Watershed Landcare at the Mudgee Small Farm Field Days!

BIGGER AND BETTER!

Well we came again to the Mudgee Small Farm Field Days this year on 13th - 14th July 2012 and had a great time at our three field day sites:

  • Straw Bale Building (site L39) Lecture Program
  • Waterwise Garden (just over the road at site L8)
  • Cuppa 'n Cake (site C6 in centre ring road)

Here's a slide show of what we got up to... with our lecture program in the Straw Bale Lecture Room more popular than ever!

If you have speaker suggestions / ideas for next years' field days program please contact us

Our 2013 Lecture program will be supported by Watershed Landcare through funding from the Australian Government's Caring for our Country. 

 

Click here for a Field Days site map showing Watershed venues.

Click here for a print-friendly Lecture Program!

 

Straw Bale Building Lecture Program - L39

FRIDAY Topic... Who... Overview...
9am The First Ever Straw Bale Landcare Office! Thea Ridley - Watershed Landcare The first ever Straw Bale Landcare Office! Come hear a short talk and slideshow about how the building took shape over the past couple of years... and find out what else Watershed Landcare gets up to in our region.
10am Organic Farming in China 2012 Stephen Couling - Milkwood Permaculture A facinating overview of what is happening in the Chinese organic small-farm sector in 2012. Learn how organic production is being approached in China in 2012, building on thousands of years of continuous agriculture.
11am Serious Spring Veggie Growing! Stephen Couling - Milkwood Permaculture Want to have your veggies jumping out of the ground and fruiting like mad this year? Learn what grows best next to what, and why, and how to do it!
12pm The Facts about Solar Steve Harding - Solar Pumping Solutions Homes, business and schools come and find out the latest on off grid / connected, solar power, solar hot water, rebates, funding and finance. Steve Harding will give a great case study looking at a solar solution in a typical home.
1pm Solar passive homes, natural materials Sam Vivers - Viva Living Homes Designing and building a solar passive home with natural materials. A short talk and slideshow of straw bale and earth homes with a special focus on what it costs to build a straw bale home. The talk is followed by a straw bale building demonstration next door which shows you how to build one.
2pm Direct Marketing Beef Rob Lennon - Gundooee Organics Finding your own niche market. Rob Lennon will talk about his experience marketing his Organic Wagyu Beef through regional and city restaurants and butcher shops. Is direct marketing a growing sector?
       
SATURDAY      
9am Backyard Chooks Mike Byron Backyard chooks, and eggs! Mike Byron, Moderator and Medical Advisor for online "Backyard Poultry" will explain what you need to get started, what breed to buy and how to house, feed and care for your chooks to keep them happy, healthy and producing eggs!
10am Solar passive homes, natural materials Sam Vivers - Viva Living Homes Designing and building a solar passive home with natural materials. A short talk and slideshow of straw bale and earth homes with a special focus on what it costs to build a straw bale home. The talk is followed by a straw bale building demonstration next door which shows you how to build one.
11am Grass-fed, broad acre egg production Todd Fergusson - Farmer Brown's Pastured Egg Grass-fed, broad acre egg production. Todd Fergusson, Farmer Brown's Pastured Egg, will talk about new enterprises for traditional farming systems.
12pm Natural Beekeeping and Protecting Pollinators Tim Malfroy - Malfroy's Gold An overview of natural beekeeping techniques and a disucssion on the importance of why and how to protect our pollinators.
1pm Small Farm Design Ideas Nick Ritar - Milkwood Permaculture Get ideas for how your farmstead's orchard, veggie and animal systems can work together to produce better harvests and less work for you, with simple, integrated farmstead design.
2pm Serious Spring Veggie Growing! Stephen Couling - Milkwood Permaculture Want to have your veggies jumping out of the ground and fruiting like mad this year? Learn what grows best next to what, and why, and how to do it!
3pm The First Ever Straw Bale Landcare Office! Thea Ridley - Watershed Landcare The first ever Straw Bale Landcare Office! Come hear a short talk and slideshow about how the building took shape over the past couple of years... and find out what else Watershed Landcare gets up to in our region.

Read more about our speakers in Mudgee Guardian articles...

 

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9am The first ever Straw Bale Landcare Office! Thea Ridley - Watershed Landcare The first ever Straw Bale Landcare Office! Come hear a short talk and slideshow about how the building took shape over the past couple of years... and find out what else Watershed Landcare gets up to in our region.
10am Serious Spring Veggie Growing Stephen Couling Want to have your veggies jumping out of the ground and fruiting like mad this year? Learn what grows best next to what, and why, and how to do it!
11am Natural beekeeping & protecting pollinators Tim Malfroy An overview of natural beekeeping techniques and a disucssion on the importance of why and how to protect our pollinators
12pm The facts about Solar Steve Harding - Solar Pumping Solutions Homes, business and schools come and find out the latest on off grid / connected, solar power, solar hot water, rebates, funding and finance. Steve Harding will give a great case study looking at a solar solution in a typical home.
1pm Solar passive homes, natural materials Sam Vivers Designing and building a solar passive home with natural materials. A short talk and slideshow of straw bale and earth homes with a special focus on what it costs to build a straw bale home. The talk is followed by a straw bale building demonstration next door which shows you how to build one.
2pm Gundooee Organics - Wagyu Rob Lennon - Gundooee Organics Finding your own niche market. Rob Lennon will talk about his experience marketing his Organic Wagyu Beef through regional and city restaurants and butcher shops. Is direct marketing a growing sector?

 

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Catch up with local grazier and botanist, Christine McRae, along with native plant enthusiast Wendy Arnott who will again be setting up camp at their Waterwise Garden. Find out about what kinds of beautiful and hardy plants grow well in Mudgee. Some Windyhill Nursery Tubestock will be available for sale.

  • Plant Identification - from your paddock / bushland – bring along a specimen including leaves/roots/stems/flowers/seeds (if possible) for Christine / Wendy to identify.
  • Serrated Tussock and the innocent native bystanders! Learn how to spot the difference with live plants. Find out about grant assistance available for control. 

 

 

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Cuppa 'n Cake - C6 (centre ring rd)

This year, the Watershed committee and members are serving quality Tea, Robert Timms Coffee, with gorgeous baked goods by local gourmet foodie, Rachael McCarthy, including chocolate Brownies and a gorgeous range of muffins (chocolate, berry, apple & cinnamon, GF orange almond) YUM!!

All funds raised will support Watershed Landcare continue our great work in disseminating information and connecting landcarers through newspaper articles, newsletters, field days and events.

Are you able to support your community landcare group by helping to serve on the day for an hour or so? Contact us!

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