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Small Farms Network workshops

December 2017/January 2018

On 1 December Megan Halcroft from Bees Business presented an entertaining workshop on native bees and other insects. The workshop covered:

  • how to identify local native bees and other insects, both good and bad
  • how to catch, photograph and release insects for identification
  • different pollination strategies of plants, native bees and other insects
  • where they live (from soil burrows to tree hollows and bee hotels) and what to look out for in your garden
  • how you can make native bee hotels for solitary bees for your garden
  • what plants to grow to encourage native bees and pollinators into your garden.

Attendees came from within the Small Farms Network, but also local Landcare groups and community gardens.

The native bee workshop was the last of the Small Farms Network workshops for 2017. The network has had a very busy back half of the year with workshops on horse laminitis, poultry health, backyard beekeeping, native vegetation, managing meat chickens and the sheep discussion group.

I’d like to congratulate Alex James and Jennie Curtis from the Capital Small Farms Network for taking out an Australian Government Excellence in Sustainable Farm Practices award at the recent Local Land Services and Landcare conference held in Albury. This is great recognition for the work that Alex, Jennie and the network members have done in establishing the program in the capital region, well done all!

The Small Farms Network was set up to help provide a social and informative platform where land managers could get new skills, meet people in similar situations as themselves and build relationships within the community. I would like to thank the members of the network for their commitment and enthusiasm; the network wouldn’t be the success it is without you. I look forward to working with you in 2018.