Alan is a founding member of BAA. He has been working with biodynamics at BAA since 1989 except for a 3 year sabbatical from 2007-2010. He has been making preparations since 1990 with Terry Forman being his mentor. Terry learnt how to make preparations from Bob Williams; who brought biodynamics to Australia. Alan and his partner Cate live on their 5ha biodynamic, polyculture, hobby farm near Bellingen, NSW. Their children attended the Chrysalis Steiner School at Thora.
During his Army educator career John had his heart in growing tasty and nutritious food. Principally a geography teacher, he always maintained a productive vegetable garden and dreamed about his return to the land. Equipped with skills in farming and grazing from his younger days on farms around Glen Innes, as well as beekeeping, humus gardening and permaculture, he eventually settled on the Dorrigo plateau in 1993, where he applied the biodynamic preparations to his polyculture and had spectacular results. Now settled in Bellingen, he has been involved with BAA since 2005. He feels he has finally found ‘home’ in the Spiritual yet practical world of Rudolf Steiner, and with a wonderful lot of like-minded people.
Front Office Administration
Glenys Watt grew up on a dairy farm in the Central Highlands of Victoria. After a career in the banking industry she settled in Bellingen in 1994 where she lives on a hobby farm with her family. Glenys works enthusiastically as our receptionist and administration assistant and enjoys interacting with our farming and gardening membership.
Originally from Switzerland, Beatrice moved to a rural community on the Eastern Dorrigo in 1993. Whilst enjoying life on a 5 acre hobby farm and raising her small family, she completed a Bachelor of Business Degree (Accounting) externally. Now living in sunny Sawtell, she still enjoys gardening and looks forward to moving back to the acreage to apply all those wonderful biodynamic preparations. Beatrice looks after the financial and employment aspects at BAA.
Fiona’s background is one of office administration and management – working in a very corporate world for many years. Fiona wanted to obtain balance in her life by understanding and incorporating physical and mental relaxation to counter the stresses of life. She now lives on an 8ha property in beautiful Bellingen with her husband and 2 children.
Fiona combines her passion for biodynamic agriculture with her organisational talents. She is BAA’s events co-ordinator and the person to talk to if you plan to hold a workshop or field day at your place.