We are experimenting with growing biodynamic food to improve our community’s standard of nutrition. Biodynamic farming is an old approach to farming focusing on enhancing soil fertility by natural processes. The one-acre site is known as The Patch. It is home to 20 different varieties of fruit trees, and a range of rotating crops and vegetables.
It is a special area that is not generally open to the public, but volunteers are welcome.
The Patch is protected by a quarantine zone.
Protocols include restricting contamination by introduced pests, diseases and invasive plants. Weed seeds are not welcome, so vehicles have to be checked before entering this zone of the Wilderness Park.
Likewise, any pathogens on privately grown produce, and especially the fruit moth in Alice Springs citrus, are a threat.