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upcoming biological farming workshops

4 Week Soils Internship - Jun/Jul 2013

Starts Jun 17, 2013 for 28 days - Zaytuna Farm, The Channon, NSW

Bio-fertiliser, specialist composting, and sustainable soil management internship at the Permaculture Research Institute Australia, comprising of a 5-Day course followed by a 3-week internship with Paul Taylor and Zaytuna Farm staff.

Beginning with the 5-day soils course we continue the internship to explore the dynamics and benefits of living soils, how living soils maintain a balanced fertility that is the foundation of sustainable production. Soil restoration, soil fertility, soil recovery, soil microbiology, specialist composting, growing beneficial soil organisms and organic bio-fertilisers are explored and explained in the classroom and experienced as hands on practical workshops in the field.

Following the 5-day soils course instruction and introduction to processes in the field, we continue to develop skills with practical experiences on the farm creating productive systems, during the formal internship.

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4 Week Soils Internship - Sep/Oct 2013

Starts Sep 16, 2013 for 28 days - Zaytuna Farm, The Channon, NSW

Bio-fertiliser, specialist composting, and sustainable soil management internship at the Permaculture Research Institute Australia, comprising of a 5-Day course followed by a 3-week internship with Paul Taylor and Zaytuna Farm staff.

Beginning with the 5-day soils course we continue the internship to explore the dynamics and benefits of living soils, how living soils maintain a balanced fertility that is the foundation of sustainable production. Soil restoration, soil fertility, soil recovery, soil microbiology, specialist composting, growing beneficial soil organisms and organic bio-fertilisers are explored and explained in the classroom and experienced as hands on practical workshops in the field.

Following the 5-day soils course instruction and introduction to processes in the field, we continue to develop skills with practical experiences on the farm creating productive systems, during the formal internship.

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previous workshops

Biological Agriculture for Gardeners

5th - 9th November 2012 - Koanga Institute, Wairoa, NZ

Over the 5 days, Paul Taylor will deliver a practical workshop on Biological Farming and Gardening techniques and will focus his presentations on "Compost, Compost Tea and Vital Soil Health".

In this exceptional course you will learn how to regenerate degraded soils by gaining an understanding how vital soils depend a full diversity of living organisms that work to promote healthy plant production and build soil fertility.

This an easy to understand hands-on workshop that teaches you how to improve your land, grow food, and make a profit while you build your soils and maintain production. The workshop focuses on practical techniques for growing healthy food for less cost. These principles work for the smallest family garden as well as for large-scale food production.

Paul takes the mystery out of the complex science of soil health, soil microbiology, composting, and plant growth requirements by providing common-sense solutions for improving soils and reducing the amount of water and fertilizers you need to grow healthy food.

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Sustainable Soil Management

8th - 12th October 2012 - Permaculture Research Institute, Kin Kin, QLD

1-2-3- Grow!

Learn how to combine these 3 cost effective methodologies, to reduce costs and achieve sustainable soil management.

In this 5-day course we take the mystery out of soil microbiology, plant nutrition and 'organics' and learn how to combine methods to improve soil fertility, reduce input costs and improve production. These management principles apply to the backyard garden as well as the broad acre farm.

NOTE: This course is a specialist course and is part of the Permaculture Life Skills Internship but can be attended as a separate course.

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How to Make Your Own Natural Fertilizer

17th - 21st September 2012 - Zaytuna Farm, The Channon, NSW

You will have a hands-on experience in making fast compost in 18 days and slow compost over 6 weeks, and making compost tea and biological fertilizer from cheap readily available materials.

You will be see demonstrations of specific mulch and compost crops that are mixtures of plant shrubs and trees that can be propagated and grown for use in creating natural fertilizer and soil fertility.

You will learn about how to grow, manage and apply beneficial soil microbes on the your land. The mineralization of animal feed to increase manure quality, compost worm farms and black soldier fly larvae farms will all be demonstrated and taught. You will be able to manage your soil so that year by year you can increase your topsoil quality and improve production.

