Fresh Crows Nest
partners with suppliers we trust.
Belmore Meats is a good example.
They are certified organic by Demeter BioDynamics and Australian Certified Organics.
They ensure there are no shortcuts from farm to plate. Their relationship is directly with farmers and they don’t deal with any wholesalers or big companies; that’s the way Fresh Crows Nest ensures farmers get rewarded for all their hard work and not driven by wholesalers who only care about dollars and cents.
Dealing direct also ensures trace-ability and quality like no other.
What is Organic?
Demeter is the highest form of organic certification WORLD WIDE.
The Austrian scientist Rudolf Steiner (1861 - 1925) communicated the early concepts and development of bio-dynamic farming in a series of lectures in 1924. As a result of his witnessing and participating in many aspects of farming during his childhood and adolescence.
As the name implies, biological and dynamic farming methods form the backbone of his approach to agriculture, alongside with the farmer's perception of nature and environment and its needs.
It would be deceptively easy to classify bio-dynamics as a branch of organic farming, especially since the public may at times have a simplistic view of organics as "anything without chemicals". However what characterizes a bio-dynamic farmer is the voluntary decision that our soils have degenerated and the produce and livestock need more and more outside interference in order to even reach a basic level of performance.
Thus the main aim of bio-dynamics is to redeem the soil; to restore the harmony and balance of the earth's organisms.
Alex Podolinsky describes this process
"Plants are fed naturally, that is, in soils with enhanced biological activity, determined by the humus level, crumb and root structure, so that plants are fed through the soil Eco-system and not primarily via soluble salts in the soil water, derived from artificial fertilizer and raw animal manure.
Plants grown in this way are, therefore, under the influence of the sun, warmth and light, and may selectively acquire the nutrients they need for appropriate growth.' Instead of synthetic fertilizers we use a soil activator called '500', a natural cow manure based, re-liquefied solution that is energised by having been stirred in body temperature water and sprayed over the pasture.
This is used as a soil enhancer and activator rather than a manure or fertilizer, so to say, required to accommodate what is available through nature into the correct shape,"
(Alex Podolinsky, 1985, Bio-Dynamic Agriculture Introductory Lectures, Vol 1, p. 148).
The DEMETER Trademark
Podolinsky introduced bio-dynamics to Australia in the Fifties and he was instrumental in the foundation and work of the Bio-dynamic Agricultural Association of Australia (BDAAA) as well as the BDRI, the Bio-dynamic Research Institute which was vested with the rights and supervision of the DEMETER trademark in Australia and that is the certifying organisation for the DEMETER trademark.
As an integral part of its philosophy the DEMETER trademark does not solely emphasis the negatives such as no chemicals or no GMO etc. Rather the accent is on the positive guarantee that the food grown is alive and vibrant and dynamic.