No. 9 EAAA | April 2012

Upcoming EAAA AGM

The EAAA AGM has been rescheduled and will be held on the 12th of May in the ‘Elf Centre’ at the Orange Showgrounds. To accompany the AGM we will be screening the film ‘FRESH’ and hearing from Johannes Bauer regarding a new Carbon Offsetting Cooperative starting in Bathurst. Fresh will start at 1:30pm and the AGM is scheduled for 4-5:00pm. Please join us; learn and share.

Quotes to think on

‘It is a century now since Darwin gave us the first glimpse of the origin of species. We know now what was unknown to all the preceding caravan of generations: that men are only fellow-voyagers with other creatures in the odyssey of evolution.’ – Aldo Leopold.
‘If we cannot establish an enduring or even a humanly bearable economy by our attempt to defeat nature, then we will have to try living in harmony and cooperation with her.’ – Wendell Berry.

‘It is a century now since Darwin gave us the first glimpse of the origin of species. We know now what was unknown to all the preceding caravan of generations: that men are only fellow-voyagers with other creatures in the odyssey of evolution.’ – Aldo Leopold. ‘If we cannot establish an enduring or even a humanly bearable economy by our attempt to defeat nature, then we will have to try living in harmony and cooperation with her.’ – Wendell Berry.

Contributions Welcome

‘It is a century now since Darwin gave us the first glimpse of the origin of species. We know now what was unknown to all the preceding caravan of generations: that men are only fellow-voyagers with other creatures in the odyssey of evolution.’ – Aldo Leopold.
‘If we cannot establish an enduring or even a humanly bearable economy by our attempt to defeat nature, then we will have to try living in harmony and cooperation with her.’ – Wendell Berry.

Contribute your thoughts on Ecological Agriculture to the EAAA newsletter and connect with likeminded others. Send comments and contributions to amarchand@ecoag.org.au

From the President

‘It is a century now since Darwin gave us the first glimpse of the origin of species. We know now what was unknown to all the preceding caravan of generations: that men are only fellow-voyagers with other creatures in the odyssey of evolution.’ – Aldo Leopold.
‘If we cannot establish an enduring or even a humanly bearable economy by our attempt to defeat nature, then we will have to try living in harmony and cooperation with her.’ – Wendell Berry.

Two years old and still going strong. In fact looking back and looking forward offers some useful pickings. Looking back I see an organisation that has established a pattern of existence that reflects our objectives – of promoting an ecological approach to agriculture. In that time we have expanded our membership to 200 which includes a rich mix of farmers, students, Bachelor of Ecological Agriculture alumni, CMA members, DPI members, and an variety of people just interested in the concept. We have an excellent newsletter, which is probably our main activity at present.

Ecological connections in Bougainville

‘It is a century now since Darwin gave us the first glimpse of the origin of species. We know now what was unknown to all the preceding caravan of generations: that men are only fellow-voyagers with other creatures in the odyssey of evolution.’ – Aldo Leopold.
‘If we cannot establish an enduring or even a humanly bearable economy by our attempt to defeat nature, then we will have to try living in harmony and cooperation with her.’ – Wendell Berry.

Meg Hoskin

We have just had a wonderful visit from two of our friends from Bougainville, who were delighted to see an apple orchard for the first time and to taste the fruit straight from the tree. They grow all their own food in extensive gardens and were very happy to eat fresh organically grown food from ours.

Elise Wenden recognised in Rural Woman’s Award

‘It is a century now since Darwin gave us the first glimpse of the origin of species. We know now what was unknown to all the preceding caravan of generations: that men are only fellow-voyagers with other creatures in the odyssey of evolution.’ – Aldo Leopold.
‘If we cannot establish an enduring or even a humanly bearable economy by our attempt to defeat nature, then we will have to try living in harmony and cooperation with her.’ – Wendell Berry.

Ecological Agriculture graduate Elise Wenden was recently named runner-up in the Victorian Rural Women’s Award. Elise is based in Charlton, 100km northwest of Bendigo. Elise is a partner in a mixed farming enterprise and runs her own business: Fruition Nutrition.

Conventional versus Biodynamic soils

‘It is a century now since Darwin gave us the first glimpse of the origin of species. We know now what was unknown to all the preceding caravan of generations: that men are only fellow-voyagers with other creatures in the odyssey of evolution.’ – Aldo Leopold.
‘If we cannot establish an enduring or even a humanly bearable economy by our attempt to defeat nature, then we will have to try living in harmony and cooperation with her.’ – Wendell Berry.

There is no end to the debate between biodynamics and conventional agriculture and which method best serves the development of soil fertility. In university circles biodynamics draws considerable criticism as being non-scientific and whilst its methodology doesn’t follow normal rules re objectivity and a capacity to interpret the process, it does manage to attract a number of farmers who are products of universities and colleges.

