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Workshops

Come and check out the exciting workshops planned for the next couple of months!

Want to learn about composting? Inspired to raise your own chickens for the pot, collect honey, or discover Mediterranean cooking? It’s all there, and so much more!

Download the workshop flyer here with the complete schedule, or visit the workshop page for more details on each workshop.

 

 

Irrigation Workshop

June 24, 2018, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Millen Farm at the Samford Commons



Everyone can grow food!

Come and join Arran, Millen Farms first farmer, on Saturday morning 24th June for the third in this years series of free community workshops at the farm.

Come and join Arran, Millen Farm’s first farmer, on Saturday morning 24th June for the second in this year’s series of free community workshops at the farm.

 In part 2 you will gain an insight into the decision-making process for the irrigation system on the farm. Whether you live on acreage, have a suburban backyard or just want to improve your food growing, these methods can be applied to your space.

This is a hands-on event, but if you just want to come along and observe there is still plenty to learn. 

The morning will consist of a 30-minute information session, followed by a tour of the farm and practical activity involving the farm’s irrigation system.

Bring your own morning tea/lunch and stay afterwards and enjoy a picnic on the farm.

Registration is required to attend. Book now as places are limited.

**This is a free community workshop but bookings are essential so secure your place by registering**

FAQ

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event? 

Yes, please bring along your printed ticket. 

What does the waitlist do? 

If the workshop sells out you can add your details to the event waitlist. In the event of a cancellation, we will look at our waitlist for the next in line. We will also use this to notify you of when/if this workshop will be held again, so please register your interest in advance. 

How can I contact the organiser with further questions? 

Need more information or have addition questions about the workshop? Please contact our Workshop Facilitator, Libby, at workshops@millenfarm.org.

Edible weeds to build immune system against winter colds and flu

July 7, 2018, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Millen Farm at the Samford Commons



Overview

Kate Wall is a consulting gardener with The Gardeners Wall and a garden writer and workshop presenter based in Brisbane. She has extensive experience with gardening in the subtropics and is keenly promoting successful gardening for our subtropical climate with an ongoing emphasis on sustainable gardening.

In this workshop, Kate will draw on her extensive knowledge and experience with weeds that grow in SEQ. Kate’s teachings involve using the garden to enhance our lifestyles, which includes growing climate appropriate food, flowers, herbs and food as medicine. Weeds provide us with an incredible free resource and if we will be guided by them, they will teach us much about the conditions in our gardens. Many of our common weeds are also incredibly nutritious foods with powerful medicinal properties.

Is this workshop for you?

Would you like better manage the weeds in your patch instead of constantly being in battle with them?

Would you like to put those same weeds to work for you?

Are you interested in maximising your health and avoiding the winter bugs by using what grows in your garden?

This workshop is for gardeners, farmers, landscapers, and anyone interested in healthy eating or simply learning more about the weeds in their patch.

 You will learn about:

  • Common weeds found throughout SEQ – including which ones make good eating.
  • Which weeds are of use and the important role they play in the garden.
  • Which weeds are beneficial to our health and which can be used to keep winter bugs at bay.
  • How best to incorporate these weeds into your daily diet.

The morning will include:

  • An information session followed by Q&A
  • A weed forage in the grounds at Millen Farm
  • Plenty of opportunities to ask questions and taste weeds

The knowledge you will take away:

Following this workshop, you will have the ability to identify and safely select weeds for use in the kitchen. The knowledge gained will allow you to manage problem weeds and turn them into valuable free resources. You will have the knowledge to restore and maintain good health simply by adding a few weeds to your daily diet.

In addition, you will meet a lot of other people who share the same passion for making the most of the resources their garden makes available to them

Inclusions:

You will have the opportunity to taste many of the weeds discussed.

Kate will have a detailed booklet on the subject available for purchase.

What you need to bring:

Hat

Sunscreen

Morning tea

Water bottle

Paper/pen if you are an avid note taker

Note: This workshop will cater for an adult audience, and requires a minimum 10 participants to proceed.

 

FAQ

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event? 

Yes, please bring along your printed ticket. 

