Here at Mungalli, we grow diverse, productive pastures from well balanced soils and the Biodynamic preparations that naturally enhance the fertility of our soil.
The biodynamic preps are used in minute quantities and inoculate the soil with a culture that leads to top quality humus production. This hummus stores nutrients and water in a form that the plant can use. In a similar way the right culture in our digestive track can lead to a happy healthy human, the right culture plus milk can make the perfect cheese or yoghurt, and grape juice with different cultures can make wine or vinegar if that is what you want.
In a natural system it is all about culture in the right environment.
On our farms we do soil and leaf tests to see what the plant is missing, and balance the soil with rock dusts like lime or dolomite or rock phosphate or perhaps even trace elements if they are needed.
A healthy, well balanced soil plus the right legumes and soil bacteria produce all of the nitrogen that our farm requires to produce healthy vibrant pastures, and great tasting milk nearly all year round. Warmth, sunlight and soil moisture are also important but they generally come free from the sky.
However this is not what happens on most conventional farms. They have discovered that diverse legume pastures are difficult to grow and are not as productive as a synthetically fertilised monoculture of one or two species of grasses. Conventional farmers can get an enormous amount of feed by pushing their pastures with urea and other artificial stimulants that push the soil to produce significantly more than nature intended.
Is this bad or is it simply an improvement on nature which makes modern farming more efficient than organic and traditional methods of farming?
Let’s explore this subject and you can make up your own mind.