Marina from Huxhams Cross Farm has asked me to post the following:
We have been asked by Frankie van der Stok to all start collecting Chamomile and Yarrow flowers as there are none growing at Huxhams Cross yet. These need to be dried for the Autumn gathering and preparation making. We have a dehydrator if there is a problem with drying. Valerian flowers will also be used but we have plenty of this in store and we have loads growing at the farm.
We will be making the Nettle preparation on the farm on Thursday June 20th, 9 am start, but it is a very simple process so we don’t really need a hand; however if anyone wants to join in then they are welcome .(Stuffing an onion net with dried nettle leaves and burying it)
On the first Thursday of the month we will be doing Horn silica stirrings and spraying on the appropriate crops: dates will be: June 6th, July 4th, August 1st, September 5th. Starting 9 am.
The National Biodynamic Association has suggested that a world-wide stirring and spraying of the Horn Manure 500 Preparation could be done, followed by the Silica Preparation 501. Whether alone or in groups, the connection made between the forces of our Planet Earth and the cosmic forces on a worldwide basis sounds like an opportunity not to be missed.
There will be two events taking place in our area:
HUXHAMS CROSS FARM has its annual Open Farm Sunday on 9th June which happily coincides with World Biodynamic Weekend. Full details of the day can be found on the website below; events start with a Growing and Farm Tour at 10.30 am.
EXETER AREA : A Stirring of the 500 Horn Manure Preparation will be held in Whitestone, near Exeter on Saturday 8th or Sunday 9th June. Val Collett has the Prep, and anyone interested in coming needs to bring their own bucket, stirring brush and lidded container so that they can take some of the stirred Preparation back to their own garden or fields. Please phone Val on 01392 811260 or email her on email@example.com to arrange a mutually agreed time or day.
Jeremy and Kate will be hostings cowhorn manure and cowhorn silica stirrings at Velwell Orchard on the 5th and 6th of May. Please click here for details.
SUNDAY 28TH April at Huxhams Cross Farm, Dartington
Spring gathering of the SW Biodynamic Group,
Everyone most welcome. Please bring food to share for lunch. The day will take place at the Training Centre. The Apricot Centre will provide tea/coffee/elderflower cordial
Schedule for the day
10:00 Lifting and extracting the Biodynamic Preparations we made last autumn, These will then be stored at Velwell Orchard.
1.00 Bring and share lunch
2.00 – 3.00 Questions and Answers with Frankie van der Stok
3-4 pm: Making Horn Silica Preparations and Yarrow Preparations if we have enough flowers
Message from Rachel at Huxhams Cross Farm:
We are holding a seed and plant sale or swap on Thursday 2nd May at Huxhams Cross Farm, TQ9 6AA
Bring your seeds or excess plants and then swap or sell them with other people who also have an abundance! Have a cuppa tea and a biscuit/cake for a small donation and enjoy having a look at the farm.
10:30 am – 12:30 pm at the training centre; there will be a farm tour at 11:30 if people would like to have a guided wander around our wonderful farm and of course come and say hello to the cows.
All donations from refreshments will contribute to our wellbeing fund allowing children in the community to come along to free workshops in cooking, nature-based art and growing.