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Organic Market Garden Series, Caroola Farm 5 one-day workshops over 5 months

With the success of the Local Food Initiative and Australian Capital Region Food Hub, it has become evident that there is a growing demand for locally grown produce, preferable grown using organic practices.  To assist in meeting this growing demand, Permaculture eXchange is proud and excited to announce a series of workshops on ‘Market Gardening for small-scale production’.

This series of five, day long workshops aims to take people who already have a basic understanding of growing vegetables for their own kitchen, and provide them with the skills and knowledge to grow food that leads to creating a successful source of income.

IMG_0515Each workshop is designed to develop the necessary skills on a facet of market gardening that can make or break a small gardening enterprise. They are very practical with plenty of hands on application and some necessary theory. You can choose to attend individual workshops – for those who have a gap in their market gardening knowledge, or you can enrol in the complete series of five workshops for a substantial discount.

The program will be held at Caroola Farm, Mulloon (between Bungendore and Braidwood) and participants will be using the prepared main garden beds as a template on which to explore and develop their skills so they can adapt them to their own enterprises and circumstances.

IMG_0438We are very excited to be able to offer you this brand new workshop series with Fraser Bayley of SAGE Moruya and Old Mill Farm.

Learn how to plan, grow and run your own organic market garden enterprise. Book for the series of 5 one-day workshops, or book individual workshops.

Sunday 3 Aug – 1. Planning and scheduling for the season
Sunday 7 Sep – 2. Preparing the ground. raising seedlings and Sowing seed,
Saturday 18 Oct – 3. Transplanting out and bed maintenance , Irrigation Systems Plant Health, Pests and Diseases
Sunday Nov 9 – 4. Harvesting, Marketing, Value adding – what to do with what’s left and Time management
Sunday Dec 14 – 5. Cover crops, Integrating animals as a fertility source and Reviewing the season

Fee for Workshop – Individual workshops are $130/workshop or enrol in all five workshops for  $585. Fee includes notes. Lunch, morning and afternoon tea will also be provided.

Time – Workshops will run from 10.00am – 5.00pm

About the presenter – 
Fraser, with his partner Kirsti run Old Mill Road BioFarm, a small farming enterprise that aims to enrich local food culture, encourage more small scale farmers and connect those farmers to the consumer. They have developed their farm over the years using sustainable farming practices and sell their chemical free produce at SAGE Farmers Market and Moruya Country Markets every week.

About this series of workshops – Fraser Bayley, who designed and developed this series of workshops for SAGE is also the presenter. He is an experienced and successful market gardener, a great communicator, an educator, mentor and presenter. These workshops and the presenter are not accredited however they will teach you very relevant, useful and practical skills. The primary aim is to support and encourage the success of existing and potential small-scale growers.

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Sunday 3 Aug – 1. Planning and scheduling for the season
Sunday 7 Sep – 2. Preparing the ground. raising seedlings and Sowing seed,
Saturday 18 Oct – 3. Transplanting out and bed maintenance , Irrigation Systems Plant Health, Pests and Diseases
Sunday Nov 9 – 4. Harvesting, Marketing, Value adding – what to do with what’s left and Time management
Sunday Dec 14 – 5. Cover crops, Integrating animals as a fertility source and Reviewing the season

Fee for Workshop – Individual workshops are $130/workshop or enrol in all five workshops for  $585. Fee includes notes. Lunch, morning and afternoon tea will also be provided.

Time – Workshops will run from 10.00am – 5.00pm

Catering - The course will be fully catered with a light lunch, morning and afternoon snacks as well as tea and coffee.

Location - all workshops will be held at Caroola Farm, Mulloon, on the Kings Highway between Bungendore and Braidwood

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Detailed information on workshops

1. Planning and scheduling for the season

Sunday 3 Aug

Planning will be the most important topic to get your head around before you get in the field. In this workshop you will:

  • Understand the importance of planning and scheduling for success
  • Set clear objectives and goals
  • Calculate quantities
  • Identify the seed/seedlings required
  • How and where to order your seeds/seedlings

2. Preparing the ground. raising seedlings and Sowing seed

Sunday 7 Sep

A key factor to having a successful garden is ensuring that the soil is healthy. A wise farmer once said “better to plant a $1 tree in a $10 hole than a $10 tree in a $1 hole”. This day will set the platform for the growing season – expect a very hands on day, learning practical skills such as:

  • Identifying and preparing for your soil type
  • Making a healthy compost
  • Building your soil using organic matter and natural fertilisers
  • Making seed raising mix and understanding the key ingredients
  • Using different soil containers to raise seedlings – soil blocks, pots and other types
  • Know when to ‘pot on’ or ‘plant out’

3. Transplanting out and bed maintenance , Irrigation Systems Plant Health, Pests and Diseases

Saturday 18 Oct

In this one day workshop you will be working with the garden beds with a strong emphasis on hand tools. You will:

  • Grasp a solid overview of the tools required to do many of the jobs efficiently – from the large backyard scale to the acre
  • Learn how to use the right hand tools for the job
  • Practice using these tools, all day, without straining your back to prepare the bedsPlant out the seedling (from previous workshop)

Understand how to maintain your beds for optimum results.

You will also learn to understand the needs of the plants and the importance these have on the health of the plant, will result a thriving garden:

  • Effective and economic ways to irrigate your soil – as there is no life without water.
  • The importance of soil life and the vital role it plays in the health of your plants
  • The making of and application of actively aerated compost teas and foliar sprays

 4. Harvesting, Marketing, Value adding – what to do with what’s left and Time management

Sunday Nov 9

Your garden is growing, the produce is in abundance and its now time to go market. Without a market you do not have a business. In this one day workshop you will:

  • Explore how best to deliver a fresh product
  • Investigate a range of marketing options
  • Identify how you can manage your gluts effectively
  • Discover how to turn a negative into a positive by identifying how to value add on produce that don’t sell or are beyond selling
  • Learn to manage your time, prioritise tasks and working to your plan to suit the long term vision as you experience the huge demands the farm has on your time.

5. Cover crops, Integrating animals as a fertility source and Reviewing the season

Sunday Dec 14

One of the most difficult things about intensive annual production is managing your soil fertility without buying in too many inputs, all of which have an impact on your bottom line. This final workshop you will learn which:

  • Cover crops and manures that will drive the fertility of your soil
  • Systems to use, to best suit your outcome.

Being the final workshop in the series – there will also be a review of the lessons learnt – both at Caroola Farm and in your own garden. You will examine and record both your own experiences and what you have learnt, to assist you immensely in planning and preparing for the following season.

2014 Herbal Medicine Courses – Winter, Spring, Summer Courses

 

Following on from our rousingly successful “Introduction to Herbal Medicine” course in February this year at Caroola Farm, we are excited to have Kristin Day  back  – and presenting 2 more courses this year! And…thanks to the generous donation of ‘venue’ by Caroola and Nunyara Farms for our Spring and Summer courses – we’re able to reduce the course price to $195.00 for both days, $80.00 for the 1/2 day Practical.

Many of those who attended the February course said you wanted more…so  the course will now cover 1-1/2 days with the first day being a full day Intro to Herbal Medicine and the second 1/2 day being a Practical focusing on herbal remedies as relevant to the season.

So…for those that have already completed the Intro course, you can attend the 1/2 day practical each season to learn herbal remedies to prepare you for that season.

SPRING INTRO & PRACTICAL:  September 20/21 – Caroola Farm, Mulloon, NSW (between Bungendore and Braidwood)

SUMMER INTRO & PRACTICAL:  November 8/9 – Nunyara Farm, Braidwood, NSW

Times: 10am to 4pm Saturday, 9am to 12noon Sunday

Price: $295 for the full weekend course. Be quick for $195 ‘early bird’ price for first 10 students. Day 2 only (for those who have already completed an Introduction to Herbal Medicine) $80

Catering: The course will be catered with a light lunch, morning and afternoon snacks as well as tea and coffee. Day 2 includes morning tea.

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COURSE COST:

$195.00 per person for both days.  Students of a previous Intro HM course with us are invited to join Day 2 only for $80.00 per person.

Day 1:  10am-4pm, morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea included

Day 2:  9am-12pm, morning tea included

Course Content – Day One:

-What are Herbs?

