Autumn tours: Bambra Agroforestry Farm - Sun 17th March (AM) & Sun 14th April (AM)
Led by Rowan Reid, 2.5 hours (10.30am - 1.00pm)
32 years of growing trees for conservation and profit
Follow Rowan (forest scientist and author of Heartwood) as he presents his "lecture in the paddock" tour of this specially designed outdoor classroom for tree growers. The tour includes demonstrations of the portable bandsaw, solar kiln, logging winch, pruning tools, tree guards and varied planting designs. Along the way you'll learn about more than 50 specialty timber species and how to grow them in ways that heal the land, enhance biodiversity, shelter stock, reduce the fire risk and create a beautiful landscape.
More than 11,000 people have visited Rowan and Claire's property over the years making it the best known agroforestry farm in Australia.
Includes a simple morning coffee/tea on arrival (10.15am)
Tour starts at 10.30am (please wear suitable footwear)
WHERE'S BAMBRA: Between Deans Marsh and Winchelsea, 35min from Geelong, 90min from Melbourne
Detailed directions provided at the time of booking.
AFTERNOON TOURS OF NEARBY AGROFORESTRY FARMS: 2.00-4.30pm
1. Yan Yan Gurt West Farm. 2.00-4.30pm - Large scale (575ac) trees for regenerative farming (just 4km away)
With the support of the extended family, Andrew (an Agricultural Scientist and 4th generation farmer) and Jill Stewart have revegetated 18% of the farm in belts, corridors and blocks along landclass boundaries, creeks and drainage lines forming corridors of connected trees and shrubs. The trees provide a range of products including timber, bush food and native flowers (28 banksia species). More significant is the impact on agricultural production (pasture and stock shelter), soils and biodiversity (over 100 bird species). Tour explores the integration of agroforestry into a working sheep farm and alternative opportunities for involving future generations in the farm. There will be a working sheep dog display and afternoon tea served in the historic woolshed still in use. A must for those interested in broad scale agroforestry, permaculture, wildflowers, bush food and farm succession.
2. Otway Greening. 2.00-4.30pm Native plant nursery, small scale (40ac) agroforestry and orchards (10km away)
Mike and Wendy Robinson-Koss grow more than 150,000 indigenous plants in their commercial nursery, produce much of their own food (orchards, chooks and veggie gardens) and grow high quality timber on their small farm. The tour covers native seed collection, propagation and nursery techniques then explores the many other farm activities. Would be of interest to smaller landholders, gardeners, permaculturalists and those keen to produce their own seedlings and food.
OPTIONS: You can book for any combination of morning and afternoon tours or just one (see drop-down menu)
LUNCH: BYO Picnic Lunch and sit under our trees or try the nearby Deans Marsh General Store
Please, no dogs.
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