Stephen Walter of Marnoo in North West Victoria is a fifth generation farmer. He and his wife Tania are each passionate about clean, green food. In the mid 90s Stephen started learning about biodynamics through biodynamic pioneer Alex Podolinsky. In 2000 the Walters started applying Biodynamic 500 a soil activator (derived from natural resources like cow manure, specific herbs and quartz crystals), which is stirred and applied under exacting conditions to ensure maximum effectiveness. The soil responded well to this farming technique, so Steve and Tania committed to converting from conventional farming to biodynamic. By 2008 a full Australian Demeter Biodynamic Certifcation was achieved. In 2010 they produced their first biodynamic lentil crop. This was the same year farming communities in the region experienced the highest floods on record. The nonseasonal rain deemed the lentil crop appropriate only for splitting. This was the final push the family business needed to invest in its own facility on-farm to sort and split their own crops and launch Burrum Biodynamics.