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Paris Creek business woman
and passionate campaigner
for biodynamic farming
principles, Ulli Spranz, is about to
embark on a national roll-out of
her farming workshops.
This latest venture comes on
top of her growing commitments
as the recently-announced winner
of the SA Rural Women s Award.
"I m starting to get requests
from organisations wanting me to
talk about the award and my work
in farming, but that s OK, we ll
find time," said the affable and
Ulli and her husband Helmut
Spranz migrated to Australia
from Germany in 1988 searching
for a place where they could fulfil
their life time dream to establish a
totally biodynamic farm.
Helmut has an engineering
degree in agriculture, includ-
ing biodynamic courses and
farm practices and Ulli, a
graphic designer, worked on
different farms in Germany and
Switzerland to gain experience.
In 1989 they settled on
what they described as "170
perfect acres of land at Paris
Creek", between Meadows and
Twenty years on and Ulli is
ready to take her passion to the
rest of Australia.
She is putting the finishing
touches on a series of one and
two-day workshops to be delivered
in every state of Australia.
"They range from simple one-
day courses for home gardeners to
two-day intensive workshops for
farmers, winemakers and anyone
involved in agriculture," she said.
"We will also be running
train-the-trainer programs so
people with the right experience
can start running the workshops
on a wider scale," she said.
"The underlying philosophy
is to promote holistic farming
that when applied properly will
produce nutritious healthy food.
"Our methods involve the
maintenance of well-balanced soil
using a combination of manure,
minerals and herbal ingredients."
"We avoid the use of
homogenisation, GM, hormones,
UHT treatments and we do not
put our products through any
unnecessary production proc-
esses in order to provide the best
possible truly organic healthy
Local producer b.-d. Farm Paris
Creek is one of South Australia s
success stories winning a bundle
of local and export awards for
their dairy produce.
Ulli has been named Asian
Pacific Business Woman of
the Year, was runner-up in the
Telstra Business Woman award
and also runner-up in 2009 at
the Rural Woman s award, and
now as the 2010 state winner will
go to Canberra for the national
selection in May.
A networking event at the
Stamford Grand, Glenelg.
1. Tracy Roesler (Finsbury Green Printing);
Margaret Molony and Reg Templer (both of
2. Kathryn Drew (Excel Management); Sam
Schirmer and Katie Wright (both of CHG);
Alicia Bird (Excel Management).
3. Derrick Finch (Kidney Health Australia);
Adam Terry and Raymond Capozzi (both of
Soap Box Design).
The Jam Factory launch of its new fit out
for its flagship premises at Morphett
4.Khai Liew and Jam Factory furniture
designer Takeshi Iu.
The Governor's Leadership Foundation
launched its 2010 program at Government
5. Beverley Clarke and partner Philip Hart.
6. Tejinder Malhi and partner Maupreet Paur.
7. Rod Keane, Roger Cook AM and Mike
Heard (all directors of Leaders Institute).
South Australia law firm, Kain
Corporate and Commercial Lawyers
(Kain C+C) has appointed Adam
Cooper to its corporate team.
With more than 20 years experi-
ence as a senior corporate lawyer
within the funds management and
financial services sectors, Adam
will work closely with the head of
the corporate team, John Kain, and add depth to the
firm s merger and acquisition credentials.
Adam is also the deputy chair of the Law Council
of Australia s Financial Services Committee.
Matthew King has joined
developer Urban Construct as
development manager -- land, after
having been enticed to move from
Mr King specialises in planning
for sustainable transit-oriented
He was previously development
executive at the worlds 7th largest
As the development company behind major
mixed-use developments, including the $600 million
Holdfast Shores, $2 billion Newport Quays and $900
million The Precinct, the company is expanding
its horizons to develop medium to large-scale land
opportunities across metropolitan Adelaide.
Rising star Joshua Picken was
recently appointed to the som-
melier post at the award-winning
winery-based eatery, The Kitchen
Door in McLaren Vale.
Immersed in the prestigious
UK-based Court of Master
Sommeliers course, which over
four decades has produced just 177
master sommeliers worldwide, Joshua Picken is on a
mission to make it to the peak of his profession.
His past experiences at Star of Greece at Port
Willunga and Magill Estate at Penfold s have led him
to The Kitchen Door where he will lead the floor.
Raine & Horne Blackwood has
welcomed four new staff members
to its team.
Sales consultant Andrew Day
and office administrator Wendy
Clothier (right) join the team
along with Aberfoyle Park real
estate identities Betty and John
Spranz's plan to
spread the word
Ulli Spranz, SA s Rural Woman of the Year at her "perfect" Paris Creek farm.
By Kevin Naughton
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