-History of Herbal Medicine

-Herbs for Home Use

-Uses of Culinary and Common Herbs as Medicine

-Herbs used in Permaculture

-Herbs in the Wild

-Herbal First Aid Kit

Course Content – Day Two:

Herbal Remedies for the Season – this is the practical where you’ll learn about herbal remedies as relevant for the season and make your very own herbal remedy to take home.

Natural Building (Wattle and Daub) Practical, Caroola Farm, 30 and 31 August

Times: 9am to 5pm both days

Price: $250 for the full weekend course. Be quick for $205 ‘early bird’ price for first 10 students.

Catering: The course will be fully catered with a light lunch, morning and afternoon snacks as well as tea and coffee.

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Natural building 3Natural Building (Wattle and Daub Roundhouse) Practical

Weekend Workshop with Dan Harris-Pascal and the Caroola Crew
30 and 31 August 2014

Caroola Farm, Mulloon NSW (between Bungendore and Braidwood)

Part of our Farm Establishment Series of Practical Workshops

Roundhouses are an ancient building method dating back to as early as the Bronze Age. These structures are quick, easy and cheap to set up and are a perfect building option to create a guest room, shed space or a studio.

This workshop will be lead by Dan Harris-Pascal who has studied natural building and Bio-construction in Australia, New Zealand and Chile. The wattle and daub roundhouse emerged by blending a range of natural building techniques.

Natural building 2Over the weekend we will study the different components of a building and construct a foundation, roof and walls using non-toxic, accessible natural building methods and techniques. We will also discuss natural render and give you the skills to start your own at home.

Dan is an experienced educator who has both taught and learnt about natural systems in Australia and Internationally. He’ll be supported by the Caroola Crew who have knocked together a variety of on-farm structures for a multitude of uses.

Don’t miss out on this great weekend course which will give you the confidence you need to build your own structures.

This workshop series is based at Caroola Farm, a permaculture farm in establishment.

 

Learning outcomes:

Ability to construct a Wattle and Daub Roundhouse including:

  • Site selection for Buildings
  • Understanding Insulation and Thermal mass
  • Soil testing for suitability in mud bricks, earth render and light-earth construction
  • Principles of Reciprocal Roof Construction
  • Building Earthbag Foundations

Practical activities:

  • Laying Earthbag Foundations
  • Reciprocal Roof Construction
  • Soil testing and assessment
  • Wattle and Daub wall construction

Natural building 4Course Price: $250 for the full weekend course. Be quick for $205 ‘early bird’ price for first 10 students.

Catering: The course will be fully catered with a light lunch, morning and afternoon snacks as well as tea and coffee.

Accommodation: Limited shared accommodation and camping available. Please enquire.

What to bring:

  • Yourself
  • A notepad
  • Sunscreen and a hat
  • Closed in shoes
  • Safety glasses
  • Gloves
  • Ear protection

Bookings:

www.permacultureexchange.org.au

 

Basic Carpentry and Building Practical, 13 and 14 Sept 2014 – Caroola Farm

Times: 9am to 5pm both days

Price: $250 for the full weekend course. Be quick for $205 ‘early bird’ price for first 10 students.

Catering: The course will be fully catered with a light lunch, morning and afternoon snacks as well as tea and coffee.

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Basic Carpentry and Building Practical

Weekend Workshop with David Spicer
13 and 14 September 2014

Caroola Farm, Mulloon NSW (between Bungendore and Braidwood)

Part of our Farm Establishment Series of Practical Workshops

David Spicer’s approach to teaching comes from his proven practicality, having over 15 years’ experience in permaculture design and education. His courses are 70% practical and 30% theory.

David has worked and taught with Bill Mollison at the Permaculture Institute Tasmania, and Geoff Lawton at the Permaculture Research Institute’s Australia Zaytuna farm.

Want to find out how to plan and build basic structures for your garden and farm without having to outsource the problem? Wood stores, animal shelters, sheds and outhouses. There is a lot you can do yourself.

We’ll be looking at different building plans, methods and techniques. Working step by step to put it all together, with the finale of building a small shed.

David is great at helping you make sense of what seems complex and delivering the information in a simple, practical way. Don’t miss out on this great weekend course which will give you the confidence you need to build your own structures.

This workshop series is based at Caroola Farm, a permaculture farm in establishment.

Learning outcomes:

Basic carpentry and building skills including:

  • Setting our squares
  • Building profiles and planning
  • Various drilling techniques
  • How to make and use different cuts
  • The function of beams, rafters and battens

Practical activities:

  • Cutting, drilling, nailing
  • Building a small shed from scratch

Course Price: $250 for the full weekend course. Be quick for $205 ‘early bird’ price for first 10 students.

Catering: The course will be fully catered with a light lunch, morning and afternoon snacks as well as tea and coffee.

What to bring:

  • Yourself
  • A notepad
  • Sunscreen and a hat
  • Closed in shoes
  • Safety glasses
  • Gloves
  • Ear protection

Irrigation and Plumbing Practical, 23 and 24 August 2014 – Caroola Farm

Times: 9am to 5pm both days

Price: $250 for the full weekend course. Be quick for $205 ‘early bird’ price for first 10 students.

Catering: The course will be fully catered with a light lunch, morning and afternoon snacks as well as tea and coffee.

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Irrigation and Plumbing Practical

Weekend Workshop with David Spicer
23 and 24 August

Caroola Farm, Mulloon NSW (between Bungendore and Braidwood)

Part of our Farm Establishment Series of Practical Workshops

IMG_3183David Spicer’s courses include 30% theory and 70% practical application. His approach to teaching comes from his proven practicality, having over 15 years’ experience in permaculture design and education working and teaching with Bill Mollison at the Permaculture Institute Tasmania and Geoff Lawto;  managing director of the Permaculture Research Institute Australia Zaytuna farm.

Water is one of THE most important things in any garden or farm situation. Learn how to set up water systems to get water where you want and when you need it and without spending a fortune on plumbers.

We’ll be looking at examples of different water solutions and how these can apply to your own situation, as well as getting down and practical actually installing some irrigation basics such as drip, trough and first flush.

David is great at helping you make sense of what seems complex and delivering it in a simple, practical way. Don’t miss out on this great weekend course which will give you the confidence you need to work out solutions to your own water problems.

This workshop series is based at Caroola Farm, a permaculture farm in establishment.

Learning outcomes:

  • Planning and installing drip irrigation for gardens
  • Water systems for troughs
  • Harvesting water from the roof
  • Choosing tanks, downpipes and first flush systems
  • Understanding water infrastructure: boor, pumps, gravity fed etc.

Practical activities:

  • Setting up a first flush system
  • Connecting a water trough
  • Setting up drip irrigation
  • Locating and fixing leaks

Course Price: $250 for the full weekend course. Be quick for $205 ‘early bird’ price for first 10 students.

Catering: The course will be fully catered with a light lunch, morning and afternoon refreshments as well as tea and coffee.

What to bring:

  • Yourself
  • A notepad
  • Sunscreen and a hat
  • Closed in shoes
  • Safety glasses
  • Gloves
  • Ear protection

Farm Fencing Practical, 9 and 10 August 2014 – Caroola Farm

Times: 9am to 5pm both days

Price: $250 for the full weekend course.

Catering: The course will be fully catered with a light lunch, morning and afternoon snacks as well as tea and coffee.

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Farm Fencing Practical

Weekend Workshop with David Spicer
9 and 10 August

Caroola Farm, Mulloon NSW (between Bungendore and Braidwood)

Part of our Farm Establishment Series of Practical Workshops

David Spicer’s approach to teaching comes from his proven practicality, having over 15 years’ experience in permaculture design and education working and teaching with Bill Mollison at the Permaculture Institute Tasmania and Geoff Lawton; managing director of the Permaculture Research Institute Australia at Zaytuna farm.

David’s courses are 30% theory and 70% practical.

Whether you are after traditional or modern fencing, standard or electric, movable or fixed, this course is for you. Learn about your options and what you need for your property. Get hands on experience that will enable you to take control of your own fencing requirements and therefore better manage different stock, tree and wildlife systems.

David is great at helping you make sense of what seems complex and delivering it in a simple, practical way. Don’t miss out on this great weekend course which will give you the confidence you need to work out solutions to your own fencing problems.

This workshop series is based at Caroola Farm, a permaculture farm in establishment.

