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This past two months have been most dynamic for Shabari and Hugh. First we bought a little cottage in Wiangaree, New South Wales.  Situated in a food forest with  guava, white sapote, mandarine, mangoes, grapefruit, macadamia, mulberry, papaya, fig, banana, and even a mature Carob tree, we overlook the Wiangaree Lagoon.  
We moved while I had flu and pneumonia. Hugh is my hero, driving twice daily trailer loads the 7 miles from rental house to our new place. Thanks to our dear friends who supported us> Adrienne Joseph, Eli Elphick, Robert,  John, crew from the Living Arc, Dynamic Healer Paula Brindley, Brett Sanders, Micheal and William Waite. 

This newsletter is being written as we pack to leave for UK, Scotland and Ireland, only three weeks after we moved in to our new place. 
After forty hours of travel from Brisbane through Singapore to London, Now I am completing this special edition from my friend Sylvia Von Hohenberg's London flat. 

Below is picture of our new cottage called: "The Ark"  2 Worendo Street  Wiangaree, NSW, Australia
61-2-636-2274 New home phone. 

The Ark Cottage                                                                   Wiangaree Lagoon
Dynamic Forces
By Hugh Lovel
Advocates of chemical nitrogen say fertilising with artificial nitrogen is efficient because plants don’t have to supply the energy. They reason that if artificial fixation uses ten units of methane to make one unit of ammonia, and still more to convert this into other forms, this is carbon energy the plant does not have to supply. However, when artificial nitrogen is applied as urea, half volatilizes as N2O gas while the remainder oxidizes to nitrate. Moreover, plants use up nearly as much energy converting nitrate to amino acid as was required to fix nitrogen as amino acid in the first place, so where is the savings?
The clincher is that nitrate suppresses nitrogen fixation—nitrogen fixing microbes drown in their own waste, as nitrate is the final waste product of their activity. This means that artificial nitrogen fertilisation—even if from organic sources—shuts down biological fixation. Then plants must depend on applied nitrates rather than on feeding nitrogen fixation and receiving amino acid uptake.
Ironically, the methane required for artificial nitrogen fixation is a non-renewable resource. We don’t want to become dependent on its use to artificially produce nitrogen because whenever it becomes scarce we’ll be in a fix.
In a low nitrate soil, microbes living around plant roots depend on strong sap flow, rich in amino acids and low in nitrates, into the plant by day. In return the plant gives off energy rich root exudates by night. With plenty of energy to fix nitrogen, the nitrogen fixing microbes and the protozoa which digest them in the soil foodweb will provide ample amino acids in each new day’s sap uptake. Strong sap uptake assures rich photosynthesis which assures more energy given off as root exudates. Then there is increased nitrogen fixation and protozoal digestion the following evening. This feeds richer amino acid uptake, stronger photosynthesis, more root exudation and so forth.
The less plants take up nitrate and the more they take up amino acids, the more efficiently they photosynthesise and share their life energy with their microbial symbiotes in the soil; then the more complex and vigorous they tend to be. In the final analysis, it not only matters how we build life processes into our soil, but also whether we impart these in an appropriate, balanced way. There are up and down processes. What goes on above adds energy and complexity to the growth and foliar processes which supply root exudates. Then if what goes on in the soil goes up, then what goes on in the leaf goes back down as root exudates.
Nitrogen comes into these processes in the soil, while carbon enters via the leaf. So we must see to the activities of sulphur, boron and silicon that open up the soil and provide transport for calcium, amino acids, magnesium, phosphorus, etc. so they arrive in the leaf and the processes of turning water and carbon dioxide into sugar take place.
The dynamic is that a certain amount of sugar is required to provide the energy for initiating microbial release of sulphur, boron and silicon for plants to deliver nutrients to the leaves. This is why crop seeds have large, carbohydrate rich cotyledons while weeds have tiny seeds with next to no carbohydrates. Conversely the amino acids and minerals delivered from the soils are required for the leaves to capture energy and make carbohydrates in the leaves. This delivers carbohydrates to the soil’s microbes as root exudates and feeds more and more nitrogen fixation. The dynamic interplay between what goes on below ground and what goes on above depends on boosting each  activity at the right times, morning and evening—as if we were pumping our farms or garden up on a swing set. Timing and balance are key, and that means there’s no substitute for doing the right thing at the right time. We need rhythm and feeling as well as a modicum of substance.
It becomes clearer and clearer that we cannot meet all our challenges in agriculture without understanding both processes and substances. Substances play their parts, but we need an understanding of life process as well. These differ with the seasons, the phases of the moon and various other factors. Without doing the right things at the right times we will never turn our farms around to improving instead of running down. Ultimately what this means is operating our farms or gardens as unique organisms within their own boundaries and contexts. These can be the property boundaries and natural cycles, within which energy and complexity builds up out of the surroundings; but, without boundaries and closure of cycles, life forces leak away.