 

SLAM: Spirituality, Leadership and Management

‘It is a century now since Darwin gave us the first glimpse of the origin of species. We know now what was unknown to all the preceding caravan of generations: that men are only fellow-voyagers with other creatures in the odyssey of evolution.’ – Aldo Leopold.
‘If we cannot establish an enduring or even a humanly bearable economy by our attempt to defeat nature, then we will have to try living in harmony and cooperation with her.’ – Wendell Berry.

The spiritual notion probably deserves a special edition of the EAAA newsletter. We don’t subscribe to religion but we do align with a spiritual notion as being part of what it is to be human. One organisation that promotes this in the Australian community is the Spirituality, Leadership & Management Network. Their latest journal has been released and perhaps some  of the members might like to take a look.

Queen of Compost

‘It is a century now since Darwin gave us the first glimpse of the origin of species. We know now what was unknown to all the preceding caravan of generations: that men are only fellow-voyagers with other creatures in the odyssey of evolution.’ – Aldo Leopold.
‘If we cannot establish an enduring or even a humanly bearable economy by our attempt to defeat nature, then we will have to try living in harmony and cooperation with her.’ – Wendell Berry.

Dr Elaine Ingham is well known throughout Australia for her work on extending farmers knowledge about soil biology. At a time when universities seem to shun the topic Dr Ingham introduced and satisfied a thirst in many farmers. As the EAAA understands it Dr Ingham has completed her work in Australia and is now concentrating on conducting research at the Rodale Institute in the USA. It is from there that the following story comes in the form of a comment about GMOs and Dr Ingham’s opposition to them. The full story is available from the link below but the section highlighted here demonstrates clearly the dangers of GMOs.

Adversity is the mother of invention

‘It is a century now since Darwin gave us the first glimpse of the origin of species. We know now what was unknown to all the preceding caravan of generations: that men are only fellow-voyagers with other creatures in the odyssey of evolution.’ – Aldo Leopold.
‘If we cannot establish an enduring or even a humanly bearable economy by our attempt to defeat nature, then we will have to try living in harmony and cooperation with her.’ – Wendell Berry.

Kerry Cochrane

The adversity relates to the Steve Marsh case in WA and how this has led to the creation of an entity to support him and others who are prepared to stand up to the giants of agriculture such as Monsanto. That entity is named The Safe Food Foundation and its details can be found at  http://www.safefoodfoundation.org/GM%20foods.html. It sounds as though it is worthy of the EAAA’s support. The link above provides an extensive list of negative scientific findings regarding health and other impacts of GE crops.

‘Holistic Science Journal’ now available online

‘It is a century now since Darwin gave us the first glimpse of the origin of species. We know now what was unknown to all the preceding caravan of generations: that men are only fellow-voyagers with other creatures in the odyssey of evolution.’ – Aldo Leopold.
‘If we cannot establish an enduring or even a humanly bearable economy by our attempt to defeat nature, then we will have to try living in harmony and cooperation with her.’ – Wendell Berry.

Have a look: http://holisticsciencejournal.co.uk

It also has a brand new presence on Facebook:  http://www.facebook.com/HolisticScienceJournal  – see the latest video from Satish Kumar and Philip Franses there.

Useful organic resources

‘It is a century now since Darwin gave us the first glimpse of the origin of species. We know now what was unknown to all the preceding caravan of generations: that men are only fellow-voyagers with other creatures in the odyssey of evolution.’ – Aldo Leopold.
‘If we cannot establish an enduring or even a humanly bearable economy by our attempt to defeat nature, then we will have to try living in harmony and cooperation with her.’ – Wendell Berry.

Kerry Cochrane

If you are wanting some handy tips on the management of an organic system the following link could work for you. There are several papers accessible through the website that houses the following article:

http://www.extension.org/pages/18906/ecological-understanding-of-insects-in-organic-farming-systems

There are also some visual resources available on the eOrganic YouTube channel

http://www.youtube.com/user/eOrganic

GMO Guineapigs needed in Australia

‘It is a century now since Darwin gave us the first glimpse of the origin of species. We know now what was unknown to all the preceding caravan of generations: that men are only fellow-voyagers with other creatures in the odyssey of evolution.’ – Aldo Leopold.
‘If we cannot establish an enduring or even a humanly bearable economy by our attempt to defeat nature, then we will have to try living in harmony and cooperation with her.’ – Wendell Berry.

Kerry Cochrane

Question: If rats suffer from Liver and Kidney toxicity after eating GM Bt Corn could the same happen to humans? And if this is a possibility should the Australian regulator take steps to reign in the existence of Bt Corn? Well the regulator has decided not to restrict the sale of Bt corn in Australia despite the evidence as stated. For details of this case and the research of French Professor Gilles-Eric Seralin from Caen University go to:http://inwcae.abc.net.au/science/articles/2012/03/09/3447730.htm?topic=tech

Can ecological farming and no-till go hand-in-hand and if so how?

‘It is a century now since Darwin gave us the first glimpse of the origin of species. We know now what was unknown to all the preceding caravan of generations: that men are only fellow-voyagers with other creatures in the odyssey of evolution.’ – Aldo Leopold.
‘If we cannot establish an enduring or even a humanly bearable economy by our attempt to defeat nature, then we will have to try living in harmony and cooperation with her.’ – Wendell Berry.

