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Workshop Flyer March-June

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.

 

 

Healthy Soil = Health Food = Healthy People – On the Farm with Ian Burow

May 27, 2017, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Millen Farm at the Samford Commons

Overview

On the Farm with Ian Burow, 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, specialising in an assortment of sprouts. Come along and learn why we want organic, what the drivers of healthy vegetable production are and how to get your home grown fruit and vegetables to taste like nature intended.  

Is this Workshop for you?

Would you like to learn more about growing food sustainably?

Is improving and developing your soil of interest?

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.

 What you will learn :

  • Improve soil drainage
  • Improve water holding capacity
  • Manage weeds and pest/diseases
  • Reduce nutrient leaching
  • Unlock full range of minerals from your soil

 The day will include:

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

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.  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

 

What you need to bring

  • Hat
  • Sunscreen
  • Morning tea
  • 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.


Collecting Stingless Bee Honey – POSTPONED to 28th May 2017

May 28, 2017, 8:30 am - 1:00 pm

Hosted by Millen Farm

Overview

Collecting honey from bees is most commonly done from honey bee colonies. However, it IS possible to collect honey from the Australian native stingless bee. The stingless bee is tiny, so the amount of honey they collect is also small, but it does have its own distinctive flavour. Robert Luttrell, otherwise known as Bob the Beeman, works in harmony with the stingless bees, and has developed a system that respects the life of the bee colony and uses available modern technology.     In the bee keepers’ world, there are frequent exchanges of traditions, ideas and opinions of how the collection of honey can best be done. Amidst controversy, Bob is continually asking questions and experimenting in his shed so he can create adaptions and additions to the bee box that will fit his philosophy of caring and respecting the bees.

Bees store their honey to feed the colony. So you may ask, how can we share the honey without depriving the bees? Also, the stingless bees keep a tidy and clean home, and one thing Bob has observed is that the little bees do not like broken or spilt honey pots. How can we extract the honey without making a mess of their home? Both these questions impact how the honey collection can be undertaken.

Bob’s answers revolve around his observations around bee behaviour, combined with his vast experience of different designs of bee boxes that provide optimal results for the bees. Bob has also been exploring and fine-tuning the use of the modern-day’s 3D printer and food-quality plastics – not an easy task.

2017 – Bob is now ready to share his journey and results with you in this workshop. You may already have a bee box of Bob’s design, or you may have another design. As Bob thinks around challenges, he has devised a ‘universal’ (honey super) level that will fit on to a 20cm x 28cm bee box.

Is this Workshop for you?

Do you already have a native stingless bee colony in a box? Is your stingless bee colony active and strong? The colony should have been established for at least a year. How do I know if my colony is ready to have a ‘honey super’ to collect the honey? Bob recommends that you have at least two full levels, preferably three. There should be a healthy brood, and good stores of honey and pollen. That’s the colony sorted!

Now, are you ready to take your expertise up another level so you can collect some of your stingless bee’s honey? This workshop will provide the information and the extra level – ‘honey super’ that you will need to do this. Bob goes further, he has some appetising recipes to inspire you!

If you can answer ‘yes’ to those three questions above, then this workshop is for you!

If you are interested in this workshop, but have a different sort of bee box, not one that conforms to Bob’s design, this is not a problem. You will take part in the activity by partnering up with another participant to construct their level – this is integral to the workshop. You will then receive one of Bob’s adaptions (ready-made) which will fit on any box 20 cm x 28 cm.

 What you will learn

The workshop will increase your native stingless beekeeping knowledge, and prepare you for extracting some of their honey.

You will learn about:

  • how bees organise their home space naturally
  • different bee box layouts
  • the microbiology of honey from three bee species
  • how the bees use the honey frame
  • the honey extraction
    • a low-tech method
    • a high-tech level

You will construct and take away:

  • your own honey super level and collecting frames

For those who attended Bob’s Millen Farm workshop last year already know that Bob has a wealth of information he loves to share. He is open to questions and will take time to respond to challenges you might be having with your bees.

 The knowledge you will take away . . .

Following the workshop, you will be able to confidently add the honey super level to your stingless box and watch the bees fill it up. You will know how to extract the honey without disturbing the bees. You will be able to prepare it for use, and even have some original ideas of how to use it!

In addition, you will be able share your stingless bee experiences with the other participants, some of whom you may have met in the 2016 workshop.