You will learn soil analysis of pH, structure, basic microscope work so you can make the adjustments that your soil will require to increase fertility.

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Compost, Bio Fertiliser and Organic Soil Management

4th - 8th June 2012 - Zaytuna Farm, The Channon, Northern NSW

Participants will have an on ground and classroom understanding of beneficial soil biology that can radically reduce costs while increasing soil fertility and potential productivity.

You will have a hands-on experience in making fast compost in 18 days and slow compost over 6 weeks, and making compost tea and biological fertilizer from cheap readily available materials. You will be see demonstrations of specific mulch and compost crops that are mixtures of plant shrubs and trees that can be propagated and grown for use in creating natural fertilizer and soil fertility.

You will learn about how to grow, manage and apply beneficial soil microbes on the your land. The mineralization of animal feed to increase manure quality, compost worm farms and black soldier fly larvae farms will all be demonstrated and taught. You will be able to manage your soil so that year by year you can increase your topsoil quality and improve production. You will learn soil analysis of pH, structure, basic microscope work so you can make the adjustments that your soil will require to increase fertility.

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Return the life back into your soil and the Profit and Enjoyment back into Farming

21st - 23rd May 2012 - Bibra Lake, Perth

This is a three day course, running Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.

Participants will have a genuine, classroom and 'in the field' understanding of the science of beneficial soil biology and how biological management will reduce input costs while maintaining or increasing production of food production systems. An important element of this workshop is that the participants will have a hands-on understanding of how to grow, manage and apply beneficial soil microbes as high value compost and compost tea on the farm.

This is a system that is not just sustainable but a system that gives you a genuine understanding of soil management where year by year you increase your topsoil and improve production.

This workshop is focused on presenting an introduction to the complex science of soil microbes and the principles of soil biology in an easy to understand form so that attendees can embrace the benefits, prepare for climate change, and achieve sustainability and profitability while enjoying working on the land.

At the end of this workshop, you will have the tools and understanding about how to make high value compost, compost tea as a 'vital soil inoculum' and understand the basics of making valuable bio-fertilizer, where the gardener/farmer/producer can now realistically be more self reliant and 'go to the shed, not to the shop'.

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Return the life back into your soil and the Profit and Enjoyment back into Farming

17th - 19th May 2012 - Bio-Vital Farms, Margaret River, WA

This is a three day course, running Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Participants will have a genuine, classroom and 'in the field' understanding of the science of beneficial soil biology and how biological management will reduce input costs while maintaining or increasing production of food production systems. An important element of this workshop is that the participants will have a hands-on understanding of how to grow, manage and apply beneficial soil microbes as high value compost and compost tea on the farm.

This is a system that is not just sustainable but a system that gives you a genuine understanding of soil management where year by year you increase your topsoil and improve production.

This workshop is focused on presenting an introduction to the complex science of soil microbes and the principles of soil biology in an easy to understand form so that attendees can embrace the benefits, prepare for climate change, and achieve sustainability and profitability while enjoying working on the land.

At the end of this workshop, you will have the tools and understanding about how to make high value compost, compost tea as a 'vital soil inoculum' and understand the basics of making valuable bio-fertilizer, where the gardener/farmer/producer can now realistically be more self reliant and 'go to the shed, not to the shop'.

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Learn How To Grow Organic Food For Free (Weekend Course)

17th - 18th March 2012 - Perth Holistic Living Centre, North Lake, Perth

Food costs are rising by more than 20% per year and quality is going down, if we want vital food for our families and friends, then this is a workshop that will give you the essence of vital soils, the basis for growing vital foods for our vital families.

In this workshop we will learn how to make quality ‘smell good’ compost from local products and how to use compost and soil health to grow vital foods. This gives you an understanding of how we can have fun growing fresh food, reduce costs and energy while we increase production and quality.

Participants will have a genuine, classroom and ‘in the field’ understanding of the science of beneficial soil biology and how biological management will reduce input costs while maintaining or increasing production of food production systems. An important element of this workshop is that the participants will have a hands-on understanding of how to grow, manage and apply beneficial soil microbes as high value compost and compost tea on the farm or in your backyard.