FencingLearning outcomes:

  • How to erect standard modern fencing
  • Barb, plain and netting wire fence construction
  • Knowledge of alternatives for electric fencing
  • Repairing fences
  • Stay and strainer implementation

Practical activities:

  • Setting up a standard fence line
  • Setting up an electric run
  • Fence patching
  • Putting in a strainer and stay

Course Price: $250 for the full weekend course. Be quick for $205 ‘early bird’ price for first 10 students.

Catering: The course will be fully catered with a light lunch, morning and afternoon snacks as well as tea and coffee.

What to bring:

  • Yourself
  • A notepad
  • Sunscreen and a hat
  • Closed in shoes
  • Safety glasses
  • Gloves
  • Ear protection

On-farm Education Series

Permaculture eXchange is passionate about growing local growers and getting people back onto the land (be it small or large scale).

We are developing our on-farm education series and looking for expressions of interest and feedback regarding the below.

We have courses confirmed for each of the following which will involve both theoretical and practical components. Our aim is to help you transition to your own farm:

  • Holistic Management – 1 week
  • Market Gardens and Nursery Systems – 1 week
  • Animal Systems – 1 week (small and large)
  • Rural Skills – 1 week including fencing etc…
  • Soil Biology – 1 week, including compost, compost teas and application
  • Farm Forestry and Forest Gardens – 1 week
  • Whole farm planning – includes paddock planning, irrigation, etc, an extension of farm design – 1 week

We have two options for running this course.. The approximate cost for the course is $1000 per week including tuition and work experience. This does not change with the below choices:

  1. 8 weeks on-farm in one hit (Advantages: total immersion in the farm, all done in one hit)
  2. 4 sets of 2 weeks on farm (2 courses at a time) throughout the year (Advantages: spread throughout the year, get to experience different seasons on the farm.

If you could give me your feedback and preferences as well as an idea of how the cost sits with you, we’ll be in a better position to bring this exciting course to fruition.

I’d also be happy to receive feedback on which of the above topics are of most interest to you from an educational perspective.
Permaculture eXchange

2014 Permaculture Courses

Thinking about your future? Tree-changing? Sea-changing? or just looking to work smarter right where you are… Join the Permaculture eXchange crew for one or more of our fabulous upcoming courses in and around Canberra!

Introduction to Herbal Medicine

One day course, Sunday 9 February at Caroola Farm

Learn how to use culinary and common herbs as Herbal medicine

Increase your understanding of the benefits and science of herbal medicine for nutrition, weight control, allergies and sensitivities, anti-oxidants, using herbs and herbal extracts for therapy and prevention.

This course includes practical elements in herb identification, use and application and well as a detailed list of different herbs and their medicinal and other effects.

$195, or $170 early-bird (for first 10 bookings only)

Permaculture Design Certificate with Nick Huggins and Dan Harris-Pascal
Learn sustainability design and bring your own plans along to go through during the course. Intensive 2-weeks on-farm, residential opportunities available. Limited numbers!
2 to 15 March 2014
Caroola Farm, Mulloon
http://permacultureexchange.org.au/2013/09/15/full-time-on-farm-autumn-2014-permaculture-design-certificate/

Introduction to Permaculture
4 and 5 May 2014
Caroola Farm, Mulloon
http://permacultureexchange.org.au/2013/12/09/introduction-to-permaculture-now-at-caroola-farm-mulloon-2/

On-farm enterprise series including the following topics – details available on the website throughout the year.

Learn to Grow Yummy Mushrooms
with Will Borowski and Dan Harris-Pascal
29 and 30 March 2014
Caroola Farm, Mulloon
$395 for the weekend or $225 for a single day
Get in quick for early bird price of $355 for the weekend
http://permacultureexchange.org.au/2013/12/11/learn-to-grow-yummy-mushrooms-weekend-workshop/

Forest Gardens
We have two exciting Forest Gardens workshops coming up in April 2014 with Dan Harris-Pascal- do one or do both!

$595 for both courses, or $295 for one.

Be quick for $555 ‘first in’ price for first 10 students.

5 and 6 April 2014 – Forest Gardening: Creating a Food Forest

12 and 13 April 2014 – Forest Gardening: Design Practical

Bookings and more information at: http://permacultureexchange.org.au/2013/12/11/forest-garden-workshops/

First steps to healing the land

Kristin Day

Kristin Day

Kristin Day’s property won’t be the easiest permaculture project, but with her first steps she’s already seeing the difference she can make.

Kristin and partner John live on 130 acres east of Tarago in the NSW southern tablelands. Much of the property is covered with native vegetation which they want to protect. But because the house is toward the top of a dry, north-facing, thickly vegetated hill, fire protection is also front of mind for them.

Average annual rainfall – 600-800mls
Maximum temperature: 40°C
Minimim temperature: -10°C

Healing the land

Although Kristin did her first permaculture course just a year ago, she has been a qualified herbalist and holistic healer for26 years. With a permaculture design certificate now under her belt, she feels more confident in making improvements to her property while retaining the essence of the place that attracted them.

Kristin’s is aiming for a green and productive zone around the house. Her vision is for a forest garden supporting both perennials and annuals. She particularly wants chemical-free herbs and other plants to support her growing holistic healing and education enterprise.

First design

Like many students of permaculture, Kristin found her first permaculture design a challenge. And as it was her own place she had difficulty stepping back and taking an objective view. However, once she put pencil to paper to apply what she’d learned, she produced a design borne out of the knowledge one can only get from living there.Her main problem was the slope—almost all rain ran off, often taking soil with it. The cleared area around the house had long since lost its thin topsoil, leaving rock and sand with little organic matter. If she could slow the water down, she could start to rebuild the soil.

Getting started

Mulched raised vegetable bed.

The vegetable beds trap water as it flows down the slope.

Wanting to get started, Kristin dug two swales by hand—one above the house and one below. It took a long time and was back-breaking work in the hard ground. She also dug diversions across the gravel driveway to move the water to the side and slow it down. She wouldn’t dig swales by hand again, it was simply too physically hard. She plans to bring in an earthmoving contractor to do the rest of the earth shaping.

Next came the vegetable garden, which had been in an exposed, dry spot near the house—convenient but not very successful. Based on her permaculture plan she moved things to a more protected location in a natural drainage line. She dug shallow trenches across the hill, heaping the soil on the lower side. This gave rain and irrigation water a chance to soak in.

She then manured and mulched everything she’d dug, and filled the swales and vegetable bed trenches with tree chippings from local contractors who had been clearing under powerlines.

On the swale behind the house she’s planted herbs, and below the swale are a mulberry, loquat and pomegranate under planted with buddleia, lavender and globe artichoke for insect attraction and mineral mining, and inter-planted with tagasaste for nitrogen fixing. Then she spread green manure seeds on the ground, which has formed a bright green ground cover and which she will mulch over or mow before the plants flower in spring.

Kristin is a keen composter and worm farmer. She has plenty of dry carbon-rich organic matter on the property, and collects green leaves and trimmings from a greengrocer in Goulburn to add to the mix.

Polypipe with drippers is laid across the top of the compost bins

Compost is kept moist using a drip system.

With more water, organic matter and nutrients now on site, improvement to the soils on and below the vegetable garden and swales have become obvious after only a few months.

A greenhouse is under construction behind the house.

Plans

For the next stage of her permaculture plan, Kristin is going to move her hens so they are housed upslope of the vegetable garden—at the same time protecting the garden from their scratching. Nutrients from the hens’ manure will move downhill and benefit the vegetables. Her hand-dug swales have been so successful she also plans to extend the existing swales and create new ones—using machinery this time.

Another idea is to use the water pumped up from a lower dam to a tank above the house. She uses it now, but wants to let gravity do the watering by piping it down to the garden and letting it soak in. This wouldn’t work without the water-slowing initiatives she’s undertaking.

Lots of worms wriggling

Worm castings add nutrients and organic matter to the soil.

Work has already started on improving some land below the house for a more extensive food forest. The area lies in a natural drainage line so will also get the swale treatment to slow water flow. The greener forest should have a protective effect in a bushfire.

A pond in the front yard will be constructed at the end of another swale on the north west of the house, providing edible water plants and cooling winds on hot summer days. Nut trees planted in the front of the lower swale at the north east end of the house yard will provide food and shade.

A wind break at the north west of the house yard ( where the prevailing winds come from), again using swales, will help create microclimates and increase humidity near the house, particularly in summer.

