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Last Updated: 29th May 2019
Regional Soils Roadshow
Come along and listen to industry researchers about improving and managing soil health on farm. Key presenters for this roadshow are NSW Department of Primary Industries lead researchers Dr Susan Orgill, Dr Jason Condon and Dr Warwick Dougherty.
Milton: 30th May (Milton Showground - 12pm to 3.30pm)
Berry: 31st May (Berry Community Church, Schofields Lane - 10am to 1pm)
More details: Click here
Cheese Making Workshop - Kangaroo Valley
Date And Time: Fri, May 31, 2019
9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
The Classic Cheesemaking Workshop introduces cheesemaking skills by making the delicious everyday cheeses Chevre, Fetta, Haloumi and Ricotta. There will be discussions and tastings of Yoghurt, Labneh, Quark, Mascarpone and Sour Cream.
The most commonly asked question is "can we take our cheeses home?". The answer is "yes"! All cheese making workshops cost $170 per participant. This includes our tutorial, all ingredients and equipment used during the day, recipes, a light lunch and morning/afternoon tea.
Our sessions run from 9:00am to 4:00pm at the Kangaroo Valley Hall, Kangaroo Valley, NSW, 2577.
Please note that induction cooktops are used in our Workshops.
Tickets - Click here
Ngulla Firesticks Cultural Burning Forum
14th June 2019, 9.30 to 3pm
Ulladulla Civic Centre
RSVP: Ulladulla LALC on PH: 44555883
* Vic Stefferson - Indigenous Fire Knowledge Systems
* Dean Freeman - Building a strong foundation
* Den Barber - Mangrove Mountain Cultural Burn
* Michael Andrews - Partnering with Community
* Chris Palmer - Emerging cultural fire science
* Vanessa Cavanagh - The role of women with cultural fire
* Dan Morgan - Burning to protect koala habitat
Free Fox Control Field Day
For Landholders & volunteers
Saturday 15th June, 2 – 4pm
250B BTU Rd, Nowra Hill
Since their introduction 160 years ago, foxes have become Australia’s number one introduced predator and have contributed to the extinction of many species of birds and small mammals. Come along and be inspired by our successes in the Berry to Budgong area and hear about how you can be involved in the Nowra to Wandandian or the Berry to Budgong fox control project.
Come and hear about:
• Volunteer training
• Setting up a fox control station
• Use of remote sensor cameras
• Fox cage trapping
• Shoalhaven Foreshore Birds Project
RSVP Peter Jirgens 0488 460 011 or email@example.com for catering purposes.
CWA Agricultural & Environment Day (Kangaroo Valley)
Landscape Resilience, Micro-bats, Koalas, Mead & Biodiversity Law
When: Monday 17th June
Where: Kangaroo Valley Golf Club
Time: 9.30 to 3pm
Cost: $15 CWA members or $30 non-members
Luke Peel (Mulloon Institute) - Climate Change: Building resilience for significant farming and environmental outcomes
Joe Stammers (Wingecarribee Council) - Southern Highlands Koala Conservation Project
Sabrina Velasco (Deans Scholar) - What you sharks, snakes and bats have in common? The secret lives of mirco-bats
Rebecca Hogan (Hayes Environmental) - What you need to know about the NSW Biodiversity Conservation Act 2016
Mike Devey - Medieval honey to modern meaderies - the fascinating story of honey
Bookings Essential. RSVP 12th June 2019
Rebecca Hogan E: firstname.lastname@example.org or M: 0412600173
Farm Energy Forum
When: June 20th
Where: Nowra Golf Club
Time: 9.30 to 3pm
Explore practical ways to save and see what may be coming in the future
Understand Electricity costs and how to manage them.
Join us for this fully catered informative event (free of charge) with morning/afternoon tea + lunch.
Dr Neil Thompson - Hydrogen Power energy system for agribusiness
Lee Stewart - the grid setup charges and ways to save dollars
Nick Bullock - Practical use and ways to save
Dave O'Donnell - Irrigation check up
RSVP: John O'Connor on 0412 359 084 or E:
Sheep Workshop - Berry
Join us for our next Sheep Discussion Group at Berry with local LLS Vet - Dr Evelyn Walker to chat about local conditions, sheep health issues and management.
