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 workshop focuses on practical techniques of defining what your soil needs and enhancing it by applying biofertilizers 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’ BioFertilizers to replace energy-intensive and expensive artificial fertilizers. 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 fertilizers.
This very popular hands-on workshop 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:
- 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
Registration for this workshop includes lunch, morning and afternoon tea.
This workshop will be held at Rainforest Bounty's property located at 66 Lindsay Road, Malanda
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.
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RegenAG® is a community based family enterprise committed to helping regenerate Australia's farms, soils, communities and on-farm livelihoods. RegenAG®’s charter is to provide farmers, land holders and communities with education and training opportunities to learn from the world’s most innovative and effective regenerative agriculture practitioners in a wide range of fields:
Holistic Management® / Keyline® / Pasture Cropping / Biofertilisers / Chromatography/ Microbe reproduction/ Building Local Food Systems / Beyond Organic Farming / Integrated Farm Design and more...
Our unique line up of instructors are some of the very innovators currently smashing records across the globe for on-farm profits, topsoil creation, creating oasis from wastelands and building local markets through regenerative techniques. They have proven that regenerative agriculture can be extremely profitable, scalable, replicable, understood and enthusiastically implemented when the opportunity for learning those techniques is presented and made available. Our courses, practical workshops and events provide access to and empower participants with the essential skills and knowledge needed to transform our landscapes, food systems and communities.
We are committed to supporting our learning communities post course through our RegenAG® Farmer's Network and collaboration with regional bodies, Landcare organisations and local councils to provide practical assistance during transition and to facilitate opportunities for further knowledge transfer within regions around Australia. All the regenerative methodologies and techniques we teach and promote work together as a powerful 'tool kit' to regenerate Australia's farms, soils, communities and on-farm livelihoods.
We believe that by empowering farmers, landholders, consumers and professional organisations with the RegenAG® ‘tool kit’ to regenerative profitability in all it's manifestations, the potential beyond this for broad-scale community profitability and environmental regeneration as a result, is unlimited.