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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.

 

 

Introduction to Top Bar bee hives

September 17, 2017, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

*Private Address



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 our food production system.

We can help by keeping bees in our own back yards where they can readily forage on the flowers and vegetables that we grow for our families.

The question is ‘What sort of bee hive should I invest in?’

Most of us are familiar with the Langstroth hive, which is a vertically 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.

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.

This workshop will provide you with the information you need to start up or extend your beekeeping with a Top bar bee 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. 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.

Inclusions

– Morning tea – showcasing honey

– Workshop Notes

– What you need to bring

– Hat and 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.

Compost

October 21, 2017, 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

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!

**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


 

Build an Australian Bee Box (hive) – $200 + $345 = Total $545

October 22, 2017, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Millen Farm



Build an Australian Stingless Bee Box (Hive)


1 day for construction – 22nd October 2017 + ½ day either 4th or 5th November 2017 for propagation of the colony.

This is an exciting two-part workshop:

  • Part 1 = learn about the life of the stingless bees, construct your box and propagate the colony in 2017 – Cost = $545 see the breakdown of the cost below, as well as payment details.
  • Part 2 = a year later, you will have the opportunity to register for a workshop featuring harvesting the stingless bee honey in 2018 – cost to be announced.             

Overview

Over the day and a half workshop, Bob Luttrell (Bob the Beeman) will walk with you on a journey of building your own Australian Stingless Bee box. You will not only build a home for your bees, but will also learn how to propagate the new colony into your hive and manage your bees so they are as healthy and happy as possible.

You will leave this workshop with a fully built and functional Australian Stingless Bee box, and a great deal of knowledge about how to look after your Australian Stingless bees. Important to note, ‘nature’ works at its own pace and whilst Bob will guarantee and support the viability of your colony for its first year, he will only release your hive to you when he considers it to be viable, usually six to eight weeks after the propagation.

You will learn all you need to manage and sustain your own Australian Stingless Bees including:

Day 1:

  • An education session on Australian Stingless Bees, their life style, what they need in terms of housing and where they need to be located
  • Step-by-step tuition on how to build an Australian Native Bee box
  • Working in pairs, you will each build your own box over the course of the day – meaning that each participant will have a hive to take home
  • All materials will be provided

The ½ day – the group of participants will be divided, so half will attend on the first ½ day and the other half on the second ½ day:

  • You will learn about maintaining an Australian Native Bee colony
  • You will learn how to ‘seed’ the new hive by working with Bob to propagate your colony from a donor colony
  • Your hive will be complete with a colony of Australian Stingless Bees. Attention: Please see the note above, to ensure the viability of the colony, Bob will care for it for the first 6 weeks/2 months before releasing it to you.

 Is this Workshop for you?

If you have seen these tiny bees in your garden already, and want to take your observations to the next level or you are just keen to venture into Australian Stingless Bee keeping, then this workshop is for you!

The knowledge you will take away . . .

In addition to taking away your own constructed Australian Stingless Bee Box that is populated with a colony, you will also understand how to care for them. You will know how to develop your Australian Stingless Bee population in the future through building more hives and propagating your current colonies.

In addition, you will meet a lot of other people interested in Australian Stingless Bee Keeping!   You may choose to stay in touch with some of the other participants as a part of your Australian Stingless Bee Keeping journey.

Presenters

Bob Luttrell – Bob the Bee Man

Bob the Bee Man has been a local to the Samford Valley for more than 10 years. He is a long time passionate beekeeper and describes himself as meliponiculturalist (one who raises bees), and inventor. Bob is generous with his time and knowledge, and has another passion – sharing his observations and discoveries.

Bob offers rescue services for Australian Stingless Bees that have been disturbed through trees being removed or damaged. He is passionate about rescuing and relocating these little native treasures as well as educating people about how to preserve them.

Bob has reviewed almost all literature available on Australian Stingless Bees, has attended many workshops, even internationally, and is a well-known member of the unheralded stingless beekeepers looking for ways to preserve and promote these critters. Bob’s activities include boxing colonies to investigate what is needed for the domestication of these bees as well as the production of honey and researching optimum box designs.

Bob is full of dreams, that is what spurs his urge to continually observe, ponder and invent, using both low technology and high technology!! A major dream of his is to put stingless bees beside the European Honey Bee, as the true Australian honey bee, and give the quality pot honey that they produce, the recognition that it deserves. He is continually raising awareness and understanding of the life and needs of these fascinating bees.

Venue

This workshop will be held at a private residence. The address for the workshop will be provided following registration.

Inclusions:

  • All materials to construct your Australian Stingless Bee box
  • All the required tools
  • An active colony of bees for your box
  • Morning and afternoon teas
  • Lunch
  • Workshop Notes

What you need to bring:

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

Ticket Price:

Please Note – Total workshop fee is $545 ($200 ticket to be purchase through Eventbrite and $345 materials fee. Participants will be asked to pay the materials fee via direct deposit to Millen Farm. Participants will be emailed Millen Farm bank details after their ticket has been purchased).

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.

Permaculture Design in Practice – On the Farm with Josh van Veen

November 25, 2017, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Millen Farm,



Overview

Come and Meet Joshua van Veen, owner and operator of van Veen Organics-   an Edible and Medicinal Plant Nursery and Education Centre, located in Elimbah, Queensland. Learn about the operations of the business and how it is working to improve the local environment for the benefit of society. The business is a local start up in its fourth year of operation so this will be a great opportunity for everyone to understand the processes and procedures involved in creating a sustainable enterprise working with nature from very humble beginnings.  

Is this Workshop for you?

If you’ve heard about permaculture but would like to hear from someone who has put permaculture principles into practice in a business setting, then this workshop is for you. Josh van Veen from van Veen organics has drawn on permaculture principles to develop the ethics, mission and vision for a sustainable nursery, education, consultation and design business at Elimbah on the Sunshine Coast.

 What will you learn?

Josh will explain how permaculture principles have guided his business development, from the very start. He will provide details of his strategic planning and, drawing on examples from his own business, will explore how permaculture teaches you to think outside the box and connect the dots together to create systems that are sustainable. There will be ample opportunities for questions and discussion around this broad topic.

The knowledge you will take away…

During the workshop, you will be engaged in using permaculture principles to create your own sustainable, strategic plans and developing ways of implementing them.

You will be challenged to think about how you can also use permaculture ethics and principles in your own situation, no matter how big or small to find sustainable solutions. For example, organising the home, landscaping (food, medicines, wildlife), connecting your community, looking at the problems and finding ecology-based solutions that last.  

 Presenter

 Joshua is a self-employed Permaculturalist running the edible and medicinal plant nursery: van Veen Organics from Elimbah, Queensland.

Over time, the need to be connected and a part of the natural world became a guiding feature in his life, and was exemplified when he started 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). In 2014 he 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. During this time, he also founded the Caboolture and Surroundings Permaculture Group. In 2016 Joshua became a founding member in the world-wide Ecolonomics Action Team (EAT) movement and also started studying soil micro biology with Dr. Elaine Ingham. Joshua has a passion for nature and living a connected life. In the future, he plans to continue his work as a contributor to regenerative communities, natural environments and responsible enterprises.

What you need to bring

  • Hat
  • Sunscreen
  • Morning tea
  • Pen/paper if you’re a note taker

** Check Josh’s website if you’d like to order rare fruit trees or plants from him.  www.vanveenorganics.com

Email Josh directly, but give him at least 2 weeks to fill your order josh@vanveenorganics.com or call him on 0422 107 914.  Deliveries and payment on the day of the workshop.

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.