Cultivate Conference 2018

Dates: 17th - 21st October 2018 | Venue: Yarrahapinni, NSW

What a wonderful weekend we had together! If you weren't there you really missed out! Recordings at the bottom of this page!



Recordings at the bottom of this page

2018 Seminar Lineup

Our 2018 seminars are looking fantastic! Heaps here for everyone!

Seminars are arranged in subject streams, and you can choose to follow a single stream, or to pick & choose any seminar or workshop from any stream at any time!

Stream: Gardener’s Soil Health presented by Ian Mot & Ben Meldt

Stream: Sustainable Orcharding presented by Jeremy Price

Stream: Market Gardening presented by Rod & Desley Bailey

Stream: Country Living presented by Various Presenters

Seminar 1: Thursday 9:00 - 10:00

Gardener’s Soil Health: Benefits of gardening in great soil

Sustainable Orcharding: Not just for the love of it - Why we are here?

Market Gardening: Field trip to The Eastward Garden

Country Living: Animal Husbandry - Chooks, dogs, birds, kangaroos & wombats (Desley, Hannah & Ella Bailey)

Seminar 2: Thursday 10:15 - 11:15

Gardener’s Soil Health: Soil makeup and interactions

Sustainable Orcharding: Getting to the root of the matter - Understanding soil

Market Gardening: Field trip to The Eastward Garden (continued)

Country Living: Animal Husbandry - Goats, cattle & horses (Desley, Hannah & Ella Bailey)

Seminar 3: Thursday 11:30 - 12:30

Gardener’s Soil Health: What is soil health?

Sustainable Orcharding: Keeping the main thing the main thing - Healthy plants

Market Gardening: Field trip to The Eastward Garden (continued)

Country Living: Natural Remedies - Your First Aid Kit in your Backyard (Jana Meldt)

Seminar 4: Thursday 1:30 - 2:30

Gardener’s Soil Health: How do you measure soil health?

Sustainable Orcharding: Getting your hands dirty - Orchard establishment

Market Gardening: Field trip to The Eastward Garden (continued)

Country Living: Natural Remedies - Your First Aid Kit in your Kitchen Cupboard (Jana Meldt)

Seminar 5: Thursday 3:00 - 4:00

Gardener’s Soil Health: How to keep soil healthy

Sustainable Orcharding: Recipe for success - Seasonal task planner 

Market Gardening: Field trip to The Eastward Garden (continued)

Country Living: Natural Remedies - Poultices, Concoctions, and Applications (Jana Meldt)

Seminar 6: Friday 9:00 - 10:00

Gardener’s Soil Health: Soil restoration approach & application

Sustainable Orcharding: Let the light shine in - Canopy management 

Market Gardening: The Bottom Line - Crops & Marketing 

Country Living: Building a Beehive (Loren Engelbrecht)

Seminar 7: Friday 10:15 - 11:15

Gardener’s Soil Health: Using restored soil to produce amazing produce

Sustainable Orcharding: Keeping the baddies at bay - Crop protection 

Market Gardening: The Best Advice - Resources

Country Living: Building a Beehive (Loren Engelbrecht)

Seminar 8: Friday 11:30 - 12:30

Gardener’s Soil Health: Visual soil analysis exercise and soil repair demo

Sustainable Orcharding: These three things - Making it happen?

Market Gardening: Q&A (Rod & Desley Bailey, John & Pam Dysinger)

Country Living: Building a Beehive (Loren Engelbrecht)

Seminar 9: Forum - AgriBusiness Friday 1:30 - 2:30

Seminar 10: Forum - The Next Generation - Friday 3:00 - 4:00


John & Pam Dysinger - Keynote Speakers

John and Pam have had the amazing privilege of raising their family of five children on Bountiful Blessings Farm in Tennessee, USA. For the past 20 years their family has worked together growing organic produce and supplying their Community Supported Agriculture, Farmer’s Markets, Restaurants, and wholesale accounts.

