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Workshops

Exciting stuff….   Here is the list of our workshops for 2018. a very wide range of topics covered!

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.

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.

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.