Education Programs

UPCOMING WORKSHOPS

There are some great workshops planned for the next couple of months.  All these workshops are held at the SAGE Garden, 110 Queen Street, Moruya. The next workshop will be:

PAST WORKSHOPS

May and June 2014

Building Soils For Better Crops and Pastures – Sustainable Soil Management
Sunday, 18 May 2014 | 8:30am – 5pm
Sunday, 15 June 2014 | 8:30am – 5pm

at CWA Hall – 64 Queen Street, Moruya

Understanding your soil is critical to growing highly nutritious and healthy food, and ensures the long-term viability of your grazing, growing, farm business and backyard garden. Good soil can function consistently as a vital living system, maintaining the key elements that promote grass and plant health in turn benefiting the health of your livestock, customers and family.

Bruce Davison’s one-day workshop delivers fundamental information and great practical approaches to help you build your soil for better crops. You will learn:

  • How to identify and correct your soil chemistry to grow quality food and pasture that is less susceptible to disease.
  • The significance of soil chemistry, soil microbiology and soil physics
  • How the composition of soil contributes to plant nutrition
  • What a nitrogen cycle is and how it functions
  • The importance of nutrient cycling
  • Understanding the connection between plant and soil nutrition
  • How to incorporate best management practice
  • How to interpret a soil analysis and manage soil pH.

Who should Attend – Anyone who is serious about growing quality plants – for both people and animals to enjoy!  It’s highly relevant to market gardeners, graziers, farmers, crop growers and backyard gardeners, large or small scale.

About the Presenter – Bruce Davison and his wife Heidi operate Candelo Salers which is a ‘Beef Only’ grazing property located in the Bega Valley. He has 18 years horticulture experience, including product marketing and managing co- operative growing and marketing, along with 11 years managing grazing cattle and meat goats. Bruce has an Advanced diploma of agribusiness management and 12 years research into the nature and properties of soil and plant nutrition.

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Bruce sees himself as enquiring farmer. His curiosity has led him to be one of the few farmers who managed the recent drought with cattle in good health. He has achieved the following honors and Awards:

  • 2009 runner up Carbon Cocky of the year SRCMA
  • 2010 FSCLA Golden Wombat
  • 2011 Catchment Champion far south coast NSW
  • 2012 Green Agriculture Innovation Award (GAIA)

Cost: Only $50 per person
(NB this workshop is proudly supported by South East Local Lands Services (SELLS) and is usually $125 /person plus an additional $25 for the book. SAGE and SELLS are offering this workshop at a discount to encourage you to attend this important and valuable workshop).
Includes: Folder with notes and worksheets and a 294 page book (valued at $25). Morning and afternoon tea/coffee and a light lunch will also be provided.
Bring: Gloves, pen and paper, a soil test (if you have one) and a mug for your cuppa.
RSVP: for Sunday 15 June to Sandra – education@sageproject.org.au or 0439 032 038 by Friday 6 June 2014.

May 2014

Your Garden the Medicine Cabinet with Alison Walsh
Saturday, 3 May @ 1.30 am 4.30pm

at SAGE Garden – 110 Queen Street, Moruya

Plants have been healing ailments across many cultures and for many generations. In fact they were our sole remedy until the relatively recent arrival of the pharmaceutical companies. There are many safe and efficacious remedies to common illness and injuries available from the garden and kitchen.  Instead of filling your medicine cabinet with a bunch of pharmaceutical drugs, join Alison Walsh at the SAGE Garden for an introduction to plants, which are readily accessible, as medicine for basic healthcare.

In this three-hour workshop, Alison will cover a range of topics, including:

  • Developing you own herbal first aid skills
  • Identifying useful plants and weeds
  • Preparing decoctions, syrups, infused oils, ointments

This workshop is ideal for anyone who wants to learn more about the natural healing properties of plants and the relationship they have with human health. You don’t necessarily need to have your own garden. Although after this workshop you may be tempted to create your own medicine cabinet in your garden

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About the presenter – Alison Walsh, is a much sort after Herbalist in Moruya, operating her practise from her rooms at Moruya Natural Therapies. She is also a very successful gardener and enjoys sharing her passion for plants and health.

Cost:     $30 for SAGE Members, $50 for Non SAGE members.
Includes:    Handout and afternoon tea/coffee.
Bring:     Pen, paper and a mug for your cuppa.
RSVP:    Sandra – education@sageproject.org.au or 0439 032 038 by Friday 2 May.

April 2014

The Seven Wonders of Seaweed
Using seaweed in the garden and the kitchen
Sunday, 13 April @ 1.30 am 4.30pm

at SAGE Garden – 110 Queen Street, Moruya

In this very informative and interesting three-hour workshop, Stuart Whitelaw will take you on a journey to discover the seven wonders and practical uses of the local seaweed. He has been using seaweed to feed both his garden and family – being a great source of nutrient rich goodness. If you have a garden, this is a great workshop to attend and learn:

  • What the seven wonders of seaweeds as a – Soil conditioner, Plant bio-stimulant, Fertiliser, Energy source, Animal food, Human food and Industrial uses,
  • To identify and know which seaweeds to use,
  • Legal collection of seaweed,
  • Method for making liquid seaweed concentrate,
  • Its use and application it in the garden, and
  • How to prepare and include seaweed in your diet.

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About the presenter – Stuart Whitelaw has been a keen gardener for over 40 years. He was joint author and teacher of the first course in Permaculture taught in the TAFE system. Since he began his first vegetable garden, seaweed has been an essential partner. He has completed a Bachelor of Architecture and a Diploma on Organic Horticulture.

Presenter: Stuart Whitelaw
Date:  Sunday, 13 April @ 1.30am – 4.30pm
Where: SAGE Garden, 110 Queen Street, Moruya
Cost: $30 for SAGE members, $40 for non members
Bring: Please wear covered footwear and bring own mug for afternoon tea.
RSVP: Sandra – education@sageproject.org.au or 0439 032 038 .