Farm Establishment Series, Caroola Farm

Three different weekends, three practical workshops. Attend one or attend all – with David Spicer
9 and 10 August – Farm Fencing Practical

23 and 24 August – Irrigation and Plumbing Practical

13 and 14 September – Basic Carpentry and Building Practical

Caroola Farm, Mulloon NSW (between Bungendore and Braidwood)

 

Workshop series (follow the links to individual courses for bookings):

Farm Fencing Practical (9 & 10 August)

  • How to erect standard modern fencing
  • Barb, plain and netting wire fence construction
  • Knowledge of alternatives for electric fencing
  • Repairing fences
  • Stay and strainer implementation

Irrigation and Plumbing Practical (23 & 24 August)

  • Planning and installing drip irrigation for gardens
  • Water systems for troughs
  • Harvesting water from the roof
  • Choosing tanks, downpipes and first flush systems
  • Understanding water infrastructure: boor, pumps, gravity fed options.

Basic Carpentry and Building Practical (13 & 14 September)

  • Setting our squares
  • Building profiles and planning
  • Drilling techniques, making and using different cuts
  • The function of beams, rafters and battens

Course Price: $250 for each full weekend course. $205 ‘early bird’ price for first 10 students.

Catering: The course will be catered with a light lunch, morning and afternoon tea as well as tea and coffee.

Bookings: www.permacultureexchange.org.au

Permaculture eXchange is a not for profit organisation dedicated to providing education and pathways for those wanting to transition to a more sustainable lifestyle on the land.

David Spicer’s approach to teaching comes from his proven practicality, having over 15 years’ experience in permaculture design and education. His courses are 70% practical and 30% theory.

David has worked and taught with Bill Mollison at the Permaculture Institute Tasmania, and Geoff Lawton at the Permaculture Research Institute’s Australia Zaytuna farm.

Want to find out how to plan and build basic farm infrastructure including fencing, water, building and simply irrigation and plumbing? There is a lot you can do yourself.

David is great at helping you make sense of what seems complex and delivering the information in a simple, practical way. Don’t miss out on this great weekend course which will give you the confidence you need to build your own structures.

This workshop series is based at Caroola Farm, a permaculture farm in establishment.

 

Tuross Food Forest Workshop 3 August 2014

Many of us are familiar with the south coast forests. But imagine a local forest being completely edible, tubers, ground covers, shrubs, vines and trees, all with something to savor!

Permaculture calls that a ‘Food Forest’, designed and constructed to be full of useful plants with things to eat all year round.

In August, Costa Georgiadis from Gardening Australia, Walther Kohler-Bond a local Horticultural, Permaculture and Biodynamic teacher and the renowned Permaculture trainer John Champagne will be at Tuross Community Garden to present a Food Forest workshop.

Tuross Community Garden Convener, Heather Colman said “A Food Forest mimics the structure and diversity of a healthy forest where plants, animals and organisms interact. These combined with the energy of the sun, air and soil minerals to create nutrient cycling and a self-sustaining, complex living organism”.

“This experiential workshop will include practical activities and presentations on the benefit of food forest systems. Some of these will be, shaping the land to retain moisture and nutrients, companion and support planting, and taking advantage of the natural assets of the site. This workshop will also demonstrate sustainable gardening, water use and energy practices.”

“If you want to learn how to build, design and plant a food forest for urban back yards, small acreages and commercial use large or small, this workshop is for you. It is an opportunity to learn how to grow quality food in a self-sustaining low maintenance way. It will give you the confidence to create your own Food Forest or join the Tuross Community Garden folk in theirs”.

“At this workshop plants have been selected to suit the south coast and including tropical, subtropical and temperate varieties. Plants requiring the least amount of water will be planted in the driest areas, at the top of the site, and those requiring wetter conditions at the bottom or around ponds”, Heather Colman said.
This workshop is supported by South East Local Land Services and will provide training and skills in local food production.

The workshop is on the 3rd August from 8.30am to 5pm
The cost is $30 and includes, notes and lunch.
Secure your place early by contacting Peter Gow, Land Services Officer on 02 4475 1001 or peter.gow@lls.nsw.gov.au

Website http://www.turosshead.org/pages/CommunityGardens.htm
Facebook https://www.facebook.com/TurossHeadCommunityGarden

House Cow Field Day at Appin Homestay, Appin NSW, July 27th 9am-3.30pm

Appin is just 1 hour and 15 min from Sydney. $150 per person includes morning tea, delicious lunch and all of the below. It’s run by Kevin and Sue Fenton who own Appin Homestay and the prettiest, calmest herd of Jersey cows you will find! I’m buying my beautiful Jersey cow, Molly, from them. They are delightful and really love their cows and Sue is a great cook. Don’t’ miss it! Lovely day out for you Sydney day trippers… plus anyone who is interested in owning their very own house cow. Kevin breeds them calm and quiet from babies so they’re easy to milk.

9.00 – 9.30 ~ Registration
9.30 – 11.00 ~ Session 1 ~ The cow
Selecting the best cow for you
• Feeding & digestive system
• Health & welfare
• Reproduction
11.00 – 11.30 ~ Morning tea
11.30 – 1.00 ~ Session 2 ~ Paddock, yards and bails
• Pasture management
• Fences (including electric), ramps and yards
• Milking bails
• Headlocks, handling & restraint
• Milking machine ~ principles and maintenance
1.0 0– 2.00 ~ Light Lunch
• Home dairy equipment and products
2.00 – 3.30 ~ Session 3 ~ Milking and Animal Husbandry
• Milking frequency and calf management
• Hand and machine milking
• Practical animal husbandry skills

Contact Sue Fenton on:

Working with Nature, part 1. Basics of timber and tools, a bushcraft experience.

Gaia Range Farm

A woodcraft workshop with Richard Jermyn and Jeff Donne on the 3rd and 4th of May, at Gaia Range Farm, Bemboka.

A unique weekend discovering the deep satisfaction of working with your hands using long forgotten ways, human powered tools, the beautiful grain in the wood and a philosophy that has at its heart an unwavering respect for nature.

Fascinating demonstrations, safe instructions, inspiring bush walks recognising different useful plant species, skills competitions and naturally powered green woodturning lathe techniques will all unfold during a weekend of working as a group to build a surprisingly useful pole structure and a piece of communal furniture fit for a king.

bush-man

Times: 9 am. to 5 pm. both days.

Price: $230 earlybirds (until the 18th of April), $250 full price. Be quick only 12 students.

Catering: the course will be fully catered with organic meals. Bring your own camping gear.

For booking or more information, please contact Massi at
cadutamassi00@gmail.com or call 0423786488.

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Herbal Medicine Course a rousing success!

IMG_6773IMG_6800Despite 39 degree heat and virtually no breeze, a group of enthusiasts joined together at Caroola Farm on Sunday 9 February to participate in an Introduction to Herbal Medicine Course.

IMG_6773With the ever passionate Kristin Day leading proceedings, we were wowed by her knowledge of herbs and their uses.

We went through some of the common herbs such as Parsley, Peppermint, Rosemary, Thyme, Sage and more as well as the uses of Onion, Yarrow, Chamomile, Dandelion, Oregano, Ginger and Comfrey.

IMG_6797We made a herbal salve with St Johns Wort, Comfrey and Calendula, we foraged for weeds and herbs for a green smoothie and ended the day drinking it all up!

Catering was provided by Chris Curtis from Food for Friends, with yummy salads, cookies, slices and more.

Overall a fantastic day and we hope to have Kristin back to teach us even more!

 

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The Permaculture eXchange – Feb 2014

Book online now for our practical short courses coming up in the next few months – Herbal Medicine, Mushrooms, Forest Gardens and more… NEW online booking system plus GREAT prices for our on-farm courses.

