When David and Beth Davidson moved on to their 40 hectare property 20 minutes north of Ballarat, over 20 years ago, their aim was to have more space for their horses. David had been heavily involved in Harness Racing, both as a breeder and a trainer /driver. Moving from a ½ acre allotment to 100 acres was a dream come true. They estimated that the carrying capacity of their new property would be around 20 to 25 head of horses or cattle.
Little did they know that today, the farm would be carrying over 5 million head of stock as well as the 15 cows and 10 horses. David jokingly refers to himself as an “underground livestock producer” which often has people thinking of some connection to the Mafia. He is of course, a Worm Farmer.
Currently, President of the Australian Worm Growers Association, David, with Beth, regularly attend the Farmers Markets in their area selling Compost Worms, Worm Farms, Worm Castings and their rapidly becoming famous, Worm Tea. They also send out dozens of Farmers Starter Kits each year to enable other farmers to embark in the chemical free way to sustainable farming. Not surprisingly, they named their business, “Davos Worm Farms”.
Davo is forever experimenting with what can be done with compost worms. His latest ‘mad science’ experiment is to investigate the culinary value of worms which interestingly have started featuring on some menus.read more
Both Gerhard and John tell us about the role of various microbes. Gerhard also shows how to use the microscope to see the various layers and the importance of testing.read more
A simple look at some basic observations to use to find out if your farm is healthy. It is a practical visual to be used in conjunction with your own Farming Secrets Observation Book and Soil Health Card.read more
John uses David‘s vermicompost in preference to making his own compost as he knows that it is reliably excellent with a high fungal count.read more
Offers a great initiative for all farmers whether adopting the system to process their own farm waste or taking it in from other sources.read more