The following is a list of some of the past Activities run by BLOG.
A big thanks to John Lindsay for helping with text & providing most of the photos.
Saturday July 22nd
There has been a change to our next event which was advertised in our calendar as a visit to EGGCETTERA.
We have had to make changes to our program for July -We are hoping to be able to go later in the year so have flipped our November outing to July. Therefore, the next BLOG outing for 2017 will be at the Stanthorpe Whistlestop Community Garden on Saturday, July 22nd, starting at 10 AM. The day will take the form of a Q&A with a panel made up of experienced gardeners who hopefully will have answers to all your questions about gardening. The theme will be Preparation for Spring. The day is free. Tea and coffee will be provided. You will need to bring the following-
- lunch to share
- eating and drinking utensils (There are no washing up facilities at this venue)
- a chair (There is very limited seating available at this venue)
- a hat
Visitors are always welcome. Entry is from Tyrel Street on the eastern side if the Davadi Street gate is closed. Any questions ring Rex and Christine (02) 6736 4259.
Saturday 24 June
Healing Herbs – 3 speakers- 3 topics-Growing -Rob McCosker, Processing – Peter Purbrick from Mediherb and Herbal Healing– Linda Demy-Gero from Go Vita. Venue- Glen Aplin Hall.
HEALTHY SOIL, HEALTHY BODIES AND HEALTHY MINDS-PUTTING IT ALL TOGETHER A SERIES OF THREE FULL DAY SEMINARS
These are individual seminars but we recommend you come to all three
Saturday 25 March-Presenter Carolyn Ditchfield B Ag Sc, Agronomist
SOIL HEALTH – essential nutrients, balancing minerals, soil food web.
PLANT HEALTH – chemical Vs organic growing, pests and diseases.
ANIMAL HEALTH – nutrition from plants which comes from soil.
Saturday 22 April-Presenter Carolyn Ditchfield B Ag Sc, Agronomist
HUMAN HEALTH – flows on from soil, plant and animal health.
– food quality today, processed foods, additives.
– impact on gut biome.
– the healthy gut story and its implications.
Saturday 20 May-Presenter Nathan Rose B HSc (Nat) ,Technical Ed Mgr,Metagenics
MENTAL HEALTH – stress and natural remedies.
– depression, anxiety, psychosis, ADHD & addictions (incl ‘soft’ or ‘non-substance’ abuse, e.g. social media dependency, shopping and gambling) and deficiencies and remedies.
VENUE for all 3 Events: Wallangarra Railway Café, Rockwell St, Wallangarra.
TIMES: Registration 9.00 (Qld time), start 9.30, finish 3.30.
REGISTRATION ESSENTIAL, at least a week before event, ph 02 6736 3500
COST: $20 per person per seminar, Discount for BLOG Members $15 per person per seminar.
INCLUDES Morning Tea and Lunch.
Preserve the Day
The first BLOG outing for 2017 was a Preserving Day on Saturday February 25th. We saw different ways of preserving fruits and vegetables . There was a demonstrations of various techniques such as jam making both on a stovetop and using a Thermomix, Vacola bottling, using a dehydrator to make “sun dried tomatoes” plus other good old fashioned cooking methods.
Cold Climate Permaculture
Saturday 22 November 2014
It may have been the hottest day of the year, but that didn’t stop the large crowd from gathering at Sue-Ann and Terry Gilmour’s property at Pozieres. The occasion was the Border Landcare Organic Group’s event for November and the topic was, somewhat ironically, “Permaculture in a Cold Climate”
Permaculture is a design system for sustainable agriculture that was developed in Tasmania in the 1970s and has now spread throughout the world. Practitioners use the principles of permaculture design to look at their land holistically with the aim of working with the ecosystem to reduce labour, improve yields and produce a healthy, sustainable property.
Terry Gilmour started by explaining how he and Sue-Ann had designed their property layout in accordance with permaculture practice and this has enabled them to plant and harvest an incredible array of fruit and nuts, both native and exotic, as well as a large productive vegetable garden and a timber plantation. The site has deliberately kept sheltered and this enables the Gilmours to grow a large number of sub-tropical species not usually seen on the Granite Belt – a large, heavily laden carob tree attracted a lot of attention.
After the talk, with parasols much in evidence, the group went on a tour of the property and saw for themselves how following the permaculture way has worked for the Gilmours. The results of clever planning and design were evident and most of the group went home thinking about how they could put some of the techniques demonstrated by the Gilmours to good use on their own properties.
Terry Gilmour leads the tour of the property
A Day With Graeme Sait – Plant, Soil and Human Health
Saturday 18 October 2014
Graeme Sait is a very clever and remarkable man and last Saturday demonstrated why he is such an internationally sought after speaker to an audience attending the seminar at the Glen Aplin Hall. One of Mr Sait’s talents is to talk for hours about the subjects he is passionate about. The day started off with Graeme Sait telling the audience about his recent globe trotting adventures, as he tours the world from his Queensland base lecturing on biological agriculture, sustainable farming and human health.
As CEO of Nutri-Tech Solutions, Mr Sait is passionate about soil, health and planet Earth. Mr Sait by turns terrified and depressed onlookers with the latest statistics on climate change and then made a very convincing argument of how humus could save the planet (and the human race). This talk on humus, the layer of soil essential for healthy food production which is being gradually depleted by unsustainable farming, is available as a TEDx talk on the Internet.
After morning tea there was an in-depth talk on mineral soil fertilisers and soil chemistry, and what every vegetable grower should know in order to maintain healthy produce and people. After lunch, there was a lengthy session on human health and nutrition in which Graeme emphasised the importance of ensuring our mineral and gut biota balance is correct in order to maintain health and happiness. People picked up all sorts of tips for better and healthier living and deemed it an excellent day and money well spent. The event was hosted by the Border Landcare Organic Group and thanks must go to the ladies of Glen Aplin Hall for the nutritious and delicious catering.
Top 10 soil therapy tips
BLOG at Glen Aplin with Graeme Sait
Pyramids Road Winery
Most people visit a winery with the aim of tasting and maybe buying a couple of bottles of wine, but not the Border Landcare Organic Group, that comes later. First on the agenda for the BLOG visit to Pyramids Road Winery was a walk out to the vineyard with Warren Smith who, together with his wife Sue Smith, have owned and run the winery for the last 15 years.
The rain drizzled on and off, but the 30 or so people who had made the trek considered it time well spent. Warren Smith has the look of a sharp dressed man with his baseball cap, extensive beard and wrap-around sunglasses, but his passion is obviously his vineyard. Warren has considered every aspect of wine production from soil to vine to bottle. The visitors were impressed by the way the vineyard was situated, cleverly using the natural slope of the land and the selection of grapes grown, including the unusual mourvèdre grape. Pyramids Road Winery may be one of the smallest on the Granite Belt, but the work involved is still considerable and this is shared between Sue and Warren except for a small amount of picking.
The winery is mainly managed along organic principles, with non-organic chemical spraying used in a careful manner and only when necessary. Pests, particularly birds and large mammals, are a problem, especially as the winery backs onto the Girraween National Park. Some members of the group were astonished at the damage caused by feral pigs.
Just after noon, the rain had intensified to drive everyone back inside to the usual excellent BLOG bring a plate to share lunch and then some took advantage of the cellar door, where Sue Smith ran a most informative tasting session, demonstrating the qualities of the wines produced.
Warren Smith at the wine tasting
Many locals will know Marc Newman from his days running the Mushroom Farm at Ballandean, however, since his retirement he has developed a whole new area of expertise. Marc Newman is now obsessed with studying and photographing Native Bees. Marc, together with his wife Jan, hosted the Border Landcare Organic Group meeting this month where around 50 people turned up to Marc and Jan’s property at Ballandean. Did you know there are approximately 1,500 species of Australian Native Bees, with more being discovered all the time, some right here on the Granite Belt?
Many of these are solitary bees, with only a very few forming hives and storing honey like the more well known European Honey Bee. At the moment Australia does not have the issues that honey bees are having in the rest of the world, but should that happen, and many experts predict that it’s just a matter of time; we may be reliant on our own home grown bees for pollination of our food. Marc gave a talk on the various types of bees and then the group ventured into the gardens to study a couple of stingless bee hives, and the bee “hotels” – little structures built by Marc for solitary bees to nest. The gardens, designed and maintained by Jan Newman, also attracted a lot of attention. Jan purposely uses plants that are attractive to native bees. A list of these plants, together with a link to more of Marc’s amazing photographs may be found at the Other Items page.
Marc Newman and his ‘bee hotels’
Orchards and Vegetable Gardens at Amiens
Saturday 22 February 2014
Inspirational and life changing are words that are very much overused these days, but are appropriate for the BLOG event held last Saturday. The Border Landcare Organic Group and visitors were treated to a look at Frank and Nancy’s amazing life at a property near Amiens. Although the couple are both around the age of 70, they have the energy and stamina of a couple of 20 year olds. How do they do it? Well, Frank kept the group spellbound for an hour or so with his philosophy on life and health. He is, as he says, “Knowledge Hungry” and this has led to what many would describe as a radical approach to food and diet. Frank readily admits that not everyone would either want to, or be able to, adopt his methods, but it works for them, with both Frank and Nancy appearing very much younger than their years and both are strangers to the doctor.
The couple grow almost all of their own food, eating only one main meal early in the day, no snacks, no processed food or sugar, but plenty of fruit and mainly raw vegetables. Food combining is practised and the calorie restricted diet is largely vegetarian but they do eat a little home grown chook and fish occasionally.
The second part of the event was a tour of the abundant gardens. Most of the work, including the irrigation, is done manually, a feat in itself considering the size of the gardens. The group was invited to sample everything and did so with gusto. The amount and variety of the produce is staggering: Over 50 varieties of apples, at least 20 different types of figs, countless citrus, grapes and also fruiting avocadoes – something rarely seen on the Granite Belt. Truly inspirational.
Many thanks to Frank and Nancy for their enthusiasm and generosity.
BLOG members listen to Frank’s talk
Frank and Nancy with pistachio tree
Espaliered Fruit Trees and Fermented Bread
Saturday 23 November
A huge crowd turned up to Tom Scott and Denise Kent’s property on Eukey Road for the last Border Landcare Organic Group meeting of 2013. The event saw the best turnout of the year, to learn all about fermented sourdough bread making and espaliered apples. Part of the attraction may have been the home made pizza or possibly the organic Mallow Lamb sausages which were also on offer, proving that you can do more with a large bread making oven than just make bread.