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Compost Soil Biology Natural Fertilizer Course (5-Day Course)

5th March 2012 - Zaytuna Farm, The Channon, Northern NSW

Participants will have a genuine, classroom and 'in the field' understanding of the science of beneficial soil biology and how biological management will reduce input costs while maintaining or increasing production of agricultural systems. An important element of this workshop is that the participants will have a hands-on understanding of how to grow, manage and apply beneficial soil microbes as high value compost and compost tea on the farm.

This is a system that is not just sustainable but a system that gives you a genuine understanding of soil management where year by year you increase your topsoil and improve production.

This workshop is focused on presenting a complex science of soil microbes and the principles of soil biology in an easy to understand form so that farmers can embrace the benefits, prepare for climate change, and achieve sustainability and profitability while enjoying working on the land.

At the end of this workshop, you will have the tools and understanding about how to make high value compost, compost tea as a 'vital soil inoculum' and understand the basics of making valuable bio-fertilizer, where the gardener/farmer/producer can now realistically be more self reliant and 'go to the shed, not to the shop'.

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Compost Soil Biology Natural Fertilizer Course (5-Day Course)

21st November 2011 - Zaytuna Farm, The Channon, Northern NSW

Participants will have a genuine, classroom and 'in the field' understanding of the science of beneficial soil biology and how biological management will reduce input costs while maintaining or increasing production of agricultural systems.

An important element of this workshop is that the participants will have a hands-on understanding of how to grow, manage and apply beneficial soil microbes as high value compost and compost tea on the farm.

This is a system that is not just sustainable but a system that gives you a genuine understanding of soil management where year by year you increase your topsoil and improve production.

This workshop is focused on presenting a complex science of soil microbes and the principles of soil biology in an easy to understand form so that farmers can embrace the benefits, prepare for climate change, and achieve sustainability and profitability while enjoying working on the land.

At the end of this workshop, you will have the tools and understanding about how to make high value compost, compost tea as a 'vital soil inoculum' and understand the basics of making valuable bio-fertilizer, where the gardener/farmer/producer can now realistically be more self reliant and 'go to the shed, not to the shop'.

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Compost, Compost Tea and Vital Soil Health (2 Day Course)

11th September 2011 - Dead Sea Valley, Jordan

Paul Taylor will deliver his practical 2 day workshop teaching Biological Farming techniques and will focus his presentations on "Compost, Compost Tea and Vital Soil Health".

In this exceptional course you will learn how to regenerate, re-hydrate and heal poor soils through both an understanding of how the "benefits of healthy soil that contain a full diversity of living organisms work to promote healthy plant production".

This course is an ideal addition to consider adding to the end of your Jordan stay after the 10th International Permaculture Conference (IPC10)

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Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC) Course

3rd September 2011 - Amman, Jordan

The Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC) course is an internationally-recognized, seventy-two hour course resulting in a Permaculture Design Certificate. It provides an introduction to permaculture design as set forth by movement founder Bill Mollison.

The PDC serves as foundation for further permaculture work and study and is a prerequisite for the Diploma in Permaculture Design, offered through The Permaculture Institute. Credit for this course is now accepted by a growing number of universities around the world.

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BioFertile Farms with Paul Taylor & Eugenio Gras (FarmReady Approved)

August/September 2010 - NZ, QLD, TAS, VIC & NSW

The practical benefits of healthy soil don't need explaining to any farmer. In this unique module, join both Paul Taylor and Eugenio Gras as they offer their wealth of experience in generating 'BioFertile' soils through compost, compost teas and farm bio-fertiliser brewing.

These remedial and productive boosting methods address the critical needs many Australian soils (and farmers) have after years of topsoil loss, drought and profit loss. By repopulating farm soils with active biology before enhancing yield through bio-fertilsation, input costs drop dramatically at the same rate soil fertility explodes. For any farmer who knows the true condition their land, water and soil, this workshop is essential training.

