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By JAMIE-LEE OLDFIELD
NIRVANA Farm's biodynamic
and organic farming meth-
ods are not just ways of
adding value to produce, but a way
of life for owners Quentin Jones and
When Nirvana came up for sale in
1983, Quentin decided it was time
for a 'tree change' and the 4.5-
hectare Heathfield property has
been used for biodynamic farming
"Nirvana's biodynamic manage-
ment has seen it become the last
farm to suffer and the
first farm to recover
from the recent
tions. It's all
the bugs alive
and the soil vital," Quentin said.
Believing that speciality crops are
the way to go for smaller producers,
Quentin and Deb grow raspberries
and chestnuts as Nirvana's two pri-
mary commercial crops, and all pro-
duce is sold on-farm.
The raspberry crop is harvested
around Christmas, which is an
excellent time to have a product on
the shelf, and the chestnuts are in
season during autumn. There is
never any problem selling Nirvana's
"The whole point of going biody-
namic was to produce high-quality
food and sell it for a premium price,
and although we don't always get
that, we always sell our product
because of its quality," Quentin said.
"It is our aim during harvest to
pick every day, gradeand pack every
day, which contributes to the excel-
lent quality, and ensures it is all done
properly each day."
Nirvana also grows small amounts
of gooseberries, red and white cur-
rants, blackcurrants, mulberries,
walnuts, feijoas, persimmons, kiwi
fruit and hops, and uses any surplus
of super-ripe fruit to make a wide
array of jams and condiments.
"We sell our product wholly from
the farmgate," Quentin said.
"We were able to set up our busi-
ness and get a good reputation, so
the customers come to us".
Then they get to buy the product
Tree change leads to
A variety of fruits are grown and sold at Nirvana's farmgate while fresh or
used to make assorted condiments.
Biodynamic production copes well
with drought conditions
All produce sold from farm
Tourism and education taking
greater role in business
MOON planting is an intriguing aspect
of the biodynamic system.
Quentin Jones says it is a concept in
which the phases of the moon stipu-
late what tasks should be undertaken
in the garden or on the farm.
And he uses the example of chop-
ping down a tree for firewood to
demonstrate how the moon affects his
faming. If the moon is full, it is in turn
a big tide and therefore the tree would
be full of water and not burn well.
During a new moon, however, the
tree would contain less water and it
would be an appropriate time to cut it
down. The phases of the moon also
affect the planting, harvesting, fertilis-
ing, spraying and general care of
plants and trees, according to propo-
nents of biodynamics. Planting calen-
dars are available and show how to
use the moon to get the best results in
your garden or farm.
Farm by the light of the moon
• more on next page
Chestnuts are one of the property's main crops, ready for
harvesting, roasting and eating in the autumn and winter months.
Keeping the soil in top condition is an
essential element of biodynamic farming.
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