Visual story telling: the art of capturing the right attention

How to compose, capture, caption and share images that tell your story in the most engaging way possible. Social media is a visual medium and so great photos are important part of your storytelling. In this three-hour workshop with Sophie Hansen and artist Annie Herron, we will run through the basics of composing engaging images, how to shoot them on your smartphone (or camera if you prefer) and how to edit them so they really pop. Then we’ll move on to the words – how to write and edit captions that tell a story, that engage and motivate your customers so they become community members and your biggest advocates. This will be a lovely afternoon of creativity, strategy and figuring out how to tell your story in the right way to the right people.

‘Scum School’ Algae Workshop

Are you interested in monitoring algal blooms in your dams, waterways or drinking water supply?

The University of Technology Sydney (UTS) through the Environmental Trust and in collaboration with government have developed a communication and education tool for community detection of algal blooms utilising a test kit and phone app.

The purpose of the Algal Resource Kit is to fill the gap between professional water quality personnel and the community by providing a rapid self-assessment of a water body for any potentially toxic algal blooms. The kits can be used by anybody from an individual looking to keep an eye on personal stock water supplies; to a community group or organisation, government staff, businesses etc. looking to maintain and monitor NSW waterways as a whole.

The phone app called AlageScumID (reached by going to app store on your phone) allows you go to through step-by-step in identifying potentially toxic blooming algae and other prolific growths such as water plants (macrophytes) that are commonly mistaken as blue-green algae that may occur in local creeks, rivers, farm dams and other water bodies.

Watershed Landcare have invited A/Prof. Simon Mitrovic from UTS to run a workshop about algal blooms and to provide training in sampling, detection, and confirmation of blooms using the Algal Resource Kit.

The “scum school” will cover:

  • Intro to algae – the good and the bad
  • Using the Algal Resource Kit
  • Using the Phone app
  • Where to go for further information and help
  • Causes of algal blooms
  • Remediation activities

The workshop will be held from 10am-1pm on Thursday 31 May at the Lecture Room, Australian Rural Education Centre (AREC). Attendance is free with lunch provided but please RSVP for catering purposes, contact Watershed Landcare Coordinator, Agness Knapik, on 0435 055 439, email: info@watershedlandcare.com.au or click on ‘Book event’ at the top of the page.

Local Plants for the Local Environment – Native Seed Collection and Propagation Workshop

Watershed Landcare will be hosting a seed collection and propagation workshop on Sunday 6 May and have invited local ecologist, David Allworth, and local botanist, Christine McRae, to share their extensive knowledge on the subject.

The workshop will cover the following topics:

Identification

Basic identification features of some commonly found local plant species

Useful texts to help with identification

Seed Collection

Why collecting locally is best – (also only collect from large healthy populations)

Safety

Permission

Timing – weather, ripeness of seed

Method/s

Containers for collected material

Record keeping

Processing Seed

Equipment for processing collected material

Processing collected material

Storage for seed – labelling, insect attack

Propagation

Propagating mix

Containers

Best time to sow seed

Watering

Protection of your seedlings

Workshop participants with gain knowledge and skills to select for viable seed, ensure successful germination and give seedlings the best start.

The seed collection and propagation workshop will be held from 9am to 12 noon on Sunday 6 May at the Straw Bale Shed, AREC. The workshop is free to attend with morning tea and lunch provided.

All welcome. For more information or to book your spot please contact Agness Knapik, Watershed Landcare Coordinator, on 0435 055 493 or info@watershedlandcare.com.au.

This event is supported by Watershed Landcare through funding from Michael King and Landcare Australia.

Paddock Trees and Farm Vegetation Management Workshop

As part of the Paddock Trees project, Watershed Landcare and Central Tablelands Local Land Services will be hosting a Paddock Trees and Farm Vegetation Management workshop on Tuesday, 10 April.

We have invited Dhyan Blore, Principal Consultant at Native Biota Rural Ecology, to share her extensive knowledge in rural vegetation management and the establishment and care of native plants.

A Restoration Ecologist and Environmental Horticulturist, Dhyan has over 20 years practical experience in working with private landholders, state and local government and commercial businesses. She has expertise in bushland management, rural vegetation management, farm forestry, farm windbreak design and management and has held positions with NSW Department of Primary Industries, NSW Farm Forestry Strategy, as well as a number of roles as a rural extension specialist including working on the Box Gum Grassy Woodland Project.

The focus of the workshop will be to provide landholders with knowledge and practical information to enable them to establish and mange their own native vegetation plantings.

Some of the topics that will be covered include species selection for various sites and purposes, tree planting techniques, short term follow up and later management, including thinning, grazing, etc.

Workshop participants are invited to lead the discussion, so come along with any questions you might have.

The Paddock Trees and Farm Vegetation Management workshop will be held at 4:30-7pm Tuesday, 10 April in the Seminar Room, Australian Rural Education Centre (AREC) Ulan Rd, Mudgee.

All welcome. The workshop is free to attend and a light supper will be provided.

Please RSVP for catering purposes by Monday 9 April to Agness Knapik, Watershed Landcare Coordinator, on 0435 055 493 or info@watershedlandcare.com.au.

This event is supported by Watershed Landcare and Central Tablelands LLS through funding from the Australian Government.

