Who is Hamish Mackay?
Hamish McKay, biodynamics educator, gave a brief insight into the wonders of biodynamics and its practical contribution to farming. He pointed out that for little output biodynamic preparations could be made or purchased and these were used by both farmers and gardeners with outstanding results.
Check out Hamish Films:
Hamish Mackay & John Priestley – Sun, Moon & Planets Influencing Plants & Animals
Using the Planting Calendar to optimise production is part of a One Day Workshop: An Introduction to BIODYNAMICS:Grazing, Cropping & Horticulture. Astro effects on both farming and human activities has been known for 1000s of years by many different cultures. Understanding and guaging the results through your own observations has led to often simple benefits such as growing straight carrots instead of twisted ones! In fact there is much to be gained as you’ll discover in this Film as Hannish and John tell you their stories.Everyone is aware that the high and low tides in the sea are the effect of the lunar movement but not everyone is aware of the astro effects on plants, animals and us. It costs little to become aware of the astro effects and what can be gained
Hamish Mackay – How to Make Biodynamic Compost
Biodynamic composting is regarded by many to be the ultimate method of composting. Starting with conventional farm sourced materials plus the addition of biodynamic preps and minerals it usually requires turning once. It is then covered and left to ‘do its own thing’ while heat and the fermentation process along with the worms ‘cleans’ up the materials producing a compost rich in a broad spectrum of microbes and plant available minerals.
This Film shows how to build compost in static piles, in cow pat pits and then how to prepare the sprays and to broadcast them by hand.Watch and listen as Hamish starts from scratch and invites participants to build the compost pile with him.
Hamish Mackay at the cow pat pit
Benefits of Planting by the Moon
Hamish illustrates his observations on the plants that were planted on different times of the moon phase. Read more about Hamish Mackay: http://farmingsecrets.com/experts/hamish-mackay/ This clip
Worming by the Full Moon
John shares his experience on Full Moon when his mother fed him pumpkin seeds. John says if you worm animals under the Full Moon, it
Weed management with weed tea or peppering
Hamish discusses that you can’t just go out there and kill weeds as you need to make your soil as holistic as you can. He
Observe what happens when the moon is full or new.
When the moon is full or when the moon is close to the earth all the watery elements get drawn up.So when you harvest fruits
Why does the size of the moon change?
Hamish explains why the size of the moon changes and what the node of the moon means in agriculture. Find out when is the best
Hamish Mackay Introduces the Astro Calendar
The Astro Calendar is like-half of the system in Biodynamics and it’s not just about Biodynamics. It is an ancient way long followed by all
Are We Flogging a Dead Horse? Part 6 of 6
www.farmingsecrets.com A Tongue in cheek description of government activity! This is part 6 of 6 of Biodynamic Workshop with Hamish Mackay and John Priestley about
The Future with Biodynamics and the Need for Some Biodiversity Part 5 of 6
www.farmingsecrets.com The Future with Biodynamics and the Need for Some Biodiversity John refers to our politicians as being a monoculture in Canberra! This is part
Wider Uses of the Astrological Calendar Part 4 of 6
www.farmingsecrets.com Wider Uses of the Astrological Calendar Listen as Hamish describes one sceptic who set out to disprove the effect of the lunar calendar on
Visual results in plant growth when struck at different times in the lunar cycle Part 3 of 6
www.farmingsecrets.com Visual results in plant growth when struck at different times in the lunar cycle This is part 3 of 6 of Biodynamic Workshop with
Understanding the Lunar Calendar Part 2 of 6
www.farmingsecrets.com This is part 2 of 6 of Biodynamic Workshop with Hamish Mackay and John Priestley about Moon Phases Practical applications from observing that it
Practical applications from observing that it is a Full Moon Part 1 of 6
www.farmingsecrets.com Practical applications from observing that it is a Full Moon During the full moon farmers are advised not to mark animals, harvest, cut or
Differences of composting with and without biodynamic preparations Part 3 of 3
This is Part 3 of 3 of Biodynamic Composting Preparation with Hamish Mackay Hamish recalls an experiment that a year 11 girl did with static
Hamish Mackay explains biodynamic preparations Clip 2 of 3
This is Part 2 of 3 of Biodynamic Composting Preparation with Hamish Mackay Hamish introduces his class to biodynamic (BD) preparations. He explains that there
Hamish Mackay talks about some of the basics of biodynamic composting Clip 1 of 3
This is Part 1 of 3 of Biodynamic Composting Preparation with Hamish Mackay After the class has very quickly helped build a static compost heap,
Biodynamics is a Cost Effective Method of Farming Part 5 of 5
Here’s a simple reason as to why we have weeds. This is a snippet from a 1-day course: with Hamish Mackay and John Priestley Growing
Biodynamics is a Cost Effective Method of Farming Part 4 of 5
Here’s a simple reason as to why we have pests and of the essential role they play. This is a snippet from a 1-day course:
Farming Secrets – Walk The Talk – Hamish Mackay – 1 of 3 – Biodynamic Compost Preparations
http://farmingsecrets.com: Compost plays a very important role in restoring and maintaining healthy soils. It can be added into the soil or used to make compost
Farming Secrets – Walk The Talk – Hamish Mackay – 2 of 3 – The Soil Foodweb
http://farmingsecrets.com: Hamish Mackay explains how soil starts as rock and goes through the cycle to support old growth forest. Want to get rid of weeds?
Farming Secrets – Walk The Talk – Hamish Mackay – 3 of 3 – Planting by the Calendar
http://farmingsecrets.com: Planting by the calendar is another tool used by many farmers to advance their farming productivity. Listen as Hamish Mackay explains why. For more