What is the refund policy? 

Sometimes circumstances change and we understand that occasionally you may not be able to attend a workshop you have paid for, so unless other information has been specified on the individual workshop page and as long as we’re notified 7 days before the workshop starts, your options are:

  • to receive a full refund of your course fee if we can find someone to take your place from our waitlist

  • to transfer your amount paid toward any future course

  • to transfer your ticket to a friend or relative

What does the waitlist do? 

If the workshop sells out you can add your details to the event waitlist. In the event of a cancellation, we will look at our waitlist for the next in line. We will also use this to notify you of when/if this workshop will be held again, so please register your interest in advance. 

How can I contact the organiser with further questions? 

Need more information or have addition questions about the workshop? Please contact our Workshop Facilitator, Libby, at workshops@millenfarm.org.

 

 

Meet the farmer: Ian Burow Minerals and Microbes for the home garden

July 21, 2018, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Millen Farm at the Samford Commons



Overview

Ian Burow is a local fifth generation farmer with 31 years’ experience.  Ian’s business, Green Drop Organics, has been growing sustainable organic and biodynamic crops on the same farm for more than 50 years.  Ian’s passion is teaching people how to grow nutritious food, drawing on his extensive knowledge of the science of soil. In this workshop, Ian will focus on soil, soil and soil!

Is this workshop for you?

Are you intrigued by the connection between the quality of your soil and the productiveness of your veggie patch?

Would you like to learn how to build soil fertility?

Did you know that the health of your soil has a direct impact on the nutrition in your produce?

This workshop is for gardeners, farmers, landscapers, and anyone interested in sustainable agriculture.

You will learn about:

  • The important role of minerals in our soil and why they are needed to produce quality food
  • Some hands-on tips on how to decide what’s missing in your soil
  • Tips from the expert farmer on what to do when you notice deficiencies in your soil.

The day will include:

The workshop will be two hours long and will consist of an information session followed by Q&A.

The knowledge you will take away:

Following this workshop, you will understand how to interpret the signs of soil deficiencies and what to do to bring you soil back to a thriving, life-giving resource.  You will also gain an understanding of the invisible work undertaken by a host of micro-organisms, minerals and nutrients in the soil: these are your silent workforce in your goal to grow nutrient-dense veggies. 

In addition, you will meet a lot of other people who share the same passion of growing organic food in abundance.  

What you need to bring:

Hat

Sunscreen

Morning tea

Water bottle

Paper/pen if you are an avid note taker

Note: This workshop will cater for an adult audience, and requires a minimum 10 participants to proceed. It is the second in a series of 3 workshops presented by Ian Burow.

FAQ

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event? 

Yes, please bring along your printed ticket. 

What does the waitlist do? 

If the workshop sells out you can add your details to the event waitlist. In the event of a cancellation, we will look at our waitlist for the next in line. We will also use this to notify you of when/if this workshop will be held again, so please register your interest in advance. 

How can I contact the organiser with further questions? 

Need more information or have addition questions about the workshop? Please contact our Workshop Facilitator, Libby, at workshops@millenfarm.org.

Permaculture Inspired Orchards

August 12, 2018, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

*PRIVATE ADDRESS*



Overview

Have you ever contemplated growing your own food? Dreamt of walking about your little patch, basket in hand, harvesting your own organic fruit, but thought it’s too hard, too technical, or too much work? If your answer is a resounding YES, then this is the workshop for you.

Many of us have this dream, but the reality seems too complicated, so we remain idle and the only thing we harvest is our lawn clippings. Wouldn’t it be great to have the confidence to turn unproductive lawn into your own flourishing permaculture inspired orchard, providing the basis of a sustainable and ethical “Food Forest”?

Drawing on the permaculture philosophy, you will learn how to create a “Food Forest” which is a system of gardening using a diversity of mostly perennial (long-lived species), chosen and arranged so they complement and support each other, minimising weeds, pests, and maintenance, while providing a rich variety of harvests. Fruit trees are the centrepieces of the framework for the food forest.