The morning started with Tom giving a brief history of the property which has undergone many changes since first built by Dr Cilento. However, Dr Cilento would surely approve of the changes made by the couple, that all contribute to a healthy and sustainable lifestyle. Tom described in detail his bread making process and also the large bread oven which he has had built, big enough to provide around 30 loaves in one bake. The bread itself is made using an unusual technique where the flour (organic and freshly ground) is fermented before baking. Tom had baked a batch of bread that morning, and there were plenty of takers to snap up a loaf or two, with a donation for each loaf going to a charity for single mothers in Uganda.
Denise Kent then talked about her espaliered fruit trees, which are highly productive in a very short time, and also about her gardening methods. Though the minimal mulch system which she employs may not work for everyone, no-one could argue about the end result, with a garden that is not only producing top quality organic vegetables, but looks beautiful.
Tom Scott explaining bread making
Participants with Tom Scott
Guard Animals and Garlic Trials
26 October 2013
Janine and Ian Jamieson proved to be the perfect hosts as the crowd was in turns entertained and educated at the Border Landcare Organic Group’s field day at Maryland at this BLOG event..
The entertainment came mainly from the wide range of livestock, from Cayuga ducks to donkeys. The children (and some of the adults) were also delighted with a young kangaroo and a tawny frog mouth chick, which are the current constant companions of Ruth from the Wildlife Carers.
After an introduction to the property from Ian, Janine told the group of their quest to provide some protection for their cattle and their herd of goats, originally bought to tidy up a previous property. After losing a number of goats to feral and not so feral dogs, a Maremma dog was bought as protection or the goats. Unfortunately the goats were not so fond of dogs by that point and the Maremma was bullied by the goats. So the Jamiesons then acquired some Alpacas as guard animals but they were also attacked by wild dogs. Finally a pair of donkeys was bought, and they have proved a success, as although they don’t actually guard the goats, the donkeys will not allow a dog in their territory. The donkeys, goats and alpacas are all now breeding, with Barney, the young donkey, the star turn.
Rex Maddocks ended the formal part of the day by giving a short but very educational report on the results of some scientific trials he has been running on fertilising garlic. Rex reported that a number of additives had not made any significant improvement to the bulb size when compared with the control group, but a handful of wilted comfrey leaves placed under the garlic clove on planting had increased the average bulb size by 25%. Rex speculates that this may be due to the high potassium content of the comfrey. The meeting then broke for lunch and a tour of the property.
Janine Jamieson (left) talking to BLOG members
Granite Borders Landcare Day
21 September, 2013
Mark Thomas gave a comprehensive outline of the Landcare structure and Projects. Now we know how BLOG fits under the Landcare umbrella and what a very important relationship it is. It was also interesting to note that while Landcare looks after some of BLOG’s administration currently at no charge, the BLOG committee could take on these roles should it decide to do so in the future.
Mark Lamb took the floor to keep us up to date on all animals ferrel. And what an interesting slant he gave on the topic. Mark was able to provide statistics on pest control as well as some health issues associated with the pests in this area. He also demonstrated the use of some common traps including trapping himself in a foot trap to show how the design held fast while minimising the pain inflicted on the animal being trapped. Mark answered an endless range of questions and eventually the organiser Mark Thomas had to thank Mr Lamb as he had more than occupied the time allocated.
We then heard from Barry Brooks who heads up a project which is revegetating a 5 acre block at Sunnyside a little to the west of Tenterfield. The project has been successful with grants and now has a fox and rabbit proof fence around the site along with a dam and much work done of weed control and tree and shrub plantings. The concept behind the project is to attract native birds, so they are trying out various environmental strategies to achieve their goal. Most exciting is the prospect that this project will hold an open day in the future to showcase the efforts of the group. A day not to miss and we look forward to hearing of this event when it happens, perhaps within 12 months.
Rex Maddocks then gave us the rundown on BLOG, highlighting recent events and the aims of the group which are to keep members informed on good health and good food and all things organic. Rex also told the group his age and that when he finally does fall off the perch he would like to be healthy enough to do so.
Members then enjoyed lunch while friendly conversation continued until around 2 pm when people said their goodbyes until our next event or committee meeting.
Fire Day at Eukey Hall
25 August, 2013
Around 50 people turned out to and hear how to best protect themselves and their homes in the event of fire. It was both a frightening and reassuring experience.
Ross Stacey from Queensland Fire and Rescue, gave an overview of how the various Brigades respond to bush fire emergencies. Mr Stacey also described how fire fighting technology and increased communication between the Brigades and the public have improved in recent years. The audience then watched some actual footage of fires in suburban environments, including the Canberra fires. The footage showed how quickly fire can spread and how even a well kept suburb can be devastated.
Rob Simcocks from Eukey Rural Fire Brigade then spoke about the local weather and fire conditions and the particular challenges of the area, especially with the reduction of large scale burn-offs by the farming community and the increasing number of small acreage bush blocks. Mr Simcocks recognised the need for balance and regard for biodiversity whilst doing the best to protect homes and lives.
Both speakers emphasised the need to create a fire resistant enclave around the house and ensure that there is safe and easy access for the firemen and fire trucks, not only to the house, but also on the driveway to the house and to note that fire trucks are getting bigger..
Many thanks must go to the speakers and also Keith Belford and Pete Williams of the Eukey Fire Brigade, who turned out in full uniform, for giving up even more of their free time to help the community.
Ross Stacey, Rural Fire Service Training and Support Officer
Crowd at Eukey Hall learning about fire protection
Stress Management and Chemicals in Vegetables
27 July, 2013
This Border Landcare group meeting focused on nutrition with Helen Ferrier and Anne-Marie McDonald, two of Stanthorpe’s health care professionals talking about stress and food chemicals
Helen Ferrier talked about stress management, giving practical and sensible advice for keeping mind and body healthy. The audience was then encouraged to practice a breathing relaxation technique that worked very well particularly for some who’d had an early start.
View the Ten Commandments of Stress Management that Helen talked about during her presentation. (PDF file)
Anne-Marie McDonald gave a talk on the cutting edge of science with a presentation on phytochemicals. These are compounds are produced by plants when under attack from insects or disease and are some of the most useful to humans when fighting or preventing disease. Examples of phytochemicals are anti-oxidants and salicin, which is the natural form of aspirin. However, the latest research indicates that if the fruit or vegetables are treated with pesticides, the pesticides interfere with the plant’s natural responses, resulting in lower amounts of phytochemicals being produced and so making the fruit or vegetable less useful when eaten by us.
During her talk, Ann-Marie discussed two very interesting articles about the effects of insect attack on the increase of phytochemicals in organically grown plants.
Organic versus Conventional grown tomatoes. Download the full article here.
Our work clearly demonstrates that tomato fruits from organic farming have indeed a smaller size and mass than fruits from conventional growing systems, but also a substantially better quality in terms of concentrations in soluble solids and phytochemicals such as vitamin C and total phenolic compounds. Until recently, the focus has been mainly on yield rather than on gustative and micronutritional quality of fresh plant products. This might be all right for staple food, but, as far as fruits and vegetables are concerned, it may be argued that gustative and micronutritional quality matter more than energy supply. Our observations suggest that, at least for fruit and vegetable production, growers should not systematically try to reduce stress to maximize yield and fruit size, but should accept a certain level of stress as that imposed by organic farming with the objective of improving certain aspects of product quality. More research is needed in the future to better understand the links between stress and oxidative stress, on one side, and oxidative stress and secondary metabolism in fruits, on the other side. Also the physiological mechanisms behind the positive effect of organic farming on fruit quality will require additional studies to be conducted.
Phytochemical phenolics in organically grown vegetables. Download the abstract here.
Rex Maddocks, Helen Ferrier and Anne-Marie McDonald
Mole River Nursery
22 June, 2013
Mole River Native Nursery is a hidden gem which was discovered by a number of keen local gardeners last week. Sarah and David Caldwell opened their Nursery to the Border Landcare Organic Group and visitors. The beautiful day in the scenic surrounds of the Mole River Valley contributed to the large turnout of both BLOG members and visitors.
Mole River Nursery propagates and sells thousands of frost hardy native plants each year and the day started with Sarah Caldwell giving a really informative demonstration of the cutting and seed sowing techniques that they use at the Nursery. David Caldwell then gave a demonstration of the grafting techniques used, including a graft onto a cutting which is then used as rootstock.
The Group then toured the Nursery grounds looking at the huge range of plants displayed. The Nursery has a number of large polytunnels each containing hundreds of small seedlings. There is also a polytunnel with its own fog maker for misting the seedlings and heated benches run by a wood powered furnace. Everyone was impressed, not only by the health and vigour of all the plants but the organisational abilities required to produce so many plants to order in a given timeframe.
Sarah Caldwell talks about taking cuttings
Some BLOG members look on as David Caldwell demonstrates grafting techniques
Dr Maarten Stapper – Healthy Soils, Healthy People
24, 25 May, 2013
Over forty members of the Border Landcare Organic group (BLOG) gathered in Wallangarra on Saturday to hear Dr Maarten Stapper and show their opposition to genetic modification (GM) of our foods. Saturday was a day of co-ordinated demonstration all over the globe against Monsanto for its role in spreading GM crops and encouraging the use of poisonous chemicals in agriculture.
Dr Stapper, a renowned ex-CSIRO scientist and authority on GM, was asked to speak at the Sydney gathering but he had already made a commitment to come to Stanthorpe for three events over two days. On Friday the room was filled with people at the DPI in Applethorpe to hear him speak on biological farming and how to sequester carbon in our soils to improve production. That night at ArtWorks on Davadi there was a presentation involving him and his daughter on the importance of gut flora on our health.
Saturday was another full day, with the focus this time on GM: how it works, how it might be able to help and what problems it brings. In his detailed presentation, Dr Stapper showed that the small short-term advantages to crops of herbicide and pesticide protection were far outweighed by their reduction in nutrition, long term damage to the soils and wider environment, and the huge detrimental impact on human health.