In this issue

  • Learn about Herbal Medicine
  • Yummy Mushrooms Course
  • Forest Gardens
  • Introduction to Permaculture
  • Local Food Initiative
  • Joel Salatin – Fields of Farmers
Learn about Herbal Medicine
One day only, Sunday 9 Feb – get in quick or you’ll miss out :-) Learn how to use culinary and common herbs as Herbal medicine Increase your understanding of the benefits and science of herbal medicine for nutrition, weight control, allergies and sensitivities, anti-oxidants, using herbs and herbal extracts for therapy and prevention. More information and bookings
Forest Gardens – two courses to choose from
We have two exciting Forest Gardens workshops coming up in April 2014 – do one or do both!  $450 for both courses, or $225 for one. Be quick for $390 ‘first in’ for both courses (for first 10 students only). 5 and 6 April 2014 Forest Gardening: Creating a Food Forest 12 and 13 April 2014 Forest Garden: Design Practical Bookings
Fields of Farmers – the Salatin Family
Having just finished reading ‘Fields of Farmers’ by Joel Salatin, I was impressed by the depth of information he provides to people looking to get on farm, or farmers looking to find someone to join them on farm (or take over the farm practice). A fantastic read and not at all what you might think – Penny Kothe, Caroola Farm I would encourage all want-to-be farmers, whether from the city or a rural area, to jump on quickly and register for the one-day seminar being held in Taree with Joel. If you are a farmer or own land, and are looking for it to be used more productively, but just don’t have the human resources, then this seminar is also for you! – See more at: http://www.permacultureexchange.org.au/fields-of-farmers-joel-salatin/#sthash.V16OxFBT.dpuf
Having just finished reading ‘Fields of Farmers’ by Joel Salatin, I was impressed by the depth of information he provides to people looking to get on farm, or farmers looking to find someone to join them on farm (or take over the farm practice). A fantastic read and not at all what you might think – Penny Kothe, Caroola Farm I would encourage all want-to-be farmers, whether from the city or a rural area, to jump on quickly and register for the one-day seminar being held in Taree with Joel. If you are a farmer or own land, and are looking for it to be used more productively, but just don’t have the human resources, then this seminar is also for you! – See more at: http://www.permacultureexchange.org.au/fields-of-farmers-joel-salatin/#sthash.V16OxFBT.dpuf
Having just finished reading ‘Fields of Farmers’ by Joel Salatin, I was impressed by the depth of information he provides to people looking to get on farm, or farmers looking to find someone to join them on farm (or take over the farm practice). A fantastic read and not at all what you might think – Penny Kothe, Caroola Farm I would encourage all want-to-be farmers, whether from the city or a rural area, to jump on quickly and register for the one-day seminar being held in Taree with Joel. If you are a farmer or own land, and are looking for it to be used more productively, but just don’t have the human resources, then this seminar is also for you! – See more at: http://www.permacultureexchange.org.au/fields-of-farmers-joel-salatin/#sthash.V16OxFBT.dpuf

Having just finished reading ‘Fields of Farmers’ by Joel Salatin, I was impressed by the depth of information he provides to people looking to get on farm, or farmers looking to find someone to join them on farm (or take over the farm practice). A fantastic read and not at all what you might think – Penny Kothe, Caroola Farm I would encourage all want-to-be farmers, whether from the city or a rural area, to jump on and register See more

Local Food Surveys – have your say!
Are you a producer, supplier or consumer of food? (come on, you have to be at least one of those…) Help us build a more resilient local food community by participating in our survey(s) today. http://www.futureplans.org.au/projects/local-food The Local Food Initiative Project is an initiative of a group of like-minded community organisations that have come together with the aim to build more resilient local food economies.
Yummy Mushrooms Course
29 and 30 March, 2014 Join Will Borowski and Dan Harris-Pascal for two jam-packed days of hands-on knowledge in DIY edible mushroom cultivation. Learn how to grow delicious organic oyster, shiitake, enoki and other mushrooms at home. Day one: tissue culture and spawn making Day two: using grain spawn and dowels Course Price: Single day: $125, Two days: $225. OR $195 ‘first in’ price for first 10 students. Book now

with Will Borowski and Dan Harris-Pascal

29 and 30 March, 2014

Caroola Farm, Mulloon NSW (between Bungendore and Braidwood)

Course outline: Join Will Borowski and Dan Harris-Pascal for two jam-packed days of hands-on knowledge in DIY edible mushroom cultivation. Learn how to grow delicious organic oyster, shiitake, enoki and other mushrooms at home. Day one: tissue culture and spawn making Day two: using grain spawn and dowels Course Price: Single day: $125 Two days: $225 OR $195 ‘first in’ price for first 10 students. – See more at: http://www.permacultureexchange.org.au/learn-to-grow-yummy-mushrooms-weekend-workshop/#sthash.WhOq0OFs.dpuf

with Will Borowski and Dan Harris-Pascal

29 and 30 March, 2014

Caroola Farm, Mulloon NSW (between Bungendore and Braidwood)

Course outline: Join Will Borowski and Dan Harris-Pascal for two jam-packed days of hands-on knowledge in DIY edible mushroom cultivation. Learn how to grow delicious organic oyster, shiitake, enoki and other mushrooms at home. Day one: tissue culture and spawn making Day two: using grain spawn and dowels Course Price: Single day: $125 Two days: $225 OR $195 ‘first in’ price for first 10 students. – See more at: http://www.permacultureexchange.org.au/learn-to-grow-yummy-mushrooms-weekend-workshop/#sthash.WhOq0OFs.dpuf

Permaculture. An introduction!
Join us for our two-day introduction to permaculture course in May at Caroola Farm for just $195 (early-bird) Put aside the 24 and 25 May to come and find out what permaculture is. The course is both theory and practical, and we promise you’ll come away with some great ideas to start implementing right away. Reserve your place today!
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Fields of Farmers – Joel Salatin

Fields of Farmers, Mid Nth Coast NSW, 25.2.2014

Having just finished reading ‘Fields of Farmers’ by Joel Salatin, I was impressed by the depth of information he provides to people looking to get on farm, or farmers looking to find someone to join them on farm (or take over the farm practice). A fantastic read and not at all what you might think – Penny Kothe, Caroola Farm

I would encourage all want-to-be farmers, whether from the city or a rural area, to jump on quickly and register for the one-day seminar being held in Taree with Joel. If you are a farmer or own land, and are looking for it to be used more productively, but just don’t have the human resources, then this seminar is also for you!

Price $195 (including GST)

 

Event Description

DESCRIPTION

Led by Polyface Farms’ Joel, Daniel & Sheri Salatin this day long interactive seminar deals with the issues of:

  • Intergenerational Succession & Relationship Management
  • Farm Enterprise Planning
  • Complementary Marketing
  • AgriPreneurialism
  • Land Access
  • Scaling

A few years back Regrarians Ltd’s Lisa Heenan came up with the idea to design a workshop that practically dealt with the issue of farm succession & enterprise planning. With both Darren & Lisa having been deeply effected by poor farm succession decision-making this issue is very close to our hearts & minds. Since 2008 Australian non-profit Regrarians Ltd. has teamed with world renowned Polyface Farms Inc. (USA) & its owner’s the Salatin Family. This partnership has resulted in a number of very unique events across North America & Oceania that has seen over 6000 people attend workshops Regrarians has originated or organised, with many of these folks now operating successful farming enterprises.

Led by one of the world’s most successful, multi-generational, family-operated agricultural enterprises, these workshops promise to change people’s lives and the landscapes they manage for the better.

Regrarians & Polyface Farms Inc. are deeply concerned with the well-documented issues of farmer aging, poor terms of trade and declining numbers of young people taking on the wonderful opportunity that lies before them with an ever-increasing population to feeds and clothe, along with landscapes & communities that need stable & regenerative stewardship for generations to come.

All of the other courses and workshops that we’ve developed over the years have been very important though focussed typically on regenerative means to increase production and landscape values. This workshop we believe is the most important that we have ever developed as it will get families talking like they never have before and making decisions that will effect us all.

Our big questions are:

  • Do you want to have our agricultural landscapes bereft of multi-generations of families?
  • Do you want to see agriculture become a mostly corporate, non-family pursuit?
  • Do you believe in a truly regenerative and invigorating future for agriculture in Australia, New Zealand and across the world?

WHAT IS IT ABOUT POLYFACE FARM & THE SALATINS THAT’S SO SPECIAL?

Polyface Farms & the Salatin Family are leading figures in the future face of our food system: how we grow it, buy it and eat it. Our ‘Polyfaces‘ documentary trailer is the best thing going around to show you why what this farm, family, consumer community and global legion of followers agree. Watch it by clicking the Polyfaces picture and understand why!

TRAINERS

Joel Salatin (USA)

Joel Salatin works alongside his wife Teresa, son Daniel, daughter Rachel, daughter-in-law Sheri, Apprentices, Interns, Rental Farmers, Staff & Animals to manage Polyface Farms in the Swoope region of Virginia, USA. Joel wows packed audiences of all walks of life wherever he goes with his version of what he calls ‘Agritainment’. Joel has been labelled ‘The World’s Most Innovative Farmer’ by Time Magazine, & is the author of 8 books, countless articles, & has led seminars & courses leaving tens of thousands changed in the way they spend, eat, farm & live.

