For those who missed the event it… there was a lot of fire. We all left a little more alight, with a brighter burning flame for the message. But we were also surrounded by fire. All was on track until Thursday when a bush fire flared up in the surrounding bush. By Friday the situation intensified, threatening to evacuate us. With a season of prayer, that we may not flee in the coming Sabbath, we decided to stay for the blessing we had gathered for. Instead of the commotion putting our fire out, we got busy cultivating – friendships, knowledge, and receiving the blessing we gathered for and are we all thankful for that! We slept with our bags packed and ready but amazingly the wind pushed the fire around Camp Obadiah leaving us safe and mostly smoke free. The fire arrived promptly as we left on Sunday. The venue survived with no major losses and all attendees are safe. May the flame in us keep burning for what we have discovered this conference.
Cultivate 2019 Program
Keynote talks: Darren Greenfield of (Weimar Institute Farm USA), will present the primary messages. These talks include:
It All Makes Sense - A look at how God designed gardening to benefit us.
Embracing the Curse - The cursed ground holds so many blessings. Satan does everything in his power to keep us from experiencing them.
For Such a Time as This - The relevance of agriculture now, and in the near future.
Gardening by the Book - A Biblical approach to growing nutrient-dense food, as God changes our Characters in preparation for heaven.
Cooperation vs Competition - Much counsel given for agriculture has been ignored, resulting in much loss. Is there hope of turning the tide this late in earth's history?
Other keynotes by Jeremy Price (orchardist from WA) who will deliver two keynote talks, entitled Deep Ripping and My Heavenly Farm, while Sheldon Vincent will speak on The Proverbial Garden (see more details for Sheldon below in the Market Garden stream notes).
Darren Greenfield spent the first half of his life in New Zealand where he developed a love for farming. For the last 8 years, he has managed Weimar Farm in California and teaches Agriculture for Weimar College. He currently serves as chairman of the board for The Adventist Agricultural Association (AdAgrA)
Please refer to this schedule for timeline of conference
Seminar 1: Fruit Growing and Orcharding - by Jeremy Price
1: Awaken the Passion - There are many good reasons to grow fruit, I’ll show you why you should, and that now is the time to get into it.
2: Dirt or Soil - Most people have no idea of the life that is right under their feet. You will meet "the team", and be shown how they can work for you (for virtually nothing).
3: Getting your hands dirty - There are many things to consider when establishing an orchard, so we will spend time here to make sure you get it right.
4: Recipe for success - It doesn’t matter what you grow, you must follow a process, you will be given a proven formula that is easy to implement.
5: Keeping in shape - Most home orchardists underestimate or misunderstand pruning and canopy management, so I am going to set the record straight and show you the right way.
6: Keeping the nasties at bay - You don’t want to lose your precious crop to pests and disease. You will learn basic principles to ensure you will get to taste the work of your hands.
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.
Seminar 2: Business Stream - by Loren Engelbrecht
We are pleased to announce that this year's conference will include six sessions on Business Planning skills. Loren Engelbrecht will be presenting these - Loren has over ten years experience as a Business Management and IT Consultant, so we are excited to be able to provide this option. We think you will agree that too often we either overlook or misunderstand the importance of implementing sound business principles and skills when we are planning and even operating our own industries ... whether we are home gardeners with some flowers and bees, serious market garden or large acre farmers, or in the various industries that support agriculture.
These Business Planning sessions are designed for new and established businesses, covering these key areas:
- Market research
- Marketing planning
- Legal and risk management planning
- Operational planning
- Human resources planning
- Financial planning
So, bring along your business idea and we'll help you begin working through a 36-page Business Planning Template.
Warning: these workshops may be somewhat challenging and hard work, relevant only for people who are planning to start or run a small business.
But if you're prepared to put the work in during the sessions, you could walk away with the basis for your business plan!
Loren Engelbrecht provides Management Consulting, Business Analysis and IT Services to a range of small, medium and large/multi-national organisations. He also assists directors and management to ‘keep their finger on the pulse’ of their respective organisations by providing them with insights and recommendations from in-depth analysis of each business.
Seminar 3: Vegetable Production - by Sheldon Vincent (NZ farmer)
Sheldon owns and operates a 100 acre vegetable farm in New Zealand and will be sharing his insight with us.
1 My Journey On the Land - Blessings of growing up in the country. God’s protection and leading. A great place to grow kids.
2 So You Want To Be a Grower? - What crops to grow and a myriad of other things you need to consider before you begin. Market, area needed, varieties, soil type, profitability, etc.
3 Seeds Don’t Grow in Packets - Production cycle, timing, continuity of supply, growing different crops in the same season. Managing the work load.
4 Work / Life Balance - Help! I’ve planted too much and I can’t bear to waste it! Stress management, holidays, stewardship, balance, Sabbath.
5 Living is Giving - What does success look like? Engaged children, nutrient dense food, co-operating with our Creator.
6 Question and answer panel with Darren, Rod and Sheldon.
Sheldon will also be taking one keynote session entitled The Proverbial Garden. A collection of proverbs relevant to agriculture and lessons we can take from them.
Seminar 4: Soil Restoration - by Ian Mot
In our upcoming soils course I want to share a journey of discovery: “He who taught Adam and Eve in Eden how to tend the garden would instruct men today. There is wisdom for him who holds the plow and plants and sows the seed. The earth has its concealed treasures, and the Lord would have thousands and tens of thousands working upon the soil…” Adventist Home p. 143.1
Do we know how to release this treasure? For most people that treasure remains concealed and their results are disappointing. But there is a good way to work the soil, and we need to go on a journey down deep to discover what our soil needs to be healthy.