With a permaculture approach, all our roadblocks are resolved, and, as is usually the case, nature with its simplicity, provides the answer. We get to enjoy organic fruit that is beautiful, productive, and comes without much of the tedious and time consuming garden work.

Is this Workshop for you?

This workshop is suited to the beginner or the more advanced grower who is interested in learning about or advancing their knowledge of Permaculture techniques as they relate to fruit orchards.

What you will learn

This workshop will provide you with a brief introduction into the development and management of a natural regenerative landscape for human consumption.

– Explaining the idea of a “Food Forest” and how can we use them.

– Elements in a “Food Forest” (water, sun, soil, companion planting and guilds)

– Site layout, soil creation and plant establishment.

– Site tour, including:

  •   Demonstration of training and pruning
  • Identification of pest and disease pressures
  • Identification of appropriate permaculture design principles and techniques

The knowledge you will take away . . .

Following this workshop, you will understand the basic knowledge required to develop and manage your own Permaculture inspired “Food Forest” with particular emphasis on Fruit Trees.

You will have an understanding of the various elements of a “Food Forest” using appropriate Permaculture Design Principles and Techniques.

You will also be introduced to the techniques of training and pruning your fruit trees, as well as identification of potential pests and diseases.

In addition, you will meet other people interested in growing fruit for varied reasons. You may choose to stay in touch with some of the other participants as part of your fruit production journey.

Presenter

Joshua is a self-employed permaculturalist running the edible and medicinal plant nursery  van Veen Organics from Elimbah, Queensland. Joshua began his journey in permaculture after reading Bill Mollison’s “Permaculture – Designers Manual” in 2008 while completing his final year of a Business Bachelor’s Degree at the University of the Sunshine Coast (USC).

A Trade Certification in Horticulture was obtained in 2012 from Brisbane North Institute of Tafe (BNIT). The following year Van Veen Organics was established. The business now grows, supplies and educates on over 200 varieties of edible and medicinal plants suitable for the South-East Queensland’s environment, as well as employing two local team members.

In 2014 Joshua completed a Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC) and started design and consultation work while still continuing study with a few short courses in Food and Nutrition, Education, and Modern Agriculture.                        

In 2016 Joshua became a founding member in the world wide Ecolonomic Action Team (EAT) movement and started studying soil micro biology (Life in the Soil Classes with Dr. Elaine Ingham) as well as a Sustainable Living Course Certificate with Sustainable Education.

Joshua has a passion for nature and living a connected life. In the future, he plans to continue his work as a contributor of regenerative communities, natural environments and responsible enterprises.

Venue

Private residence in Samford Valley. Address will be provided following registration.

Inclusions

Morning Tea

Workshop Notes

What you need to bring

Hat

Sunscreen

Paper/pen if you are an avid note taker!

Note: This workshop is aimed at an adult audience and requires a minimum of 6 participants to run.

 

FAQ

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event? 

Yes, please bring along your printed ticket. 

What does the waitlist do? 

If the workshop sells out you can add your details to the event waitlist. In the event of a cancellation, we will look at our waitlist for the next in line. We will also use this to notify you of when/if this workshop will be held again, so please register your interest in advance. 

How can I contact the organiser with further questions? 

Need more information or have addition questions about the workshop? Please contact our Workshop Facilitator, Libby, at workshops@millenfarm.org.

Relearn Regenerate Reconnect: a workshop in Caring for Country presented by bushtekniq

September 8, 2018, 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

*Private Address



Relearn  Regenerate  Reconnect – a workshop in Caring for Country presented by bushtekniq

Brother-sister duo Jono and Tali Shelley believe that as everything is connected, and we rely on earth for life, bushtekniq is your local holistic landcare specialist. The local surrounds of Samford Valley are well-known to them – this workshop takes place in Camp Mountain where Jono and Tali grew up. To learn more about Tali and Jono, go to http://www.bushtekniq.org/index.php/herstory-history  

Their Camp Mountain home has nurtured a love of nature, its systems and patterns. Embedding principles and ethics of Permaculture, Syntropics, the Bradley Method and Cultural Awareness, they have naturally formed the business project of bushtekniq.  As bush regenerators they work across public and private sectors, assisting clients with plant knowledge, advice and inspiration, along with actual maintenance and enhancement of their properties. Whether it’s neglected pasture, stony hillside, weedy gullies or thriving bush-pockets, bushtekniq assesses the health of the land: from soil to the undergrowth to the canopy above. They work to establish wildlife corridors, enhance biodiversity, encourage cultural plant use and celebrate energy of community.  bushtekniq is about inspiring renewed vision and confidence in caring for country.