Although they love the challenges and rewards of growing healthy food, their passion is encouraging others to experience the blessings of an agrarian life.  Having shared their experience in the Market Gardening stream last year, John and Pam are returning to Cultivate as our keynote speakers.

John and Pam have been involved with the Adventist Agricultural Association (AdAgrA) since it’s germination.


Jeremy Price - Sustainable Orcharding

Many families dream of harvesting delicious tree ripened fruit from their very own trees, and Jeremy is coming to help you make it happen. He will show you how some careful planning and better understanding of plant and soil dynamics will help your home orchard reach its potential. 

Jeremy is a 4th generation fruit grower from the Perth Hills region in Western Australia. With 23 years experience in orchards, and an industry leader in IPM (Integrated Pest Management), he is passionate about growing beautiful fruit for all to enjoy. Currently living in Manjimup WA with his wife Rochelle and three girls, he has been managing an organic apple orchard for the last three years. He is passionate about mission, and longs to see all God’s people reaping the rewards of their own food garden. 

The orcharding stream will give you simple, practical advice you can apply so you can harvest delicious, nutrient dense fruit that will have the family smiling and the storehouse overflowing.

Ian Mot in the Garden

Ian Mot - Gardener's Soil Health

Ian comes from Victoria where he is studying his Master’s degree in crop production systems. On the side he has been working for the last 3 years on converting his parents land into a farm. "The greatest blessing of working with the soil is watching it improve, and how we change for the better with it." Ian's passion is for soil health and how a deeper understanding can help gardeners and farmers alike reach consistent quality, resistance to disease and yield that makes growing worthwhile, profitable and satisfying. 

The Gardener's Soil Health course will introduce why gardeners should take their soil's health seriously. As soil health is the key to growing quality food and managing plant disease, this course aims to explain soil health, how it can be assessed by anyone in a soil pit, and how to keep it healthy. The course will conclude with practical demonstrations showing how any soil can be restored to long term nutrient dense food production.


Ben & Jana Meldt - Gardener's Soil Health & Natural Remedies

Ben & Jana are experienced Holistic Health Educators and Coaches. They have run community health programs from their local church in Brisbane for several years. At Cultivate Jana is presenting some of her excellent Natural Remedies workshops:

  • Your First Aid Kit in your Backyard & Garden
  • Your First Aid Kit in your Kitchen Cupboard
  • Poultices, Concoctions, and Applications

Ben's passion is natural living - cooperating with God's plan of restoration and redemption - an important part of which is growing your own quality food and medicine whether you live in the Burbs or the Bush. He is an avid backyard organic gardener who admits he has often gone overboard with popular organic growing fads. 

Ben has taken up the AdAgrA challenge of having a more Bible-based and rational approach to gardening and soil science, and is excited about being part of this revival in seeking God's wisdom for nutrient dense food growing. He will co-present the Gardener's Soil Health stream with Ian Mot.


Rod & Desley Bailey - Market Gardening

Rod, Desley, Hannah, Ella & Jack have been cultivating The Eastward Garden - about 1.5 acres of the Eastward property in Rollands Plains (NSW) - for the last 3 years. Growing up to 40 different crops at any one time, their non-certified organic garden supplies health conscious customers looking for fantastic super fresh produce from Kempsey to Taree through a weekly farmer's market and home deliveries. 

The 2018 Market Gardening stream will be conducted in The Eastward Garden, about 1 hours drive from the Cultivate venue. Everyone will have a hand's-on, practical experience as Rod and the crew illustrate and explain their production systems. Planning, crops, varieties, bed preparation, seeding, transplanting, cultivation, mulching, trellising, protected culture, tools, irrigation, marketing, sales, etc - all will be revealed...

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Cultivate Conference Venue: Yarrahapinni Youth Centre NSW

Seventy-five acres of rainforest and bushland situated at Grassy Head, half way between Sydney and Brisbane. With private access to the beach there is no excuse not to take long walks along the beach or on the boardwalk through the rainforest. For those who enjoy photography there is an abundance of bird and wildlife.

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