Autumn Tours: Otway Greening - Sun. 14th April (PM)
Led by Mike and Wendy Robinson-Koss, 2.5 hours (2.00pm - 4.30pm)
Native tree nursery, food gardens and small scale agroforestry
Otway Greening. 2.00-4.30pm Native plant nursery, small scale (30ac) agroforestry and orchards (Deans Marsh)
Mike and Wendy 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 40 acre farm. The tour covers native seed collection, propagation and nursery techniques then explores the many other activities. Would be of interest to smaller landholders, gardeners, permaculturalists and those keen to produce their own seedlings and food.
WHERE'S DEANS MARSH: 35min west of Geelong, 90min from Melbourne
Detailed directions provided at the time of booking.
MORE: Morning tour of the nearby BAMBRA AGROFORESTRY FARM (10.30am-1.00pm) (extra cost)
Follow Rowan Reid (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)
OPTIONS: You can book for the Otway Greening afternoon tour only OR do the Bambra Agroforestry Farm as well in the morning (discounted) (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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