This is a short-notice alert to a meeting that is on tomorrow night that should be high value following on from our core resilience topic of soils. It's the Year of the Soil for a good reason!
The event is the June meeting of the Sub-Tropical Fruit Club of Qld, and the Guest Speaker is Mark Parkinson, an Agronomist who promotes biological, sustainable,organic farming systems. He will talk on foliar fertilisers, microbes, humic and fulvic acids, why disease occurs and how to prevent it in the soil and on the plant.
Location: Peace Hall, 102 McDonald Rd, Windsor
Time: Library opens 6pm. Meeting 7pm.
If you haven't yet been to a Sub-Tropical Fruit Club of QLD meeting, be warned! These are some of the very best meetings going. This one is a soup and pasta night, and they also have the best raffles ever - for plants with a high chance of winning something.
Guests are welcome - you just pay slightly more, but the cost is little. Joining is only $20 a year from memory, which has to be one of the best $20-value going. The knowledge and abundance that comes out of this group is a marvel to experience.
INFORMATION: For those of us who were lucky enough to attend The Planting together, there was an excellent talk on large-scale composting (Woodford food waste; farm composting; school and tertiary institution food waste composting). Two take-home points I came away with were the use of straw bales as compost heap surrounds; and the importance of building up a good innoculant in your compost heap. This can take some time, but once it is established it makes future compost take off fast. There are some formulae for compost piles to create innoculants.
QUOTE: Native American Luther Standing Bear: "We are of the soil and the soil is of us. We love birds and beasts that grew with us on this soil. They drank the same water and breathed the same air. We are all one in nature. Believing so, there was in our hearts a great peace and willing kindness for all living, growing things." [From:The Sixth Extinction: Biodiversity and its Survival, by Richard Leakey and Roger Lewin.]