He presented one research study after another that demonstrated how dangerous GM modification of plants and animals has proved to be. Moreover, the power of Monsanto and similar multi-national companies is such that they are now virtually controlling world agricultural production through their seeds and chemicals. Little wonder that so many farmers and consumers around the globe are asking that GM be stopped until it is proved safe in independent, verifiable, longitudinal, scientific research. As one farmer has said, ‘It is not up to me to prove it is unsafe, it is up to Monsanto to prove it is safe, especially for my great-grandchildren.’
Global demonstration against GM becomes local – at Wallangarra
Information on Maarten Stapper from his website:
After working for 30 years as a research agronomist in four continents, Dr Maarten Stapper has turned into an advocate of biological-organic farming systems. With experience from the inside, he is a critic of GM technology and current agricultural science paradigm that both strengthen the moribund industrial agriculture as it continues to degrade soil, environment and food. Through Maarten’s research work, discussions with Landcare groups and a wide range of farmers, he has come to the belief that science must take a broader view to achieve the sustainable development of agricultural industries. To achieve this we have to look at the whole farming system – where every thing is linked to everything else. Biological agriculture leads to higher biodiversity on farms and a greatly reduced impact on catchment environments. This process can achieve a doubling of the organic carbon content of the soil, and, if practised Australia-wide, could capture most CO2 released in the country and slow climate change.
Links to Biological Farming and Healthy Soil Websites
BioLogic AgFood – Dr Maarten Stapper – //drmaartenstapper.com.au/
Soils for Life – //www.soilsforlife.org.au/ where you can register for 3 free weekly soil health webinars which began on 22nd May.
Soil Health Knowledge Bank – //www.soilhealthknowledge.com.au/
Soil and Health Library – free digiitised library mainly about holistic agriculture – //www.soilandhealth.org/
LA VIA CAMPESINA
Well known local farmers Ray and Samantha Palmer gave talks on La Via Campesina on Saturday 27 April at the Summit Hall for the Border Landcare Organic Group (BLOG).
LOCAL AUSTRALIAN FARMERS AT INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE
Did you know there is a global organisation, based in 70 countries, with 200 million members, representing small farmers? And that Australia is not officially part of this organisation? Samantha and Ray Palmer told an audience at the Summit Hall last Saturday all about “La Via Campesina”. The aims of the La Via Campesina organisation are to protect the rights and livelihoods of small and medium scale farmers. It is a coalition of over 148 organisations, advocating family-farm-based sustainable agriculture and was the group that first coined the term food sovereignty. Food sovereignty refers to the right to produce food on one’s own territory. Pertinently, given recent events in Australia, La Via Campesina campaigns to protect agricultural land from government and corporate land grabs.
Ray and Samantha, who own Symara, a 300 acre organically run mixed farm at the Summit, were invited observers to conferences in South Korea and Japan and told the Border Landcare Organic Group meeting about their experiences. Samantha also gave a moving account of her visit to the farmers around the Fukushima power plant, the site of the devastating earthquake, nuclear disaster and tsunami. Samantha has now been invited as one of 6 representatives of NSW/Queensland farmers to the 6th International Conference of La Via Campesina in Jakarta in June this year. This is the first time Australian Farmers will be represented. Further information and donation information may be found at www.pozible.com/aussiefarmers.
Sam Palmer talking about the upcoming 6th International Conference of La Via Campesina
Ray Palmer showing one of the displays at the Agriculture Museum in South Korea
BACKYARD COMPOST WORKSHOP
Saturday 23rd March, 2013
The Border Landcare Organic Group (BLOG) ran a free workshop on 23 March 2013 showing a foolproof method of how to make compost in your own backyard.
The BLOG field day held at the Stanthorpe Community Gardens was a great success, with around 40 people learning a sure fire method of making beautiful compost. Sarah Hamlyn-Harris started the workshop with a brief introduction of how the compost could be used to great effect in fruit and vegetable production then went on to give details of her scientific approach to the fine art of compost making. The heaps are made using a combination of green waste, soaked straw and manure, with added minerals and clays. Ms Hamlyn-Harris carefully monitors the temperature range of the heaps as they progress, checking the microbial action and she also sends samples away for toxicity testing to ensure that the compost is entirely safe to use in an organic garden. Some compost heaps that had been made earlier in the month were examined and they visibly demonstrated the effectiveness of the method.
There was also a discussion about compost and comfrey teas their use in the veggie garden. Talk over, some of those attending then enthusiastically joined in with the construction of a new heap, getting increasingly muddier as the heap grew higher.
The morning finished with a welcome lunch before most headed off to a hot shower.
Sarah, left, and BLOG members making a compost heap
Sourdough Bread & Kefir
Our next meeting on the 24 November at Claudia Sibley’s property at
438 Marinis Rd, Stanthorpe will be all about the fermented products Sourdough and Kefir.
Claudia, a renowned local chef, will be demonstrating how to make sour dough:
Imagine this World without the magic of wild fermentation. We would not have wine, cheese, beer, pickles, yogurt, kefir, miso, temphe, and of course the most precious “staff of life”: Bread.
Humans have used wild fermentation for thousands of years. It is the transformation of food products by bacteria and yeast. Our ancestors have been fermenting flour and water to make sourdough bread for centuries. Slowly fermented sourdough breads produce the more nourishing and more delicious bread for human consumption.
To make sourdough bread we must first understand and master the art of creating, feeding and looking after our very own sourdough starter. Don’t be discouraged by the common myth that the 100 year old sourdough starter that has been handed down over the generations is superior to one made in your very own house. Fortunately we need nothing more than the best quality wholegrain flour and good clean maybe filtered water, to create our very own culture of sourdough.
Julie Lindsay will talking about Kefir, a yoghurt like milk culture, widly consumed in Russia and eastern Europe – how to make it and how beneficial Kefir is in the diet.
So come along to the Sibley’s house at Mt. Dillon farm for a demonstration of how to create a rye sourdough culture and it may inspire to make sourdough bread in your own home.
We will see you there to have a beautiful morning together.
Look forward to your company.
Claudia’s Sourdough Bread Recipe.
Claudia’s organic whole grain, sunflower sour dough bread
Makes 3 loaves.
650g stone ground organic wholemeal wheat flour
350g organic rye flour
Approx (750g) water at 35oC (more like 400ml)
20g fresh compressed yeast or 2.5 teaspoons of dried yeast
25g salt excellent quality
250g sunflower seed (soaked in water for 2 hours)
freshly ground coriander and caraway seed (optional)
600g sour dough
Take 200g sourdough and soak in 300g water at 35C for 1 hour.
Stir up well and smooth and then add 300g rye flour and mix together.
Leave for 5 hours. After that time take away 200g of sourdough to
make the starter ‘Graupen’ for next time by mixing with rye flour to
dry the mix enough to keep the culture in the fridge.
To carry on with the bread:
Dissolve yeast in water until it starts to activate (froth).
Then put all the ingredients except the sunflower seeds in a bowl
and mix (by knead arm or by hand) until it starts to come off the
sides of the bowl.
Add sunflower seeds and keep mixing dough. It is kept relatively
moist but never runny, because as it rests it will absorb moisture
into the husks of the whole meal and therefore stiffen up.
Leave to rest for 20-30 minutes, then carefully knead again, not too
hard so the seeds don’t squash.
Leave to rise again for 20 minutes.
Cut into 3 equal sizes, shape into loaves. Put on greased tray,
sprinkle with flour, cut sun into it then brush with water. Sprinkle
with sunflower seed and shoot into pre-heated oven at 250 oC. Put a
little dish with water into the oven to raise some steam. Close oven
and turn down to 180 oC and bake for approximately 1 hour.
Happy and successful baking, Claudia.
Lovegrass management & Angora goats
October 27, 2012
The Border Landcare Organic Group was at Barry and Karlyn Brooks’ property looking at the results of a three year program of managing lovegrass. The results are very encouraging with pastures reappearing after being smothered in the weed for years. The pastures are available for limited grazing which is important in the overall control of the lovegrass.
James Koch, a local grazier discussed his very successful lovegrass eradication program and Mr Brooks, who has run a successful herd for many years, talked about the potential of the much maligned goat in farm management, including description of the various types and marketing returns.
Vegetable growing & Migraines and food.
August 25, 2012
This BLOG outing was at Rex and Christine Maddocks’ property at 26 Aldershot Road, Tenterfield.
As a backyard organic vegetable producer for over 20 years, Rex shared his secrets of how he grows healthy, nutritious, chemical free produce without the need for pesticides, herbicides, fungicides or chemical fertilisers. Rex demonstrated how to make your own organic fertiliser and tell what you need to know about minerals, microbes, mulch,compost and the dangers of manure. Plus pH testing, worm farms, compost and how he manages to produce over 11 kg of potatoes from one seed tuber using free inputs.
Christine talked about Migraines: The foods and situations that can trigger a migraine headache and the best methods and techniques to avoid and treat migraines.
July 21, 2012
This BLOG was at the property of Rob McCosker at 75 Jones Rd., Severnlea where David Hartwig spoke to us about soil chromatography which is a method of soil testing. We are also asking for ideas for field days for next year. If you want to borrow a library item please consult the website & let us know so we can bring it on Saturday.
Herbs and Allotment gardening in Britain
Saturday June 23
Our field day was held at Peter & Elizabeth Dart’s property ‘Pindari’ at 222 Belford Road, Stanthorpe. Denise Donnellan introduced us to herbs including their medicinal use. Denise also spoke about allotment gardening in Britain.
Worm Farms at Wormgro, Mingoola
Saturday May 26
This month we visited a commercial worm farm, Wormgro, Scott & Karen Bennett’s property in the Mingoola area.
You can have a workforce of thousands in your farm or garden and not have to pay them a cent. What’s more, they will perform better than expensive chemicals.
Find out how to enlist an army of worms. It was being held in the Mingoola area in NSW.
Scott and Karen Bennett run a commercial worm farm, Wormgro, so are experts in the field.
They also demonstrated compost making and how they use guinea fowl for insect control. In addition we learnt how they manage their biodynamic citrus orchard and generate their own power from solar panels and a wind turbine.
On top of this there is a worm activated septic system, a hydroponic vegetable garden as well as gardens growing herbs, native and exotic plants. The farm also makes compost as well as having a hydroponic vegetable garden & a biodynamic citrus orchard.
