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

Relearn Regenerate Reconnect: a workshop in Caring for Country presented by bushtekniq

September 8, 2018, 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

*Private Address



Relearn  Regenerate  Reconnect – a workshop in Caring for Country presented by bushtekniq

Brother-sister duo Jono and Tali Shelley believe that as everything is connected, and we rely on earth for life, bushtekniq is your local holistic landcare specialist. The local surrounds of Samford Valley are well-known to them – this workshop takes place in Camp Mountain where Jono and Tali grew up. To learn more about Tali and Jono, go to http://www.bushtekniq.org/index.php/herstory-history  

Their Camp Mountain home has nurtured a love of nature, its systems and patterns. Embedding principles and ethics of Permaculture, Syntropics, the Bradley Method and Cultural Awareness, they have naturally formed the business project of bushtekniq.  As bush regenerators they work across public and private sectors, assisting clients with plant knowledge, advice and inspiration, along with actual maintenance and enhancement of their properties. Whether it’s neglected pasture, stony hillside, weedy gullies or thriving bush-pockets, bushtekniq assesses the health of the land: from soil to the undergrowth to the canopy above. They work to establish wildlife corridors, enhance biodiversity, encourage cultural plant use and celebrate energy of community.  bushtekniq is about inspiring renewed vision and confidence in caring for country.

When planning this workshop, Tali and Jono were keen for participants to immerse themselves in a full-day experience. The workshop will progress at a tempo that encourages observation, thoughtfulness and questions, and allow for time with practical technique (street spell: tekniq!) and tool use. The relevance, reality and best management practice of invasive plants, aka ‘weeds’, will be discussed and actioned! Taking time to use all of the senses – including taste – will increase skills in plant identification and help to develop a keen appreciation for ecology in its many forms, in lieu of making a positive difference to our surroundings.

The title ‘relearn regenerate reconnect’ is the workshop in a nutshell.  The overview of the day is:

  • Time to ‘tune in’ to our surrounds – this may be something new for folks, but will help us towarm-up and connect
  • Taking a walk through bushland –  observing what assisted bush regeneration looks like and learning the relevance of natural regeneration – this will provide a base for participants   to reflect on the challenges their own properties may present, as well as any success stories.
  • Practical experience in regeneration projects – to see and understand how ‘regeneration’ is done, where to start and why bush regeneration is relevant

Is this workshop for you? Ask yourself some of these questions:

  • Do you see the bushland around you and feel daunted – does it seem complicated / overwhelming / jungle-like?
  • Are you curious about how flora, fauna and fungi inter-relate?
  • On your property how do you evaluate what you’re seeing? How to start?  What to do?
  • What kinds of challenges does landcare present, and why should one care?
  • What is the best approach – what does chemical-free mean?

 You will learn about:

  • tools and techniques for landcare
  • plant identification
  • local ecology
  • the richness of biodiversity
  • useful resources and where to find them 
  • seasonal implications
  • how to transfer this learning to your own land: every site has its own story

 The knowledge you will take away:

  • an understanding of local plants and how they support and complement each other
  • practical weeding and planting techniques that minimise disruption, and maximise ecological stability
  • how to recognise the best place to start, and understanding the human impacts 

Inclusions: 

  • Morning and afternoon tea
  • bushtekniq’s booklet: Seeds of Inspiration for Landcare (SOIL) is available for a few-gold-coins (donation – $10.00 is recommended)
  • Opportunity to buy recommended quality tools

What you need to bring:

  • Your packed lunch
  • Water bottle
  • Suitable weather clothing – sun hat or rain gear as appropriate
  • Suitable shoes/boots for bush walking (closed) – IMPORTANT
  • Long trousers and gloves
  • Water bottle
  • Insect repellent 
  • Camera, pen and paper 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.

Introductions to Top Bar Beehives

September 23, 2018, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

*Private Addresses*



Overview

Thinking of keeping honey bees, but not sure which direction to go?

The first question is: why keep bees? Bees are important are part of the food chain, they are one of the main pollinators that ensure farmers and gardeners alike can harvest their produce. The sad news is that 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 the food production system and the ecosystem in general. We can help by keeping bees in our own backyards where they can readily forage on the flowers and vegetables that we grow for our families.

The next questions are: What sort of bee hive should I invest in? What are my priorities when thinking about installing a bee hive on my property?

Most of us are familiar (though not the name, perhaps) with the Langstroth hive, which is a vertical 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.

Both of the above hive designs have focussed on honey production. However, maybe another approach will fascinate you.

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. In other words, you can still harvest honey, but at the same time, enjoy observing and learning about your bees while providing them with a man-made habitat that mirrors their natural preferences. Fascinating!

This workshop will provide you with the information you need to start up or extend your beekeeping with a Top Bar 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. Paul has also been recently accredited by the Slow Food movement as a producer of good, clean fair and local food. 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.

Venue

Private residence in Samford Valley. Address available following registration.

Inclusions

  • Morning tea – showcasing honey
  • Workshop Notes

What you need to bring

  • Hat
  • 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.

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.

 

 

 

 

 

Build an Australian Stingless Bee Hive: $200 + $345 = Total $545 for a 1½ day workshop

October 21, 2018, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

*Private Address



Build an Australian Stingless Bee Box (Hive)

 

1 day for construction – 21st October 2018 + ½ day – 4th or 10th November 2018 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 2018 – Cost = $545 see the breakdown of the cost below, as well as payment details.
  • Possible Part 2 = a year later, you will have the opportunity to register for a workshop featuring harvesting the stingless bee honey in 2019 – cost to be announced.                                                                     

Overview

Over the day and a half workshop, Bob Luttrell (Bob the Beeman) will take 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 to 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.

Presenter

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
  • An active colony of bees in your hive
  • Morning and afternoon teas on Day 1
  • Morning tea on Day 2
  • Lunch
  • Workshop Notes

What you need to bring:

  • A cordless drill
  • Hat
  • Sunscreen
  • Picnic Lunch / water bottle on Day 1
  • Water bottle on Day 2
  • Paper/pen if you are an avid note taker!

Workshop Cost and Bookings:

$545 per person, which covers:

  • the workshop registration = $200 – to be paid here at Eventbrite
  • plus materials / bee colony = $345 – to be paid direct to Millen Farm. 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).

**Please note, your place will only be secure when the full amount $545 has been paid**


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.

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.


Collecting Stingless Bee honey – $175 ($85 + $90 materials)

November 18, 2018, 8:30 am - 1:00 pm

*Private Address



Overview

Collecting honey from bees is most commonly done from European 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 (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 discussions exploring well-established traditions, new ideas and opinions of how the collection of honey can best be done. 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 can be harvested.

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. His frames have now moved on into the injection molding production.

During 2017 Bob was in a position to share his journey of developing honey collecting frames and results. You may already have a bee hive 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 2017 workshop.

Presenter:

Bob the Beeman, entered the world of stingless bees sixty-five 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.

Workshop venue

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

Inclusions

  • New 4th level (or universal super) + ventilation stopper + inspection cover
  • Honey frames
  • Workshop notes
  • Recipes
  • Morning tea

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).
  • Please note we require 10 participants for this workshop to run.

 

Workshop Cost and Bookings

Ticket: $85 for registration + $90 for materials / honey frames = Total $175.00

Payment to be paid in two parts, and the reservation is secure upon the full payment.

Registration: $85 paid in Eventbrite

Materials: $90 (Direct deposit details will be provided following ticket purchase.)

!! 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.