Pro Event Calendar

Dry Creek Farm walk & swale workshop

Save the Date: Thursday 15th June 10am – 1pm
Where: 448 dry creek Rd, botobolar.

event details 

Join us at Dry Creek Farm for a farm walk & talk. Mike & Billie will give us a tour of their thriving garden setup and farm enterprises. There will be a focus on setting up a permaculture farm and growing food.

We will have morning tea and then be treated to a demonstration on how to measure and dig a swale. There will be the option to get hands-on, planting out the swale and to see more established swales and their effects on the landscape.

What to bring: Mug for tea/coffee, chair, hat & warm clothes

RSVP by Thursday 10th June

4WD or All Wheel Drive Recommended

Registrations essential.

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.

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