Our friends at Millen Farm are setting the pace for 2020 with some interesting workshops this month.
Irrigating Your Whole Garden – Saturday 22 February, 1 to 6pm – $85 – The Gap – Farmer Arran will lead you through the design and construction of an irrigation system that will save your time, water and money.
Down and Dirty Worm Farming and Composting – Saturday 29 February, 9am – 11am – $25 – at Millen Farm – Learn the secret to recycling waste while saving money on fertilisers. Farmer Arran demonstrates worm farm set up and composting systems, trouble-shooting tips and tricks.
Book now through Eventbrite – search for Millen Farm. https://www.eventbrite.com.au/o/millen-farm-6887284863
Then, on Sunday 23 February, Millen Farm is welcoming SEQLD Young Farmers Connect Network for a field day and farm walk around Millen Farm with Arran Heideman to enjoy a peri-urban organic/ecological small scale market garden and community sustainable food and education hub on the Samford Commons.
About Millen Farm Community Gardens
The vision of Millen Farm has been of a place where we can provide organic fresh produce for the community on their doorstep, demonstrate how to grow fresh food and provide a place for community to come together and enjoy learning and eating.
To date Millen Farm has achieved much of this vision with the creation of the farm.
Their vision of a community garden is unique to this location and its connections with the farm and the Community Hub Building. This community garden will provide a number of functions to bring the community together in a safe, natural space for fun, education and companionship.
Some proposed functions of the community garden are:
- Formal education
- An education space specifically designed for hands on activities in the garden.
- Education program designed for school groups covering growing produce, sustainability and food security.
- Education program specifically designed for home schoolers – prep to senior.
- Farm and garden tours and hands on activities for garden groups.
- Continuation and expansion on the current Millen Farm workshops on food growing.
- Horticulture therapy for returned services personal.
- A Place for children and families:
- A nature play area for children ages 2-10.
- An area where playgroups could come with young children and interact with nature.
- Engage with a demonstration of food growing in suburban spaces.
- A place for our Senior Citizens:
- Provide fresh herbs and flowers for the elderly who receive meals on wheels in our community.
- An area where the elderly who receive meals on wheels could come together and enjoy a monthly meal together and connect with a playgroup of pre-schoolers.
- An area where the elderly from retirement villages could come and connect with gardening and connect with others in the community.
- A Fix-It shed:
- Where people can bring items to be repaired.
- A place for workshops on repairing bicycles, leaky taps, lawn mowers etc.
- A place for all to come and enjoy
- A relaxing and beautiful space in a natural setting with fresh air for people to come and walk through or just sit and relax.
- A place for art and photography workshops focused on plants, birds and insects.
- A calming space in a beautiful garden for community members seeking support from Samford Support Network.
The Community Garden will be specifically designed to provide for all these functions in a safe environment.
Imagine a community garden with:
- Gently winding paths designed to harvest water and deliver it to garden beds.
- Arbours over the paths to provide support for productive vines and shade over the paths.
- Seats placed to provide a view over the gardens and the farm.
- A bush tucker and native tree forest to provide a windbreak, food for people and food and habitat for birds, insects, mammals and reptiles.
- Ponds throughout the gardens to provide water and habitat. (Child safe covered of course)
- A food forest providing food for the Millen Farm markets and to the Samford Support Network.
- Garden beds full of flowers and herbs and other sensory plants.
- A dedicated education space with raised beds at various heights to cater for young children, people in wheelchairs and people with bad backs and knees.
- Chickens for children to interact with during workshops.
- Nature play activities for children interwoven throughout the gardens.
It is envisioned that the community garden will generate an income from the education programs and workshops, hire of the pergola and sale of some produce to cover the costs of insurance and maintaining the gardens. Grants will also be sought to help with the construction and set up costs.