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Stellar farm field day line up

The Mudgee Small Farm Field Days are celebrating their 40th anniversary this year and Watershed Landcare will be there to celebrate with a full program of displays, workshops and lectures.

From livestock handling to backyard beekeeping, there’s something of interest for everyone at Watershed Landcare’s lecture series.

Bruce Maynard, Stress Free Stockmanship, will show you how stockmanship skills can change animal behaviour to aid in weed management and grazing management and how you, and the animals, can have less stress.

Organic, seasonal or local; what is the best way to shop and eat sustainably? Agro-ecologist David Hardwick will de-mystify the modern food system and show how your choices impact on the environment, farmers and your health.

Find out how you can not only run a productive farm but regenerate soils, repair riparian systems and erosion by working with nature’s designs. Adon Bender, Hazelcombe Farm, will cover water-harvesting methodology, minimal and controlled disturbance soil management for perennial, annual and animal systems, soil-food-web-structures and how all these factors interrelate and influence one another.

Author and self-proclaimed ‘beevangelist’, Doug Purdie will be back to show you how keeping bees on a small scale is easy, rewarding and helps the environment by providing pollination and as a bonus you get your own honey! Doug will walk through the types of hive, the basic equipment and the do’s and dont’s of backyard beekeeping.

There will also be talks on free range pig keeping and solar passive design and building with natural materials.

Visit our website for the full program: http://watershedlandcare.com.au/events.

Watershed Landcare will have a selection of locally grown, native tube stock for sale at the Mudgee Small Farm Field Days this weekend.

We will also have plenty of information and displays at the Waterwise Garden demonstration site (L9), drop by and find out what we do, how to get involved in our projects and become a member.

We’ll be running workshops to help you identify serrated tussock from the innocent, native bystanders and teach you how to build your own bee motel.

You can bring along any mystery plants you have growing in your paddock or bushland for identification, see our display of hardy, salt and drought tolerant plants for the Mudgee district, and we will have a selection of locally grown, native tube stock for sale.

These events are supported by Watershed Landcare and are a part of the NSW Government’s Local Landcare Coordinators Initiative, supported through the partnership of Local Land Services and Landcare NSW.

Pig out on good information

Ever wanted to have a free range pig or two running around the farm or even taking the next step into full scale pig production?

Watershed Landcare have invited Frank Power and Danielle Littlewood of Power Pork to be a part of our Mudgee Small Farm Field Days lecture series this year.

Frank and Danielle run a pig operation on their Wellington farm, ‘Glenmore’, raising grass fed animals using environmentally sustainable, ethical and low stress methods.

In 2015 they started Power Pork; supplying free range pork, which is processed through a local abattoir and local butcher, direct to customers in the local area and beyond.

To produce a tasty product in an ethical and environmentally responsible fashion the Power Pork menagerie of 20 sows and 2 boars spend 100% of their time in the paddock with a carefully managed grazing regime.

“We love having pigs around. They are just like big cuddly teddy bears. We even have a couple that will come running up to us for a belly scratch” said Danielle.

“Pigs get a bad rap because they are such environmental vandals. I firmly believe that with the right management, you can harness their power for good instead of evil!” she continued.

Frank and Danielle will give an overview of the pigs they run, their management methods and how they get them from the paddock to the plate.

The ‘For the love of pigs and good bacon’ lecture will be on at 1:30pm on Friday 14 and 10am Saturday 15 July in the Straw Bale Lecture Room (L8), Australian Rural Education Centre (AREC).

Watershed Landcare will also have plenty of information and displays at the Waterwise Garden demonstration site (L9), drop by and find out what we do, how to get involved in our projects and become a member.

Come along and see our display of hardy, drought tolerant plants for the Mudgee district, have a chat with members of the Mudgee Bee Group and check out their display hives or join in on one of our workshops on serrated tussock ID or build your own bee motel.

You can bring along any mystery plants you have growing in your paddock or bushland for identification and we will have a selection of locally grown, native tube stock for sale.

These events are supported by Watershed Landcare and are a part of the NSW Government’s Local Landcare Coordinators Initiative, supported through the partnership of Local Land Services and Landcare NSW.

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Mudgee Small Farm Field Days 2018

Watershed Landcare will once again be hosting a lecture series at the Mudgee Small Farm Field Days in the Straw Bale Building (L8). The lecture series will run on Friday 13 and Saturday 14 July and we have booked some fantastic speakers covering a range topics. We will have also have plenty of information and displays at the Waterwise Garden demonstration site (L9) so stop by for a chat.

Information available all day – Watershed Landcare Waterwise Garden L9:

  • Find out about Landcare projects, events and field days. Sign up and become a member today!

  • Locally grown native tube stock for sale.

  • Waterwise Garden display of beautiful, waterwise and salt tolerant plants for the Mudgee district.

  • Mudgee Bee Group honey sales and information.

Field Days Lecture Series

Location: Straw Bale Building L8

 

FRIDAY

Time

Topic

Speaker

10.00am

Your New Food and Garden Waste Bin – Come and learn about why Mid Western Regional Council has introduced a new bin service to collect organic waste from our kitchens and gardens, what can go in the bin, and where all the green waste ends up!