Book now to learn how to make your garden grow with seaweed!

February 2014

Making Handmade Cornhusk Paper and Bowls
presented by Mandy Hillson
Sunday 16 February 2014 @ 9:30am – 2:30pm

at SAGE Garden – 110 Queen Street, Moruya

It’s corn season! And with corn season comes an abundance of cornhusks. Would you like to learn how to use the lovely cornhusks harvested from the SAGE garden (or your own) to make handmade paper? Then join Mandy at SAGE, where she will teach you to cut, cook and make paper sheets, then mould them into a bowl.

You will be able to take your bowl/s home with you to remind you of SAGE and use it to hold your garlic cloves, dried oregano leaves or other light weight favourite foodie item.

Participants are likely to be surprised to learn how to use cornhusks to create such a practical and naturally beautiful object. You will also learn:

    • How to convert food fibre into a pulp.
    • The qualities of fibre that is used in paper.
    • How to harvest food fibre from your own garden to make paper at home.
    • Make sheets of paper by hand.
    • Mould paper sheets into a three dimensional object.
    • Create a beautiful object from food fibre.

Come along if you have ever been curious about the process of making handmade paper, are interested in using plant waste from your vegetable garden to create beautiful and practical objects and WANT TO PLAY!

About the Presenter
Mandy Hillson has been making paper by hand for many years.  She exhibits works of art (2D and 3D) made with paper and other objects. She has conducted a number of workshops in Canberra and the south coast. Mandy has studied papermaking through Studio One in Canberra, with internationally recognised papermaker Kathy Nix and at the Women’s Art Studio in New York.

When – Sunday 16 February 2014, 9.30am – 2.30pm
Where – SAGE Garden – 110 Queen Street, Moruya
Cost – $45 for SAGE Members, $60 for Non SAGE members
Includes – Notes. Tea/coffee and treats will be provided – Feel free to bring some lunch.
Please bring – Scissors; Apron; Gardening gloves; one, two or three, small plastic, stainless steel, enamel or aluminium bowls; Tin cans – used or full (eg a tin of tomatoes) on which your bowl can balance upside down. A mug for your cuppa.
RSVP – Sandra education@sageproject.org.au or 0439 032 038 by Friday, 14 February 2014

September 2013 through to February 2014

Market Gardening for small-scale production
A series of six workshops throughout the season

at SAGE Garden – 110 Queen Street, Moruya

With the success of the SAGE Farmers Market in Moruya, it has become evident that there is a growing demand for locally grown produce, preferable grown using organic practises.  To meet the needs of our customers, SAGE is proud and excited to announce a series of workshops on ‘Market Gardening for small-scale production’.

This series of six, day long workshops aims to take people who already have a basic understanding of growing vegetables for their own kitchen, and provide them with the skills and knowledge to grow food that leads to creating a successful source of income.

Each workshop is designed to develop the necessary skills on a facet of market gardening that can make or break a small gardening enterprise. They are very practical with plenty of hands on application and some necessary theory. You can choose to attend individual workshops – for those who have a gap in their market gardening knowledge, or you can enrol in the complete series of six workshops for a substantial discount.

The program will be held at SAGE community garden in Queen St, Moruya and participants will be using the commercial beds as a template on which to explore and develop their skills so they can adapt them to their own enterprises and circumstances.

The SAGE Market Garden workshop series includes the following topics:

1. Planning and scheduling for the season (Saturday, 7 September 2013)
Planning will be the most important topic to get your head around before you get in the field. In this workshop you will:

      • Understand the importance of planning and scheduling for success
      • Set clear objectives and goals
      • Calculate quantities
      • Identify the seed/seedlings required
      • How and where to order your seeds/seedlings

2. Preparing the ground and raising seedlings (Sunday, 8 September 2013)
A key factor to having a successful garden is ensuring that the soil is healthy. A wise farmer once said “better to plant a $1 tree in a $10 hole than a $10 tree in a $1 hole”. This day will set the platform for the growing season – expect a very hands on day, learning practical skills such as:

      • Identifying and preparing for your soil type
      • Making a healthy compost
      • Building your soil using organic matter and natural fertilisers
      • Making seed raising mix and understanding the key ingredients
      • Using different soil containers to raise seedlings – soil blocks, pots and other types
      • Know when to ‘pot on’ or ‘plant out’

3. Sowing seed, transplanting out and bed maintenance (Sunday 13 October 2013)
In this one day workshop you will be working with the garden beds with a strong emphasis on hand tools. You will:

      • Grasp a solid overview of the tools required to do many of the jobs efficiently – from the large backyard scale to the acre
      • Learn how to use the right hand tools for the job
      • Practice using these tools, all day, without straining your back to prepare the beds
      • Plant out the seedling (from previous workshop) and sow seeds direct
      • Understand how to maintain your beds for optimum results.

4. Plant Health, Pests and Diseases, Irrigation Systems (Sunday, 10 November 2013)
Understanding the needs of the plants and the importance these have on the health of the plant, will result a thriving garden. In this workshop you will learn:

      • The importance of soil life and the vital role it plays in the health of your plants
      • The making of and application of actively aerated compost teas and foliar sprays
      • Effective and economic ways to irrigate your soil – as there is no life without water.

5. Harvesting, Marketing, Value adding – what to do with what’s left and Time management (Sunday, 19 January 2014)
Your garden is growing, the produce is in abundance and its now time to go market. Without a market you do not have a business. In this one day workshop you will:

      • Explore how best to deliver a fresh product
      • Investigate a range of marketing options
      • Identify how you can manage your gluts effectively
      • Discover how to turn a negative into a positive by identifying how to value add on produce that don’t sell or are beyond selling
      • Learn to manage your time, prioritise tasks and working to your plan to suit the long term vision as you experience the huge demands the farm has on your time.

