your realization, albeit only two months ago, because i have begun to immerse myself in the stuff. i finally went to google and landed here. before i go on, is this thread still running?

    en paz mark

  7. Charmaster July 2, 2014 at 9:07 pm #

    Yes mate this is still alive and kicking. I have been learning a deeper insight into rudolph’s work via Dennis clocheck and a local BD guy near me. I am begining to see that thier are those who blindly follow and those who experiment as per Rudolph’s advice. I am more sure than ever that BD and Biochar were made for each other.

    Please add to our body of knowledge as it is here to open all doors and leave no stone unturned.
    Thanks for your reply

    Dolph

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