Date: Friday 21st June
Where: Berry - directions sent closer to date
Time: 9.45am to 1pm
RSVP: Andrew via email: email@example.com
Vertebrate Pesticide & Canid Pest Ejector Training
When: Thursday 27th June
Time: VPT -8.30 to 12pm
CPE - 12.30 to 3pm
Where: Berry LLS Office, Schofields Lane
Cost: $33 per person
RSVP: Friday 21st June to Charles Signorelli on 0418 241 251 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Fruit Tree Pruning workshop - Mittagong
All you need to know about pruning and training fruit trees. The when, how and why of pruning, tool selection and care, hygiene practices and training fruit trees to trellises.
Sunday June 16th
Sunday July 14th
11am to 3pm
Cost: $80 / $70 concession
Workshop includes morning tea, pruning practice and workshop notes to take home.
Contact for bookings and further details: email@example.com
Joanne Dodd - 0403 569 076
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Quarter Acre Farm Midwinter Open Garden
10am to 3pm
Sunday June 30th
Come along and see what can be grown through the winter months. Quarter Acre Farm is an urban food garden managed using ecological principles and organic practices. The garden supplies the household, friends, family, and neigbours as well as two local restaurants. Fruits, vegetables, herbs, edible flowers, and
edible weeds feature throughout the garden in a creative and unconventional way, making it both edible and ornamental or ornamedible.
Entry is FREE but bring cash for the Moss Vale Community Garden plant and preserves stall.
Please register here. Address details will be emailed upon registration.
Contact Joanne with any questions
0403 569 076
Soil Biology Masterclass 2019
Date: 30-31st July (Hawkesbury Campus - Richmond)
The 2-day soil biology masterclass will provide you with core the knowledge and principles to assist in incorporating soil biology and health in management practices to sustainably increase productivity and profitability.
The Masterclass is targeted towards growers and consultants / agronomists.
By attending, you will: Gain an in-depth understanding of the latest research in soil biology and health; the role of microbes in nutrient cycling and plant interactions; roles of soil fauna and the application of soil biologicals.
Learn about the future directions for research, technologies and practices.
Have opportunities to network with our guest presenters and expert researchers, undertake a facilities tour and enjoy a networking dinner (included in registration costs).
For more information, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. or see website https://westernsydney.edu.au/hie/events/soils_masterclass
Berry Small Farms Field day
It's on again! Bigger and better than ever. The 2019 Berry Small Farm Field Days are in the planning and will be held once again at the beautiful Berry Showground, Berry NSW on Friday and Saturday, 6th and 7th September 2019. This will be the 8th year the Rotary Club has staged the Field Days. Click here for more details
Backyard Beekeeping Workshop - 2 days
South East Local Land Services invites you to a 2 day Backyard Beekeeping workshop as part of our Small Farms Network program. Bruce White (OAM) is a former NSW DPI Agricultural Bee Extension Officer with over 30 years’ and has delivered 14 workshops to new and experienced beekeepers at Berry since 2008.
Date: TBC (Sat & Sun workshop)
Time: 9.45am to 5.00pm
Cost: $200 per person (includes notes and catering)
Location: Berry Local Land Services, 13 Schofields Lane, Berry
RSVP contact: Andrew Britton
PH: 4464 6008 E: email@example.com
Birdhaven Festival - Shoalhaven Heads
2019 Bird Haven Festival, 18-20 October 2019
While the full program is still being put together, we couldn't wait to share the news of some of our confirmed speakers. We are delighted to announce that Tim Low, the author of Where Song Began, will be coming along to share his expertise and insights.
To break the ice on the Friday night, we're putting Sean Dooley, editor of Australian Birdlife Magazine and Australia's favourite bird nerd, in charge of our welcome event. It will be a fun way to get to know other festival goers before the program of talks and walks on the following two days.
One of the speakers who made a big impact on the ABC's Robyn Williams and others in the audience last year was Avian Paleontologist Jackie Nguyen from the Australian Museum. We're so pleased she is coming back to speak on another aspect of her research this year.
Hope you can come along and join the celebration.
Cathy Law and Perrie Croshaw
Follow us at www.facebook.com/birdhavenfestivalfor updates
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