6. Cover crops, Integrating animals as a fertility source and Reviewing the season (Sunday, 23 March 2014)
One of the most difficult things about intensive annual production is managing your soil fertility without buying in too many inputs, all of which have an impact on your bottom line. This final workshop you will learn which:

      • Cover crops and manures that will drive the fertility of your soil
      • Systems to use, to best suit your outcome.

Being the final workshop in the series – there will also be a review of the lessons learnt – both at SAGE and in your own garden. You will examine and record both your own experiences and what you have learnt, to assist you immensely in planning and preparing for the following season.

About the presenter – 
Fraser, with his partner Kirsti run Old Mill Road BioFarm, a small farming enterprise that aims to enrich local food culture, encourage more small scale farmers and connect those farmers to the consumer. They have developed their farm over the years using sustainable farming practices and sell their chemical free produce at SAGE Farmers Market and Moruya Country Markets every week.

About this series of workshops – Fraser Bayley, who designed and developed this series of workshops for SAGE is also the presenter. He is an experienced and successful market gardener, a great communicator, an educator, mentor and presenter. These workshops and the presenter are not accredited however they will teach you very relevant, useful and practical skills. The primary aim is to support and encourage the success of existing and potential small-scale growers.

Fee for Workshop – Individual workshops are $110/workshop or enrol in all six workshops for  $585. Fee includes notes. Lunch, morning and afternoon tea will also be provide.

Time – Workshops will run from 8.30am – 4.30pm.

BOOK NOW So if you are interested in growing vegetables using organic methods and want to create a successful market garden to sell your produce and generate a source of income, then please contact Sandra Makdessi – SAGE Education Officer on 0439 032 038 or by email education@sageproject.org.au    PLACES ARE LIMITED. 

These series of workshops are supported by Southern Rivers Catchment Management Authority.

November 2013

Seedsaving – a workshop by Julie Davies
Sunday 24 November 2013 @ 10:30 am – 2:30 pm

at SAGE Garden – 110 Queen Street, Moruya

Help save the world (or just your own backyard) by learning how to grow, harvest, process and store vegetable seeds successfully. Learn to be more self sufficient and what it means to be part of a seedsaving group. This workshop is a practical, fun and accessible way for all vegetable growers to learn the essential knowledge and skills for saving their own seed. Once you know how to do this, you become self-reliant and are able to share the abundance of nature with others to help make your local community more resilient.

The workshop caters for all people who have an interest in growing vegetables and seedsaving, from novices through to experienced. Please note that this workshop concentrates on seedsaving for vegetable growers, though some of the principles also apply to saving seed for other plants. In this four hour workshop be prepared to get your hands dirty while learning:

      • plant basics (including pollination methods)
      • seed growing
      • seed harvesting
      • seed processing
      • seed storage
      • seed saving groups (how to contribute or run one)

About the Presenter
Julie Davies, is our special guest presenter, is an experienced facilitator and member of the Bega Valley Seedsavers.  Julie facilitates many different courses and workshops including permaculture, transition towns, sustainability, backyard design and food growing, as well as seedsaving. She has worked as a trainer and assessor in adult education for seven years and is currently employed as a part time TAFE teacher. Julie strongly believes in the power of learning, so she designs her workshops to be dynamic, interactive, inclusive, practical and creative.

Cost – $35 for SAGE Members, $45 for Non SAGE members – including notes. Morning tea will be provided. You are welcome to  bring yourself some lunch, if you like.
Bring – Gloves, pen and paper and any seed that needs processing and a mug for tea for your cuppa.
RSVP – Sandra Makdessi – SAGE Education Officer –  education@sageproject.org.au or 0439 032 038 by Friday 22 November.

Back by popular demand!
Eurobodalla Shire Council are once again hosting

Become a waste buster – Home composting workshop
Your garden and our beautiful environment will love you for it!
Saturday 9 November 2013 @ 1:30pm – 3:00pm or
Friday 15 November 2013 @ 1:30pm – 3:00pm

at SAGE Garden – 110 Queen Street, Moruya

      • Get back to the natural and easy way of dealing with waste!
      • Learn how to convert unwanted food scraps into a gourmet delight for your garden!
      • Learn how certain things from your laundry, office, coffee machine and bathroom can also feed your garden!
      • Trouble shooting tips to help you maximise use of your compost bin!
      • Reduce the amount of organic waste going into landfill and keep your waste bin dry and odour free!

Places are limited so book now to avoid disappointment by calling Council’s Waste Services on (02) 4474 1024 during business hours, or email council@eurocoast.nsw.gov.au to secure a spot at a workshop near you!
One ‘Earth Machine’ Home Composting Kit per household to be given away on completion of attending a workshop!

October 2013

Care and Maintenance of garden tools
– a FREE workshop by Randy Knispel
Sunday 20 October 2013 @ 9:30 am – 12:30 pm

at SAGE Garden – 110 Queen Street, Moruya

As part of the October working bee, Randy will be at the SAGE garden to teach you the finer details of garden tool care and maintenance.

Gardeners buy and use a multitude of garden tools. Most do not come with instructions either for use or maintenance. This workshop will give gardeners hands-on experience in caring for their tools to ensure pleasant, and effective, gardening

All gardeners put considerable expense into buying garden tools. They expect them to function properly, despite often doing nothing to maintain them. Gardeners will learn how to pick and care for their tools, thus ensuring proper function and making gardening more efficient and fun. They will learn how to sharpen and keep their tools sharp to ensure non-stressful work.

In this workshop you will learn:

      • what to look for in buying a garden tool
      • how to take daily care of your garden tools
      • how to sharpen your tools
      • what tools you will need to sharpen
      • how to keep your tools sharp
      • ways of caring for your particular tools via guided, hands-on exercises.

This workshop is ideal for anyone from the keen gardener, who wants their tools to assist their gardening experience not hinder it, to people who want to learn how to start a garden tool collection the smart way.