Saturday April 28
April’s topic is Renewable Energy. Our speaker Martin Donnellan will speak to us about the use of wind, solar, hydro and bio-fuels. Martin has worked as an energy analyst & renewable energy consultant. The venue will be at theWallangarra School of the Arts Hall.
Remember to bring along any excess produce or plants for the Bring & Buy stall. Visitors are most welcome.
Saturday March 17th [10am Qld]
BLOG Day is at the community garden, Stanthorpe Railway Station.
Entrance to the site is from the top end of Railway Street, where it crosses Davadi Street.
Parking will be on the Davadi St side of the railway line. There is plenty of room to park there, but please take care crossing the raiway line by using the designated crossing, and looking both ways before walking across. There is just enough traffic on the line to require some diligence.
There will be working bee activities beginning at 9am. We have the kit shed that BLOG donated to the community garden to put up. There is also a shed to clean out, which will become the community garden ‘club house’, and most of the contents will go into the new shed. Alan Edwards will be there to put up the shed. He will provide all the necessary equipment and know-how, but will need a couple of assistants. There are plenty of gardening activities needing doing if anyone would prefer to do that. At 10am there will be morning tea, and at 11am Kath McLachlan will speak to us about the community garden, the story so far and the hopes for the future. We hope to also have another speaker on some interesting aspect of vegetable gardening. Lunch will be at about noon, and afterwards we will finish off the projects.
Please bring lunch and morning tea to share as usual. There is plenty of space under cover. We have no power at the garden so will use charcoal and wood to provide water for tea. Another charcoal burner and some charcoal to burn would be great if anyone can bring it. Anybody who just wants to come along but not be involved in working bees, that is fine, just come at 10am as usual. The workers will need to bring sturdy gloves and boots, and hats. There are plenty of gardening tools there.
We look forward to seeing you there.
Remember to bring along any excess produce or plants for the Bring & Buy stall. Visitors are most welcome.
Certified Organic Products
Saturday February 25th 2012
Our first speaker for the year will be David Goulay. David is a manufacturer of certified organic products including Neem based fertilizers & sprays to treat downy & powdery mildew.
David’s company, Soilife Products, manufactures and distributes fermented conditioners for soil, compost and water. He will talk about different biological action in soils and water assessment, nil turn compost making and labour saving, and cost effective biological farming practices. In particular, he will show the use of neem-based products to treat downy and powdery mildew. Participants are asked to bring along a soil sample and their soil analysis (mineral and biological if possible) so we can share and discuss the best way to get the most out of these soils. After lunch there will be a farm walk at a nearby vineyard to gain a practical understanding.
Transition Towns & local communities
Saturday November 26th 2011
Chris Illuck gave a comprehensive presentation on carbon farming, including how a Co-Op organisation could be an ideal model for landholders to be involved. He is keen to speak with landholders in the Granite Belt about the potential for this venture and can be contacted at email@example.com.
Chris Illuk indicating yields from carbon farming.
Sister Pat Bundock also gave an insight into the Transition Movement which helps communities become more self-sustainable and resilient in the face of increasing global problems, particularly the depletion of resources. This was illustrated with videos, on the need for local communities to strengthen in order to cope with the demands of the rising costs of fuel and other finite resources. The movement known as ‘Transition Towns’ or ‘Transition Network’ has developed to help communities become more self-sustainable and resilient in the face of increasing global problems.
Sr Pat Bundock’s talk will draw on her experiences with this movement during her recent visit to the USA.
This event will be at the Wallangarra hall and the programme will begin with morning tea at 10.00 am. Pat’s talk will start at 11.00, followed by lunch at about 12.30. Bring lunch or morning tea to share, cup and plate.
BLOG Finalist in 2011 Qld Landcare Awards.
Congratulations BLOG members and those who do a lot of the organising for being selected as a finalist in the Community Group Award category in the 2011 Qld Landcare Awards.
Mark Thomas, Landcare Coordinator for Granite Borders Landcare wrote, “This is a great achievement for BLOG and much-deserved recognition for the incredible work of the members within the group. The group is a tremendous asset to the region and to Granite Borders Landcare. My congratulations to all those involved and hopefully they can take out the Community Group category.”
Horn retrieval & Biodynamics
Saturday October 29th
The BLOG field day was held on Saturday 29th October at the home of John & Julie Lindsay.
Our speakers John, Julie & Harley gave us a brief introduction to bio-dynamics and how biodynamics differs from other organic growing. This was followed by the horn retrieval & cow pat ‘resurrection’.
Participants dug up the cow horns which had been buried in autumn to extract the energised compost material called ‘500’ which is used in biodynamic agriculture. About sixty people helped in the process after hearing an introductory talk.
Membership for the 2011/2012 financial year is due. The cost is still $12 per person per year. Payment can be made to Rex on Saturday or by mail. For more information on payment by mail, go to www.granitenet.com.au/groups/environment/blog. Producers please remember that to remain on the resource list you must be a financial member. Also all members should note, that to continue receiving emails regarding upcoming events, workshops, BLOG activities etc. you must be a financial member. At $12 a year it’s got to be the cheapest subscription around!
For those wanting a better understanding of bio-dynamics, this event was a good introduction.
Sheep Manure collecting day
Saturday September 3
A BLOG sheep manure collecting day has been organised for Saturday 3 September.
The sheep manure will be trucked to the property of Rob and Trish McCosker at Severnlea.
All BLOG members may collect it by the ute, trailer or bag-load, for a small fee to cover the cost of trucking.
You need to telephone Rob first. His number and the charges will be circulated once the manure is available.
The plan is to clean out the sheep manure from under the shearing shed and leave it in a big heap nearby for collection by the truck (kindly provided by Rob and Trish’s son).
The deal is that anyone who comes out to work can have as much manure as they can carry home on the day free of charge.
Where: 1981 Texas Road (20k from Stanthorpe on the left and about 600m past the Mallow woolshed), property name “Carinya”.
When: 8.30am Saturday 3 September 2011
What to bring: shovel, wheelbarrow, gloves, eye protection, dust masks (don’t worry if you don’t have one, I will be bringing a box of them), clothes that can get very dirty, smoko, lunch, and drinking water.
We may have to work on the Sunday as well, depending on how many people show up. Any questions please email me firstname.lastname@example.org, or telephone 07 4681 2962.
It’s hard work but it’s also a fun day with great fellowship!
If anyone would like the instruction sheet on grafting fruit trees put together by Tom Dunn, let me know and I will send it to you. Also, there are about 30 root stocks left over if anyone wants them. At $3 each they are a bargain.
Local Geology & Organic Products
Saturday September 24
At last month’s gathering ‘bloggers’ were entertained by the irrepressible Leyland Minter demonstrating the results of plant trials of his miraculous organic products.
Leyland Minter showing effect of his sea mineral concentrate.
Jane I’Ons also explained the geology of the granite highlands and added some interesting details of the properties of diatomaceous earth and its many uses in organic agriculture.
Grafting & Hardwood Cuttings
Saturday August 20th
Our host for the day is Tom Dunn who will show us how to graft apple trees.
At last month’s gathering of the Border Landcare Organic Group (BLOG) about fifty members and interested visitors learned from Tom Dunn about the various techniques of grafting, both on to old trees in the ground and young bare root stock. Participants were able to select from a variety of apple species, practice their skills and take home their prized new fruit trees to plant.
Tom Dunn, left, demonstrating grafting to some of the BLOG members.
Tom also led an informative paddock walk around his fascinating, diverse orchard.
Also, BLOG has been given a 1000 litre container of microbes to be distributed for free. The container will be at Tom’s place on the day. If you want some, bring along a container on the day.
Harley has managed to have available free to BLOG members a quantity of an organic liquid fertiliser called ‘Dr Grow It All’. However you will need to bring your own container, preferably with a tight screw cap lid. If you are interested in finding out more about this product, look at their website: www.drgrowitall.com.au
Blacksmithing & Charcoal making.
Saturday July 30th
Our hosts for the day are Adrian & Esme Hobba. To get there from Stanthorpe take the Texas Rd. west. At approx. 10km from Stanthorpe turn right into Elks Lane. Then, almost immediately, turn left into Spring Creek Rd. After about 3km turn left into Sonego Lane and look for the BLOG signs.
Adrian will be assisted by a number of other blacksmiths. As some of the blacksmiths will be travelling long distances, it has been decided by the committee that a small contribution of $5 per person will be necessary in order to cover the cost of their petrol. This will be payable on the day. There will be a demonstration of tool repair, the creation of a garden tool from an old railway spike and hopefully, charcoal making. Adrian will purchase a small supply of handles & individuals will need to pay for these. So, if you want anything repaired, please contact him directly at email@example.com as there is a limit to the number of repairs that can be undertaken.
Esme will have the pizza oven fired up and will supply the dough as well as the tomato base. There will only be time, due to the number of people etc., to sample some delicious wood-fired pizza so BLOG members should bring their favourite pizza toppings to share but also other food to share for either morning tea or lunch. A wood oven will be available for heating up food and to boil water.
The very successful Bring & Buy stall will be in operation so please remember to bring along any excess produce, plants etc.
Annual subscriptions ($12 per person) are now due. Payment details can be found at www.granitenet.com.au/groups/environment/blog or see Rex at the field day.
Solutions for soil regeneration & livestock nutrition.
Saturday July 2nd
Gary Zerner from AgSolutions (www.agsolutions.com.au) will talk to us about solutions for soil regeneration & livestock nutrition.
The venue will be The Summit Hall, The Summit.
Garry Zerner, from AgSolutions, speaking about NatraMin, a valuable organic mineral fertiliser.
Horn Burial & Seed Swap
Saturday May 21st 2011
Our venue for this month was the home of John & Julie Lindsay. BLOG created a biodynamic horn burial. The process involved filling cow horns with manure ( a very messy process for participants but spectators were also welcome) and burying them over winter. The horns will be retrieved in late spring when the manure has transformed into a compost-like material called ‘500’ which is then used for soil improvement. Those BLOG members with some knowledge of biodynamics were available to answer any questions.
For further information on biodynamics please go to www.biodynamics.net.au.
There was also a seed swap. Please see below for hints on seed collection/preparation.