 Presenter


Robert Luttrell, more often known as Bob the Beeman, entered the world of stingless bees sixty-four years ago, by watching a bush colony at six years old. This developed into a serious hobby in his teens. Bob says Bees introduced me to the natural world and environment that supported them, and made relevant the study of that world. It was a lesson that has been a valuable part of my life, and still is for any youngster today. Our environment is in their hands”. Although Bob studied Agriculture Science at University of Queensland, his expertise in bees comes from his direct contact with the bees from all aspects, and his lust for learning more. To this end, he has travelled to South America and Asia building connections with the stingless beekeeper communities there. Today, Bob can look back on a lifetime of discovery and innovation to fulfil his passion with the little bees.

 Inclusions

New 4th level (or universal super) + ventilation stopper + inspection cover

Honey frames

Workshop notes

Recipes

Morning tea

Ticket Price:

Please Note – Total workshop fee is $170 ($85 ticket to be purchase through Eventbrite and $85 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)

 Extras:

You can also buy at reasonable cost during the workshop, stocks/replacements of the following:

  • ventilation stoppers
  • Phorid fly / small hive beetle traps
  • Inspection covers
  • Level separators
  • Feeder canisters

Also available at the workshop are order forms for the high-tech centrifugal honey extractor (2 month lead-in time for delivery)

 What you need to bring:

Paper/pen if you are an avid note taker!

Cordless drill (preferably with adjustable driving tension for driving screws – but don’t worry if you don’t have this).

 **Important note: on registration inform us of the type of bee box you already have:

  • A box according to Bob the Beeman’s specifications
  • A box 20 cm x 28 cm
  • Another box – give dimensions

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

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

Raising Chickens For The Pot

June 3, 2017, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Hosted by Millen Farm

Overview

A large portion of the chicken meat we buy and consume through supermarkets and retail/wholesale butchers is intensively farmed. Definitions with regard to ‘free range’ are often unclear and although approved by authorities, you may be surprised how these approved standards lack a focus on the humane treatment of these creatures.

An ethical way to eat meat is to know where it is coming from and how the animals are treated both through their lives and in the butchering process. Sourcing meat locally and getting to know the farmer and butcher is one way. Another is to source meat through retail and wholesale butchers who sell organic produce where the standards for animal care are higher. Still another way is to raise your own animals for meat.

It can be confronting shifting from buying chicken that someone else has raised and butchered to doing it yourself. This workshop will offer you an overview of keeping meat chickens and will provide some examples of how to humanely butcher chickens and prepare them for the plate.

Is this Workshop for you?

This workshop is aimed at backyard chicken keepers who wish to grow their own chickens for meat. It is a beginner level workshop.

What you will learn:

In this workshop you will learn how to raise chickens for meat. Topics will include:

  • Appropriate meat chicken breeds for backyard growers
  • How to house and what to feed meat chickens
  • How to recognise health issues and what to do about them
  • Humane animal husbandry practices
  • How to get the most out of your chicken
  • Council and other authority rules and regulations for keeping meat chickens
  • Preparing a chicken for the table

In this workshop, you will also have the opportunity to watch an experienced chicken farmer humanely butcher a chicken.

The knowledge you will take away . . .

You will leave this workshop with a general overview of raising meat chickens. You will also have watched the process of humanely butchering a chicken and how it is prepared for the table.

Millen Farm would like to emphasise that this is an introduction to keeping meat chickens. You should not attempt to butcher a chicken yourself until you have the skills, confidence, appropriate tools and space to do this humanely. Should you choose to raise and butcher your own meat chickens following this workshop, we suggest working with a suitably experienced person to ensure that your treatment of chickens through the butchering process is efficient, safe and humane.

You will also meet other people interested in raising their own meat chickens.   You may choose to stay in touch with some of these participants as a support network in moving into butchering for your own meat.

Presenter

Scott Luttrell

Scott Luttrell is the owner of Local Pastures, a family owned and run farming enterprise near Brisbane. Local Pastures specializes in the raising of meat chickens.  

Scott has established food production systems that mimic nature in order to provide locally produced, high quality food whilst regenerating the land. His business offers you the connection of knowing your farmer and being assured that his animals have been produced without antibiotics, pesticides or GMO products.

Most importantly, Scott’s business is focused on ensuring his chickens are raised and managed in a respectful and caring way from “Pasture to Plate”.

Inclusions:

  • Morning tea
  • Workshop Notes

What you need to bring:

  • Hat
  • Sunscreen
  • Apron (if you want to participate in the processing of the chicken)
  • 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 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

Growing Food 101 – Irrigation

June 24, 2017, 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.

In part 3 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. 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.

 

Old MacDonald’s Farm: Raising Farm Animal

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.

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.