When planning this workshop, Tali and Jono were keen for participants to immerse themselves in a full-day experience. The workshop will progress at a tempo that encourages observation, thoughtfulness and questions, and allow for time with practical technique (street spell: tekniq!) and tool use. The relevance, reality and best management practice of invasive plants, aka ‘weeds’, will be discussed and actioned! Taking time to use all of the senses – including taste – will increase skills in plant identification and help to develop a keen appreciation for ecology in its many forms, in lieu of making a positive difference to our surroundings.

The title ‘relearn regenerate reconnect’ is the workshop in a nutshell.  The overview of the day is:

  • Time to ‘tune in’ to our surrounds – this may be something new for folks, but will help us towarm-up and connect
  • Taking a walk through bushland –  observing what assisted bush regeneration looks like and learning the relevance of natural regeneration – this will provide a base for participants   to reflect on the challenges their own properties may present, as well as any success stories.
  • Practical experience in regeneration projects – to see and understand how ‘regeneration’ is done, where to start and why bush regeneration is relevant

Is this workshop for you? Ask yourself some of these questions:

  • Do you see the bushland around you and feel daunted – does it seem complicated / overwhelming / jungle-like?
  • Are you curious about how flora, fauna and fungi inter-relate?
  • On your property how do you evaluate what you’re seeing? How to start?  What to do?
  • What kinds of challenges does landcare present, and why should one care?
  • What is the best approach – what does chemical-free mean?

 You will learn about:

  • tools and techniques for landcare
  • plant identification
  • local ecology
  • the richness of biodiversity
  • useful resources and where to find them 
  • seasonal implications
  • how to transfer this learning to your own land: every site has its own story

 The knowledge you will take away:

  • an understanding of local plants and how they support and complement each other
  • practical weeding and planting techniques that minimise disruption, and maximise ecological stability
  • how to recognise the best place to start, and understanding the human impacts 

Inclusions: 

  • Morning and afternoon tea
  • bushtekniq’s booklet: Seeds of Inspiration for Landcare (SOIL) is available for a few-gold-coins (donation – $10.00 is recommended)
  • Opportunity to buy recommended quality tools

What you need to bring:

  • Your packed lunch
  • Water bottle
  • Suitable weather clothing – sun hat or rain gear as appropriate
  • Suitable shoes/boots for bush walking (closed) – IMPORTANT
  • Long trousers and gloves
  • Water bottle
  • Insect repellent 
  • Camera, pen and paper if you are an avid note-taker

FAQ

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event? 

Yes, please bring along your printed ticket. 

What does the waitlist do? 

If the workshop sells out you can add your details to the event waitlist. In the event of a cancellation, we will look at our waitlist for the next in line. We will also use this to notify you of when/if this workshop will be held again, so please register your interest in advance. 

How can I contact the organiser with further questions? 

Need more information or have addition questions about the workshop? Please contact our Workshop Facilitator, Libby, at workshops@millenfarm.org.

Introductions to Top Bar Beehives

September 23, 2018, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

*Private Addresses*



Overview

Thinking of keeping honey bees, but not sure which direction to go?

The first question is: why keep bees? Bees are important are part of the food chain, they are one of the main pollinators that ensure farmers and gardeners alike can harvest their produce. The sad news is that honey bees are under threat worldwide. More and more within the media, we are hearing about their plight with land clearing, pesticides, and pests and disease being some of the main culprits in threatening these essential workers within the food production system and the ecosystem in general. We can help by keeping bees in our own backyards where they can readily forage on the flowers and vegetables that we grow for our families.

The next questions are: What sort of bee hive should I invest in? What are my priorities when thinking about installing a bee hive on my property?

