Stalls are finalised and we are ready and keen for our Bellingen Autumn Plant Fair this Saturday 11 March and hope you are too.
Please see below our stall list, with park map at bottom showing where everyone is.
PLANT GROWERS & OTHER STALLS ATTENDING
TALKS ON STAGE & WORKSHOP:
THE BELLINGEN GROWERS MARKET
You will find theBellingen Growers Marketon the south/east of the Plant Fair, (in D area on the above map), entry via Park St. Its a great opportunity to buy your fresh and delicious produce and goodies, plus some 2nd hand.
Don’t miss out on getting your tickets to the large plant raffle, drawn at 1pm. You don’t have to be there, if you leave a contact number.
Biodynamic Agriculture Australia will be attending the Bellingen Autumn Plant Fair on Saturday 11 March 2023, with lots of information, products, and an informative talk on stage from 10am with Sid Hazell.
Sid is a teacher with NSW TAFE and has been teaching organic farming, biodynamics and production horticulture for over 20 years. Over that time he has brought many students to the Biodynamic Australia office in Bellingen twice a year so they can participate in the biodynamic preparation making and be exposed to the concepts of biodynamics.
Sid is passionate about passing on the knowledge and benefits of organics and regenerative agriculture and especially the deep respect for the earth and humanity found in biodynamics.
Speaker: Sid Hazell Biodynamic Agriculture Australia Ltd, Bellingen
Biodynamic Agriculture Australia will be attending our Bellingen Autumn Plant Fair on Saturday 11 March 2023, with an information stall and a talk on stage at 10am.
They will provide insights into growing using the biodynamic method, with practical demonstrations and handouts to get you started.
Generally speaking, conventional food growing is input dependent and entropic. This degrades or destroys critical fertility factors such as soil carbon, soil structure and soil food web viability. Such losses lead to lower food quality, less water holding capacity of soil, decreased plant species biodiversity, increased plant susceptibility to extremes of weather and climate, and greater risk of soil erosion. Chronic and acute effects on human and animal health are being steadily uncovered and evaluated.
When the biodynamic preparations and practices are applied properly in place of conventional inputs and practices, soil biology is enhanced, plants grow with greater resistance to disease, insect attack and climate extremes, and input costs are greatly reduced. A properly run biodynamic system is syntropic – it builds up complexity and produces much more energy than it consumes. Such a system is truly sustainable.
For anyone inclined to take up biodynamic practice, there is a certain consciousness or attitude involved, summed up as follows:
the Earth as a sacred being, and food as a divine gift
Sadly Sari Komlos cancelled her workshop due to a family emergency, but we are fortunate to secure local lass Laura with her years of experience.
Laura is co-creator of Chamomile Natural Health in Bellingen with 10 years experience as a clinical naturopath. She has a huge passion for herbs, in the garden, in the clinic and in the home. She has had loads of fabulous and fun experience wild harvesting herbs in Australia and has also spent time working in herb gardens and foraging the hedgerows in England.
For this workshop you will learn some simple and practical preparations that will get you started in this wonderful world of herbs.
The Bellingen Autumn Plant Fair wheels have begun to turn as we start organising the wonderful event for Saturday 11 March 2023.
We look forward to a full park of plants and everything associated with, including delicious food, drinks and live music on the main stage from 9am by Thoughts & Prayers.
Thoughts & Prayers are a duo from Valla Beach on the NSW mid north coast featuring Brett Barber and Deb Spillane. Although genre-fluid they are tempted to describe themselves as pioneers of post- Covid pop!
Their mission is to prove that the vast majority of the best songs ever written only need two guitars and two vocal harmonies to hit the spot. The name Thoughts & Prayers was chosen in a shameless attempt to become the most mentioned band in the world. Sadly it’s since become evident that if it’s politicians saying your name it’s not really helpful!
Thoughts & Prayers have a chill sound ideal for markets, house parties, cafes and restaurants. Their music does not rely on computerised beats, backing tracks or excessive volume. (They are more likely to peak at 7 rather than 11)