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The Secrets of Biological Farming Revealed

7th - 11th June 2010 - Zaytuna Farm, The Channon, Northern NSW

Through natural biological processes such as compost and compost teas, Paul is able to get a failing farm to do a complete 180 and return to abundant production in just 3 years without the use of chemical fertilisers and pesticides.

Silver bullets are a rare occurrence but this is one that's come along just at the time when we need it most. Even better, it seems evident that through movies like Food Inc. people are actually waking up and looking for the solution.

Paul Taylor regularly teaches one-week Soil Biology courses at Zaytuna Farm. Paul helps you to come to grips with the all-important life under your feet, leaving you feeling well capable of working with these incredible biological systems to do what all people should be doing – that being to build soil!

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Compost & Compost Tea Workshop (FarmReady Course FRTC0670)

13th - 15th May 2010 - Taranaki Farm, North Central Victoria

Join us at Taranaki Farm in Central Victoria as Paul Taylor stages his practical workshop; Compost & Compost Tea. You’ll learn how to regenerate, hydrate, enhance and heal your soils through both an understanding of the "Soil Food Web" and the techniques needed to make biologically active Aerated Compost Tea.

This very popular hands-on workshop has created an army of graduates who are enhancing farms across Australia. The workshop focuses on practical techniques of applying compost and compost teas for small, medium and larger-scale farming, grazing and forestry operations.

This workshop is focused on taking the mystery out of the complex science of the soil microbiology while providing common-sense solutions to improving soils and reducing input costs.

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"Your Land, Your Soil, Your Future" seminar was a huge success

Wednesday 21st October 2009 - Yass, NSW (40 mins NW of Canberra)

A bumper crowd of over 250 people attended the Yass Area Network seminar on the subject of soil carbon and soil health where Paul Taylor spoke on composting. Interest in the seminar was widespread with people coming from as far as Western Australia. ABC Rural reporter Sarina Locke was MC and kept everything running smoothly. Greg Northover opened the seminar with a brief welcome followed by an Introduction by Chair of the MCMA Board Lee O’Brien.

Patrick Francis of Australian Farm Journal gave the opening address then Dr Christine Jones gave the keynote address on the soil food web and the importance of organic carbon. Other topics addressed on the day include biological farming, NSF, vermiculture, biodynamics, and pasture cropping. Dr Maarten Stapper drew the event to a close with the key principles for successful implementation of the day’s key themes.

YAN president Greg Northover was delighted with the interest and attendance at the seminar. “YAN strives to be a voice for the community and to help bring issues to the forefront that affect the community and we feel that we have done this today with our seminar. I believe that the turn out today demonstrates that soil carbon is a big issue for local farmers and landcarers and I am pleased that we have all learnt a lot more about these issues here today.”

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Basics of Soil Biology - (Part of the Permaculture Design Certificate course)

15th - 28th November 2009 - Zaytuna Farm, The Channon, Northern NSW

Held at the Permaculture Research Institute, the Permaculture Design Certificate course is an internationally recognized training course resulting in a Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC).

It provides an introduction to permaculture design as set forth by movement founder Bill Mollison. The course is taught by Geoff and Nadia Lawton, and other permaculture educators. Paul Taylor is one of those educators and is teaching the basics of soil biology with an emphasis on creating compost and compost tea.

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Compost & Compost Tea - 3 Day Workshop

26th -28th November 2009 - Australian Rural Education Centre (AREC), Mudgee, NSW

Learn the benefits of a management system based in beneficial soil biology from compost. Use less water and reduce your needs for fertilizer!

Properly made aerobic compost has thousands of bacterial and fungal species. Aerobic compost added to highly aerated water, held at a desired temperature, with the addition of microbe nutrients that feed and thus select the species of microbes desired for the conditions, makes a highly cultured “brew” full of beneficial fungi and bacteria to apply to the soil.

Compost tea makes soil more productive, less toxic and more sustainable. The application of compost tea whilst Keyline plowing, will be a feature of the workshop. Directly injecting millions of beneficial bacteria, deep into the root zone and aerating the soil, all in a single pass!

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