We grow a range of seasonal produce on around 1.5 acres at any given time. The farm is maintained using a variety of small scale farming tools and machinery, which is continuously being reviewed and adapted to our needs and capacities.
When farming on a smaller scale, there is some freedom to decide how the land will be managed. At Warrah Biodynamic Farm, we endeavour to minimise our (human) impact on the soil and surrounding environment. This is important as agriculture generally exposes and exploits natural systems and resources to produce food and fibre so we can live a comfortable and healthy life.
To reduce our impacts on the landscape at Warrah Farm, we use minimal-till methods. Meaning, we avoid disturbing the soil too much in general farming activities such as weeding, planting and cultivating. In addition, as the farm is certified organic, we use no chemical or synthetic ‘cides’ or fertiliser. Only naturally derived and eco-friendly products are used in our production system, to maximise biodiversity above and below the soil.
The inclusion of volunteers and clients on the farm aids the social and therapeutic benefits of agriculture, where humans have always worked together, with nature, to produce all our foodstuff. At Warrah Farm we are proud and rewarded every day to include this aspect in our production system.
Biodynamic methods at Warrah Farm are also integral for our soil’s health, for producing exceptional quality produce. Biodynamics is also fantastic for the social and therapeutic inclusion of the space, where volunteers and clients are presented with holistic approaches to land management, first introduced in the 1920s by Austrian philosopher and scientist Rudolf Steiner.
Warrah has two cows on the farm – Elke and Frangipani. Cows with horns like theirs are a common sight on biodynamic properties. Everyone probably knows that cows play an important role in providing nutrient rich manure as they graze the fallow paddocks. However, cow horns are also extremely important in the biodynamic approach to organic farming. They are used in the preparation of Horn Manure (500). This preparation is produced during the winter months to use in spring as a fertilising spray. Fresh biodynamic cow manure is pushed into old cow horns and buried in rich topsoil for 4-6 months over the winter. Come spring, the horns are dug up and this beautifully fermented, nutrient dense compost is collected and used to enhance and rejuvenate the soil.