We have been giving workshops to three of our neighbouring councils for a couple of years now. Newcastle council has asked us to conduct composting workshops to encourage residents to compost their waste rather than send it to landfill. They have now added worm farming and keeping chickens. Lake Macquarie council employed us to run a series of workshops covering many aspects of backyard food production including propagation, composting, pest control and garden design. Port Stephens had us do a short introduction to permaculture and just recently a composting workshop held at a community garden.
Very progressive councils who can see the benefit of these types of workshops in reducing costs and managing waste. No requests for our services from our very own council as yet!
These workshops are always filled. This last month we have run three workshops for these councils. We ran a workshop here on the farm for the Hunter Organic Growers on wicking beds and composting.
A composting workshop here on the farm
Mark went away for 3 days for a Biodynamic conference.
We have run a propagation workshop here at the farm followed by a worm farming workshop in the afternoon. And this weekend just gone was an Introduction to Permaculture.
Here the group is implementing there food forest plan
We have had 6 Birthday parties here within five weeks.
Every Tuesday we have interns on the farm. We start with breakfast and work on together stopping for a quick lunch.
Mark has been keeping a friend's lawn mowing business going while he was on holiday. This has added to Mark's already heavy workload.
This weekend we have a farm tour open to the public on Saturday morning and a tour by Central Coast Permaculture in the afternoon. On Sunday we have opened up the farm for Fair Food Week to discuss the people's food plan and share a peasant's lunch. Next week we are giving a talk to Permaculture Central Coast on Simple living in all it's complexities!
This time last year I had decided to slow down a bit but we have actually taken on more. For those who have become a little despondent about the state of the world, I would say that things are changing, if the number of requests we are receiving to run workshops, requests for parties and the increasing waiting list we have for our CSA (community Supported Agriculture) is anything to go by.
So what did I do on my day off? I spent some time in the house garden tidying up for some spring plantings and cleaned out this caravan.
There was a lot of clutter in there. We had been using it for storage but now I have another use for it. But more about that later.