Family Friendly Biodynamics: practical organics

Learning about the theory of biodynamic gardening can sometimes feel a little bit like attending Hogwarts, but it doesn't have to be quite so complicated. A lot of the basic principles are just good, commonsense organic gardening - what is often referred to as permaculture, regenerative, no-till, holistic, natural or gentle gardening. 

As parents, we want our children to connect with nature, observe how plants grow, learn to respect creatures like bees and worms, and also know where their food comes from. 

I say that learning to make soil fits into that, as does learning to save seeds. 

But how do we teach something that we never learned ourselves?

This is where the latest Blue Borage course is filling a need - for families who want to start using biodynamics, but want to learn alongside their children, and who want to apply the methods immediately without spending years learning about the deeper esoteric theory.

Sound like you?  

Why a development group?

As an empty nester (and very young grandmother), my time with small children in the house is over. 

The development group is made up of families who love the Blue Borage approach and are interested in testing the first iteration of this new course, to make sure it suits children of different ages and different temperaments.

I also want to make sure that families can apply the techniques in a small garden as well as a lifestyle block or rural setting.

What's included?

The first outline of the course was 10 units - 2 introductory lessons to set up a child's garden, and then two units per season, to keep you busy throughout the year. 

Already (just two weeks into the planning), I've made the introduction 3 units so that we have food scrap management baked in from the outset.

I've now added 2 bonus units to help you turn your child's garden into a resource for making and giving gifts to friends, neighbours, teachers and relatives. 

For more information and to enrol in the course, go to the Blue Borage online school here

If you have questions and would like to book a time to chat, then I have calendar slots open here.

We officially start on August 1st, and the actual course will be released to the public sometime in October. 

All families welcome, as are the empty nesters like me who are now thinking of one day including grandchildren in their gardening. 


Ideas for innovative edible gardening solutions using biodynamic methods to make exquisite compost is what the world needs right now. To see the full range of online courses go to blueborage.teachable.com or get in touch by email at katrina@blueborage.co.nz


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