Shane was born into a largely unaltered landscape. He then witnessed the modification due to tree clearing with machine & chemical. Observing the post clearing spike in production, soon to be followed by the decline in production & landscape health, inspired Shane to question the conventional wisdom of agriculture.
Starting out on a farm on the sunshine coast of Queensland, in a high rainfall environment, Shane began experimenting with different methodologies. Gaining some guidance from his extensive readings of permaculture, biodynamics, organics, alley cropping, Yeomans, & Fukuoka publications, & working in an environment where land degradation, & noxious weeds were the norm, Shane began to find some things that worked, & others that did not.
Moving then, after eight years, to central Queensland, & the famous brigalow belt (his home territory), the degradation was obvious.
The challenge then, to find a way to manage the land back to “soils in best possible condition.” Rotational resting, tree retention, & removal of fire from the landscape were what came first. This then was followed, ten years on, by cell grazing. A major redevelopment of the property with water, & fence infrastructure. Seven paddocks to 100, in five years, several mobs to one mob of stock, & keeping grazing charts! This began the speeding up of the positive change in land condition.
Then in 2001, looking (as always) for something better, Shane started into the use of the biodynamic methods. It soon became apparent that the biodynamics he learned, was quite complicated, & not practical in the broadacre grazing situation he was working in. This then started his journey in innovation, & simplification of the application of biodynamics to his situation. Now some 18 years on Shane has a desire to share his innovations, & to follow the indications of Rudolph Steiner to experiment with biodynamics & share the successes (& failures).
From plants used to make compost preparations, combinations of all the preparations in one product, application methods, & timing of applications, Shane has surely busted many paradigms in biodynamics. With his bold tree retention programme on the central Queensland property, dukes plain, Shane has virtually rewritten Queensland grazing land tree science. Biodynamics has been a catalyst for Shane to move even more into working with energetics in farm, & garden management.
Shane now travels extensively with in Australia facilitation field days, & workshops in biodynamics, & regenerative land management practices. Not one to stand still, Shane has most recently added syntrophic farming to his vast multi-disciplined tool kit. Living in the question of “what else is possible?” Keeps Shane’s gardening, farming, & facilitating in a very exciting, & dynamic space.