About the presenter
Randy Knispel, is the owner/operator of Tru Edge Sharpening (attends the Moruya Country Markets every Saturday). He trained with master sharpener Barry Owen of Columbine Sharpening (Durango, Colorado). Randy is also an experienced teacher, coach and facilitator. He currently owns and operates a small property outside Canberra, with a fruit tree orchard, (almond trees, olive trees) established mixed vegetable gardens and berries. He has built an insulated, fox-proof house for 12–18 chickens and is an avid outdoorsman and fisherman. His extensive life experiences ranges from science teacher, scuba instructor, executive for a multi-national organisation and he has worked for the Department of Defence, Canberra.

Additional information – Randy has provided additional information for you to download.

Garden Tool Maintenance

Things to bring

Things to take care of your tools with

Please bring – any garden tools you own and wish to learn about, any sharpening tools, devices you own, an open mind, lots of questions and a mug for tea.

RSVP – Sandra Makdessi– education@sageproject.org.au or 0439 032 038 by Friday 18 October 2013.

August 2013

The Seven Wonders of Seaweed
Using seaweed in the garden and the kitchen
Sunday, 25 August @ 9.30 am 12.30pm

at SAGE Garden – 110 Queen Street, Moruya

In this very informative and interesting three-hour workshop, Stuart Whitelaw will take you on a journey to discover the seven wonders and practical uses of the local seaweed. He has been using seaweed to feed both his garden and family – being a great source of nutrient rich goodness. If you have a garden, this is a great workshop to attend and learn:

      • What the seven wonders of seaweeds as a – Soil conditioner, Plant bio-stimulant, Fertiliser, Energy source, Animal food, Human food and Industrial uses,
      • To identify and know which seaweeds to use,
      • Legal collection of seaweed,
      • Method for making liquid seaweed concentrate,
      • Its use and application it in the garden, and
      • How to prepare and include seaweed in your diet.

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About the presenter – Stuart Whitelaw has been a keen gardener for over 40 years. He was joint author and teacher of the first course in Permaculture taught in the TAFE system. Since he began his first vegetable garden, seaweed has been an essential partner. He has completed a Bachelor of Architecture and a Diploma on Organic Horticulture.

Presenter: Stuart Whitelaw
Date:  Sunday, 25 August @ 9.30am – 12.30pm
Where: SAGE Garden, 110 Queen Street, Moruya
Cost: $30 for SAGE members, $35 for non members
Bring: Please wear covered footwear and bring own mug for morning tea.
RSVP: Sandra – education@sageproject.org.au or 0439 032 038 by Friday 23 August.

Book now to learn how to make your garden grow with seaweed!

Workshop Review
The Seven Wonders of Seaweed with Stuart Whitelaw — Sunday 25 August 2013
By Gary Hooley

It was a great pleasure and learning experience to participate in the SAGE Education Workshop on ‘The Seven Wonders of Seaweed’.

The hosts, guests and location were very congenial. The presenter, Stuart Whitelaw, was a veritable font of knowledge on this most interesting and diverse topic.

Stuart gave practical information on many uses of seaweed, the locally available varieties, how to identify and collect them, and the legal and environmental issues concerning collection from our local beaches. A range of local samples were prepared, cooked and offered for our tasting. The samphire was a personal favourite, surprisingly palatable just freshly picked.

Sea lettuce was also very tasty when lightly steamed before serving, though, the Porphyra (nori species) commonly used in Japanese sushi making, was hard to chew without drying and cooking. Recipes for preparing various types of seaweed and appropriate dishes were provided as part of take-home notes.

Stuart shared that his first experiences in eating and cooking seaweeds was gained from a Japanese woman visiting his home after caring for his son as an exchange student in Japan. Prior to this Stuart saw seaweed primarily as a super nutrient source to improve soils, plant and animal production.

A key piece of information I took away, was to only use seaweed that still has a slimy texture, as this is a living micro-biota that assists in breaking down the seaweed into a form advantageous to plant growth. And there was much more about using seaweed as an energy source, animal food, industrial resource, and human health.

Many thanks to Stuart Whitelaw for sharing his knowledge in such an entertaining manner, and to Sandra Makdessi for arranging and hosting the workshop.

June 2013

Worms glorious worms!
A workshop about growing compost worms at home
Saturday 29 June 2013 @ 1.30 – 4.30pm

at 68 Donnolley’s Ridge Road, Moruya

worms webEach time you see a worm, you know that they are working and doing something important – for our environment, our garden and our food. They’re such a valuable part of our natural world, helping us break down our food waste and other organic matter to create nutrient-rich, pH neutral worm castings, which produce a high quality soil conditioner. A natural super food for our garden to create rich soil and healthy plants! Plants that are then nutrient rich and tasty for us to eat!

In this informative three-hour workshop will learn everything you need to know about composting worms and how to successful grow and nurture them. Topics that will be covered include:

      • Understanding what they are and the different worms available
      • Understanding their benefits of using composting worms
      • How to construct a worm bed and understand the components for it to work efficiently
      • How and when to feed your worms so that they are healthy and multiply
      • How to produce worm juice and castings to use successfully in your garden
      • How to harvest your worms
      • How you can make money from growing worms

Brick Colley, one of our local worm experts has been growing compost worms for the last 25 years and runs a successful business ‘Worm Affair’. He is passionate about growing worms and supplies them to businesses around Sydney and beyond. He has completed certificates in Organic Gardening and Horticulture II as well as attended and varies horticultural courses over the years.

Presenter: Brick Colley
Date: Saturday, 29 June @ 1.30pm – 4.30pm
Where: 68 Donnelly’s Ridge Road, Moruya
Directions: Traveling south from Moruya drive for about 5km, turn right into Donnelly’s Road. Drive for about 2km to a cul-de-sac (Donnelly’s Ridge Road) and follow the ‘Worm’ signs.
Cost: $30 for SAGE members, $35 for non members (includes notes)
Bring: Wear covered footwear and bring own mug for afternoon tea on completion.
RSVP: Sandra – education@sageproject.org.au or 0439 032 038 by Friday 28 June.