ugh speaking at YLAD Conference  Click here to listen
Shabari and Hugh travel cross Australia. Here is part 3 of our adventure. 
 17th May Hugh and I departed on a 7,000 mile (12,000 km) adventure. Traveling from Collins Creek, New South Wales to Harvey, Western Australia and returning on 15th July by way of Melbourne, the Hunter Valley, New South Wales 

Here is the link to see Part 1

Here is the link to see Part 2

3 days to cross the Nullabor, I Shabari have the certificate to prove that I drove the Nullabor.
Our first consultation  stop after crossing the Nullabor was with the Carypidis family and their organic Vineyard. They are also Fieldbroadcaster owners. / I really feel at home in their barn. Their Greek mother makes the best coffee and I do so enjoy my visits with herr. Although she speaks very little English, we understand each other. A hard working family who deserve their excellent reputation. They also organically grow and cure their own olives which we are so fortunate to have been gifted a tub of them. Love those olives. 

Established in 2001 by the Carypidis Family, Light's View is one of Australia’s family owned wine companies, offering exceptional wines with regional sophistication and strong varietal flavours, to the local and export markets. Based at Virginia, South Australia, the Light's View team has 3 generations of grape growing experience behind them, dating back to the early 1950's in Greece.
Our philosophy is simple - produce high quality Australian wine that people all over the world love to drink.

The Adelaide Plains lie north of Adelaide and South east of the Barossa valley (Mount Lofty Ranges Zone, South Australia) 34° 41's, 138° 34'E; Altitude 20-50m (66 feet). We are bounded east by the Adelaide hills and west by the coastal waters of the Gulf of St Vincent. The cool coastal breezes and abundance of sunshine create ideal weather conditions for this grape growing region.
The soil is a mixture of dark heavy loam and sandy loam over limestone. Both are alkaline, and perfect for grape growing. We use drip irrigation from both recycled water and underground aquifers as the annual rainfall in the region is generally low.
Lenswood, South Australia
namic Agriculture Australia Field Day at our dear friend Kym Green's apple and cherry orchards. 
Kym teaches in the US, Canada, Chili, and Australia his unique system of pruning known at KGB. 
We celebrated Hugh's Birthday with a huge Bouilabasse which I made from fresh fish purchased by the seaside of South Australia. Thanks Kym and Jane for the lovely visit. 

Listen to Kym Green describe his Quantumagriculture growing perspective HERE
Mt. Gambier, South Australia
For four years Hugh has been working on retainer with Dairy Business Centre, Sheparton, VIC. Hugh has been supporting their hundred dairy farmers with total soil testing, and educating them on biological growing methods. 

Ange Angelino, Dan Huggins, Hugo McMullan, Pamela Hartin and the dairy farmers they work for are a very special breed. Of course, anyone who sees to milking hundreds of cows twice a day every day of the year is elite, Importantly  these folks are dedicated to taking a biological approach.