Joel’s most recent title is ‘Folks this Aint Normal’ is a best seller & further expands this Heinz Award winner’s profile & message across the world. A man who truly walks his talk is a must-see wherever he goes with his capacity to communicate the means by which consumers can engage with farmers & how farmers can take control of not just production but also succession, processing, distribution & marketing.

(Read a recent Fairfax Media ‘Good Weekend’ Article ‘Greener Pastures‘ featured in ‘The Age’ & ‘The Sydney Morning Herald’ by HD Alumni Mark Whittaker)

Daniel Salatin (USA)

Daniel Salatin is the son of Joel & Teresa Salatin, and is the Manager of Polyface Farms Inc. As the third generation on Polyface farm in Swoope, Virginia, he has grown up in the family business.

Polyface services more than 5,000 families, 10 retail outlets, & 50 restaurants through on-farm sales & metropolitan buying clubs with salad bar beef, pastured poultry, eggmobile eggs, pigaerator pork, forage-based rabbits, pastured turkey & forestry products through relationship marketing. A self-confessed ‘home school drop-out’, Daniel was always going to be a great regenerative farmer having gone from carrying freshly processed chickens while in nappies, to running & over-seeing the day-to-day workings of Polyface. As a seven-year old he started a pastured rabbit enterprise, which has had its ups & downs but continues today. Starting the rabbit business gave him first hand experience with marketing, processing, research & development, & the costs of a

new business.

Today Daniel is fully employed by the farm & spends his days orchestrating animal movement, scheduling daily tasks & apprentice training. At thirty-one, Daniel is married to wife Sheri Salatin & has two sons Travis & Andrew & one daughter Lauryn.

Sheri Salatin (USA)

Sheri Salatin is the marketing director at Polyface Farm and stay-at-home mom of three children. Sheri is passionate about clean food and enjoys working the land along side her husband, Daniel.

Sheri was influential in getting the buying clubs up and running and now oversees 25 drop locations throughout Virginia and Maryland with over 3,000 families. The buying clubs are nurtured under her direct oversight and she is the go-to person for all questions about marketing to metropolitan areas.

Through real life experiences, Sheri has honed her skills and shares some of the best ways to approach and sell to some of the top chefs in the world.

Polyface services more than 4,000 families, 10 retail outlets, and 50 restaurants through on-farm sales and metropolitan buying clubs with salad bar beef, pastured poultry, eggmobile eggs, pigaerator pork, forage-based rabbits, pastured turkey and forestry products through relationship marketing.

Today Sheri spends her days juggling marketing, website maintenance, blogging, motherhood, and farming.  At thirty-three, Sheri is married to husband Daniel and has two sons Travis and Andrew and one daughter Lauryn.

INCLUDED

  • Copy of ‘Fields of Farmers’ (valued at $35)
  • Morning & Afternoon Teas + Light Lunch

OTHER INFORMATION

  • Registration is between 8.30am & 8.50am
  • The seminar starts at 9am sharp and ends at 5:30pm.
  • HD Breaks are generous to allow you plenty of time to catch up with old and new friends.
  • You’ll be contacted by email once you’ve made your booking and also close to the event giving any final instructions and information.
  • Joel will be on hand at times nominated in the day and also between 5.10pm – 5.30pm to sign books including his latest book, ‘Fields of Farmers’ which is included in your ticket fee.

VENUE

Taree/Wingham NSW, Tuesday, February 25th, 2014 – Manning Entertainment Complex, Taree

BOOKINGS

https://heenandoherty.worldsecuresystems.com/events/fields-of-farmers-2014-nsw

 

Regenerative Agriculture and Living Design Course 2014

RAD_Muskerry 2014 with Heenan Doherty

Price $1595 (including GST)

 

Event Description

RAD (REGENERATIVE AGRICULTURE & LIVING DESIGN COURSE)

9-19th May 2014 – 10 day course with Darren Doherty – $1595pp
Muskerry, Victoria, Australia.

Bookings at: https://heenandoherty.worldsecuresystems.com/events/rad_muskerry-2013

In the world of workshops & courses there is nothing quite like the RAD.  A carefully crafted distillation of the world’s greatest and most effective methodologies, the RAD is designed for nothing less than effective outcomes. People are participants, not ‘attendees’ or ‘students’ at a RAD such is the integrity of the course model for its inclusive approach. Following HeenanDoherty’s  (HD) already renowned & highly respected Regen10 platform, the RAD follows a subject a day, building layer by practical layer for the real client and real enterprise that is the basis for this unique 10 day experience.

The RAD is guided over its journey by HD’s Darren Doherty, a consultant’s consultant & designer’s designer of world class and reputation. Unfortunately right now, few people on the planet have the real project experience and track record that Darren brings to the RAD, but that’s what the RAD is all about changing…

The RAD does not promise all things to all people, it is founded on reality and accordingly we want you to consider the following questions:

DO YOU WANT?

  • To do a course that is ‘cutting to the chase’ and respects your valuable time, investment & involvement?
  • To do a course that is led by someone has over 20 years of real project experience in over 40 countries?
  • To walk away from a course with less questions than when you started because now you know how to get to work?
  • To do a course where you are working on a real project with real clients and real outcomes?
  • A level of support following the course?
  • To do daily exercises that build your confidence and understanding from Day 1?
  • To get constructive and participatory feedback on your work?
  • An intense experience that is big on you understanding processes you’ll be able to take to any regenerative agricultural project?

We like to think that the RAD is ‘Uncertified Rational’. Many of HD’s 6000+ alumni have told us that they don’t need a piece of paper, what they’d like is practical, pragmatic and proven skills + techniques and technologies that are going to take them, their enterprises and their landscapes further…HD would like to make it our promise that that’s what will do with this and every RAD we do…

10 Day RAD COURSE OUTLINE

Friday 11th April 
RAD Muskerry 2014 Google Group Opens

  • Opportunity for introductions & various open discussions ahead of the event
  • This GoogleGroup will then morph into the already established RAD International discussion group following the close of the course

Friday 9th May

1200+ – Arrivals & Camp set up
1700-1900 – Registration
1900+ – BBQ dinner

Day 1 – Saturday 10th May – CLIMATE
0700:0800 – Breakfast
0800:0830 – Registration
0830:0900 – Housekeeping & Introductions
0900:1030 – A – Client ‘Climate’ Briefing, Develop Holistic Goal/Concept, Terms of Reference
1030:1100 – Morning Tea
1100:1230 – B – Atmospheric Climate retrieval & analysis, macro & micro climate factors
1230:1330 – Lunch
1330:1500 – C – Legal ‘Climate’ retrieval & analysis, Municipal & State planning, other regulations
1500:1530 – Afternoon Tea
1530:1700 – D – Climate Layer Exercise – Over 60 mins in small work-teams frame responses to the above and report to course findings in 10 mins each group (includes feedback)
1730:1830 – E – Thermophyllic Composting Demonstration
1900:2000 – Dinner

Day 2 – Sunday 11th May – GEOGRAPHY
0700:0800 – Breakfast
0900:1100 – A – Revision; Sandpit: Keyline Geography, Geometry & Applications
1100:1130 – Morning Tea
1130:1300 – B - Assemble & Study Cadastral, Geology, Soil, Topographic, Planning & Mining Maps
1300:1400 – Lunch
1400:1530 – C - GIS/GPS/Survey Applications & Technologies, Online GIS resources, Developing Effective Plans
1530:1600 – Afternoon Tea
1600:1830 – D – Farm Walk ‘n’ Talk, Landscape Reading & Analysis, ‘Farmscape’ Analysis, Define Primary Land Unit & Land Component Boundaries, ‘Bullseye’ Demonstration
1900:2000 – Dinner