 ‘Worm castings – They’re organic, natural and low cost to make’

May 2013

Wicking Bed with Joe Hooper – Saturday 25 May 2013 @ 2 – 4pm

at 6 Conrad Drive, Bergalia
Join us at Joe Hoopers property to learn about wicking beds. Joe has completed certificates in Horticulture II and Organic Plant Management and has been manufacturing and developing the technique of modular wicking gardens for over two years. He has generously provide SAGE with a couple of these little beauties. Essentially wicking beds water plants from below rather than above. If you are interested in growing your own vegetables and herbs, and would like to learn the many advantages of using and operating a wicking garden, then please join us for this very informative workshop. Some of the subjects that Joe will cover include:

      • Introduction to wick garden beds
      • How to set up a wick bed
      • Frame and netting system
      • How to best setup them up
      • Crop rotation
      • How to use chooks in the garden beds
      • Soil preparation
      • Soil and test results of soil from my beds.
      • Compost and worm farm.

Presenter: Joe Hooper
Date: Saturday, 25 May @ 2pm – 4pm
Where: 6 Conrad Drive, Bergalia
Cost: $10 per person
Bring: Please wear covered footwear and bring own mug for tea and coffee for afternoon tea on completion.
RSVP: Sandra – education@sageproject.org.au or 0439 032 038 by Friday 24 May

May 2013

Introduction to Biodynamic Farming & Gardening workshop – Saturday 11 May @ 8:45am – 5pm and Sunday 12 May 2013 @ 9 – 11.30am

at SAGE Garden, 110 Queen Street, Moruya
‘The Biodynamic approach to soil fertility is to enhance, strengthen and balance the life forces within the soil and impart this vitality to the plants we grow.’
Biodynamic agriculture has been practiced for over eighty years and is thus probably the oldest environmentally conscious farming or gardening method in existence. Once this system has been implemented the farmer or gardener can grow any suitable crop at optimum levels of health and nutrition and be sustainable well into the future. The biodynamic method can be applied to any area of land from a suburban block to a large farm and leads to permanent fertility.

This workshop uses a stimulating mix of lectures and activities to present a valuable outlook on the interconnecting factors involved with the biodynamic method of farming and gardening. This workshop covers the following topics:

      • Importance of creating and enhancing soil processes.
      • Emphasis on humus formation.
      • Role of the biodynamic preparations.
      • Importance of balancing the qualitative and quantitative in nature.
      • Biodynamic Preparation 500, its function and application.
      • Principles and practice of biodynamic compost making.
      • Build a compost at the SAGE garden

About the Presenter
Walter Kohler-Bond is a qualified Horticulturalist and Permaculture teacher and an Accredited trainer and Workplace Assessor.  He has taught Horticulture and Landscaping, Conservation issues and Permaculture for many years at TAFE, Adult education and also conducted workshops privately in Permaculture, Bush Food, Home Gardening and BeeKeeping.

He and his partner Janet graduated through the Biodynamic Education Centre and Walter is now an enthusiastic teacher with the Biodynamic Education Centre. He lives with his family on a small property on the NSW South Coast which is being developed as a demonstration and teaching site for permaculture and biodynamics.

Presenter: Walter Kohler-Bond
When: Saturday 11 May @ 8.45am – 5pm and Sunday 12 May 2013 @ 9 – 11.30am
Where: SAGE Garden, 110 Queen Street, Moruya
Cost: $165 includes notes
Bring: Please bring suitable shoes and clothes for compost building
Catering: Morning & afternoon teas will be supplied. Please bring your lunch
RSVP: Sandra – education@sageproject.org.au or 0439 032 038 by Wed 8 May
Further Information:  Walter 02 4474 3971  or  email: kohler-bond@bigpond.com or visit on www.biodynamiceducation.com

April 2013

Germinating and raising your own seedlings – Sunday 14 April 2013 @ 9am – 12noon

at SAGE Garden, 110 Queen Street, Moruya
Learning how to effectively germinate seeds and raise seedlings has many advantages. Apart from creating immense personal satisfaction, you will discover a greater range of plant varieties (as many may not be available to purchase as seedlings), provides you with the chance to be organic from seed to plate, and it will save you money.

This workshop is ideal for anyone who wants to explore the art of raising seedlings, experiment with growing a variety of plants and take their gardening skills further. Whether you are new to gardening or have been gardening for years; if you have a small backyard kitchen garden or you want to expand your garden production, this workshop will provide valuable information to get you started.

In this three hour workshop be prepared to get your hands dirty while learning:

      • The key ingredients to a seed raising mix
      • How to make a seed raising mix
      • The ideal conditions in which to raise your seedlings
      • Uses of the different soil containers in which to raise seedlings – soil blocks, pots and other types of containers
      • When to ‘pot on’ or ‘plant out’

About the Presenter

Kirsti Wilkinson is responsible for planning, ordering seeds and raising seedlings at Old Mill Road BioFarm in Turlinjah on the NSW South Coast. These are part of the many essential jobs she does that maintains the operation of this small farm. Together with her partner Fraser, they run Old Mill Road BioFarm, a small farming enterprise that also aims to enrich local food culture, encourage more small-scale farmers and connect those farmers to the consumer. They sell their chemical free produce at both the SAGE Farmers Market and Moruya Markets every week.

Presenter: Kirsti Wilkinson
When: Sunday 14 April 2013, 9pm – 12pm
Where: SAGE Garden – 110 Queen Street, Moruya
Cost: $30 for SAGE Members, $35 for Non SAGE members
Includes: notes will be provided.
Bring: Please bring your gloves, hand tools and some seeds that you want to plant.
RSVP: Sandra – education@sageproject.org.au or 0439 032 038 by Friday 12 April

March 2013

Home Composting Workshop presented by Eurobodalla Shire Council – Friday 8 March — 10am – 11am

Become a Waste Buster!  FREE workshop 

      • Get back to the natural and easy way of dealing with waste!
      • Learn how to convert unwanted food scraps into a gourmet delight for your garden!
      • Learn how certain things from your laundry, office, coffee machine and bathroom can also feed
      • Trouble shooting tips to help you maximise use of your compost bin will also be included!
      • Reduce the amount of organic waste going into landfill and keep your waste bin dry and odour free!