Ange is involved in three dairies at Mt. Gambier, SA. and we all decided to meet up there to discuss our programs for the coming year. Most dairy farmers in Victoria, South Australia and Tasmania had suffered severely in the last round of dairy price cuts and even though Dairy Business Centre hadn't lost any of the farmers on their biological program, many were recovering from very tight finances. Using total tests and a biological dry blend to balance nutrients in pastures, we'd cut nitrogen inputs from 100 kg/ha/mo to 20 kg/ha/mo with a humic soil drench that included sea minerals and homeopathic BD preps. The result was improvement of conception on joining, lower mastitis, more clover in pastures, higher forage production, better herd health and more profitability; but with low dairy prices this still seemed like running harder not to fall behind so much. After a review of our overall program Ange took us out to look at pastures and cows. Kentgrove South, Ange's dairy, was growing better grass and clover than anything visible on non-biological neighboring properties. The soil was growing along with the grass. On Kongorong, Ange's mate Baz's dairy, Baz had crushed up pure limestone surface rock and given it biological treatments and the shovel went in full depth and what wasn't still limestone chunks was now rich dark brown soil. Baz's composting operation was getting in gear too, though it needed more laneway scrapings and ditch spoils to boost the soil component. Ange's liquid humate mixing operation was running a lot more smoothly too. Things were definitely getting on track. Conversion to biological offers a lot of efficiencies because with biology 5 + 5 is generally equal to 12 or 14 because of synergy and syntropy, whereas with chemicals and minerals there is no life and 5 + 5 tend to add up to 8 or 9 because of waste. But biological still far too experimental and not everything we've tried has worked as expected. Mixing liquid humates from soluble powder is one of these things. We've tried a lot of things and found in general a circular cone shaped tank with the pump output flushing up from the bottom of the cone with intake back to the pump from the top of the tank tends to work best.
The next day we visited John Boyd's and then traveled up to see Mick Winzer's. John has had a real challenge with stray voltage, as he has a railway across the centre of his farm with a big triple phase power line intersecting and crossing the railway. MIck, who has been our poster boy with the highest silica levels in his soil tests, the best pasture production and herd health and the most four leaf clovers, has recently re-lazered most of his paddocks and this has given his soils and pasture production a big set-back. Looking at his new pivot was encouraging as the four leaf clovers were coming back--always a good sign. After a relaxed night at Hugo and Karen's it was off to the MCG for DBC's Christmas in July where we watched Hawthorne triumph over the Coillingwood Magpies. Shabari loves Aussie Rules Footy, and I can see why. Fast paced, keeps moving, great game.
CHRISTMAS IN JULY  with 100 Dairy Farmers at the Melbourne Cricket Grounds. 
 Thank you Hugh and Karen McMullan for hosting the dinner and introducing me to the most exciting sport of
Aussie Rules Football.
Have the thrill of AFL here.

The MCC always has been the foremost promoter of sport in Australia.  In 1859 the MCC drew up the first set of rules for Victorian (later Australian) football. It hosted the first tour by an English cricket team in 1862, the first Test match in 1877 and the first one-day international match in 1971.
An exhibition baseball match was played at the ground between two American teams in 1888, the club laid the country's first asphalt tennis courts in 1879 and bowling greens were established at the MCG in 1894.
We called in on dear friends and Fieldbroadcaster owners Rhonda and Bill Daly's â€œMilgadara”, the 1400-hectare property that has been in the Daly family since 1907, reveals soft, fungal-smelling soils and plant roots thickly furred with soil sticking to root exudates, an indication of health

YLAD Living Soils is an Australian owned company formed to supply a large range of biological, organic and humus compost fertility products and programs that support the natural balance of the physical, chemical and biological aspects of the soil, lessening the reliance on conventional chemical fertilser inputs.