Nasty Nasella – Get the Upper Hand on Serrated Tussock

As part of the Nasty Nassella Serrated Tussock project, which is working on a new approach to serrated tussock, Watershed Landcare is inviting local landholders to a workshop to help them get the upper hand on this weed of national significance.

Watershed Landcare has partnered with Central Tablelands Local Land Services (CT LLS) and Mid-Western Regional Council (MWRC) to deliver the Nasty Nasella Workshop on Monday, 5 March.

The workshop will feature presentations from Clare Edwards, CTLLS Senior Land Services Officer (Pastures), who will discuss proactive whole-farm strategies to manage serrated tussock; Aaron Simmons, NSW Department of Primary Industries, will speak about the practicalities of serrated tussock management strategies from his perspective as a landholder and researcher; Matt Anderton, MWRC, will discuss landholder responsibilities and the new biosecurity legislation.

The Nasty Nasella workshop will be held from 9am-12:30pm, 5 March at The Stables, Market Street, Mudgee. This event is free to attend with lunch provided, but please RSVP to assist with catering by Friday, 2 March.

To RSVP to the workshop or for more information about the Nasty Nassella project, contact Watershed Landcare Coordinator Claudia Wythes on 0412 011 064 or email: claudia.wythes@watershedlandcare.com.au.

This project is supported by Watershed Landcare through funding from the Central Tablelands LLS from NSW Catchment Action and the Australian Government’s National Landcare Programme and is a part of the NSW Government’s Local Landcare Coordinators Initiative, supported through the partnership of Local Land Services and Landcare NSW.

Rehydrating the Landscape Workshop

Watershed Landcare will be hosting a Rehydrating the Landscape workshop on Saturday, 4 November. Come along and learn about some practical methods for capturing water and keeping it in the landscape, and on your farm, for longer.

The workshop will be presented by Dan and Nicki Power who have constructed a system of dams and swales at Hazelcombe Farm in the Totnes Valley to rehydrate the landscape, regenerate degraded soils and create an edible landscape at the same time.

The workshop will cover:

  • what our farms would look like if they were rehydrated
  • what influence we have as land managers in the amount of water that stays on our farms
  • what interventions we can make, from small to large, to increase our influence
  • the principles of rehydrating the landscape
  • examples of successful rehydration interventions

We will also go for a walk around the farm to see what’s been achieved, the particular issues faced and discuss the next steps. Adon Bender, the farm rehydration adviser, and Mark Anderson, the dam builder, will also be on hand to provide explanations and answer questions.

The workshop will be held on on Saturday, 4 November from 9am to 4pm at Hazelcombe Farm, Totnes Valley (40 mins from Mudgee). Attendance is free for Watershed Landcare members and $10 for non-members. Please wear work clothes and covered footwear and bring hats, sunscreen and drinking water.

Morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea will be provided. Please advise any dietary requirements to: info@watershedlandcare.com.au

For further information or to RSVP contact Agness Knapik, Watershed Landcare Coordinator, on 0435 055 493 or by email: info@watershedlandcare.com.au.

This event is supported by Watershed Landcare and is a part of the NSW Government’s Local Landcare Coordinators Initiative, supported through the partnership of Local Land Services and Landcare NSW.

Grafting Workshop

 

Are you interested in growing your own fruit, learning, or refining, grafting skills or preserving heritage fruit varieties?

Watershed Landcare and the Heritage and Rare Fruit Network will be hosting a fruit tree grafting workshop in Mudgee on Saturday, 22 July.

This is the last year that experienced grafter and lynchpin of the Heritage and Rare Fruit Network, Neil Barraclough, will be coming through the district and we are thrilled to have the opportunity to learn from his extensive knowledge and skills.

A perfect affordable way to propagate your favourite fruit and preserve heritage varieties. All equipment and a selection of rootstocks and varieties for grafting will be supplied.

  • The workshop will cover topics such as orchard design and techniques for selecting various rootstocks in order to produce trees in a wide range of sizes suited to a range of different situations.
  • Learn how to graft your own tree.
  • Take home a new tree, personalised by you!

Red apples, green apples, for cooking or dessert, sour or crisp, flavourful plums, sweet juicy pears, early mid season or late ripening – through it’s members the Heritage and Rare Fruit Network have access to a very wide range of fruit tree varieties and can provide varieties more suited to people’s needs, or varieties they can’t access anywhere else. This is a fantastic opportunity to get your hands on some rare fruit varieties, often not available anywhere else.

If you wish to propagate from or share your own favourite tree, please bring along a selection of freshly-cut twigs, at least 45cm long.

The cost for the workshop is $40 for Landcare members and $45 for non members and includes morning tea and lunch, grafting talks and demonstrations, and a free grafted fruit tree.

There’ll also be an opportunity to buy additional rootstocks and scions at close to wholesale prices.

Booking are essential as places are limited. For more information or to RSVP contact Agness Knapik, Watershed Landcare Coordinator, on 0435 055 493 or info@watershedlandcare.com.au.

 


This event is supported by the Heritage & Rare Fruit Network and Watershed Landcare and is a part of the NSW Government’s Local Landcare Coordinators Initiative, supported through the partnership of Local Land Services and Landcare NSW.

Watershed Landcare Inc.