Most of us are familiar (though not the name, perhaps) with the Langstroth hive, which is a vertical modular bee hive. Each box contains frames which are easily removed to harvest the honey. These hives are most effective for commercial honey production.

Remember the excitement over the ‘flow hive’? This Australian invention has taken the world by storm with the promise of easy honey extraction. What is not always known is that the flow hive requires the same regular beekeeping practices as other hives to ensure the health of the bees.

Both of the above hive designs have focussed on honey production. However, maybe another approach will fascinate you.

Paul Wood, from Brisbane Backyard Bees advocates for Top Bar Hives, saying that they are sympathetic to the bees’ lifestyle and that this specific design allows bees to live almost as naturally as they would in the wild. In other words, you can still harvest honey, but at the same time, enjoy observing and learning about your bees while providing them with a man-made habitat that mirrors their natural preferences. Fascinating!

This workshop will provide you with the information you need to start up or extend your beekeeping with a Top Bar Hive and a chance to ask questions about the different hives available.

Is this Workshop for you?

Suited to the beginner and the more advanced beekeeper

Conservation is one of the reasons why people keep bees. Others keep them for the hours of fascination watching them come and go and fulfil the multiple roles within their colonies. Still others keep them for pollination and there are those who keep them to collect and use or sell the honey.

If you are any of these people and would like to gain or extend your knowledge in beekeeping – this is the workshop for you!

What you will learn

An all-encompassing introduction to Top bar honey bee keeping including:

  • How keeping honey bees can help support their population and contribution in this country
  • How Top bar beehives work
  • First hand intimate look at honey bees at work
  • Equipment and know-how to get you started in honey bee beekeeping
  • Your role in managing your own hive
  • Pests and diseases
  • Demonstration on extracting honey

The knowledge you will take away . . .

You will leave this course with a solid understanding of the different types of bees worldwide and here in Australia. You will understand about their role both in the ecosystem and our food production system.

You will also be armed with the know-how to commence or expand your own beekeeping and an understanding of where to go for more information or help.

In addition, you will meet a lot of other people interested in beekeeping for varied reasons.   You may choose to stay in touch with some of the other participants as a part of your beekeeping journey.

Presenter

Paul Wood

Paul Wood is the Owner and Operator of Brisbane Backyard Bees. Paul has also been recently accredited by the Slow Food movement as a producer of good, clean fair and local food. He supplies European Honey Bee hives and teaches, supervises and mentors individuals and groups wanting to keep Honey Bees. Paul builds top bar hives that are focused on providing a natural, low interference hive with minimal manipulation and standardisationnatural, low interference hive with minimal manipulation, standardisation, or exploitation. He is passionate about ensuring a stable location that is rich in diverse forage and is free from chemicals. He is passionate about ensuring a stable location that is rich in diverse forage and is free from chemicals.

Paul lives in suburban Brisbane with a backyard that is a mecca for a vast array of native animals and of course, a heap of Honey Bees! In the past two years, Paul has supplied top bar hives and mentored around 80 new beekeepers in Brisbane.

Paul loves bees and is distressed by their growing plight. He is excited that there are people who care about them and loves working with these people to help them learn about and conserve Honey Bees.

Venue

Private residence in Samford Valley. Address available following registration.

Inclusions

  • Morning tea – showcasing honey
  • Workshop Notes

What you need to bring

  • Hat
  • Sunscreen
  • Paper/pen if you are an avid note taker!

For people with allergies to beestings, please come equipped with appropriate first aid equipment

Please wear light coloured clothes, long sleeved shirts and trousers, and closed-in shoes. Also, bring some garden gloves to cover your hands while the hive is being opened.

Please avoid scented products like perfume, hair spray, after shave etc.

FAQ

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event? 

Yes, please bring along your printed ticket. 

 What does the waitlist do? 

If the workshop sells out you can add your details to the event waitlist. In the event of a cancellation, we will look at our waitlist for the next in line. We will also use this to notify you of when/if this workshop will be held again, so please register your interest in advance. 

 How can I contact the organiser with further questions? 