The Bring and Buy stall was held as usual. The proceeds of this stall go to charities/organizations involved with food production. So far BLOG has bought a wheelbarrow for the Stanthorpe Community Garden and given a donation to Penola House (N.S.W.) to help enable a group of African refugees to grow their own food and thereby ease their transition into Australian society. So keep those surplus seedlings, jams, produce etc. coming as the proceeds will go to a worthy cause.
Currently, we are doing an audit of the BLOG library and would appreciate the return of outstanding items. Please place items in the box labelled ‘Library Returns.’
Click here for hints on seed collection/preparation which Barbara Benham sent out previously.
‘Demystifying rocks and snake oils’
Saturday 16th April
David Hardwick explains how microbes operate as audience members prepare to adopt the roles on their cards.
David shows how predators can control pests and protect plants with participants taking different roles.
David Hardwick was the presenter at this month’s BLOG gathering on Saturday 16 April at The Summit hall.
He used role plays to help participants understand the processes going on in the soil, the different impact of chemical and biological fertilisers, and how the soil food web works.
He also showed people how to assess the advantages and disadvantages of products they encounter so they can be used successfully.
David has university qualifications in agriculture as well as many years of experience in organic and biological farming. He has recently been working as a consultant conducting biological fertiliser trials and farmer training across eastern Australia.
Rammed Earth Construction
Over eighty people flocked to the demonstration of rammed earth building at the recent meeting of the Border Landcare Organic Group (BLOG).
Mark and Donna Carter welcomed the throng to their new home and gave participants a detailed presentation of each stage of the building process. Rammed earth is so suited to this climate with its excellent insulation, and the raw material of decomposed granite is readily available.
After lunch, people watched as builder Shawn Palmer demonstrated the rammed earth process by constructing a wall. In fact, many participants took the opportunity to try their hand as builders.
Click here for copy of Mark’s and Donna’s presentation which talks about the building of their rammed earth home. NB this is a 12 meg file. If using Internet Explorer, right click on the link, and select save target as…If using Mozilla Firefox, right click on the link and select save link as….A smaller web view version is available also (3 meg).
Feb 26, 2011.
We started the year with a talk from poultry consultant, Michael Sommerlad.
Thanks to our host for the day, Helen Petrie.
During morning tea, a white board was available to write up any ‘chook related’ questions for Michael to answer. Michael’s talk gave those present a fascinating insight into the world of chooks. His vast experience enabled him to answer every one of the multitude of questions people posed and his infectious enthusiasm captivated even those who had reservations about our feathered friends.
The Bring and Buy stall will be held, so if you have any excess fruit/veg. or seedlings, jams etc. please bring them along.
Bushfoods & Summer break party
November 20, 2010.
The BLOG field day was held on Sat. 20th November at Terry & Sue-Ann Gilmour’s property at 528 Donnellys Castle Rd., Pozieres, next to Donnellys Castle. This was the last activity for BLOG for 2010 and also our break up/Christmas party.
Terry will talk to us about bush foods and this will be followed by a walk around the property.
Morning tea will be at 10am (QLD time) and Terry’s talk will start at 11am(QLD time). Lunch will be about 12.30pm (QLD time). Please bring either morning tea or lunch to share. Also, don’t forget to bring a hat, a chair, a personal water bottle as well as a cup, plate and cutlery. There is a special reminder to bring your own cup in order to reduce the amount of washing up at the end of the day.
As this is the last BLOG activity for the year, there will be a white board available to enable people to write up suggestions for next year’s field days.
The Bring & Buy stall will be in operation, so if you have any excess plants, seedlings, vegetables, jams etc., please bring them along as the proceeds will go to a charitable organization connected to healthy food production. These items usually sell as soon as they hit the table!
Farm scale Compost – Hugh Lovel Field Day.
Saturday October 23
8.30am Qld time, 9.30am NSW time
The BLOG day for October is on Saturday 23 October at Dick and Dora Rochford’s property, ‘Carrigbyrne’, 163 Geyers Road, Tenterfield.
It is also one of the two field days following from the weekend seminar with Hugh Lovel as part of the ‘Soil Secrets’ course. As such, morning tea and lunch will be provided (unlike the normal BLOG practice of ‘bring and share’). For those who attended the weekend seminar there is no extra charge but for BLOG members who did not attend the Hugh Lovel seminar there will be a fee of $20 per person.
This Field Day is a practical follow-up to Hugh Lovel’s presentation to demonstrate compost making on a farm scale, with Stuart Larsson who makes compost commercially near Casino.
The day’s programme is from 8.30am to 2.00pm,Qld time and for those from NSW, 9.30 am to 3.00 pm, Daylight Saving Time.
This promises to be a most valuable day and an ideal follow-up to Hugh Lovel’s stimulating seminar.
Hugh Lovel, Organic Farming & Soil Microbial Activity
Sept 18 & 19, 2010.
120 hear from international agronomist
Hugh Lovel speaking at the QCWT on the value of compost
Well over one hundred people packed the Queensland College of Wine Tourism last weekend to hear internationally renowned agricultural consultant, Hugh Lovel explain how compost builds microbial life in the soil and can save growers huge bills for chemicals. Most participants came from the Granite Belt or New England but several came from as far as Inverell and Toowoomba.
The concept behind the course was to learn how to convert farm waste into fertilizer. Around the Stanthorpe and Tenterfield districts there are many plant waste products which could be converted to valuable compost. Orchard prunings, manure under shearing sheds and from piggeries, grape crush skins and seeds, sawdust and bark from the timber mills, spoilt hay bales, and fruit and vegetable packing shed waste are to name a few. Every year tonnes of green waste and autumn leaves are also taken to town refuse centres and mulched. Farmers learned how to convert such farm waste into soil-building fertilizer through composting.
The weekend seminar was the first part of a course on ‘Soil Secrets’, to be followed in October by two days of hands-on experience in making compost under the guidance of a commercial compost maker, Stuart Larson, from near Lismore.
The event was organised by the Border Landcare Organic Group (BLOG) with financial assistance from the Australian Government Caring for our Country Community Action Grants program.
Organic Vegetable growing
August 28th [Saturday]
Phillipa Hambleton and Rex Maddocks showing how to prepare cuttings for propagation
At the last meeting of the Border Landcare Organic Group (BLOG), about fifty people gathered in the Wallangarra School of Arts Hall to learn how to propagate hardwood cuttings of plants such as fruit trees and grape vines, enjoyed a ‘bring and share’ of cuttings and took them home to pot. There were also some wise words from Rex Maddocks of Tenterfield on vegetable growing.
A talk-fest of topics close to the organic gardener’s heart.
We heard from Rex Maddocks on vegetable growing and from Philippa Hambleton we learnt about collecting and grafting hardwood cuttings.
The ever popular Bring and Buy stall was held with proceeds going to charity.
The venue was held in the Wallangarra School of Arts, Wallangarra in Merinda Street, Wallangarra.
Bee-Keeping at Ballandean Hall
July 24th [Saturday]
The event will be held at Ballandean Hall.
Joe Olley, a local beekeeper, will talk to us about beekeeping.
We will also hear a report from John & Julie Lindsay about their recent visit to Findhorn in Scotland. Please see the website at www.findhorn.org.
As usual, it looks like being an informative and enjoyable event. We hope to see you there. Remember to bring a hat, a chair and a plate to share(either morning tea or lunch).
Organic Lamb at “Mallow”
June 19 (a Saturday)
The June BLOG field day will be held at Andrew & Helen Ferrier’s property, “Mallow”.
View the website on www.mallow.net.au/
“Mallow” is a certified organic property and Andrew will explain how he produces fat lambs without the use of harsh chemicals.
As a treat he will be cooking some of his product in an outdoor oven on the day for all to try. Many of us know already how delicious this is.
As usual morning tea is at 10am with Andrew’s talk commencing at 11am. Lunch will be at approx. 12.30pm. As Andrew is kindly cooking some of his delicious lamb for us could you please bring either morning tea or a salad or bread to share for lunch.
Also don’t forget cups, plates & cutlery as well as a chair and a hat. It would be great if everyone could bring their own cup to reduce the amount of washing up at the end of the day.
We will be having the usual Bring and Buy. The proceeds are to go to a charitable organization connected to healthy food production. Please bring any surplus vegetables, plants, seedlings, jams etc. that you think others would like to purchase. These usually sell like ‘hot cakes’ and are a good way to obtain chemical free products while at the same time helping those less fortunate.
It will be a fun, information packed day, so see you there.
“Mallow” is at 1957 Texas Road, Stanthorpe, approximately 20 kms from Stanthorpe. To get there, follow the signs to Texas Rd from High Street, Stanthorpe. Follow Texas Road past Greenlands School, then once you go over the grid it is 2km on left.
May 15 (Saturday)
The BLOG field day on 15 May will be at The Summit hall. The topic is biodynamics, a subject we all want to know more about. The presenters will be Doug Fox and Harley West, with maybe another biodynamic practitioner if we can get him. As usual, we arrive at 10am for tea and coffee, and the talk will start at 11am sharp. Please bring a plate to share, for either lunch or morning tea.
After lunch there will be a seed swap. If you have any seed you want to give away, put it in a bag or envelope, and clearly mark on the package what type of seed it is. It doesn’t matter if you don’t know the variety or date you collected it. For example, I have some seeds of a climbing stringless bean that produces all season until the frost kills it. I have no idea of the variety, I have named it after the woman who gave me the original seeds, and she named them after the man who gave her the original seeds. So I will mark the package “stringless climbing bean”. There will be recycled envelopes there and biros to write on them, to carry seed home.
Also, don’t forget the Bring and Buy. The aim is to raise some money for a charity that has something to do with healthy food production. Just bring along any surplus vegetables, seedlings, plants, bags of manure, or anything that you have too much of and somebody else might like to buy. It is a great way to pick up some chemical-free produce at a very reasonable price, and help someone less fortunate than ourselves.
Environmentally friendly termite control and then Dowsing
March 27 (a Saturday)
Environmentally friendly termite control will be the main topic of this day. Ted Williams will teach us about termites and their fascinating lives, as well as what to do about them.
He will also show us another form of dowsing.
This event will be held at the home of Dell Tierney, “Dacelo”, Scrub Road, Tenterfield.
To get there travelling from the north through Tenterfield, take the last street on the left before the 80km sign going out of Tenterfield. This is Clifton Street. Go to the end and turn right into Scrub Road. Continue on the road about 13km.