Chris Dart – FOGO

11.30am

Solar Passive Design & Building With Natural Materials – The secrets of designing a home that’s warm in winter and cool in summer using natural local products.

Sam Vivers –

Strawbale Building Assoc & Viva Homes

1.30pm

Backyard chooks and eggs – 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! Plus hear a great local story from Lily.

Mudgee Poultry and Pigeon Club

Lily Moore – Mt Frome Pastured Eggs

3.00pm

Care of remnant paddock trees and paddock tree replacement – Find out why paddock trees are important for both production and conservation, how to assess the health of existing paddock trees and how you can successfully establish and mange your own native vegetation plantings.

Dhyan Blore – Native Biota Rural Ecology

SATURDAY

10.00am

Bee and native pollinator plantings for farms and gardens – find out how to establish your own Bee Friendly Garden.

Dhyan Blore – Native Biota Rural Ecology

11.30am

Solar Passive Design & Building With Natural Materials – The secrets of designing a home that’s warm in winter and cool in summer using natural local products.

Sam Vivers –

Strawbale Building Assoc & Viva Homes

1.30pm

Backyard chooks and eggs – 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! Plus hear a great local story from Lily.

Mudgee Poultry and Pigeon Club

Lily Moore – Mt Frome Pastured Eggs

3.00pm

Your New Food and Garden Waste Bin – Come and learn about why Mid Western Regional Council has introduced a new bin service to collect organic waste from our kitchens and gardens, what can go in the bin, and where all the green waste ends up!

Chris Dart – FOGO

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.

Mudgee Small Farm Field Days – Watershed Landcare Lectures and Workshops 2017

Information available all day –

Watershed Landcare Waterwise Garden (L9)

  • Learn about Landcare projects and field days as well as equipment for hire. Sign up and become a member!
  • Plant identification from your paddock/bushland – bring along a specimen to the Watershed Landcare botanist/grazier Christine McRae (bring a GOOD sample, including leaves/roots/stems/flowers/seeds if possible).
  • Waterwise Garden – come and see a beautiful display garden of waterwise and salt tolerant plants for the Mudgee district, including a native Microlaena lawn sample.
  • Locally grown native tube stock for sale.

 

  • Mudgee Bee Group display – Learn about keeping your own bees including the different types of hives. Members will be on-hand to answer your questions and share their experiences.

Workshops –

Watershed Landcare Waterwise Garden (L9)

 

Workshops
Friday 11am Saturday 2pm

Serrated Tussock and the Innocent Native Bystanders – learn how to identify key features which will help you to spot the difference with display plants at Watershed Landcare.

Christine McRae & Vivien Howard – Watershed Landcare

Friday 2pm

Saturday 11am

Native Bee Motel Workshop – Learn about our native pollinators and how to provide habitat for them in your backyard. Join Watershed Landcare for an active workshop building bee motels. Workshop numbers are limited so book in early at L9. If you can’t make the workshop, we will have information available for you to make a Bee Motel at home.

Liz Davis – Central Tablelands Local Land Services

 


Field Days Lecture Series

Speakers organised by Watershed Landcare

Straw Bale Lecture Room (L8)

FRIDAY

Time

Topic

Speaker

10.00am

How do I eat sustainably in the modern world? – Agro-ecologist David Hardwick will de-mystify the modern food system and show how your choices impact on the environment, farmers and your health.

David Hardwick – Soil Land Food

11.30am

Solar Passive Design & Building With Natural Materials The secrets of designing a home that’s warm in winter and cool in summer using natural local products.

Sam Vivers – Strawbale Building Assoc & Viva Homes and Chris Nance – Traditional Timber Frames

1.30pm

For the love of pigs and good bacon – free ranging pigs on a small farm, the Power Pork story of paddock to plate.

Danielle Littlewood – Power Pork

3.00pm

Backyard Beekeeping – Keeping bees on a small scale is easy and something most people can do. Keeping bees is a rewarding pass time that helps the environment by providing pollination and as a bonus you get your own honey! Doug will walk through the types of hive, the basic equipment and the do and dont’s of backyard beekeeping.

Doug Purdie – The Urban Beehive

SATURDAY

10.00am

For the love of pigs and good bacon – free ranging pigs on a small farm, the Power Pork story of paddock to plate.

Danielle Littlewood – Power Pork

11.30am

Solar Passive Design & Building With Natural Materials The secrets of designing a home that’s warm in winter and cool in summer using natural local products.

Sam Vivers – Strawbale Building Assoc & Viva Homes and Chris Nance – Traditional Timber Frames

1.30pm

Basics of stockmanshipBruce will show entertaining examples of how stockmanship can change animals, including weed eating and grazing management. Helping the animals, and you, have less stress.

Bruce Maynard – Stress Free Stockmanship

3.00pm

Regenerative Agriculture – Adon will cover water-harvesting methodology, minimal and controlled disturbance soil management for perennial, annual and animal systems, soil-food-web-structures and how all these factors interrelate and influence one another.

Adon Bender – Hazelcombe Farm