Alex Sergei de Podolinsky faded away

Alex Podolinsky passed away peacefully on the 30th June 2019..just shy of his 94th birthday .

He was born on the 13th July 1925 in Germany. His father was a Russian Count from an ancient Russian noble family. His mother was German. He grew up in Heidelberg (Germany) where his mother and Godmother introduced him to Anthroposophy and the works of Rudolf Steiner.

A child prodigy, Alex was already performing solo flute concerts all over Europe by the time he was 14. Later on he attended university where he gained a degree in Graphology but he often sat at the back of the class sneakily reading Rudolf Steiner.

Alex married Katherin Siemers after the war and together they migrated to Australia in 1949 and subsequently had 7 children. Alex was stateless and as a young man life in Europe was becoming increasingly unsafe due to his Russian heritage. He was indeed a political refugee. It was a proud and happy day when he was nationalised as an Australian citizen.

Alex was dynamic, vibrantly creative, artistic, actively perceptive and he gifted his knowledge to the world. He was emotionally deep with an astonishing intellect. When giving lectures the intensity of his concentration was obvious. He didn’t speak with abstract concepts. He created living pictures through his words. He would find the most exact, moral and true way of characterising his subject--devoid of exaggeration and ambiguity.

Although an untrained architect, amongst numerous achievements, Alex designed a number of important buildings. He saw "Acoustics as the soul of the building"---- how people experienced themselves and being made to feel awake. His designs were often influenced by many European buildings including Chartres Cathedral in France.

Alex was gifted in many areas of HUMAN endeavour but chose as his main focus the development of the Australian Demeter Biodynamic method. With help from the pioneering Australian farmers, he took the original impulse of Rudolph Steiner and developed a practical Biodynamic method based on quality and results, rather than just an anthroposophical belief that Biodynamics works, as it came from Steiner. Results that presented to farmers an objective reality of what quality preparations and practical approach could achieve. His development of prepared 500 was a major step in bringing the influence of the preparations to large farms.

He forged on undaunted in the face of scepticism and outright opposition from the agricultural establishment. His impulse saw the development of mechanical stirrers and practical spraying equipment suitable for broad acre use. During the late 1950s and early 1960s he founded the Bio Dynamic Agricultural Association of Australia, The Bio Dynamic Research Institute and registered the Demeter Trademark. Around this time he began testing and recording the increasing organic matter levels of his soil. He spoke extensively of the importance of this work for both the health of the soil and the climate. His unique description of plant metabolism clearly and simply explained the need to feed plants from humus rather than with water soluble salts. For decades he travelled extensively throughout Australia voluntarily mentoring farmers. Alex also took the method back to Europe and established new pioneers of the method in different European countries, finding the appropriate farmers to work with in developing the method there and finding the right people in Europe to make quality preparations. While not getting to visit Asia, Alex and his work are having a major impact on soils in many Asian countries. He taught us well and many farmers around the world are dedicated to continuing Alex’s work in developing and teaching the practicality, reality, integrity and quality of the Australian Demeter Method across the globe.