One “Earth Machine” Home Composting Kit per household to be given away on completion of attending a workshop!

Places are limited – so book now to avoid disappointment by calling Council’s Waste Services on (02) 4474 1024 during business hours, or email council@eurocoast.nsw.gov.au to secure a spot at a workshop near you!

Download the brochure for additional details – ESC compost Flyer

February 2013

Grow Vegetables at Home – Sunday 24 February – 9am – 12noon

at Caroline Power’s back garden, 26a Emmot Street, Moruya

Learning how to successfully grow nutritious food, efficiently using organic methods, is very rewarding. So if you have ever thought that you would like to start growing your own vegetables at home or if you have an existing vegetable garden and you would like to learn more about how you can use organic methods and be more productive – then join us at the next SAGE garden workshop and learn how to ‘Grow Vegetables at Home’ so you can feed your family, sell your excess produce or just give them away to friends.

Caroline Power will be conducting this informative and practical workshop at her own home veggie garden to help demonstrate some of the key topics, which include:

      • Planning fundamentals – how to plan their garden,
      • Garden beds – understanding the different types of beds, when to use them, how to construct them
      • How to create productive soil,
      • Drip irrigation systems – lessons learnt,
      • What, when and how to plant and harvest vegetables,
      • Crop rotation – why this is important,
      • Pest and weed control.

There is always something to learn in creating a productive garden and with Caroline’s experience, knowledge and skill in the garden, you will be pleased you attended.

About the Presenter
For the last 15 years, Caroline Power has developed her passion for growing vegetables in her back gardens. She completed the ‘Organic Gardening Course’ and ‘Organic Management Course’ at Moruya TAFE in 2010 and SAGE has been lucky to have Caroline to manage and develop the SAGE home gardens for the last two and a half years and delivers food to the refuge and Pantry Club on a weekly basis.

Presenter:   Caroline Power
When: Sunday 24 February 2013, 9am – 12noon
Where: 26a Emmott Street, Moruya
Cost: $30 for SAGE Members, $35 for Non SAGE members
Includes: Notes and morning tea will be provided.
Bring: Please bring your gloves and hand tools.
RSVP: Sandra – education@sageproject.org.au or 0439 032 038 by Friday 22 February

January and February 2013

Artisan sourdough bread baking with Penny Ryan — Saturday 12 January 2013 and Saturday 16 February — 2pm – 5pm

at Penny’s kitchen, Moruya Heads

Would you like to learn how to make delicious bread? Then come along and spend an afternoon learning how to bake sourdough bread using a ‘very forgiving’ recipe and a straightforward approach with Penny Ryan.

Making bread is a great skill to add to your repertoire, so if you have ever wanted to make you own bread or if you have tried and failed – then this workshop is ideal for you. Making bread should be easy and Penny will show you how you too can successfully bake this wonderful bread time again, without using a bread maker.
In this three-hour workshop, you will learn about the six key stages of bread making:

      • Starter – what is it; why is it important, how do you take care of it and how do you feed it.
      • Ingredients – precision is not as important as the order of mixing
      • Autolyse – what is it and why is this important
      • Stretch and fold technique – an effective and easy way of ‘not’ kneading the dough
      • Baking – getting the best out of your oven
      • Eating – yummmmm

Penny has a very relaxed approach to bread making, and she would love to share her method with you.
As this workshop will be conducted in Penny’s kitchen so numbers are strictly limited!

Workshop details
Presenter: Penny Ryan
When: Saturday 12 January 2013 AND Saturday 16 February 2013 – 2pm – 5pm
Where: Moruya Heads – details will be provided when you RSVP
Cost: Members $20 and non members $25 per person (the cost includes a jar of sourdough starter to take home, notes and afternoon tea)
RSVP: Please email Sandra on education@sageproject.org.au or 0439 032 038

Workshop Review
Food Workshop – Artisan sourdough bread baking with Penny Ryan — Saturday 12 January 2013
By Trevor Moore

The December SAGE newsletter advertised Penny Ryan’s sourdough bread making workshop by asking “would you like to learn how to make delicious bread?”. This is a bit like asking “is the Pope a Catholic?” so Georgie and I signed up almost immediately. I’ve been baking my own bread for 20 years off and on but had never done sourdough and, possibly, I had never baked “delicious” bread!! Nine people attended the workshop on 12 January 2013.

In her meticulously researched book “The Bread Bible, Rose Levy Berenbaum, says that “sourdough bread is the soul of artisan hearth bread, the wellspring or ancestor of all yeast bread”. Having been shown how to do the sourdough thing properly by Penny I can say that Berenbaum is right!! Harold McGee (in “On Food And Cooking”) suggests that “domestication of the cereal plants made civilisation materially possible”. Perhaps that’s a little over the top (I think that the wheel and fire would be in the running) but nonetheless baking bread is one of the most fundamental acts of food preparation and many homes are the poorer because the art is being lost.

Penny had thought hard about how to explain her approach to us and it worked well. She had starters, dough and bread in various stages of preparation enabling her to take the “here’s one that I prepared earlier” approach. She described the importance of the starter – that’s where the yeast comes from that makes the bread rise – and the way in which the starter needs to be fed and nurtured. It sounds like it might be hard but it’s not; a jar of starter makes the ideal pet.

One important point that Penny explained (I had not known this) is that salt is added after the main ingredients are mixed. With this autolyse technique you allow the mixture to strut its stuff before you add the salt. This allows the flour to begin absorbing the water and lets the gluten strands develop. It then needs less beating and kneading, about 5 or 6 minutes with a Kitchenaid or similar device. This shorter kneading leads to less oxidation and, therefore, a whiter crumb.