Kerry Cochrane

No-Till needs chemicals to make it work so how can this work with ecological farming? Well according to the Rodale Institute in the USA no-till to them means sowing into an existing pasture or crop cover. It sounds very much like pasture cropping as we know it in Australia. Take a look for yourself and don’t forget to click on the Technical Bulletin button to find out just what the Rodale Institute is saying:

http://www.rodaleinstitute.org/

Glyphosate Kills Microorganisms

‘It is a century now since Darwin gave us the first glimpse of the origin of species. We know now what was unknown to all the preceding caravan of generations: that men are only fellow-voyagers with other creatures in the odyssey of evolution.’ – Aldo Leopold.
‘If we cannot establish an enduring or even a humanly bearable economy by our attempt to defeat nature, then we will have to try living in harmony and cooperation with her.’ – Wendell Berry.

The following story appeared in the recent edition of From the Soil Up edited by Caroline Ditchfield. FTSU carries a variety of interesting stories but we at the EAAA thought the following was worth a guernsey here. The story goes as follows as written by Caroline:

New research published in the journal Current Microbiology highlights the extent to which glyphosate is altering, and in some cases destroying, the very microorganisms upon which the health of the soil, and – amazingly – the benefits of raw and fermented foods as a whole, depend. Based on an ever-increasing body of scientific evidence showing glyphosate biodegrades slowly, sinks down through the topsoil where it accumulates in the groundwater (source for natural drinking water, e.g. aquifers, springs), and is found in nearly all air and rain samples tested in the US, it is safe to say that Monsanto’s best-selling Roundup is one of the greatest threats to human and environmental health ever created http://fromthesoilup.us2.list-manage.com/track/click?u=d7505c99d17f8deba775cfcea&id=fcde3f2bed&e=9068641b76

Feeding the World

Kerry Cochrane

Can ecological agriculture (aka organics) feed the world? Colin Tudge from Schumaker College UK believes so. Follow this link form Scumacher College to read about Colin’s viewpoints.  http://www.schumachercollege.org.uk/blog/real-farming-a-people-s-take-over-of-the-world-s-food-supply-with-colin-tudge

A Birds Life

Kerry Cochrane

In nature and birds and what happens at feeding time. This is the equivalent to smelling the roses. Take yourself there now and feast on it.http://www.bitrebels.com/lifestyle/mama-birds-feeding-baby-birds-8-heart-warming-photos/

Nature

The EAAA’s position on nature is crystal clear. All species have intrinsic rights and we need to respect that. Having control over nature is not in our dictionary of behavioural responses. We need to empathise and connect with nature. If you wish to try this on for an exercise let your imagination run as you view the best nature photos of 2011. From Kerry Cochrane. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TKwwMgnzuh8&feature=youtu.be

Abrams View form the Centre of the Universe

Kerry Cochrane

This an emerging message of an interesting YouTube presentation by author Nancy Ellen Abrams. Abrams is just released a book called “A View from the Centre of the Universe” in which she documents her thinking about humans and their evolution. Importantly she states that humans are made of history and we are made of matter. Interesting connection of words in which she is really saying humans have evolved in layers over millions/billions of years. She has a science background and is a lawyer. Take a look and see what you think and if you feel motivated go onto our social ecology forum and make a comment. We would love to get some dialogue going on this very question. http://www.facebook.com/groups/108491659255890/

Workshops

‘It is a century now since Darwin gave us the first glimpse of the origin of species. We know now what was unknown to all the preceding caravan of generations: that men are only fellow-voyagers with other creatures in the odyssey of evolution.’ – Aldo Leopold.
‘If we cannot establish an enduring or even a humanly bearable economy by our attempt to defeat nature, then we will have to try living in harmony and cooperation with her.’ – Wendell Berry.

Biodynamics Workshops

Hamish Mackay has a number of workshops coming up. Get the latest from http://biodynamics2024.com.au/products-page/workshops/

 

Soil Food Web Workshops

The Soil Food Web has a number of workshops planned for 2012. These are 3 day workshops where

Day 1 covers Composting: How to make quality compost, ingredients techniques, and more. Day 2 Active Aerated Compost tea: Extracts, building compost and extract brewer, 1000L, 200L, 60L, 20L and more. Day 3 Analysing your tea and compost: How to use your microscope, accessing biology, understanding biology, learning how to read and understand your SFI biological analysis and more. Lismore NSW 8th – 10th May, 3rd – 5th July, 4th – 6th September, 6th – 8th November

http://fromthesoilup.us2.list-manage.com/track/click?u=d7505c99d17f8deba775cfcea&id=3bd8a2e0f0&e=9068641b76

 

Holistic Grazing Workshops

Holistic Grazing has arrived at Orange TAFE and from all reports it is getting excellent reviews. The teacher is Paul Griffiths formerly of the ABC. The next training session starts on the 23-24 April.  If you would like more details email Paul at [paul@reasontospeak.com]

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