At the Y junction, take the left fork, becoming a dirt road, continue for about 2km. At Mill Lane turn left at the “no through road” sign, over the ramp and the house is on the left. Sounds complicated, don’t worry, just follow the BLOG signs.
Landcare Adventure – Tenterfield
April 21 & 22 (a Wednesday & Thursday)
Tenterfield is hosting this year’s adventure, with activities planned at Deep Water, Tenterfield and Mole River. It is necessary to book for this, and once the programme is finalised registration forms will be sent to all BLOG members by the Tenterfield Landcare Office.
Maximising the potential of your location to minimise your energy requirements.
Saturday February 20th
This will be held at Rockwell Street, Wallangarra at the new block of Gerry Voigtlander. Here is a unique opportunity to follow the development of a garden literally from the ground up.
Gerry recently purchased this land, and so far has added a shed, a tank, and the foundations for his house.
He will explain how to start planting a garden so that the early plants create microenvironments for the plants that are to come later. Other considerations for planting are how to plant trees around the house for shade and warmth, where to plant deciduous trees and where to plant evergreens, how plantings will affect air quality and energy flows, how to make the most of a limited water supply by utilizing grey water, and the strategic use of insulation materials.
To get there travel to Wallangarra on the New England Highway. Turn off the highway opposite the Driver Reviver park, and look for Margetts Street. Follow this street until the end where Margetts meets Rockwell Street, and Gerry’s property is directly across the road. There is plenty of parking outside.
Arrival time is 10am Qld (11am NSW) for morning tea, and 11am for Gerry’s presentation. Bring a plate to share of morning tea or lunch, and a chair (and a hat etc).
Symara Organic Farm
November 28th 2009.
Ray and Samantha Palmer’s certified organic vegetable farm at 45 Dunns Road, The Summit, is the venue for the final BLOG gathering this year. The previous occasion BLOG visited their farm was in February, 2007. Since then they have come a long way, now having over forty different vegetable lines.
All were impressed by the huge variety of vegetables they grow and how successful they are at growing these without chemical herbicides and pesticides.
The day began with morning tea at 10.00 am followed by talks and farm walks at 11.00, and then lunch at about 12.30.
Samantha Palmer (left) explaining details of vegetable farming without chemicals.
To get there turn off the New England Highway opposite The Summit Bowls Club, then immediately turn right. A short distance along turn left into Teale Rd. This road is windy, don’t turn off until you get to Dunns Rd, a left turn. Look for the BLOG signs.
Hands on gardening day
Saturday October 24, 2009
Fifty to sixty adults and children enjoyed a hands-on gardening day at the home of Linda and Chris Desgrande. Attendees learned how to make no-dig gardens and divine for underground water, while the children had a delightful time playing garden games organised by Linda.
The day was hosted by Linda and Chris at ‘Rivendell’, 1416 Eukey Road, Eukey, not far on the Ballandean side of Eukey Hall.
For the children:
- a treasure hunt
- planting their own bean plant to take home
- bubble blowing
For the adults:
- making a ‘no-dig’ garden
- learn about dowsing
- how to make weed and manure teas
- see a bokashi bin in action
Human health day with Margaret Vincent and Peter Esdaile.
September 26 2009
Margaret Vincent is a Naturopath and Registered Nurse. Margaret talked about the link between soils, nutrition and health in the 21st century.
Peter Esdaile is a kinesiologist and chiropractor for people and animals. Peter talked about herbicide poisoning, viruses, sunspot activity on the sun and seismic activity, chemical exposure and genetic memory.
About seventy people attended the human health day in The Summit Hall with presenters Margaret Vincent and Peter Esdaile. Both speakers gave the audience a wealth of information on the importance of healthy food from healthy soils, and the long term dangers of exposures to herbicides and pesticides.
This was held at The Summit hall . Turn off the New England Highway opposite The Summit Bowls Club, and then immediately turn right. About a km along the hall is on the left, a bit back from the road, before Sam’s fruit store.
Pruning with Tom Dunn
August 15 2009
At 58 Wallangarra Road, Stanthorpe. Tom has been farming all his life, and will demonstrate pruning and let us have a try. Tom and Rosemarie Dunn have a fruit and vegetable farm full of interesting plants and varieties, and also goats and bee hives.
Coming from the south off the New England Highway, Wallangarra Rd is the main street into Stanthorpe, and number 58 is on the left.
Recycling with David Friend
June 20 2009
At David Friend’s property, BLOG members discovered the amazing qualities of Dunder, a waste liquid from the production of yeast. David showed participants the lush pastures and healthy fruit trees that have been responding so well to his applications of Dunder. Earlier in the day, David explained to members a variety of recyclable products that are useful for encouraging plant growth, and included a few good yarns.
David runs a recycling business and will talk about recycling industrial, household and commercial waste for use as organic fertiliser and mulch, with huge cost savings and benefits to the soil. He included examples of brewing wastes and dried human wastes.
The day will begin at The Summit hall at 10.00 am with morning tea and David’s talk will start at 11.00. After lunch there will be a paddock walk where David will show examples of what he does. Participants will leave the hall at 1.00 and travel to David’s nearby property on Newlands Road.
Energy day with Jonathan Rihan and Bruce Teakle.
June 20 2009
Last month, about fifty BLOG members jumped on a steep learning curve to find out about energy; where it comes from on the planet, how we can get it and the costs and benefits, not just for us personally, but also for the Earth. Jonathan Rihan and Bruce Teakle took people through some physics and history lessons and ended with practical demonstrations of equipment harnessing solar and wind energy.
Jonathan demonstrated some hardware, including a solar panel circuit, and wind generator.Both Jonathan and Bruce live in solar powered houses, raise children, run households, offices and workshops, but each uses less than a tenth of the average Qld electricity consumption.
To be held at Adrian and Esme Hobba’s place. From Stanthorpe go to Texas Rd, about 10k from town turn right into Elks Lane, first left into Spring Creek Road, left into Sonego Lane and follow the BLOG signs.
Forge, Tool repairing, Charcoal making & cooking on coals at Dragonweyr Forge.
May 23 2009
At the forge of Adrian and Esme Hobba, 10 Banksia Lane, Greenlands. We will do tool repairing and sharpening, charcoal making, and cooking on coals including damper. Bring along your tools that need attention.
This will be hosted by Adrian and Esme Hobba, family and friends with skills to assess, advise and assist BLOG members to execute repairs on garden tools.
The morning and afternoon work sessions will have a variety of activities going on concurrently. You may wish to participate actively or observe. To work at the forge you must have eye protection and leather shoes. Ear muffs or plugs are recommended. A selection of relevant hardware will be on hand if your tool needs handle, wedges etc. These will be available at cost. Burke and Gilbert have to travel. You will be asked to donate a small gold coin or two to cover their fuel costs.
On a cold, damp, wintry May day, about fifty BLOG members crowded around Adrian Hobba’s glowing forges to watch experienced blacksmiths breathe new life into their old gardening tools. Crowbars were sharpened, picks and forks reshaped and the tasty morsels coming from the Hobba’s pizza oven were devoured with gusto.
9.30 – 10.00 Arrival and smoko.
10.00- 10.30 Morning talk; safety, organisation etc.
10.30- 12.30 Morning work session.
12.30- 1.30 Lunch. Bring and share usual lunch etc OR Make your own pizza, BYO toppings. We will provide dough.
1.30- 4.00 Afternoon work session.
Seed Saving & Food Storage
April 18 2009
A seed saving and food storage day is to be held at the Summit Hall, on the old highway at The Summit.
A separate email has been circulated about collecting seed, which will be sorted and packaged on the day.
Also, in response to requests for advice on the proper storage of our wonderful home-grown produce, we have invited some people who still know the traditional methods for storing food and can pass on this valuable information to us.
Over sixty BLOG members attended the April gathering where they learned some of the traditional food storage techniques from two experienced growers who grew up on farms in Europe. Dick Rochford and Hilda Corney, both of Tenterfield, related some valuable information and entertained people with their fascinating anecdotes.
After lunch saw a hive of activity preparing and packaging seeds for storage and sale at the markets.
Sustainable Gardening at Glenrock Gardens
March 28 2009
This is an award winning cool climate garden. It has been featured in Gardening Australia and Country Style magazines, and won the Better Homes and Garden Australia-wide competition in 2005.
Carolyn Robinson talked on sustainable gardening, including hard and soft mulching.
Other features included the Blue Hills nursery, vegetable garden, chooks and ducks.
As well as appreciating the beauty of this extensive 12 acre garden, members learned how Carolyn had developed the garden over 20 years, including the use of local resources such as love grass mulch. They were inspired by her achievements in creating such an outstanding garden using organic methods without herbicides and pesticides. Carolyn’s extensive gardening experience was demonstrated by her ability to answer the many questions and problems members posed.
Glenrock Gardens, Washpool Ck Rd, [near the Deetswood Winery] Tenterfield.
Turn of the New England H’way into Old Ballandean Rd, opposite the Bruxner H’way turnoff. Next, turn left at the crossroads and look out for the BLOG signs.
The New England North West Landcare Adventure
March 24 & 25th 2009
For more information, contact:
Granite Borders Landcare Committee, Tenterfield
Tel 02 6736 3500, Fax 02 6736 3500
February Sunday 22nd 2009
The poultry club has invited us to be part of their field day. Although this is not an organic club, they are anxious to use as little chemical as possible, and are doing a marvelous job of preserving the old breeds of poultry. The day features a vet as quest speaker .
It will be held at 569 Eukey Road, Eukey via Stanthorpe.
Organic Garlic Growing.
Saturday October 18th 2008. 10am [NSW time]
Organic garlic growing at Dick and Dora Rochford’s place, “Carrigbyrne”, Geyers Rd, Tenterfield.
For those travelling from Stanthorpe, Geyers Road is off the New England Highway to the left and very well sign posted. It is not long before you get to the Bruxner Highway turn off.
If you are travelling from the south along the New England Highway it will be a right hand turn into Geyers Road, not long after the Bruxner Highway turnoff.
“Carrigbyrne” is about 1.5km along Geyers Road, so just look out for the BLOG signs.
Devereux Organic Fruit Orchard.
Saturday September 20, 2008.
