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Irrigation for Small Farms Workshop

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Bywong, NSW 2621

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'Make every drop count when it comes to water use.'

This workshop is about managing water efficiently and effectively on your small farm and home garden. Learn how to plan your water resources and how to set up irrigation for a small-scale vegetable garden or orchard. Presenters and market gardeners Chris Curtis and Geoff Foster will show you how they manage water on their small farms. Learn about innovative and effective water management options and find out what works in a small farm setting where water is often limiting.

Topics will include:

  • How to set up an irrigation system for a vegetable garden
  • What type of irrigation works best in our local environment to maximise water efficiency and grow different plants
  • Pumping, gravity feed and solar pumps
  • Water harvesting and water saving methods
  • Calculating water requirements for your plot.

The workshop includes a tour of two farms in Bywong where vegetables are grown both for the household and to sell locally. You will be required to drive from one site to another at about lunchtime. There will be about 10 minutes driving between the sites and you need to provide your own transport or car pool.

Chris Curtis, Horticulturist. Chris has jointly owned a small farm in Bywong for over 20 years that now has a large kitchen garden, market garden and pastures for Babydoll Southdown sheep and alpacas. Chris has practical experience in improving the low fertility soils at his property in the vegetable gardens. He has recently completed a Bachelor of Horticulture at Charles Sturt University and is currently undertaking Honours research into water movement in wicking beds.

Geoff Foster is an organic market gardener, Geoff and his wife own Jerrabatt Gully Organics and have been supplying fresh produce to customers in the Canberra region since 1995. A skilled market gardener, Geoff has set up two different irrigation systems on his farm along with an innovative water harvesting system.

What to expect

At this workshop we will be touring two small farms and looking at irrigation set ups. Chris and Geoff will discuss the theory and practical aspects of how to set up a water efficient irrigation system. There will be a practical demonstration in the afternoon with an opportunity to participate. Chris will also lead an optional tour to see his wicking bed research site.

What to bring

Your own clothing including long pants, hats and boots suitable for being outdoors. Bring your own sunscreen, chair, water and cup. Lunch and morning tea are provided.

Tickets for this workshop cost $25 plus booking fee.

Workshop spaces are limited and the workshop will be on regardless of the weather. This workshop is not suitable for children. Refunds are only available up until one week prior to the workshop and you need to contact us to arrange a refund.

Dogs are not permitted to visit the host properties (even in cars) for biosecurity and stock safety reasons.

This project received grant funding from the Australian Government through the National Landcare Program.

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Bywong

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Bywong, NSW 2621

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