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‘GROWING YOUR KNOWLEDGE’ SESSIONS


The 'Grow Your Knowledge' Sessions have been cancelled for the time being.




Past Events:

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‘GROWING YOUR KNOWLEDGE’ SESSIONS


Thursday 5th March 2020, 12:30 to 2:00pm.

TOPIC: Growing edible plants from cuttings - Best methods, timing, media to use and after-care of cuttings.

BYO secateurs.

Presenter: Arja Toivanen


Thursday 6th February 2020, 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.

TOPIC: Budding - Techniques for budding fruit trees, including rootstock production and compatibility. Bring a sharp pocket knife to practice.

Presenter: Alan Broughton

Thursday 5 December 2019, 12:30 to 1:30pm.

TOPIC: Herbs for Health: Sharon Dent, a naturopath, will present useful, easy to follow information about growing and using herbs. Sharon works with biodynamic and organic gardening practices, and promotes a holistic view of the interdependence of soil, plant and human health. A mini product making workshop at the end. Information session is free; small costs apply for take home items.

Presenter: Sharon Dent


Thursday 7 November, 2019, 12.30 to 1.30pm.

TOPIC: Wicking Beds - Learn about and share your knowledge of ‘Wicking Beds,’ a productive and water efficient principle and garden bed design that can be of great benefit for food production and gardening generally.

Presenter: Stephen Cross


Thursday 3 October, 2019, 12.30 to 1.30pm.

TOPIC: More worthwhile, unfamiliar vegies and fruit to grow: learn about those that suit East Gippsland and best ways to grow them - The aim is to share experiences, so please bring samples or photos if you can.

Presenter: Alan Broughton


Thursday 5 September, 2019, 12.30 to 1.30pm.

TOPIC: Growing edibles from seed - How to succeed, what to grow, seedling growing methods, seed raising mixes, pricking out and potting up seedlings, troubleshooting and extra tips, includes a hands-on activity.

Presenter: Alan Broughton Cost: Gold coin donation


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OAA AGM Sunday June 2nd Shared lunch and discussions, then a film "Voices of Transition", " A documentary action movie for community-led food production", 2014 Doors open 11 am. There will be a very brief meeting to elect office bearers and present the short reports. All Welcome, not just members of the OAA.

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Mekong Organics comes to Bairnsdale Sunday March 24th 2019, 2.00 pmOrganic Information and Resource Centre14 McKean Street, Bairnsdale.Speakers:Dr Nguyen Van Kien - Mekong Organics and its activities- Floating rice restoration projectLe Ngoc Hiep & Nguyen Van Thai - Khmer organic home vegetable garden projectAlan Broughton - Impressions of organic farming in the Mekong Delta. The Organic Agriculture Association is working with Mekong Organics to promote organic farming in the Mekong Delta and experience interchange between Australian and Vietnamese organic farmers. All welcome to an interesting discussion.

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OAA Seminar Pesticides: Safety myths Farming without pesticides 8:30am - Thursday 28th June 2018 the Hub - 27 Dalmahoy St, Bairnsdale Victoria 3875 Speakers: Andre Leu • Pesticides effects on children • Farming without chemicals - How it can be done ? Alan Broughton • Effects of chemicals on soil biology Liz Clay • Growing vegetables without pesticides Van Kien Nguyen • Emerging organic agriculture in Vietnam Reza Davari • Pest management experience in Iran and India Program/Speaker Profiles Registration/RSVP - 20th June - All Welcome Entry - $30 Members $35 Non-members (Catering Provided) Membership Form

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OAA AGM (Brief) & Film Screening - Anima Mundi 11am SATURDAY 21ST APRIL 2018 Organic Information and Resource Centre, 14 McKean St, Bairnsdale. Bring your lunch and take the opportunity to share ideas and stories with other members. Contributions of cake or fruit to share with tea or coffee gratefully received. After lunch we will be screening a documentary about peak oil and climate change. “Anima Mundi” highlights permaculture as a practical solution and the Gaia theory as a philosophical evolution deepening our connection with earth. Many people do not realize that permaculture is much more than about growing fruit and vegetables, it is a whole view incorporating the environment, energy, resources, housing, technology, education, healthcare, the arts, spirituality, psychology, philosophy and agriculture. It provides a realistic alternative for our future sustainability, a gentler way that treads lightly on our Mother Earth. Anima Mundi is not a “How To” video, it is a “Where To” documentary showcasing alternatives like Earthships, Permaculture, Permablitz, retrofitting the suburbs, lifeboats, localised food production and currencies, planned energy descent and Gaian philosophy. FEATURING David Holmgren – Co-founder of Permaculture Dr Christine James – Psychology Stephan Harding – Gaian Ecology Vandana Shiva – Human Rights Dr Mark O’Meadhra – Integrative Medicine Noam Chomsky – Activism Michael C Ruppert – Peak Oil (as seen in the movie Collapse) Permablitz – Permaculture Michael Reynolds – Earthships (as seen in the movie Garbage Warrior) John Seed OAM – Deep Ecology ֍ ֍ ֍ Snowy Growers Community Garden - Autumn Harvest Festival Saturday 28 April 11pm – 4pm, 32 Lawson Lane, Orbost. A family friendly festival celebrating the end of summer, and 5 years of the Snowy Growers Community Garden. Come along for a day filled with live music from Electric Yeti Collective and a special open mic, local food and drink stalls, makers and artisans, funshops, fresh produce, and more! Free entry, all welcome.

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Korean Organic Farming Talk Wednesday October 25th, 7.30 pm 2017 Organic Information and Resource Centre, 14 McKean St, Bairnsdale. Members and friends are invited to hear Rei Yong speak on the Jadam organic farming technique. This is a low-cost system based on anaerobic fermentation to produce beneficial soil biology that enhances crop production and controls soil borne diseases. Further information on the technique is available at http://en.jadam.kr/. Rei is also speaking at the NASAA conference at Mount Macedon on Friday the 27th of October https://www.nasaa.com.au/newsandevents/events.html.

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FIELD DAY AND (VERY BRIEF) AGM SUNDAY JUNE 4TH 2017 Busch Organics, 305 Soldiers Road, Hillside, from 11 am - Details. ֍ ֍ ֍ Bio-dynamic Workshop More in a series of Workshops coming - dependent on interest.

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Seedbed Production Team

Interested in assisting with the production of Seedbed? Expressions of interest most welcome.