We will visit the orchard of Joe and Kath Devereux where they produce organic fruit and fruit juice. Joe’s father began converting to organic when he purchased the farm in 1946. It has certainly been organic much longer than most, and if you have any questions about how it is done, Joe is the man to ask. Although Joe doesn’t cultivate anymore, he still has the Percheron horses he used to use for ploughing. Arrive from 10am onwards and have a cuppa and a chat. At 11am Joe will show us around and answer any questions about organic farming, and tell us a bit about Twin N, a dried bacteria preparation which they use to increase soil Nitrogen. At about 12.30 we’ll break for lunch. Joe and Kath Devereux are at 17 Devereux Lane, Cottonvale. The directions to the farm are as follows: Turn off the New England Highway, left if you are travelling northward, into Middleton Road which takes you into Cottonvale. After crossing the railway line turn right, then left into Cottonvale School Road (Heritage Winery is on the corner). Follow this to the T junction, turn right into Newlands Road, then right again into Devereux Lane. Look for the BLOG signs. The usual applies – bring chair, lunch to share, boots, hats etc. See you there, Telephone 07 4685 2458
Buildings made from Earth and Recycled Materials.
August 24th 2008 [Sunday]
BLOG day at Allan & Kate’s farm, “Bestblock”, 513 Ellwood Road, Applethorpe, will be in two sessions. 10am – 11am: for non-BLOG members only One hour talk and inspection of house and farm sheds made from earth and re-cycled materials, 12 midday: BLOG members and interested people for share lunch at their campground, followed by detailed talks, demonstrations and inspections of alternate building materials and methods. Numbers are limited for both sessions, so bookings on 4683 2093 are essential.
Seeds, Soils, Minerals, Rocks & Harmonics.
Sat 19th July 2008
Saturday’s BLOG day (19 July 2008) will be at the home of John and Julie Lindsay, 541 Dalcouth Road, Stanthorpe. To get there from Stanthorpe, turn into Sugarloaf Road from Wallangarra Road. (For those travelling from Tenterfield, Sugarloaf Road is the second last turn to the right off the main drag before you cross the bridge into town). Travel 4k then take the left fork (staying on Sugarloaf Road) then go another 2k to Dalcouth Road, which is a dirt road on the left. The entry to the property is 100 m on the right. We have organised a series of speakers, and in the usual style of a BLOG day, everything will run with clockwork precision (ha, ha). The program runs like this:- 9.30am Arrival cup of tea 10.00 am sharp (yeah well) Welcome by John & Julie Lindsay 10.15am Harley Granite Borders Landcare Committee 10.35am Barb Seed Savers 10.45am Sarah Soil Foodweb 11.10 – 11.30 Short break to stretch the legs 11.30am Doug The rock around the rock 11.50am Kim Christie Minerals? 12.10pm Gerry Harmonics. Don’t forget to bring a chair, and lunch (or morning tea) to share. Then lunch, and all finished in time to go to the Rare Wildflower Consortium’s slide show in the afternoon, if you want to. Please bring some ideas for next year’s activities, and think about doing a stint on the organising committee – it is a lot of fun! If you havn’t done so already, it is once again time to pay the annual $12 donation.
Introduction to Biodynamic Agriculture, Viticulture & Fruit.
Thursday 19th & Friday 20th June 2008
Queensland College of Wine Tourism, Stanthorpe QLD. Presented by biodynamic vigneron Anton van Klopper and biodynamic educator Hamish Mackay. This workshop will assist land managers, primary producers, horticulturalists & vignerons to improve overall farm health, quality and yields. The biodynamic preparations are one of the cheapest and most powerful activators for soil, plant and animal health. Time: 9.00 am to 5.00 pm (both days) Local Contact: Lel Doon ph. 07 4683 5180. Download brochure at link at bottom of this page ‘Biodynamic Workshop, June 2008’
Bushcare at Red Bridge
Saturday 14th June 2008
This will be a hands on day helping the Bushcare Volunteers with maintaining bush at the Red Bridge. Parking is at the end of Anzac Street, outside the Army Reserve gates, Stanthorpe. Bring hat, gloves, Weeding forks, buckets etc. Start 9am, picnic lunch at 12 noon. No toilet at site.
Organic – Biodynamic Orchard
Saturday May 24
Neil& Ruth Cook have an organic, biodynamic orchard which they do not irrigate. Neil will talk on farming operations, their reasons for entry into organics/biodynamics, preparations, types of produce, and marketing. There will be a farm walk, and possibly apples, apple juice and apple cider vinegar for sale. The farm is at 66 Ridge Road, The Summit. Telephone 07 4683 2233
Biodynamic Horn Burial
Sunday April 27
Gerry Voigtlander is hosting this day. He lives at “Frog Hollow” on Wallace Court West. Turn off the highway opposite the Service Station at Glen Aplin. Turn right straight after the railway line, then left into Wallace Court, and left again at the T junction. Take the first driveway on the left. Be prepared to get dirty.
Solar Power & Sustainable Living.
Sunday April 20
A Solar Power day with Jonathan Rihan will bring us up to date with the latest developments on how to harvest this free, clean source of energy. Also see some alternative building styles, and learn about composting toilets. The address is 163 Sonego Lane, Greenlands, west of Stanthorpe. From Stanthorpe go to Texas Rd, turn right into Elks Lane, first left into Spring Creek Road, left into Sonego Lane and follow the BLOG signs. Telephone 07 4683 3241
Landcare Adventure 08 Rejuvenation with Water
Wed 2nd & Thur 3rd April
Rejuvenation with water is the theme at Bingara Anyone & everyone welcome. Cost $55 per person. Talks, Site visits, discussions and Awards. For more information contact: Granite Borders Landcare Tel 02 6736 3500 Email firstname.lastname@example.org
Crystals and Natural Earth Powers
Saturday March 15
Gerry Voigtlander is hosting this day, when he will share his interest in crystals and Natural Earth Powers. He lives at “Frog Hollow” in Wallace Court West, Glen Aplin. Turn off the highway opposite the Service Station at Glen Aplin. Turn right straight after the railway line, then left into Wallace Court, and left again at the T junction. Take the first driveway on the left.
Sunday February 17 2008
Our speakers will be Rod and Crystal of Aussie Worm Works, with a different sort of operating worm farm to see in action. This will be held at Ian & Sue Mahoney’s place, 65 Mungall Lane, Ballandean. Turn off the highway at Ballandean School into Bents Road. After the first crossing veer right into Emu Swamp Road, then take the first laneway on the right (Mungall Lane). Pass 1 house on right, 2 houses on left, no 65 is the next driveway on the left. Watch for BLOG signs. Telephone 07 4684 1001
Backyard organic gardening and Christmas party.
Saturday November 24th, 2007.
The theme is backyard organics. We want to start early as there are two places to visit. Starting time is around 9am at the home of Brian and B at 48 Denham Street Stanthorpe. For visitors from NSW, turn left into Folkestone Street at the first round-about. The next left is Denham Street, and you will see the BLOG sign about half-way up the block. Here you will see an attractive front area planted out with natives, mostly local ones. Around the back is a mini-farm with all kinds of vegetables, flowers, fruit trees, worm farm and a chook run. The kettle will be boiling here for morning tea. At around 11am, if you can drag yourselves away, the second site is at Suzette and Sarah’s place, 5 Pioneers Parade. You could probably squeeze in voting on the way over. A voting centre is at Blue care at 10 Day St, just around the corner. To get to Pioneers Parade from Denham Street, go back south across the bridge on the main drag along Wallangarra Road, take the second left after the bridge into Sugarloaf Road. Follow this until you cross the railway line and Poineers Parade is the next left. No 5 is right at the end, look out for the psychadelic letter box. As there is limited room for parking inside, please park in the street. Sarah and Suzette are striving for a habitat garden. Much of the original native vegetation is still there, and basicly if something comes up they leave it there unless it is a major fire threat to the house or in the middle of the driveway. They have an organic vegetable garden, inadvertantly in the style of the square foot garden, but not stricly so. They have a mobile chook pen, with the aim of improving the soil through animal impact. The barbeque will be ready for anyone who wants to cook, and lunch will be held there. It should be an enjoyable day, and we look forward to seeing you then. Any questions, you can phone Brian and B on 07 4681 4737, and Suzette and Sarah on 07 4681 2962.
Organic beef & dairy herds, and cheese-making.
Saturday October 27, 2007.
Meet at 10am at Thulimbah Organic Beef & Granite Belt Dairy Farmhouse Cheese, Ross Burnett and Karen Deeths’ property. Enjoy a guided tour of the cheese making plant. Karen will also give us a brief talk on what is involved in cheese making. Others may be more interested in a farm tour with Ross who is very accomplished at feeding animals, and uses an intensive cell grazing approach for weed control, worm control and fertilising. Ross and Karen’s property is at 4 Duncan Lane, Thulimbah. At the big apple [Vincenzos] on New England Highway, turn left if heading out of Stanthorpe. Cross the railway line into Thulimbah, go diagonally into Amiens Road. Pass the Glen winery on the left, and turn right into Duncan Lane. For further information call Karen on 4685 2285 or Vicki on 4683 3206.
Creating Vegetable gardens.
Saturday September 22nd, 2007.
This will be a practical hands-on day at the home of Janita Pitkin, 145 Rogers Road Applethorpe. Bring gloves, boots and some tools because we’ll be making foot-square elevated vegetable gardens. Travelling north along the highway from Stanthorpe, pass the Applethorpe State School and turn left into Ellwood Road, then right into Rogers Road.
Amiens School Environment Centre & Jean Harslett.
Sunday August 19, 2007
At Amiens State School Environmental Centre, this is an opportunity to see what they are doing at the centre, and hear renowned field naturalist and local historian, Jean Harslett, speak. Her talks are always highly informative and entertaining . To get there turn right off Texas Road at the industrial estate into Amiens Rd. Keep following Amiens Road until you get to Amiens School on the left. Take the next left turn (just past the shop), and pull up outside the Environmental Centre on your left.
Charcoal-making for soil improvement – Terra Preta
Saturday 28th July 2007
At Adrian and Esme’s property “Dragonweyr”, 10 Banksia Lane, Greenlands. If you are serious about changing the world, don’t miss this. There will be a practical demonstration of making charcoal high in carbon, which can then be added to the soil to provide the house that microbes live in. This is part of the story behind Terra Preta. From Stanthorpe to Texas Rd, turn right into Elks Lane, first left into Spring Creek Road, left into Sonego Lane and keep turning left. Telephone 07 4683 3324.
