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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.

 

 

Meet the farmer: Ashley Palmer Seasonal planting and maintenance of autumn crops

March 17, 2018, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Millen Farm at the Samford Commons



Overview

Ashley is a third-generation farmer, with an inspirational mixed organic farm at Mt Cotton. Anyone attending the Real Farmers’ market will attest to the quality and abundance of Ashley’s farm.

 This is your opportunity to come and learn from a professional. Ashley will share the secrets of growing healthy fruit, veggies and nuts.  If your veggie patch hasn’t gone as well as you had hoped and you want to know how to do it better, or if you are just in the planning stages but are not sure where to start, this workshop is for you.   Learn what and when to grow for an autumn harvest, as well as how to overcome common problems in the veggie patch. 

 Is this Workshop for you?

Would you like to build soil fertility?

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

Are you interested in reducing labour and all chemical inputs into your garden?

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

 You will learn how to:

Improve soil

Manage weeds and pest/diseases

Reduce nutrient leaching

Maximize your autumn harvest

 The day will include:

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

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

 The knowledge you will take away:

Following this workshop, you will understand natural food production methods with an emphasis on sustainability and soil improvement.  You will also gain an understanding of the invisible work undertaken by a host of micro-organisms, minerals and nutrients in your soil.  You will be armed with the knowledge to support your own food growing aspirations – no matter how big or small.

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

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 Home Garden Soil Program

April 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 building fertile soil, which is the foundation for any successful food production.

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 how to build soil fertility?

Do you want to find out more about producing more nutrient-dense fruit and veg?

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

You will learn about:

  • Combining the best of chemistry, physics, biology and microbiology with sound management practices
  • Addressing and solving weed, disease and insect pest problems at their root causes rather than merely masking the symptoms with poisonous chemicals
  • Maximizing yield, quality and food nutrition potentials
  • Useful ideas to get your plants to respond and produce nutrient dense food

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 natural food production methods with an emphasis on sustainability and soil improvement.  You will also gain an understanding of the invisible work undertaken by a host of micro-organisms, minerals and nutrients.  You will be armed with the knowledge to support your own food growing aspirations – no matter how big or small.

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

Presenter

Ian Burow

Inclusions

None

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 first 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.

Attracting beneficial insects and butterflies with native plants

May 27, 2018, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Millen Farm at the Samford Commons



Overview

Peter Storer is President of the Samford Branch of Native Plants Queensland and heavily involved in the Samford Eco-Corridor project, which is restoring an area alongside the South Pine River in the Samford Parklands. This long-­term initiative involves a group of volunteers who have been clearing the area of invasive weeds, revegetating formerly mown areas with indigenous plant communities, and creating a corridor to enhance the riparian ecosystem and restore biodiversity.

In this workshop, Peter will draw on his extensive knowledge and experience with native plants to explain the close relationships between native plants, beneficial insects and butterflies and the growing of veggies and fruit trees.

Is this workshop for you?

Would you like to attract beneficial insects (pollinators and predators) to work for you in your orchard and veggie patch, and would you like to encourage more colourful butterflies to visit your garden?

Are you keen to learn which native plant species are the best beneficial insect attractors, thus enhancing food production?

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

You will learn about:

  • Some of the beneficial insects and butterflies found in the district (but the main focus is on the plants).
  • A range of beneficial insect-attracting native plants suitable for both the veggie patch and orchard in the Samford district
  • How to use various host plants to bring more of our beautiful butterflies into your garden
  • How best to incorporate these native plants in and around your food garden.

The day will include:

  • An information session followed by Q&A
  • A tour of recent plantings of native species at Millen Farm
  • Plenty of opportunities to ask questions

The knowledge you will take away:

Following this workshop, you will have the ability to choose native plants suitable for your garden and local conditions. You will gain insights into how beneficial insects and butterflies can become an additional workforce in your veggie patch and orchard.

 In addition, you will meet a lot of other people who share the same passion for growing native plants in a productive food garden.

Inclusions

A free tubestock plant for all participants

Native plants will also be available for sale (species often hard to obtain elsewhere)

Additional notes available on our website, exclusive to participants

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 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 Gardening

June 16, 2018, 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

Millen Farm at the Samford Commons



Overview

This workshop will teach you the basics of growing your own food using permaculture techniques and strategies. You will learn about forest perennial tree systems with Josh van Veen from van Veen Organics and annual market and vegetable gardening with Millen Farm’s own farmer: Arran Heideman.

Josh is a self-employed permaculturalist running a plant nursery and education centre from Elimbah in the Sunshine Coast hinterland. He also offers PermaCoaching to clients worldwide. His passion for nature and living a connected life has seen him contributing to the improvement of individual’s awareness and wellbeing, creation of regenerative communities, the building of strong natural environments and sustainable responsible projects and enterprises.

Arran is Millen Farm’s first farmer. He believes in the future of farming and is committed to demonstrating a better way of producing local food, to educating the community on sustainable farming practices and to providing a training ground for young farmers.

Is this Workshop for you?

Would you like to learn more about the benefits of creating your own perennial food system?

Are you interested in the concept of a permaculture market garden?

Would you like to find out more about the secrets behind growing annual crops alongside perennial systems?

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

You will learn how to:

Apply basic permaculture techniques and strategies in the growing of your own food.

Create your own perennial food system, including how to plan, create and harvest from your own productive food forest.

Transform an unproductive space into a thriving veggie patch.

Create growing spaces that harness a variety of systems that work together.

The day will include:

An information session presented by Josh van Veen encompassing the basics of creating a perennial food forest

A presentation by Arran Heideman explaining how he has created a permaculture market garden from a bare pasture block

Ample opportunities to ask questions

A tour of Millen Farm in which presenters will make connections between their presentations and the practical implications in the field.

The knowledge you will take away:

Following this workshop, you will understand natural food production methods with an emphasis on permaculture techniques and strategies.  You will also gain an understanding of the way different systems work together to support your

own food growing aspirations – no matter how big or small, and the confidence to apply these principles to your own situation.

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

Inclusions:

Morning and afternoon tea

Website notes available exclusively to participants

What you need to bring:

Hat

Sunscreen

Your own picnic lunch

Water bottle

Paper/pen if you are an avid note taker

Note: This workshop will cater for an adult audience, and requires a minimum 6 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.

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.

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.