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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.

 

 

Old MacDonald’s Farm: Raising Farm Animals

July 8, 2017, 9:00 am - 3:30 pm

Hosted by Millen Farm



Overview

The dream of having land and raising farm animals like sheep, alpacas, goats and small-breed cattle is very attractive.  Some of us are drawn to these animals as large, family pets that also keep the grass down and provide copious supplies of manure for the veggie patch. Others focus on living a sustainable, self-sufficient lifestyle in which animals provide food for the family, in addition to manure and a cost-effective lawn-mowing service.

Whatever your reason for bringing farm animals onto your property, sometimes the reality of caring for them can be daunting. Firstly, raising healthy and productive animals involves a commitment to feed them, build adequate housing and fencing, and provide an effective health care management program. Then there are also questions around which animals suit your property, your lifestyle and your budget.

Too many questions and not enough answers? This workshop will walk you through the decision-making process of whether or not to get involved with farm animals, and, if you already have them, equip you with the knowledge to raise them confidently.

Is this Workshop for you?

Whether you’re new to raising farm animals, or you’re looking for an opportunity to discover more about how to best care for your livestock, this workshop is for you. Those with specific questions about the care of sheep, alpacas, goats and cattle will benefit greatly from the knowledge that will be shared during the workshop.

What you will learn

During this workshop, you will have a number of different learning opportunities. The day will begin with a formal presentation by Dr Judy Law, from the Samford Veterinary Surgery followed by a series of informal chats with three local landholders who will introduce you to their properties and share their experiences with goats, alpacas, sheep and lowline cattle. Topics to be covered include:

  • The issues that are commonly seen at the Samford Veterinary Surgery
  • The best stock management practices to prevent these issues
  • Why landholders chose particular farm animals
  • The key lessons landholders have learnt as they manage their animals
  • Tips and advice from the landholder
  • Opportunities to ask questions of the vet and the landholders

The knowledge you will take away . . .  

Following this workshop, you will have an appreciation of the joys and challenges of caring for farm animals.

You will take away professional knowledge from an experienced vet and tips and advice from people like you who are trying their hand at raising animals.

In addition, you will have the chance to network with others who are involved with animals on their land or who are thinking about their options. You may choose to stay in touch with some of the other participants so that you can share insights with each other in the future.

 Presenter

Dr. Judy Law BSc BVSc graduated from University of Queensland in 1992, and has been providing veterinary care to the horses and farm animals of Samford Valley ever since.

She joined Dr. Brian Sheahan’s Samford Valley Veterinary Hospital team immediately after graduation and loves it so much she has never left!  Working in all areas of veterinary practice, her particular areas of interest are equine reproduction, dentistry and general medicine.

On the rare occasions when she is not at work – she enjoys bird watching and habitat restoration.

 Venue

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

Inclusions:

Morning and afternoon tea

Workshop Notes

What you need to bring:

A picnic lunch

Hat

Sunscreen

Wet weather gear if it’s raining

Paper/pen 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

Permaculture Inspired Orchards

August 19, 2017, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Millen Farm at the Samford Commons



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.

Thus 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      

– 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.

Check Josh’s website if you’d like to order rare fruit trees or plants from him.  Email Josh directly, but give him at least 2 weeks to fill your order josh@vanveenorganics.com.  Deliveries and payment on the day of the workshop.

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!

**Please note we require 6 participants for this workshop 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.


 

Worm Farms and Fertiliser Teas

August 26, 2017, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Millen Farm at the Samford Commons



Overview

Learn how to turn kitchen and garden waste into rich nutrients for your soil to feed your plants and reduce the organic waste we send to landfill. Find out about worm farming and fertiliser teas.

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 use worm farms?
  • What are fertilizer teas?
  • How to make and use worm and fertiliser teas.

 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 worm farm.

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.  

Presenters:

Arran Heidemann and Travis Schreiber

What you need to bring:

Wear a hat and flat enclosed shoes. Bring drinking water and sunscreen.

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.

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