Day 3 – Monday 12th May – WATER
0700:0800 – Breakfast
0900:1100 – A – Revision; Examine & Overview of Existing Farm Water Systems, Farm Catchment Analysis
1100:1130 – Morning Tea
1130:1300 – B – Earth Dam Construction & Water Harvesting Infrastructure – Design, Processes & Applications
1300:1400 – Lunch
1400:1530 – C – Farm Irrigation Systems – Design, Applications & Installation
1530:1600 – Afternoon Tea
1600:1730 – D – Water Layer – Over 90 mins (plus break time) develop farm water storage, harvesting & reticulation concept plan
1830:1930 – Dinner
1930:2030 – Water Layer Presentation & Feedback session + 10 mins each group for presentation & feedback
Day 4 – Tuesday 13th May – ACCESS
0700:0800 – Breakfast
0900:1100 – A – Revision; Examine & Overview of Existing Internal & External Farm Access
1100:1130 – Morning Tea
1130:1300 – B – Access Earthworks Design, Engineering, Construction & Applications
1300:1400 – Lunch
1400:1530 – C – Dam, Water Harvesting & Access Set Out Practicum: using Surveyor & DIY Instruments (RTK-GPS, Total Station, Transit & Laser Levels)
1530:1600 – Afternoon Tea
1600:1730 – D – Access Layer – Over 60 mins develop farm access concept plan + 10 mins per group for presentation & feedback
1830:1930 – Dinner

Day 5 – Wednesday 14th May – FORESTRY
0700:0800 – Breakfast
0900:1100 – A – Revision; Forestry Systems Applications: Shelterbelts, Alleys, Orchards, Avenues, Woodlands, Blocks, Riparian
1100:1130 – Morning Tea
1130:1300 – B – Forestry Systems Design & Establishment Strategies
1300:1400 – Lunch
1400:1530 – C – Forestry Systems Management & Utilisation
1530:1600 – Afternoon Tea
1600:1730 – D – Forestry Layer - Over 60 mins develop farm forestry concept plan + 10 mins per group for presentation & feedback
1830:1930 – Dinner

Day 6 – Thursday 15th May – BUILDINGS
0700:0800 – Breakfast
0900:1100 – A – Revision; Building Types & Technologies: Dwellings, Sheds, Yards & Portable Livestock
1100:1130 – Morning Tea
1130:1300 – B – Building placement strategies, Existing Building Analysis & Retrofitting Options
1300:1400 – Lunch
1400:1530 – C – Lucas Portable Sawmill Practicum + Broiler Shelter Construction
1530:1600 – Afternoon Tea
1600:1730 – D – Building Layer - Over 60 mins develop farm building concept plan + 10 mins per group for presentation & feedback
1830:1930 – Dinner

Day 7 – Friday 16th May – FENCING
0700:0800 – Breakfast
0900:1100 – A – Revision; Fencing Technologies, Applications & Costings
1100:1130 – Morning Tea
1130:1300 – B – Fencing Placement – Land Components/Structures/Livestock systems
1300:1400 – Lunch
1400:1530 – C – Fencing Installation Practicum – with local ‘Pro’ Fencer: Build end assemblies, ‘wires & pliers’, electric net fencing, tumblewheel
1530:1600 – Afternoon Tea
1600:1730 – D – Fencing Layer – Over 60 mins develop farm fencing concept plan + 10 mins per group for presentation & feedback
1830:1930 – Dinner

Day 8 – Saturday 17th May – SOILS
0700:0800 – Breakfast
0900:1100 – A – Revision; ’5 Ingredients for Soil Formation’ – House Envelope & SilvoPastoral Strategies & Applications
1100:1130 – Morning Tea
1130:1300 – B – Farm Soil Classifications & Sample Analysis: Earth Building, Earthworks & Agricultural Applications
1300:1400 – Lunch
1400:1530 – C – Yeomans Keyline Plow ‘Pattern Cultivation’, Survey & Set Out
1530:1600 – Afternoon Tea
1600:1800 – D – ‘Time Poor’ Farm Garden Practicum: No Dig/Wicking Beds; Keyline Plow Forestry & Orchard Ground Preparation
1830:1930 – Dinner
1930:2100 – Holistic Management Planned Grazing – Grazing Plan Practicum

Day 9 – Sunday 18th May – POLYMARKETING
0700:0800 – Breakfast
0900:1100 – A – Revision; Farm Enterprise Planning: Comparing Enterprises, Market & Resource Analysis, Complementary Enterprise Options & Liaisons, Managing & Limits to Growth & Expectations
1100:1130 – Morning Tea
1130:1300 – B – Farm Enterprise Management: ‘The Team’, Interns/WWOOFERS, Apprentices, Employees/SubContractors, Terms of Reference, Job Descriptions & Contracts
1300:1400 – Lunch
1400:1530 – C – PolyMarketing Layer – Over 90 mins prepare a Farm Enterprise & Marketing Concept Plan
1530:1600 – Afternoon Tea
1600:1730 – D – PolyMarketing Layer – Continued from Session C – 60 mins  of Farm Enterprise & Marketing Concept Plan preparation then 10 mins per group presentation & feedback
1830:1930 – Dinner

Day 10 – Monday 19th May – ENERGY
0700:0800 – Breakfast
0900:1100 – A – Revision; Farm Energy Conversion & Storage Systems: Solar PV, Solar Thermal, Biomass, BioDigestor, Wind, Hydro; Analysis of suitability & applications
1100:1130 – Morning Tea
1130:1300 – B – Energy Layer – Over 60 minutes prepare an Farm Energy Concept Plan + 10 mins per group presentation & feedback
1300:1400 – Lunch
1400:1530 – C – Farm Enterprise Development & Reporting; Client & Contractor Liaisons; Prioritising Works
1530:1600 – Afternoon Tea
1600:1730 – D – Completed RAD ‘Regen10′ Concept Plan Layer Analysis & Review – Client & Participant Feedback; ‘What’s Next?’; Presentations
1830:1930 – Dinner

RAD MUSKERRY 2014 CLOSE


INCLUDED:

Your participation in this RAD includes access to Lisa’s ProBiotic Omnivorous Offerings for morning and afternoon tea & lunch. These amazing locally sourced food & beverages are supplied Free of Charge for everyone attending this event and it is your choice to eat that which is provided.

If you don’t want to consume any of the locally sourced, processed and supplied food & beverages we have on offer then you will need to self-cater at your own expense.

If you have strict dietary requirements then either bring some of your favourites or let us know ASAP otherwise your options will be limited. HD Breaks are generous to allow you plenty of time to catch up with old and new friends. You’ll be contacted by email once you’ve made your booking and also close to the event giving any final instructions and information.

WHAT TO BRING:

  • Tent or Camping Gear comfortable for a 11-12 night stay (the farm shearing & machinery sheds are also available to camp in for limited numbers)
  • Camping mug/cup/plate & (refillable) water bottle
  • Torch/Head Lamp (campers only)
  • Day bag or small backpack
  • If you don’t want to drink the farm’s tank water then please bring your own supply of water
  • Clothes for Autumn/Early Winter in North Central Victoria (nights 5ºC/40ºF – days 15º-25ºC/59º-77ºF)
  • Sturdy boots
  • Long-sleeved shirt & pants/shorts
  • Wide-brimmed hat & sunglasses
  • Notebook, Laptop/Tablet & Video/still camera
  • A great attitude for participatory learning

If you want to have a portable chair for those times when we are stopping for a while around the farm, then bring one (though this is Sherpa-free event !)

Anything that you need to make your stay as comfortable and pleasant as possible

Whatever non-compostable rubbish you bring you will be taking with you when you leave

VENUE:

‘Muskerry Farm’, 756 East School Rd, Muskerry, Victoria, Australia

GETTING THERE:

We’ll collect you from and drop you at the Bendigo Train Station, or you can choose any of the following options:

Planes:

Qantas & Virgin Australia and major international carrier flights are available into Melbourne (MEL). Check out the broader flight options through Kayak.com. Get the SkyBus into Southern Cross Railway Station & catch the Bendigo train. All major car rentals are available from Melbourne Airport.

Trains (and Buses):

Vline provides a multiple rail services to Bendigo direct from Melbourne (1.5-2 hours about every hour) with bus services also available through Vline from many other places in South Eastern Australia.

Automobiles:

From Bendigo: Get onto McIvor Rd (B280) and head towards Heathcote, go turning left (north) on the Axedale-Goornong Rd, go 15.6km and turn right into Sandy Creek-Barnadown Rd for 2.8km then turn left at Barnadown-Myola Rd for 6.3km then turn right (south) onto East School Rd for 1.1km and arrive at 756 East School Rd on your left (east).  GoogleMap

STAYING OVER:

Bendigo is Victoria’s third largest city and right in the centre of the state. As you’d expect in a thriving city of nearly 100,000 people, there are a multitude of accommodation options available. Bendigo Tourism is a great resource to see what’s available on-line. We use Wotif.com when we travel and you’d be surprised what deals you can get using this service.

