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25-26 AUG 2018 :CURRUMBIN VALLEY
2 DAY ORGANIC FARMING & HEALTHY NUTRITION WORKSHOP
Learn from subject matter experts who have taught and practiced organic farming for over 20 years
A two-day intensive workshop delivering foundation knowledge and skills enabling you to start your own organic vegetable garden at home, and provide your family with nutrient dense organic produce. Throughout the course, the lecture material will also be cross-referenced to human nutrition, and we will devote a morning session on this subject by leading nutritionist and author of 'Feeding Your Brain', Delia McCabe.
The course will cover amongst other topics, the building blocks of living soil, the importance of organic matter, choosing the right crop, plant nutrition, companion planting, weed management, crop rotation, pest and disease management, irrigation and the fundamentals of compost. The course will be held on the historic 103 year old Freeman’s Farm perched high on Tomewin Mountain with its deep rich volcanic soils and panoramic views over Currumbin Valley, Queensland.
ABOUT THE VENUE
A Family Farm since 1915, Arthur Freeman is regarded as the pioneer of the banana industry in Australia and he began growing bananas in the Currumbin Valley, after leaving his banana plantations in Fiji. The farm was established in 1915, and in the 1920’s became the largest commercial banana farm in Australia, with over 100 acres of bananas (100,000 banana trees) and 40 full-time employees. This same family farm from 1915 is now the only continuous commercial fruit and vegetable farm in Currumbin Valley that remains today. In honour of Arthur Freeman, the Albert Shire Council and Gold Coast City Council erected the ‘Arthur Freeman Lookout’.
Freeman’s Organic Farm has been run by four generations of Freeman’s. Today Bill Freeman, in partnership with his wife Lesley, and their son David Freeman run the farm, and will continue in the Freeman family. As too will the presence of the renowned 1972 yellow truck – a Jeep Gladiator J300 4WD, having done 40 years of hard farm work.
Traditionally Freeman’s Organic Farm grew high quality tropical fruits such as avocados, custard apples, mangoes, paw paws, and of course award winning bananas. Today, however Freeman’s Organic Farm have expanded their produce and grow a large range of organic fruits, vegetable and herbs. Thanks to the fertile volcanic basalt soils and the warm north-easterly aspect of the property, the quality, flavour, texture and nutrient density of the fruit grown here is second to none, and Freeman’s bananas have taken out first prize at the RNA Show.
We ask the local community to support this genuine farming family enterprise so we can deliver high quality fruit and vegetables grown on organic principles to the communities of Tomewin, Currumbin Valley and the southern Gold Coast.
David Freeman, FRGS
Elyse KerrLittle Farm
A collective of local experts sharing their knowledge to support the health and wellbeing of our community and environment !
Biological Farmer passionate about soil and plant nutrition
Cert III in Horticulture, Cert of Nutrition Farming, Biological Farming Level 1, AdvDip Business (Sales and Marketing), Cert IV Trainer and Assessor
Elyse owns and manages 'Little Farm' where she sustainably raises grass-fed Angus beef, grows native finger limes, fruit and vegetables and enjoys cuddles with her alpacas.
4th Generation Farmer,
LL.B., LL.M. (Hons), M. Def S, Dip Crim, G Dip Leg P, Cert of Nutrition Farming, Biological Farming Course No.2 - TAFE, Cert IV Prod Hort (Org Farm)*
International Human Rights Barrister, Retired Lieutenant Colonel, Board Member Soil Care Australia, Patron of Currumbin RSL
Author, ex-psychologist and PhD candidate, M.Psych
Since completing her Masters in Psychology, Delia has immersed herself in the fascinating world of nutritional neuroscience and offers a focused, insightful and science-backed approach into how optimised nutrition can improve your mood, concentration, memory and learning ability as well as help you stay calm and happy in our busy, overwhelming and stressful world.