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Ileen Macpherson: Life and tragedy of a pioneer of biodynamic farming at Demeter Farm and a benefactor of Anthroposophy in Australia

John Paull
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Ileen Macpherson (1898-1984) was Australia's first woman organic farmer. With her partner, Ernesto Genoni, Ileen founded Demeter Biological Farm (1934-1954). They were both members of Rudolf Steiner's Experimental Circle and they implemented his principles of biodynamics on their farm. "Ileen Macpherson accepted the impulse to assist in a venture for applying Bio-Dynamic methods and resolved with Ernesto Genoni to attempt a practical activity. A small farm was purchased on Princes Highway near Dandenong, approximately 18 miles from Melbourne, and a serious effort which lasted 18 years was attempted. It was worked as a small dairy farm, and the manure built into the compost in the Bio-Dynamic way. They made their own preparations and sprays and produced very good vegetables which were sold in the wholesale market in the city and also from a truck on the side of the road. Constant hard work and many grievous trials were endured by the pioneers who undertook the first Bio-Dynamic venture in Victoria”
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hal-01494792 , version 1 (24-03-2017)

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John Paull. Ileen Macpherson: Life and tragedy of a pioneer of biodynamic farming at Demeter Farm and a benefactor of Anthroposophy in Australia. Journal of Organics, 2017, 4 (1), pp.29-56. ⟨hal-01494792⟩

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