Established in 2002 by Bill and Rhonda Daly, YLAD Living Soils have gained the reputation as leaders in agronomic advice for natural farming systems including environmental educational programs for farmers making the transition from industrial to biological agriculture.
On our drive toward Krinklewood Vineyard, Hugh drove us to Bathurst, NSW to celebrate my birthday lunch. 
Certainly of of the most beautiful small cities in Australia. Lunch Bathurst
Bathurst is often referred to as the Gold Country as it was the site of the first gold discovery and where the first gold rush occurred in Australia.[3] Today, the legend of Peter Brock, education, tourism and manufacturing drive the economy. The internationally known racetrack Mount Panorama is a landmark of the city. Bathurst has an historic city centre with many buildings remaining from the gold rush period of the mid to late 1800s. Bathurst is located on the western edge of the Great Dividing Range in the Macquarie River plain; also known as the Bathurst plains.[6] The city is located adjacent to the Macquarie River which is part of the Murray-Darling basin, the largest river system in Australia. The city is protected by a levee bank to protect the city from occasional flood events
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Peter Windrim and his lovely wife prepared a lovely meal for our arrival. We were graciously hosted in the vineyard manor house. The next day consultation Hugh spent walking with Peter through the vines and most importantly looking at the compost and giving suggestions for improvements of this vital source of nutrients.
The next evening Hugh and I spent alone in this lovely family home preparing a simple salmon croquettes with gluten free crackers I had made.  Thank you so much Windrim family.
Krinklewood is a family owned boutique Hunter Valley winery and vineyard in which every member of the family contributes significantly.  Together with their great team of vineyard and cellar door staff, are all committed and ‘hands on’ in the daily biodynamic operations of the vineyard and farm and delight in the fact that ‘what you put in is what you get back’.Their unique logo is somewhat a tribute to our beloved Limousin cattle. Prior to the vineyard being planted, Krinklewood Biodynamic Vineyard was home to more than 60 Limousin cattle. Gradually the herd has been reduced to make room for the vines, but the remaining herd still roam freely and contribute significantly to their biodynamic farming practices. This striking breed of cattle originate from the Limoge province in France where an ancient cave painting depicting the bulls gave inspiration for the Krinklewood logo.
The vineyard is located in the southern end of the Broke Fordwich valley and has a slightly cooler climate than most of the Hunter Valley wineries.  Every aspect of their vineyard is managed in a wholistic and sustainable way, without the use of any chemicals. 
The white vines were planted in 1998 are located on a flat bed of free-draining loam organic soil which is ideal for producing classic Hunter Valley Semillon, Verdelho and Chardonnay. In more recent years we have added to the whites with small plantings of Gerwurztraminer and Viognier.

Krinklewood are the proud owners of a Quantumagriculture Fieldbroadcaster. 
Here is a conversation with Shabari and Peter Windrim at our Advanced Course in 2014. 

Peter Windrim in the Vineyard


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Leave them Laughing

Two men were walking through the woods and came upon a big black, deep hole. One man picked up a rock and tossed it into the hole and stood listening for the rock to hit bottom. There was no sound.
He turned to the other guy and said "that must be a deep hole...let's throw a bigger rock in there and listen for it to hit bottom." The men found a bigger rock and both picked it up and lugged it to the hole and dropped it in.
They listened for some time and never heard a sound. Again, they agreed that this must be one deep hole and maybe they should throw something even bigger into it.
One man spotted a rail-road tie nearby. They picked up the tie, grunting and groaning, and lugged it to the hole. They tossed it in. No sound. All of a sudden, a goat came flying out of the woods, running like the wind, and flew past the men and jumped straight into the hole. The men were amazed.
About that time, an old hayseed farmer came out of the woods and asked the men if they had seen a goat. One man told the farmer of the incredible incident they had just witnessed...they had just seen this goat fly out of the woods and run and leap into the big hole. The man asked the farmer if this could have been his goat.
The old farmer said "naw, that can't be my goat...he was chained to a railroad tie."

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