Manning Landcare is hosting a farmgate tour of Cedar Party and Killabakh on Saturday, April 13.
Five properties are open to the public as follows.
Site 1. Maureen Larter, 956 Comboyne Road, Cedar Party
Maureen grows a variety of vegetables and herbs that all help to sustain bee hives. Honey, produce and books (Maureen is also an author) are sold from a roadside stall. Information on honey bees and organic gardening. Tours are available at 11am and 1pm.
Site 2. Killabakh Hall - Killabakh and Lower Cedar Party Landcare
Call in for a visit to the Killabakh Hall where public toilets are available.
Have a look at Landcare's restoration of the northern boundary of the hall precinct. There has been extensive work removing camphor laurels which are a declared noxious weed/tree and replacing them with a variety of native species with great success. This is an ongoing Landcare project with the local group having two or three working bees a year. Landcare members will be available to discuss and walk you through this project which showcases local Landcare involvement in the Cedar Party and Killabakh locality.
Morning tea will be available for purchase from 10am to 12, with funds going to Landcare, and picnic facilities are available in this picturesque location. Tours will be available until 3pm.
There will also be items for sale from Wormbiz - worm farm starter boxes and worm castings for your garden.
Site 3. Harrisons 1795 Comboyne Road (opposite Alfred Road).
Drive up, as parking is in the paddock. This is a small farm with a large, productive, innovative organic vegetable garden built on permaculture design principles.
This is a wonderful garden where a "young farmer" has been inspired by his parents to develop his own garden within the property. The family also has a house cow, and a number of chickens and ducks. Open from 9.30am until 3pm.
Site 4. John Prince, 16 Killabakh Creek Road
A unique opportunity to see and hear all about starting a heavy horse. Well renowned horse trainer John Prince will showcase his fine young stallion (property bred),"Sir Masterton" in harness work. You will see John harnessing, working his horse, along with the cool down process. You will witness something special when you see horse and horseman together. Not one to be missed.
John will be available for questions after the demonstration. There is plenty of parking onsite. Demonstrations start at 10 am and 2.00 pm.
Site 5. Peter and Anna Axisa (Wormbiz)
This property showcases Permaculture following Sepp Holzer principles on steep land, an extensive pond system and commercial worm operation.
Pick up/parking is at the corner of Killabakh Creek Road (signposted), shuttle 4WD service from this point. The site is not suitable for small children or mobility impaired visitors.
Tour times at Wormbiz are 9am, 11.30am and 2pm. You must book for this site by contacting Manning Landcare on the numbers below.
Please visit all properties at the stated tour or opening times only. No dogs allowed.
You can visit just one site or more. Signs will be up on the day to identify the sites.
A map of the farmgate tour is available on the Manning Landcare Facebook page.
For further information contact Alison on 0427 570 244 or Lyn on 0427 530 681.