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Workshops

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

Seasonal planting and maintenance of autumn crops

March 30, 2019, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Millen Farm



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 know what to plant for a bumper autumn/winter harvest?

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.

The knowledge you will take away:

Following this workshop, you will know how to achieve a great autumn harvest and gain knowledge of 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 and have plenty of opportunities to have your questions answered.  

Presenter

Ashley Palmer

Venue

Millen Farm @ Samford Commons, 2204 Mount Samson Rd, Samford Valley

Inclusions

Tea/coffee will be available plus light refreshments.

What you need to bring

  • Hat, sunscreen and water bottle
  • Paper/pen if you are an avid note taker
  • Hard copies of tickets not required

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 eselby@millenfarm.org


Build your veggie bed from scratch

May 11, 2019, 9:30 am - 12:30 pm

Millen Farm



Overview

Whether you’re excited and ready to create your first garden bed or just want some ideas and inspiration as you expand your existing gardens, this workshop is for you.

Come and watch Millen Farm’s resident farmer Arran create a garden bed from scratch. In this workshop you don’t just get told how to do it, you get to see it being done!

Is this Workshop for you?

This workshop is especially suited to the new gardener wanting to start a veggie garden using all the techniques demonstrated in the previous workshops.

You will learn how to:

  • scope out and plan your new veggie bed;
  • incorporate irrigation into your bed in a functional and cost effective way.
  • plan and budget for your veggie bed to maximise growth and minimise cost over the life of your bed and its harvest;
  • fast track nutrient rich soils and encourage beneficial insects into your garden beds using good design and planning

The knowledge you will take away:

The elements of veggie bed design and build, incorporating how to maximise growth and harvest into the future.

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

Presenter

Arran Heideman

Venue

Millen Farm @ Samford Commons

Inclusions

A delicious morning tea provided

What you need to bring

  • Hat
  • Sunscreen
  • Water bottle
  • Paper/pen if you are an avid note taker
  • As this is a on-ground workshop, please wear covered shoes.

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 eselby@millenfarm.org


Incorporating bushfoods into your veggie patch or orchard

June 2, 2019, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Millen Farm at the Samford Commons



Overview

Peter Storer is President of the Samford Branch of Native Plants Queensland and a member of the Queensland Bushfood Association. Over the past 13 years, he has revegetated his 1.5 hectare property at Wights Mountain with a huge range of native plants, including a large number of bushfood species, most of which he propagated himself. The fruits, nuts, seeds, flowers, leaves or rhizomes of these plants can used in a wide variety of cooking, including beverages, soups, sauces, salads, savoury dishes, jams, cakes, biscuits and desserts.

In this workshop, Peter will draw on his extensive knowledge and experience with native plants to show how to incorporate bushfood species along with the growing of traditional veggies and fruit trees to add extra interest and increase biodiversity in your garden. An added bonus in this workshop will be a facilitated walk through Samford Eco-corridor with guided commentary on the bushfoods growing there. So come and celebrate Reconciliation Week and expand your knowledge of native foods with this informative workshop!

Is this workshop for you?

Would you like to grow you own bushfoods?

Are you keen to have easy access to authentic Australian ingredients to enhance your cooking?

Would you like to increase the biodiversity of your garden?

This workshop is for gardeners, farmers, landscapers and anyone interested in incorporating bushfoods on their property.

You will learn about:

  • The characteristics of a wide range of bushfood plants (form, habit, nutrient requirements), from small groundcovers such as the native mints, to large trees such as the iconic Bunya Pine.
  • How best to incorporate bushfood plants in and around your food gardens.

The morning will include:

  • An information session, featuring a wide range bushfood plants (specimens and photographs)
  • Samples of bushfoods to try (depending on seasonal availability) plus delicious morning tea with a bushfood theme
  • Short walk around Samford Eco-corridor to see examples of local bushfoods (2 min drive to and from Millen Farm, car-pooling proposed)
  • Plenty of opportunities to ask questions throughout the presentation

The knowledge you will take away:

Following this workshop, you will have the ability to choose native bushfoods suitable for your garden and local conditions and know where to find great bushfood recipes.

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

Presenter

Peter Storer

Venue

Millen Farm @ Samford Commons, 2204 Mount Samson Rd, Samford Valley

Inclusions

  • A free tube of an easy-to-grow bushfood species for all participants.
  • Native bushfood plants will also be available for sale.
  • Additional notes listing all species covered will be made available electronically, exclusive to participants.
  • Delicious morning tea with a bushfood theme.

What you need to bring

  • Hat, sunscreen and water bottle
  • Suitable footwear for walking around Samford Eco-corridor
  • Paper/pen if you are an avid note taker
  • Umbrella or raincoat if rain appears likely
  • Hard copies of tickets not required

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 eselby@millenfarm.org