Need more information or have addition questions about the workshop? Please contact our Workshop Facilitator, Libby, at workshops@millenfarm.org.

Meet the farmer: Ian Burow Trouble shooting in the veggie patch

October 13, 2018, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Millen Farm at the Samford Commons



Overview

Ian Burow is a local fifth generation farmer with 31 years’ experience.  Ian’s business, Green Drop Organics, has been growing sustainable organic and biodynamic crops on the same farm for more than 50 years.  Ian’s passion is teaching people how to grow nutritious food, drawing on his extensive knowledge of the science of soil. In this workshop, Ian will focus on trouble shooting in the veggie patch.

 Is this workshop for you?

Are you sometimes frustrated when things don’t’ go to plan in the veggie patch?

Would you like to learn how to recognise the signs that things may be going awry?

Would you like the chance to pick the brains of an experienced organic farmer, and ask those questions that have been bothering you for a while?

This workshop is for gardeners, farmers, landscapers, and anyone interested in sustainable agriculture.

You will learn about:

  • How to apply simple home-made remedies that don’t cost a lot of money
  • Ways to improve the productivity of your veggie patch e.g. how to adjust the ratio of male to female plants in the garden
  • How to bring the earth worms back into your soil.

The day will include:

The workshop will be two hours long and will consist of an information session followed by ample opportunity to ask questions about your own garden.

The knowledge you will take away:

Following this workshop, you will understand how to recognise the signs that trouble may be brewing in the veggie garden and be equipped with the knowledge and confidence to address some of these problems.

In addition, you will meet a lot of other people who share the same passion of growing organic food in abundance. 

What you need to bring

Hat

Sunscreen

Morning tea

Water bottle

Paper/pen if you are an avid note taker

Note: This workshop will cater for an adult audience, and requires a minimum 10 participants to proceed. It is the second in a series of 3 workshops presented by Ian Burow.

FAQ

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event? 

Yes, please bring along your printed ticket. 

What does the waitlist do? 

If the workshop sells out you can add your details to the event waitlist. In the event of a cancellation, we will look at our waitlist for the next in line. We will also use this to notify you of when/if this workshop will be held again, so please register your interest in advance. 

How can I contact the organiser with further questions? 

Need more information or have addition questions about the workshop? Please contact our Workshop Facilitator, Libby, at workshops@millenfarm.org.

 

 

 

 

 

Healthy Soil = Health Food = Healthy People – Compost. Compost, Compost

October 28, 2018, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Millen Farm at the Samford Commons



Overview

In this free workshop, you will hear will about several methods of compost making and what it can do for your plants. During this hands on demonstration, Arran will lead us through making a compost, share his tips and tricks and answer your questions. .

Is this Workshop for you?

Do you have an existing food garden but would like it to be more productive?

Would you like to learn strategies to improve your soil?

What you will learn

Why compost?

How to make a successful compost.

The day will include:

A classroom style information session followed by a practical activity and tour of the farm (time permitting)

The knowledge you will take away . . .

Simple and useful skills to help you get started on your compost.

Techniques that are easy to implement in your backyard

 In addition, you will meet a lot of other people who share the same passion of growing organic food in abundance. 

Presenter:

Arran Heidemann

Venue

Millen Farm

What you need to bring

– Wear a hat and flat enclosed shoes. Bring drinking water and sunscreen. This is a free community workshop but booking is essential so reserve your place now.

– You are welcome to bring your own morning tea or picnic lunch and stay and eat it after the workshop

– Paper/pen if you are an avid note taker!

Parking on site as directed. 

**This is a free community workshop but bookings are essential so secure your place by registering**

FAQ

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event? 

Yes, please bring along your printed ticket. 

What does the waitlist do? 

If the workshop sells out you can add your details to the event waitlist. In the event of a cancellation, we will look at our waitlist for the next in line. We will also use this to notify you of when/if this workshop will be held again, so please register your interest in advance. 

How can I contact the organiser with further questions? 

Need more information or have addition questions about the workshop? Please contact our Workshop Facilitator, Libby, at workshops@millenfarm.org.