Consultations and On-Site Workshops in Sustainable Poultry Gardening, Natural Flock Management, Organic Food Growing, and in Organic Smallholding and Farming
For the last thirty years Paul has been conducting private workshops and consultations in sustainable flock keeping and food gardening all around Tasmania, as well as in Victoria, South Australia and in New South Wales.
These consults are available for those in suburban settings, and for those living on bush blocks and smallholdings, as well as upon farms and country acres.
Consults cater for singles and couples and will cover whatever areas interest or subjects you wish to learn about and to receive options and guidance for in your sustainable family food growing and natural poultry keeping, organic smallholding or farming, in dynamic poultry gardening, or in a fully integrated system of larger, perennial, poultry driven, dynamic farming and food growing.
These consults are based around Paul designing an on-site adapted development plan and individually tailored design for your own needs in the family food garden and raised beds systems, for your smaller scale integrated poultry food gardens; or for your dream of a larger, sustainable, organic, fully integrated perecultural system of poultry flock driven food growing.
- 2 - 3 hour on-site consultation in urban gardens and city based flock settings: $300
- 3 - 4 hour on-site personalised consultation on a farm or smallholding: $500
Travel costs – the above fees include and cover up to 30 kms travel from Kingston, in any direction.
Added travel costs apply for greater distances: please email details for quote.
When and where possible, we try to cut travel and accommodation costs – interstate, and to northern parts of Tasmania – by arranging consults, on successive days, on the one weekend.
On-Site Private Workshops
These workshops are held between September 1 and November 30 and then again between March 1 and May 31 each year. They can be held in the garden or on the farm or smallholding of the person, social group or club who are organising the event, and cater for groups of between three to sixteen people, depending upon the workshop type.
Sustainable Poultry Keeping: Introducing Sustainable, Natural, Smallscale and Homegrown Approaches to Organic Urban Flock Keeping, Feeding and Forage
Includes key points of practical shed and litter design; discussing mobile pens versus fixed sheds and yards; efficient lines of flow movement from house to poultry shed to worm farm to garden: ranging flocks in litter yards, through the garden, and under fruit trees; includes in hand demos on treating birds for lice and mite, wing clipping, oiling legs for scaly mite; litter forage feeding; structuring mulches; building compost terrace slopes.
Time and Cost: 3-4 Hrs. $600. (Max 12 people, bring friends or neighbours to share costs).
Growing The Suburbs: Smaller Space Tub and Container Gardens For The Courtyard and Patio
Learn how to rear organic food plants, herbs and fruit in smaller urban spaces using tubs, containers and window boxes, in courtyards, on patios, and in raised beds.
Includes hands on lessons in lining, insulating and building properly layered and structured container mixes and mediums; shade lovers and sunseekers: knowing what kinds of food plants and herbs prefer different kinds of site and setting; making your own potting mixes; selecting pots for different seasons; sowing and planting tips for containers of different materials, porosity, depth and area; comparisons between commercial potting mixes; chasing the sun: mobile tubs and containers for maximizing winter light and warmth; essential container hygiene and storage.
Duration: 3 hrs.
Cost $600 (Max 12 people)
Organic Smallholding and Self-Sufficient, Sustainable Farming
Includes a wide range of material on aspects of family food growing; vines, orchards and nut trees; forage runs, fodder trees, windbreaks and woodlots; worm farms and poultry compost systems; organic stock keeping and flock management approaches in keeping open forage farm flocks of poultry, waterfowl, turkeys and guinea fowl, pigs, goats, cattle, horses; pasture, range, mixed range, forest runs, bush forage; universal modular sheds and pens; permanent boundary fencing, subdivisional fencing, electric fencing; tanks, dams, drainage lines, springs, soaks, pumps, syphons and piping; access roads, slopes, soils, sun aspects, potential commercial possibilities.
Duration 4 hours. Cost: $900 (maximum 16 adults)
Advanced Organic Breeding, Feeding and Management of Open Forage Flocks for the Farm, Garden and Smallholding
This workshop covers all aspects of advanced organic poultry breeding for the farm and open forage, covering topics such as: breeding heirloom fowls for traditional farm flock and open forage traits; selecting breeding stock for bloodgroup breeding; crossing and back crossing to improve flock traits such as disease resistance, egg colour and size; selecting fowls for better laying, meat colour, broodiness and mothering traits; breeding for open forage traits such as raptor vision, camouflage markings, speed and balance; brooding, feeding and rearing young birds; modular pen and yard design.
Workshop Duration: 6 hours. Cost $1200, Maximum 16 adults.
Advanced Dynamic Urban Poultry Gardening and Poultry Flock Pereculture
Taking Place in Our Own Poultry Garden at Kingston, these workshops are now being planned ahead, for September and October 2018:
Advanced bookings are now being taken for these all new Dynamic Poultry Garden workshops (get in early, only two to be staged, for starters, as we trial the concept, and I suspect that both will book out very quickly!)
This workshop will take place in our own poultry garden, at Kingston, and covers many various aspects of designing and managing a fully integrated system of perennial poultry food gardening using super activated poultry compost yards to produce all of your loam and humus - created by your hens in the litter yards – in seasonal cycles yielding one cubic yard of compost, per hen, per year.
Full Workshop Duration: 5 hours
Session One: 10.00 am to 12. 30.
Lunch 12.30 to 1.30
Session Two: 1.30 to 4.00 pm
(Maximum of 16 adults in each workshop)