By the end of this course we will reach an understanding about:
- The soil management ideologies that have risen and fallen through history
- An appreciation for the soil as a living thing and the laws that govern its health:
- Air – If it's alive it must breathe!
- Water – If it's alive it must drink!
- Balanced Nutrition – the building blocks of a healthy system
- Sunlight – the energy that drives the system
- BioActive – the largest underground workforce that gets the job done
- Rest & Rotation – Planning for sustainable soil health
We will discover how to restore our soils in the following ways:
- Reading the basic soil health indicators using a shovel - and answering the question: "what does my soil need?"
- Becoming confident with principles of ‘intelligent’ tillage – "Am I restoring or destroying by tilling?"
- Utilising tools for improving soil water for drought tolerance and strong growth
- Learning how to make the most of a soil test
- Planning how to feed the soil and the plant to achieve good quality, disease resistance and yield
- Learning nutrient budgeting basics – how to choose fertilisers and products
- Learning how to work with soil biology
This class is designed to be friendly for anyone who works the soil. The principles remain the same regardless of scale. Gardening and farming examples will be used. Attendees are welcome to bring any samples of soil, pictures and soil tests with them.
- Journey of Discovery!
- The building blocks to Soil Health
- Planning for Permanent Soil Health
- Building a Soil Restoration Plan - Part 1
- Building a Soil Restoration Plan - Part 2
- Outdoor Soil Health Assessment with a shovel
Ian comes from Victoria where he recently finished his Master’s degree in Cropping Science and practices as an independent agronomist specialising in crop nutrition and soil health. Ian is passionate to take the complicated out of soil management and make it simple for anyone to discover how to unlock the treasures in the soil. He founded VSS to advocate sound principles of soil management and support the transition to regenerative systems. By learning, planning and acting for our soils we can restore our land, and perhaps other things too.
Seminar 5: Country Living - by various presenters
Country Living - a stream dedicated to practical sessions
Session 1 & 2 Tractor/Machinery Safety & Maintenance with John Higgins
Tractor/Machinery Safety & Maintenance
Machinery is a near essential part of developing and maintaining a country property, and we need to know how to use it safely and how to keep it running. The key to avoiding much heartache and wasted money is preventative maintenance - knowing how to keep your new (or old!) pride and joy running like a well oiled machine. A basic knowledge of minor breakdowns and their simple repair can save a lot of money for the beginning (and long standing!) property owner.
John Higgins has been a tractor and machinery enthusiast for the last 60 plus years. After many years operating heavy machinery in quarrying, underground mining, tank/dam construction, airstrip building, clearing and truck driving, he began working for machinery dealerships, ultimately becoming Branch Manager in Coffs Harbour. After returning to his native NZ, John owned a business selling and servicing logging, construction, and agricultural machinery along with forklifts and irrigation equipment. In later years John specialised in operator training & licensing, and as an NZQA Assessor in the fields of forestry & construction equipment, forklifts, cranes, chainsaws and agricultural machinery. He currently lives near Beechwood NSW, and keeps his hands dirty and mind alert by helping out friends who can benefit from his skills and experience.
Session 3 & 4 Learn to build your own timber post & rail fence with Rex Foster
Learn to build your own timber post & rail fence
The timber post and rail fence is an Aussie country icon. This classic was a necessity for stock control back before wire fencing was available, but today adds unrivalled character and style to any country property. This 2 hour workshop will cover the construction of a post and rail fence from go to whoa - tools and techniques needed, suitable tree species, cutting posts and splitting rails, post hole digging, the hard yakka required, and putting all of the pieces together to finish off your yard perfectly.
Session 5 Country Living Forum with Rod Bailey & panel
Session location to be specified
Session 6 Seed Saving with Kerryn Martin
HOW TO SAVE SEED and Keep our Vegetable Heritage Alive
93% of our vegetable varieties are now extinct. In 2008 the top 10 seed companies accounted for two-thirds (67%) of the global prioprietory seed market. For the home grower, the practice of saving seed, once common place due to necessity, has now largely been replaced by our reliance on the seed companies. We no longer hold the knowledge of how to save seed and keep it pure - it is simply easier to buy the packet of seeds from the store. Learn about the absolute miracle of plant pollination and the basics of how to save your own seed in this practical and informative presentation.
Kerryn Martin is owner/grower of 'The Lost Seed' an Australia wide mail-order seed company which provides home growers and market gardeners with rare and heirloom vegetable seed and tubers etc. She has a passion for not only keeping our vegetable heritage alive but also educating home growers on how to save their own seed - a knowledge and skill which is now almost forgotten.
Children's Gardening Program - Frida de Bruyn
New for this year at the Cultivate conference is the childrens program hosted by Frida de Bruyn. During some of the workshops for adults there will be an interactive time for the 4-10 yr old kids with focus on gardening through Bible stories, crafts, activities and hands on gardening outdoors. (Please bring suitable clothes). On Sabbath there will be a children's sabbath school. Looking forward to seeing lots of kids at the conference because Jesus said: “Let the little children come to Me, and do not forbid them; for of such is the kingdom of heaven.” (Matt 19:14).