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Henschke is working toward sustainability in their vineyards using organic/biodynamic principles. Working with the natural environment and nature’s cycles, they are finding natural alternatives to fertilisers and pesticides to protect and enrich the land by mulching and composting to preserve soil moisture and in building the health of soils. Balance has also been restored to Henschke land by replanting of original grasslands, woodlands and forests to 30% of the family’s total landholdings.
Sustainability Initiatives at Henschke

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Cow pat pit, made in an old barrel cut in half, buried in the ground and filled with aerated cow manure and ground eggshells

Cow pat pit, made in an old barrel cut in half, buried in the ground and filled with aerated cow manure and ground eggshells

Flowform for aeration of combined cow preparation, 500-composted cow pat, horn manure, horn clay and 508 (Casuarina brew)

Flowform for aeration of combined cow preparation, cow pat, horn manure, horn clay and 508 (Casuarina brew)

Compost heap construction - straw base aeration frame, layers of carbohydrate material (grape stalks), fresh cow manure, nitrogenous material (grapeskins) lime rock dust covered with a layer of straw and finished off with preparations of horn manure balls and sprinkled with vortex-stirred Valerian. 6-8 wk fermentation and turned for further fermentation and breakdown/humus formation for 8-12 wks

Compost heap construction - straw base aeration frame, layers of carbohydrate material (grape stalks), fresh cow manure, nitrogenous material (grapeskins) lime rock dust covered with a layer of straw and finished off with preparations of horn manure balls and sprinkled with vortex-stirred Valerian. 6-8 wk fermentation and turned for further fermentation and breakdown/humus formation for 8-12 wks

Biodynamic preparations 502, 503, 504, 505 and 506 are packed into horn manure balls and inserted into the cow manure plus valerian votex stirred for 1 hour and then poured over pit contents

Biodynamic preparations 505 and 506 are packed into horn manure balls and inserted into the cow manure plus valerian votex stirred for 1 hour and then poured over pit contents

Spraying with 501 prepartion at dawn

Spraying with 501 prepartion at dawn

Casuarina stems for 508 compost tea

Casuarina stems for 508 compost tea

Glazed pottery pots are used for storage of our composted cow manure

Glazed pottery pots are used for storage of our composted cow manure

Application of compost underwire at 100m3/ha using compost spreader and covered with straw mulch

Application of compost underwire at using compost spreader and covered with straw mulch

Worms help break down the compost

Worms help break down the compost

Eggshells are collected from our own hens for use in our composted cow manure

Eggshells are collected from our own hens for use in our composted cow manure

Cow manure collection from cow paddocks at Eden Valley

Cow manure collection from cow paddocks at Eden Valley

Prue Henschke reading the biodynamics astro calendar showing the phases of the moon and the planets

Prue Henschke reading the biodynamics astro calendar showing the phases of the moon and the planets


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