Because Penny had gone to the trouble of preparing an earlier batch she was able to show us her stretch and fold method (which replaces a second kneading). You simply stretch the dough north-south, fold it, stretch it east-west, fold it, and repeat that. Leave it for 10 minutes and then do it again, leave for another 10 minutes and do it a third time. Penny didn’t reckon that any of the timings she suggested were critical. So if you get side-tracked you can pretty much pick up where you left off.

Penny bakes her bread in a camp oven which is placed in a domestic oven (you could use a large casserole). Once the dough is in the camp oven you need to slash the top. Penny has a lethal looking device for this called a “lame” (I learn many things from Wikipedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lame_%28kitchen_tool%29) which tells me to pronounce this “lahm”). The scorin

g of the bread allows the dough to rise without the skin tearing and also “brings out the bread baker’s artistic talent, allowing a unique signature”. You will need to go to the next Workshop to see Penny’s unique signature.

fruit sourdoughOf course cooking is a wasted process if you’re not going to eat and we were delighted to see a fruited sourdough loaf waiting for us to sample. Fortunately I took a picture of this because it was all eaten – and very quickly!! It was absolutely beautiful!!

While we were eating the smell of baking bread emerged as the oven door was opened so that the camp oven lid could be removed for the second half of the baking process. When the loaf emerged from the oven we were unable to leave it for very long before we devoured much of that loaf as well!!

This was a great workshop. Everyone enjoyed it, found it entertaining, informative and educational. There are already plans for another one. When you see it advertised, book yourself on it immediately!!

Many thanks to Penny for doing so much work to prepare and for sharing her experience with us.

December 2012

Crop Specific Workshop – Beans — Friday 14 December 2012 @ 5pm – 7pm

at SAGE Garden, Queen Street, Moruya

Join us for the second in the SAGE series of crop specific workshops, which will be on ‘Beans’. This amazing super food is not only protein rich and highly nutritious it is also easy to grow and prepare for eating. Fraser will be presenting this highly informative and practical workshop where he will cover topics:

      • History and geography of the bean
      • Different varieties of beans to suit specific areas
      • Benefits of growing beans
      • Climbing or bush? Which one should you grow
      • How to successfully grow beans
      • What you can do with the multitude of beans you will get from well grown plants, including how to prepare, store and cook your beans.

Whether you are a beginner or experienced gardener this workshop has been designed to give you everything you need to really understand, grow and eat this one crop.

Workshop details
Presenter: Fraser Bayley
When:
Friday, 14 December 2012, 5pm – 7pm
Where:
SAGE Garden – 110 Queen Street, Moruya
Bring:
Something to eat and drink with bean dishes and necessary utensils and join in the sunset dinner of beans
Cost:
$10 for SAGE Members, $15 for Non SAGE members. Notes and bean dishes will be included
RSVP:
Contact Sandra on education@sageproject.org.au or 0439 032 038 by Thursday 13 December 2012

November 2012

Feeding your garden sustainably — Sunday 11 November 2012 @ 9am – 12pm

at Old Mill Road BioFarm – 105 Old Mill Road Turlinjah

Getting your soil right is one of the most important things to growing good produce.

Fraser Bayley will be conducting a workshop on ‘Feeding your garden sustainably’, where you will learn how to build and maintain healthy soil to keep your plants in superb health by using techniques that are readily available to you, at home and in your own garden. This workshop will cover topics such as:

      • Soil basics
      • Composting and worm farming
      • Cover crops and their benefits
      • Making and using biological teas and herb teas
      • Integrating animals for soil fertility.

This workshop is ideal for existing gardeners who would like to increase their soil health and plant vitality without having to buy a whole heap of manure and other products.

Workshop details
Presenter: Fraser Bayley
When: Sunday, 11 November 2012, 9am – 12pm
Where: Old Mill Road BioFarm, 105 Old Mill Road Turlinjah
Bring: Covered shoes, drinking water, a hat and something to sit on.
Cost:   $30 for SAGE Members, $35 for Non SAGE members
RSVP:  Sandra on education@sageproject.org.au or 0439 032 038 by Friday 9 November.

About the presenter
Fraser, with his partner Kirsti run Old Mill Road BioFarm, a small farming enterprise that aims to enrich local food culture, encourage more small scale farmers and connect those farmers to the consumer. They have developed their farm over the years using sustainable farming practices and sell their chemical free produce at Moruya Markets every week.

October 2012

A glimpse into the Kellie-Ann Inch garden — Sunday 14 October 2012 @ 10.00am – 1.00pm

For the last 18 years Kellie-Ann Inch has lived in a (1923 built) farmhouse on a 2 acre property at Moruya Heads. It is here that she grows plants and children with her partner, Derek.

At first Kellie would only grow plants which she deemed practical-those that could be used for food or medicine. But then she discovered the importance of flowers and the need for diversity. Now she grows whatever appeals; with preference to those which are edible or scented and can be preserved for later use. Preference is also given to heirloom open pollinated vegetables and much seed is saved from these yearly.

The garden is filled with ornamental trees, fruit trees (including subtropical species), berry vines, grape vines, bush foods, vegetables, medicinal and culinary herbs, flowers, bromeliads and more.

Come for a wander around the garden to see what Kellie likes to grow and listen to what she does with it. You will have the opportunity to take cuttings of plants home and Kellie asks that you please bring items to facilitate this (e.g. newspaper, potting mix, pots, plastic bags etc.).

Details
Host:      Kellie Ann Inch
When:   Sunday 14 October 2012, 10.00am – 1.00pm
Where:  361 South Head Road, Moruya Heads
Cost:      $10 for SAGE Members  – Kellie will generously donate all money from the tour to SAGE.
RSVP:  It is essential that you RSVP as the tour is for a limited number people to Sandra on email education@sageproject.org.au

August 2012

Beekeeping workshop — Sunday 5 August 2012, 9.30am — 4pm

We have all heard that the Honeybee is fighting for survival and is at risk of becoming a worldwide endangered insect. Honeybees are critically important for our food security.
We are fortunate that Walter Kohler (Ass. Dip. Horticulture) will be conducting a one-day course on Backyard Beekeeping on Sunday, 5 August. Walter is an experienced beekeeper and has conducted several courses on the subject over the years.