Otherwise for those who wanted to rough it we are you are welcome to camp at the RAD course venue.  If you are doing this then you’ll need to:

  • Arrive squeaky clean
  • A compost-heated shower will be available for use (5 mins max) using clean dam water
  • Please bring all that you need as this is a working farm, not a caravan park or accommodation provider. You will be roughing it with the basic provisions an organised camp out would usually provide (ie. toilet, bush shower & washing up)
  • Breakfast and dinner will not be provided
  • There is limited power available at the site with 3G access (Telstra/Optus) across the farm. There are no other internet access available
  • There are no laundry facilities available

RECORDING:

In keeping with HeenanDoherty policy, you are permitted to record anything and everything at this event. By attending this event you give permission for images/voice of yourself to be used by HeenanDoherty Pty. Ltd. unless otherwise arranged.

REFUNDS POLICY:

We understand that sometimes circumstances dictate that you are not able to attend after you’ve made and paid for your booking. We are happy to give a full refund 14 days out from the date of any HD events minus a $25 administration fee. If you need to cancel your booking within 14 days then we are unable to provide a refund though you can use your payment towards a future HD event.

RECOMMENDED READING:

Allan Savory Titles – available here

Joel Salatin Titles – available here

David Holmgren Titles – available here

Bill Mollison Titles – available here

Design Principles for Farm Forestry – Rowan Reid Ed. – available here

Edible Forest Gardens – Dave Jacke with Eric Toensmeier – available here

The Geographic Basis of Keyline – J. MacDonald Holmes – Available here

Water for Every Farm – Yeomans Keyline Plan – P.A. Yeomans & Ken B. Yeomans - Available here

Keyline Notes – Abe Collins & Darren J. Doherty – Available here

HD Media – Keyline Channel – Available here

 

Bookings at: https://heenandoherty.worldsecuresystems.com/events/rad_muskerry-2013

The Permaculture eXchange Dec 2013

Looking for a tree change? Buying acreage? Want to grow an on-farm business? Join Permaculture eXchange for our on-farm enterprise series in 2014 for practical, real insight into sustainable planning and activities.

In this issue

  • Permaculture a success at Floriade!
  • Exciting 2014 on-farm courses (perhaps a great sustainable Christmas present?)
  • 2013 wrap-up
  • Future directions for Permaculture eXchange
  • Local Food Initiative
  • Other upcoming courses in the region
Have a great permaculture story of your own, or an upcoming event or activity? Let us know so we can let others know. Email us at admin@permacultureexchange.org.au
Permaculture a success at Floriade!
Spring took on a whole new meaning at this year’s Floriade, with an innovative, interactive and inspiring edible garden display by Urban Agriculture Australia (UAA) formed by a collection of local groups www.uaa.org.au read more…
Future Directions
Permaculture eXchange is stepping up in 2014, offering a range of on-farm courses that take you beyond your PDC to get you on the land. Our enterprise series is designed for those looking to get on the land, already have land but don’t know what to do next, or those looking to transition to sustainable farming practices. Connect with us today!
Exciting 2014 on-farm courses!
What a wealth of courses we have planned for 2014, all On-Farm! For yourself, or maybe a great sustainable Christmas present? Introduction to Herbal Medicine, 2 week Permaculture Design Certificate, Learn to Grow Your Own Mushrooms, 2 Forest Gardens Courses and more…
Local Food Initiative
The Local Food Initiative Project is an initiative of a group of like-minded community organisations that have come together with the aim to build more resilient local food economies.

The aim is to identify barriers to local food production and consumption in order to identify practical solutions for producers, retailers and consumers.

The project has been initiated by FuturePLANS (Palerang Local Action Network for Sustainability) and is supported by SCPA – South East Producers, Southern NSW Harvest Association, SEE-Change, Permaculture eXchange and Canberra City Farm.

There are surveys for producers, consumers and those in the supply chain, have your say today! http://www.futureplans.org.au/projects/local-food

Thank you!
We welcome over 100 new permaculture-inspired people to the Permaculture eXchange alumni group, those that did courses or simply joined us for a day out – thank you! Practical, applicable, sustainability learnings. With such a great 2013 we can’t wait to see what 2014 brings!
Other courses in the region
There are a HUGE range of sustainability workshops, courses and events right across the Canberra Region.

Check out ClimateXchange for more information and registration.

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Permaculture at Floriade a success!

Setup crew with CostaBeautiful innovation at Floriade 2013— Urban Agriculture Australia helps Canberra celebrate the annual festival of flowers

Spring took on a whole new meaning at this year’s Floriade, with an innovative, interactive and inspiring edible garden display by Urban Agriculture Australia (UAA). ( www.uaa.org.au)

Over 14 organisations formed the collaborative venture known as UAA, which delivered its first food garden display and education kit, demonstrating new organic gardening technologies that create high yielding crops in urban backyards and on apartment balconies.

In actionVolunteers from many of the organisations turned up in force with 95 volunteers contributing their time and talents to build, equip, furnish and explain the UAA display. This is the first time that such a display has been mounted at Floriade, and it was a testing time for all concerned: Floriade management had accepted UAA’s proposal to provide a display and UAA, with limited or no experience in this kind of thing, had to deliver the goods!

It succeeded, and succeeded splendidly. Feedback suggested the public really liked the fact that a lot of the display items were hand-made—wicking beds, milk-bottle vertical gardens, a rocket stove and scarecrow. The DIY aspect had great appeal and illustrated that you don’t need to resort to ready-made big-store items for a garden to look and function well.

Permaculture principleaseNot only did this project deliver for Floriade, the community engagement and educational aspect was beneficial for volunteers. One of the main roles for volunteers that was needed to make the display attractive, was to help sprout the dozens of vegetable and herb plants, and do so in the dead of winter. With the use of poly tunnels in people’s backyards, an abundance of edible plants were grown. Volunteers also helped build and dismantle the display, deliver a range of scheduled semi-formal talks held either at or nearby the display, and be ‘Explainers’ of the display for visitors during the month of Floriade. Many volunteers commented that ‘the best way to learn is to teach’ and having to explain things to an audience promotes one’s own learning. In fact, some visitors knew as much or more than the UAA explainers!

busy dayNo one could predict that the display would prove to be anywhere near as popular a drawcard as it proved to be. Some visitors said that they’d come to Floriade precisely for the kind of information that the UAA display provided.

Although Floriade is all about flowers, at the official launch of Floriade even celebrities like Costa Georgiadis from ‘Gardening Australia’ and masterchef Julie Goodwin talked about food, not flowers. Costa said that the farmer should be at the top of the health system. Food is basic and fundamental—get the food right and so much follows.

IMG_1729So what about next year? Already UAA is talking about a bigger display area that would not get so crowded and what different technologies could be included in the display. As one volunteer said: ‘We have learnt!’— the many visitors to the UAA display at Floriade 2013 undoubtedly feel the same way.

Thank you to Canberra Organic Growers Society (COGS) for contributions to this article.

Find out more at www.uaa.org.au

 

UAA media contacts are: Nicole Sadlier on 0408 584 900 or Jodie Pipkorn on 0400 865 535.

Renewable Energy Forum – Bungendore and Braidwood

Please join FuturePLANS (Palerang Local Action Network) for our public forum on renewable energy options for households and businesses and the launch of the Community Owned Renewable Energy Project on either Friday 22 November in Bungendore or Saturday 23 November in Braidwood, please see invitation below.

(Join us early for food and drinks, to explore our display, new website and meet project members)

 

CORE Launch Invitation

Spring Activities on Caroola Farm

Guilds for the forest gardenWe’ve got a lot done already on the farm, and some good drops of rain to go with it.

Ongoing activities include:

Breeding – sheep, cattle, chickens and ducks

Tree planting – forest gardens, windbreaks, forage woodland belts

Fencing – yes, we are still repairing fences from the bushfire

Animal processing – on-farm for our own consumption.

What’s next?

More tree planting, yeomans plowing and tree mounding, finishing the polytunnel, paddock remineralisation, systems forPlanting mulberries holistic grazing, irrigation and market garden establishment.

Want to join us in learning and working? Apply to be a wwoofer now, or simply contact us if you’d like to help out.

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