Malibu Agricultural Society Gathering June 2013
The meeting was set in the lovely and charming garden created by host Sustainable Surf enthusiast Claudia Taylor, with ice tea, fresh local fruits, and watched over by a curious flock of chickens. The gathering started off with a stirring demonstration of “Compost Tea” from guest speaker Basia Kenton. (Basia is a Santa Monica and Ojai based landscape designer whose experience in biodynamics informs her work and gives her the expertise to show others how to get started.) Everyone gathered ‘round the stirring bucket to see the alchemical process in which biodynamic preparations are whirled into action and oxygenated with the water. A few folks tried their stirring muscles to see if it was as fun as it looked. Basia reminded us that when the microbes living in this tea are sprayed on plants, that the leaves take the microbes and nutrients right down to the roots to enliven the plant growth, eliminating the need for any chemical fertilizers! In turn, when the plant is fortified, pests can’t invade, and the need for pesticides is eliminated!