This course is for anyone who is interested in keeping bees, making honey and helping with the natural cycle of crop pollination. It is ideal for small-scale enterprises and domestic backyard beekeepers. Walter has designed the course so you can get started using quick, simple and practical methods.

In the one-day course you will learn:

      • how to start working with bees in a natural, organic way
      • new ways to keep bees healthy
      • about the biology of bees
      • ways of working together with bees for our mutual benefit
      • the different ways of housing bees
      • the costs and materials required for setting up a beehive
      • how to build all the necessary equipment
      • about the wonderful products that bees can make for you.

What others have said:
‘We both learned a lot, enjoyed Walter’s teaching and loved the practical part of the course’. – Kathryn Harris and son Lawson (8 years old) of Moruya

When:      Sunday 5 August 2012, 9.30am – 4.00pm
Where:     33 Yarimup Place, Moruya
Cost:         $75 per person or $120 per couple – includes morning tea
Bring:       Please bring your note pad, pen and lunch.
Booking:  RSVP is essential by Friday 3 August. Please call Walter on 02 4474 3971 or email Sandra on education@sageproject.org.au

Irrigating your Garden workshop – Saturday 25 August 2012, 1.30pm – 4.30pm

SAGE Garden, Queen Street, Moruya

Even though the ten-year drought broke two and a half years ago, most people will still recall how precious water was during that period, and even now with a more regular rain pattern, Moruya has only had 10mm of rainfall since 1st July. So it is time to start planning your irrigation system for the approaching spring/summer season.

SAGE and Adrian Cram, a horticulturist and teacher of landscaping topics at TAFE, will be conducting a workshop on ‘Irrigating your garden’, suitable for either small commercial growers or home gardeners.

This valuable workshop will follow on from the lessons learned during the drought and aims to inform participants on wise and efficient water application and discuss the basic principles in setting up an irrigation system that is suitable for ornamental gardens and vegetable crops.

Topics that will be covered in the workshop include:

      • Determining the volume of water required
      • Understanding the types of emitters available
      • Establishing the layout of the heads
      • Learning how to connect pipes (PVC, Rural, Metrik, LDPE)
      • Identifying the best type of system needed – high and low pressure
      • Installing a low flow system.

As part of the workshop, Adrian will layout an irrigation system and demonstrate the installation of a dripline in one of the SAGE raised garden beds.

Presenter: Adrian Cram
When:          Saturday 25 August 2012, 1.30pm – 4.30pm
Where:         SAGE Garden – 110 Queen Street, Moruya
Cost:              $25 for SAGE Members, $30 for Non SAGE members
RSVP:           Contact Sandra on education@sageproject.org.au or 0439 032 038 by COB Friday 24 August.

July 2012

Pruning and Orchard Management — Sunday 1 July 2012, 9am — 12pm

SAGE Garden, Queen Street, Moruya

Walter Kohler-Bond has taught Horticulture and Landscaping, Conservation issues and Permaculture for many years at TAFE and adult education, He also conductes workshops privately in Permaculture, Bush Food, Home Gardening and Bee-keeping.
We are fortunate to have Walter responsible for the care of our orchards. Please join us for our next hands on workshop where Walter will discuss and demonstrate:

      • proper pruning techniques according to the different fruit trees
      • how to sharpening your pruning tools
      • the application of organic sprays for pest and disease prevention
      • basic tree surgery
      • caring for your trees throughout the year, including composting and fertilizing
      • companion planting – choosing plants that benefit the health of your fruit trees.

Presenter: Walter Kohler-Bond
When:        Sunday 1 July 2012, 9.00am – 12 noon
Where:       SAGE Garden – 110 Queen Street, Moruya
Cost:            $35 for SAGE Members, $40 for Non SAGE members.
Bring:         Please bring your gloves, secateurs and wear appropriate shoes.
RSVP:         Please let us know if you are attending to Sandra on email education@sageproject.org.au

May 2012

Fence building to rabbit-proof your vegetables — Sunday 6 May 2012, 9.30am — 12pm

SAGE Garden, Queen Street, Moruya

Adrian Cram is a horticulturist and teaches landscaping topics at TAFE. He will be conducting a workshop to learn and build the SAGE rabbit proof fence. This workshop will cover topics such as:

      • Fence design consideration
      • Selecting suitable materials for a fence
      • How to use appropriate tools and equipment
      • Learn useful knots techniques
      • Participate in building the fence

Cost: FREE – this workshop is kindly sponsored by Landcare and includes funds raised at the Jim Herford hairdo auction!
Bring: Please bring your gloves.
RSVP: Please let us know if you are attending to Sandra on email education@sageproject.org.au.

Meet you at the tandoor — Saturday 12 May 2012, 2pm — 5pm

SAGE Garden, Queen Street, Moruya

Cameron Williams will be conducting a workshop on the use of the tandoor, an ancient cooker that also (with Cameron’s special attachment) makes the best pizza! In this workshop, Cameron will discuss and demonstrate “primitive” cooking skills including:

      • Benefits and versatility of a tandoor oven
      • Firing up the oven and how little wood it uses
      • Making pizza dough from scratch,
      • Cooking naan bread, tandoori chicken and pizza

So come along, bring your family and enjoy learning, making and eating (Pizza!) at this workshop.

Cost: $15 for SAGE Members, $20 for Non SAGE members, $30 per family. Children under 16 years free. Cost includes all ingredients. Recipes will be provided.
RSVP: Before Friday 11 May to Sandra on email education@sageproject.org.au or 0439 032 038.