Poultry day at Rod-Lyn Poultry at Amiens
23rd June 2007
Anyone interested in backyard hens will get a wealth of knowledge from the poultry information day on Saturday 23rd June. Rodney and Lynette Spencer are dedicated chicken breeders specialising in rare breeds who will be speaking from 11am to lunch with a tour of the breeding area after lunch. The topics to be covered on the day will be – * different breeds and their suitability to egg and meat production as well as temperament; * reproduction and breeding tips; * feeding at different stages of life for best health and production; * common health problems and diseases. Directions to Rod-Lyn Poultry 66 Quirks Rd Amiens – from town take Amiens Road, turn right into Bapaume Rd then 1st left into Quirks Rd. Follow the BLOG signs. If you get to Giardinos Restaurant you have gone too far.
BYO lunch to share with plate and cutlery and remember a chair for your comfort.
Biodynamic horn burial.
Saturday May 19
In May we met at Harley and Siobhan West’s home at Lyra to discuss Bio-dynamics (BD) and how this simple method can improve soil health and moisture retention properties. After a sumptuous lunch we all pitched in to make a BD compost heap in the vegetable garden under the guidance of Kim Christie and Harley. The weather was perfect for this type of activity with a bit of moisture around after welcome rain on Friday. BLOG members will benefit from the wonderful compost in 9-12 months time. Can hardly wait!
Permaculture, mulching, salicylates & migraines.
Sunday 22nd April 10am EST.
At Rex and Christine Maddock’s property at 698 Bryans Gap Road, London Bridge, Tenterfield. From the New England Hway in Tenterfield get on to Mt Lindsay Road, then into Bryans Gap Road, total distance 6.3 k from the highway. Some Permaculture, seedings & mulching of the future vegie garden, a demo of the world’s best mow, collect and place mulching system. Also Christine will talk about her win over Salicylates and migraine headaches. Telephone 02 6736 4259
Wednesday& Thursday, March 21 & 22.
The ninth New England North West Landcare Adventure hosted by GWYMAC at Inverell. Property visits featuring riparian zone restoration, conservation farming etc, and a 1000 head environmentally friendly feedlot. Cost is the same as 2005, $55 per person, covering bus, motel and meals. 20 BLOG members attended last years Uralla adventure and were overjoyed to hear Peter Andrews talk. Contact GB Landcare office 02 6736 3500.
Certified organic beef farming.
Sunday 18th March 2007
At Shane and Maree Gregg’s property “Mossvale”, Kia Ora Rd The Summit. Turn off the highway opposite Vincenzos. Follow the road past Maryland station, and where the road takes a sharp right, turn left over a grid. Cross 4 more grids, and Mossvale is on the left. Certified organic beef farming operation integrating cell grazing, biodynamics and Vibrational Kinesiology. Telephone 07 4686 1247.
Organic commercial vegies and cattle
Saturday 24th February 2007
At Ray and Samantha Palmer’s property, 45 Dunns Road, The Summit. In conversion to organic commercial vegetable growing and cattle. Learn about inputs and marketing. Telephone 07 4683 2332
November Field Day
25th November 2006
BLOG meets Granite Borders Landcare at Del Tierney’s place. Rex is also inviting Tenterfield Naturalists and a horticultural group. Del’s place is 17k from the Tenterfield PO. Follow Logan St southward and it becomes Scrub Road, and goes past the dam. The BLOG signs will be out. Starting time will be 11am EST (12noon DST). BYO Lunch to share, chair etc. Sounds like a good day!
October 21st 2006
Biodynamics: Horn retrieval at Carrig, 161 Kanga Lane Lyra. Also the usual mix of other activities: seed packing; nursery work etc.
Bushcare joins Landcare.
Bushcare joins Landcare for the day at a selected site to regenerate some bushland.
Grafting and Budding.
Grafting and Budding at Tom Dunn’s place. 58 Wallangarra Rd, Stanthorpe.
Geology/geomorphology of the Northern New England tablelands.
Martin I’Ons on the geology/geomorphology of the Northern New England tablelands. This will also be a “get to know each other” day also, at Geoff and Margaret Meredith’s, Pegum Rd Applethorpe.
Pat Bundocks at Wallangarra.
June 24th 2006 10am
Follow the BLOG signs from the highway at ‘Garra. A talk about the Newman Venture Mushroom Farm (tour is not possible due to quarantine etc). A look at Kurts old block which is now under the stewardship of Dick and Dora Rochford. Pat’s place is at 43 Callandoon St, Wallangarra.
With Pam Wilson at Gary Very’s Place. Mt Lindsay Rd at Wilson’s Downfall. It will be well signed and can’t be missed. Rod Dowe will not be available that day, and Gary Very has stepped in to host the day.
Horn Burial at Carrig.
April 23rd SUNDAY
161 Kanga Lane Lyra, off Andersons Rd, off New England Hwy at the little church at Lyra. Also seed saving stuff, nursery activity and another cow pat pit. Ph Harley et al 07 46845184 for more info.
April 5th – 6th [Wed & Thur].
“Innovation in Agriculture” is the focus of the 2006 Adventure in the Uralla district. Contact the Granite borders Landcare Office, Tenterfield 02 6736 3500 by Friday 24th March. Numbers will be limited.
Autumn Gardening refresher.
March 18th 2006
Homestead Rd (off Geyers Rd off the New England Hwy, north of Tenterfield). Autumn gardening refresher. Sarah Caldwell talking on things to do over winter, and will have some plants available. Doug Fox will introduce members to the tool library and give some demos on safe operation etc .. and more.
Microbes, seaweed & molasses in the orchard.
Shane Gishford will lead us on farm walk at Ross Cannavo’s (Mt Stirling Rd, Glen Aplin next to the school), looking at microbes, seaweed and molasses for control of pests and diseases.
2006 Nursery Activity day at Carrig.
Possibly setting up watering system, a bit of “ where to from here” and repotting some Aloe Vera Barbadensis plants. Also demo and show and tell of some of the toys in the tool library. ‘Carrig’ is at 161 Kanga Lane, Lyra. Kanga Lane is a right turn off Anderson Rd, south of Ballandean. Contact Bernadette Hayes 07 4684 5120 for more info.
Christmas get together.
December 17th 2005
At Basil and Valerie Drinkwater’s place. 268 Neilsen’s Rd Dalcouth. 4PM BYO and there is no BBQ there; come earlier for farm walk etc. More info: call one of the contacts or Basil/Valerie on 07 4683 7012.
Holistic Farm Management.
November 26th 2005
AN INTRODUCTION TO MANAGING HOLISTICALLY Helen Lewis will conduct a one-day mini course on Holistic Farm Management. 10am start Parts of the puzzle to be explored include… Holism what is it? …Consequences of our management tools on the land? …Why animals are critical for healthy land? …Decision making- considering people, profit and the land … The importance of time, & humidity …How your values are the key to success? … Throughout the day your participation will help solve the puzzle. You will go home with new ideas about working in groups, decision making, looking at the land, and a positive hope for our future. There is a way to look after people’s needs, the land and our profitability. Look forward to having you along. Contact me: Helen Lewis 07 46617393 email@example.com or our website www.insideoutsidemgt.com.au A small cost of $10 will ensure that you have some materials to take home. At Tom and Rosemary Dunn’s, 58 Wallangarra Rd, Stanthorpe (driveway in at the old tractor on the rock. Bring lunch to share, a chair and a hat.
Bauer’s Organic Farm in the Lockyer Valley. October 29th 2005.
A bus trip to Bauer’s Certified Organic Farm in the Lockyer Valley. See and hear how Organic Farming Systems are able to be green and black. Bauer’s Farm produce 1,200 – 1,400 tonne of Certified [AOC] Organic vegetables each year and will supply to the largest organic supermarket in the Southern Hemisphere with over 12,000 lines at Crow’s Nest in Sydney. The farm also has 150 head of certified organic cattle on their scenic 250 hectare
October 21st 2005
At Carrig Organic Farm 161 Kanga Lane, Lyra. About 5 kms south of Ballandean, into Anderson Rd (opposite the church), then right into Kanga Lane (through the grapes), and 1.6ks along, left into our driveway.
Start around 10am. Bring food for a share lunch. Ph 07-46845184 or 0408-276094 if in doubt.
Non-toxic Termite Control.
September 24th 2005
Interested in non-toxic termite control? So is Ted Williams! Learn about termites and their fascinating lives as well as some of the up to date info on the environmentally friendly ways of keeping your house to yourself.
Also today is the annual ‘year in review’. Bring your thoughts of the last year’s activities and your ideas for the next year.
Bring lunch to share, a chair and hat.
Further information can be obtained from Harley West 07 4684 5184, Geoff Meredith 07 4683 2471 and Rex 02 6736 4259.
Thanks to Rex Maddock for hosting.
August 20th 2005
Bevan McLeod from McLeod’s Compost will discuss the ins and outs of commercial compost manufacturing as well as the benefits etc that can be derived from its use. Thanks to Rob and Trish McCosker for hosting.
Soil advisor, Carolyn Ditchfield, to revisit Tenterfield.
July 23rd 2005
Respected Inverell based soil consultant, Carolyn Ditchfield, will return on Saturday 23rd July 2005 to the Tenterfield Primary School, to present a much anticipated one day seminar titled “Improving Fertility By Working With Nature” for hosts Border Landcare Organic Group (BLOG) and Granite Borders Landcare.
Backyard Chooks with Russell Parker
24th April 2004.
Russell Parker will talk on chooks for the backyard. He is well regarded for his knowledge of fowls and his ability to make this knowledge practical. The venue is to be confirmed.
Biodynamics: Horn Burial and Compost Preparations
March 27th 2004.
Horn Burial for making Biodynamic Horn Manure (BD 500) and the making of some of the Biodynamic compost preparations. If you are interested in Biodynamics, this is a must do item! To be held at Kim Middelton’s place on the Bungoona Rd, Sandy Hills.
Visit To Molevale Herb Farm
Feb 28th 2004.
Trip to Molevale Herb Farm. Just past the Mingoola Hall. Bob South will keep the answers coming and will take us on a tour of his herb farm.