Small Farm Field Day

The next “Countryman Gidgegannup Small Farm Field Day” will be held at the Gidgegannup Showgrounds on Sunday 26 May 2019.

A great day full of information and fun for everyone. Come along and enjoy the day in the fabulous setting of Gidgegannup just 15 minutes from Midland.

activities

Sunday, 26th May, 2019 – Gates open at 9.00am. $10 per adult, 16 and under free. No dogs permitted. Free Parking

Field Day Programme..

This year the Honey Festival joins us and there will be talks, demonstrations, competitions and special activities for children. A great day and we are so pleased to welcome them.

The Slow Food Movement will again be with us and have an exciting programme planned as well as their Long Table Lunch. If you have friends in town they might want to join the bus trip up to Gidge:

Come and join Slow Food Swan Valley and Eastern Regions at the SFFD for a great day full of information, amazing food and fun for everyone.

Travel comfortably on our tour coach, stop for Wine & Sparkling tasting at Garbin Estate Wine and view a Bee pollen processing operation at Saxonbee Enterprises before heading up to Gidgegannup Showgrounds. Enjoy a delicious 4 course honey infused LONG TABLE LUNCH created by our Slow Food Chefs.

  • All inclusive at a great price of $145 / Slow Food members pay $130.
  • Early Bird tickets: first 20 tickets for $135 / $120 Slow Food members.
  • Tickets for Long Table Lunch & Entry fee only: $80 / $70 for Slow Food members.
  • For more information call Christine on 0458212528.

We will also have a blender bike where kids can have fun making their own smoothies from rescued fresh fruit.

As you can see there is a strong emphasis on Honey this year but there is an amazing programme again. There will be dance – the Wadumbah Aboriginal Dance Group and also the Mad Tatters with their Morris dancing and fantastic costumes. There are camel rides and pony rides. The camel train this year will be joined by the Dinosaur train and the walk through birds exhibition. The Mounted Games will be on in the arena again. There will be Goats, Sheep, llamas, cattle and, of course, the Alpaca Show and Sale. The Bullsbrook Poultry Club will be having a display and giving talks in the Poultry Pavilion.

Lots of advice in the Livestock area on how to look after the wellbeing of your livestock and some of the regulations that are required by the Department of Agriculture.

The Discovery Trail will be there for the children along with the Bush Verandah potting paradise with Matthew Lunn and his helpers. There are worm farms, snakes, Critters up Close, Animal Farm, Working Dogs. Entertainment in the Café/Entertainment area Puppeteers and Music.

There will be talks from Chris Ferreira, Deryn Thorpe, Daryl Hardie, Alain Fabregue, Tim Eva, and talks on Native Bees and Bee Keeping. Dr. Grant Richards will be giving advice on Poultry in the Machinery area.

Along with this there are all our great exhibitors with Machinery, Wine, Produce, and a huge range of other things. Also amazing food from local groups and our exhibitors. The Woodturners Association of WA will also be back again. Our Small Landholders’ Marquee will have Matthew Lunn in charge and lots of advice on how to manage your acreage in a sustainable way.

A day full of entertainment, advice and fun for everyone.

exhibitors

Being an Exhibitor at the Countryman Gidgegannup Small Farm Field Day brings many benefits.

We look forward to welcoming back previous exhibitors and to meeting those who will be contributing for the first time.

This year we have provided two versions of the Exhibitor Application form.

The full version gives all the conditions, contacts, dates for application, maps and advertising material.

The short version is a Word version for completion and attaching as an email to return to us at
experiencegidge@gidgegannup.info.

Of course if you would prefer to have a hard copy of the full version we are more than happy to post one out to you.

Download Exhibitor Application form (Full)..

Download Exhibitor Application form (Short)..

visitors

Countryman Gidgegannup Small Farm Field Day is the place where those living and working on small farms in the agricultural sector can come together at the one time to view and compare from a selection of products and services designed for efficient farming and rural practices. Also for those who want to see if this is the life they would like and have some fun finding out.

Madjitil Moorna
Madjitil Moorna at the 2015 Gidgegannup Small Farm Field Day

 

Ricky Possum
Ricky Possum at the 2015 Gidgegannup Small Farm Field Day

 

Beyond Gardens Team
Beyond Gardens Team

 


Experience Gidgegannup

madjitil moorna choir

Madjitil Moorna

This is a recent photo of the Madjitil Moorna choir with George Walley leading from the mandolin.

The occasion above was the commemoration of Yaburgurt (George) Winjan, a significant figure in Mandurah during early colonisation, on the 100th anniversary of his death.

Madjitil Moorna website..

mad tatters morris dancers

Mad Tatters Morris Dancers are women & men who perform traditional & vigorous dances from English villages along the Welsh border. Dressed in colourful “tatter coats”, we dance with sticks & bells accompanied by musicians playing melodeons, whistle & drum. It’s like bush dancing, but much more fun! Mad Tatters website..

Mad Tatters Morris Dancers
Mad Tatters Morris Dancers

ag department education trailer

Department of Agriculture Education Trailer

Chris Ferreira

Chris Ferreira

Chris Ferreira has been a leading exponent of sustainable land management in WA for the last 22 years. He specializes in sustainable waterwise and energy efficient gardening, landscaping and landcare. He runs his own award winning company Landcare Solutions which specializes in environmental design, management, education and media.

Chris Ferreira bio..

bee gardening with matthew lunn

After last year’s successful gardening experience for the family with “Potting Paradise”, this year join Matthew Lunn for another potting experience as the kids learn all about bees in the garden and learn how to create a bee garden and what bees see, smell and how they make honey.

Matthew is a familiar radio gardening personality within the community, as he can be heard on Curtin Fm 100.1 every Saturday morning presenting “Let’s Talk Gardening”. This he has done for 14 years.

Matthew Lunn
Matthew Lunn

Living locally with his family in Mount Helena he first came involved with the SFFD last year and quickly turned “Potting Paradise” into a friendly family hands-on experience where children and parents could pot away and learn all about making plants grow. It was a planting success with many coloufully painted pots leaving the show.

This year Matthew wants to combine his love of bee keeping with plants and show how both are important in our everyday lives as well as showing that bees are far more friendly than their sting makes them be.

So BEE inspired and learn all about bees with Matthew.

supporters

Experience Gidgegannup would like to thank our supporters:

Countryman Newspaper
Proudly sponsored by the City of Swan
Mundaring Bendigo Bank

a fun and informative day out for families

Small Farm Field Day
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