All posts tagged: biodiversity

Car park to care crop at FICO

Fico Eataly World is the largest agri-food park in the world. Even the original car park is green, being transformed from a concrete jungle into a biodynamic meadow. FICO, in Bologna Italy is an interactive, experiential center that teaches us of all ages about food and biodiversity. I was very lucky to have Carlo Triarico, President of the Association for Biodynamic Agriculture in Italy as my private teacher. Carlo works to help biodynamic farms and the health of all other farms. As we walked past the food and produce stalls of local eco artisans, Carlo explained his involvement in this complex that was designed to create a way for all generations to connect with the food we eat and where it comes from in our agricultural world. Why is biodynamics so important to you? “It is the first form of biodynamic agriculture. It’s from the very beginning, over one century old. Yet it is modern. It’s the agriculture of today too. We need it.” Carlo Triarico The meadows are currently under construction but the future …

The human being at the heart of homeopathy

Learning about the unique homeopathy production in France with Jean-Michel Libion Weleda France has been making over 1200 prescription and over the counter medicines for more than 25 years – including granules, oils, creams, suppositories, ampules, oral drops, ointments, eye drops and injectable solutions. They are all produced in France in the Huningue laboratory through a mix of automation and human processes and are adapted to the individual needs of patients. The plant to production process Weleda’s approach to natural medicine remains the same today as it did in 1921  Jean-Michel, Dr. Pharmacy and Prescription Medicine Development Manager at Weleda France. He is a trained pharmacist who has worked at Weleda for over 30 years, the perfect person to show me around the Weleda laboratory and share what makes homeopathy in France so unique. There is a permanent search to find a balance between humans and nature – between what we can expect in terms of health and benefits and what nature can help us with. From the fields where the plants grow, the dynamisation of mother …

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Top five things I learnt from Weleda Australia

Question everything. Learn Something. Answer nothing. T his is the first thing I learnt in my first week of the Global Garden journey. It’s been full of thought provoking experiences. I have asked a million questions and have learnt so much. ‘Don’t worry, there’s no chance that after one week I’m professing to be a ‘guru’ with all the answers. But I did want to share my top five learnings from  my week in Sydney, Australia.’ Some of the ground we have covered this week Sowing seeds and taking Biodynamics at Warrah Farm Building a Bee Hotel with Alison from Bee-cology as part of the Weleda Bee B&B school program Detoxing the beauty bag in an Eco Make Up Masterclass Celebrating our oceans and Project Aware’s milestone of removing 1 million pieces of debris from our ocean floor Learning to get my Leica camera off auto-mode with Photo Workshop Australia Sydney in a snap shot What is biodynamic farming, and how is it different to organic? Biodynamic gardening is the next step to organic farming. …

Where would we bee…?

Have you ever wondered what would happen if we had no bees? I usually love ‘What if’ style wonders… but I don’t like this one, one bit. Because the reality is we would have no fruit. No vegetables. No flowers. If pollinators disappear, we will all get stung. Pollination is vital to plants, to bees, to humans. Without it plants can’t reproduce. If don’t give bees a safe home in a biodiverse environment, they can’t give one back to us. ‘Native bees are amazing little creatures that we really want to have in our gardens, at school, wherever they may be. They are amazing pollinators and that’s just what our plants need to grow the fruit, vegies and flowers we love.’ Costa Georgiadis, Gardening Australia host. What is causing a decline in the bee population? Disease, the Varroa Mite parasite, pesticides as well as plant mono culture and changing climates are the lead causes. How can we bee the solution? New research suggests that to strengthen the immune system of the bees to keep them …