Sorcery or science? How can a concoction made from manure buried in cow horns in the dead of winter and sprayed on tired dirt under a new moon reinvigorate soil? Not even the founding father of Australian biodynamics Alex Podolinsky knew the answer. But 50 years later, farmers who follow this practice are paid top dollar for their dairy products, beef, rice and almonds. This week, the world's first international conference on biodynamics will be held in China, a fitting tribute to Mr Podolinsky, who died in June, just shy of his 94th birthday.
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Alex Podolinsky was a travelling man. Born in a Ukrainian family, two world wars would take him through Switzerland, England and Germany only to end up in Australia, on the run from the Stalin regime. Down under, he dedicated his life to the virtues of a biodynamic agriculture that was deeply inspired by Rudolf Steiner, but revisited to suit the Australian conditions.
He later travelled the world to share his knowledge and success story. On Sunday June 30, just 15 days away from his 94th birthday, Alex Podolinsky went on his final journey, due to a stroke.
In , Alex founded the Biodynamic Agricultural Association of Australia BDAAA and his conferences started to inspire hundreds of farmers to take on a path outlined by observation, responsibility and rejection of chemicals. Under his consultancy, for which he asked nothing in return, the farms he visited saw tremendous development in the man-earth-animal-plant complex. Alex Podolinsky, however, developed a use that was applicable to greater agricultural surfaces, and because of him more than a million hectares are cultivated in this way, in Australia alone!
Today, farmers all over the world keep on practicing his ideas, eager to prove that a dynamic and extensive agriculture is possible far beyond the small-scale we usually associate with this technique. Join more than 1 million activists involved in more than 10, projects throughout countries around the world, working to provide good, clean and fair food for all.
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He supported his very keen observations with a clear and conscious methodicity of explanation and understanding. With artifically fertilised, or even organically fertilised systems, the feeder root system is often impared or even destroyed. Alex Podolinsky is one of the outstanding pioneering individuals in Bio-Dynamics. Where it is practiced in situations from small market gardens up to 10, acre ha wheat and sheep farms, and large Station properties. Every conceivable crop is produced Bio-Dynamically. Many Australian, as well as European and from elsewhere have embraced this practical application of the Bio-Dynamic Method, which, if correctly applied, does not rely on large amounts or even any, of off farm inputs, The mark of true sustainablity. The results of their efforts are clearly visible in the humus formation and soil re-structuring that occurs on their farms, often in a very short space of time.
Biodynamic farming pioneer Alex Podolinsky had sceptics, but farmers still follow his methods
Alex Podolinsky was a travelling man. Born in a Ukrainian family, two world wars would take him through Switzerland, England and Germany only to end up in Australia, on the run from the Stalin regime. Down under, he dedicated his life to the virtues of a biodynamic agriculture that was deeply inspired by Rudolf Steiner, but revisited to suit the Australian conditions. He later travelled the world to share his knowledge and success story.