Farm Tours and Courses | Agroforestry

Farm Tours and Courses

Bambra Agroforestry Guided Farm Tours

LIKE A LECTURE IN THE PADDOCK

NEXT FARM TOUR: Spring - dates to be advised

TO BOOK TOURS: CLICK HERE

Follow Rowan (forest scientist and author of Heartwood) as he presents his "lecture in the paddock" tour of this specially designed outdoor classroom for tree growers. The tour includes demonstrations of the portable bandsaw, solar kiln, logging winch, pruning tools, tree guards and varied planting designs. Along the way you'll learn about more than 50 specialty timber species and how to grow them in ways that heal the land, enhance biodiversity, shelter stock, reduce the fire risk and create a beautiful landscape.
More than 11,000 people have visited Rowan and Claire's property over the years making it the best known agroforestry farm in Australia.
$45/person
Includes a simple morning coffee/tea on arrival (10.15am)
Tour starts at 10.30am (please wear suitable footwear)
WHERE'S BAMBRA: Between Deans Marsh and Winchelsea, 35min from Geelong, 90min from Melbourne
Detailed directions provided at the time of booking.
AFTERNOON TOURS OF NEARBY AGROFORESTRY FARMS: 2.00-4.30pm (extra charge)
1. Yan Yan Gurt West. 2.00-4.30pm - Large scale (550ac) trees for regenerative farming (just 4km away)
With the support of the extended family, Andrew (an Agricultural Scientist and 4th generation farmer) and Jill Stewart have revegetated 18% of the farm in belts, corridors and blocks. The trees provide a range of products including timber, bush food and native flowers (28 banksia species). More significant is the impact on agricultural production (pasture and stock shelter), soils and biodiversity (over 100 bird species). Tour explores the integration of agroforestry into a working sheep farm and alternative opportunities for involving future generations in the farm. A must for those interested in broad scale agroforestry, permaculture, wildflowers, bush food and farm succession.
2. Otway Greening. 2.00-4.30pm Native plant nursery, small scale (30ac) agroforestry and orchards (10km away)
Mike and Wendy Robinson-Koss grow more than 100,000 indigenous plants in their commercial nursery, produce much of their own food (orchards, chooks and veggie gardens) and grow high quality timber on their 30 acre farm. The tour covers native seed collection, propagation and nursery techniques then explores the many other activities. Would be of interest to smaller landholders, gardeners, permaculturalists and those keen to produce their own seedlings and food.
OPTIONS: You can book for any combination of morning and afternoon tours or just one (see drop-down menu when BOOKING)
LUNCH: BYO Picnic Lunch and sit under our trees or try the nearby Deans Marsh General Store
Please, no dogs.

Follow Rowan (forest scientist and author of Heartwood) as he presents his "lecture in the paddock" tour of this specially designed outdoor classroom for tree growers. The tour includes demonstrations of the portable bandsaw, solar kiln, logging winch, pruning tools, tree guards and varied planting designs. Along the way you'll learn about more than 50 specialty timber species and how to grow them in ways that heal the land, enhance biodiversity, shelter stock, reduce the fire risk and create a beautiful landscape.
More than 11,000 people have visited Rowan and Claire's property over the years making it the best known agroforestry farm in Australia.
Includes a simple morning coffee/tea on arrival (10.15am)
Tour starts at 10.30am (please wear suitable footwear)
WHERE'S BAMBRA: Between Deans Marsh and Winchelsea, 35min from Geelong, 90min from Melbourne
Detailed directions provided at the time of booking.
AFTERNOON TOURS OF NEARBY AGROFORESTRY FARMS: 2.00-4.30pm
1. Yan Yan Gurt West. 2.00-4.30pm - Large scale (550ac) trees for regenerative farming (just 4km away)
With the support of the extended family, Andrew (an Agricultural Scientist and 4th generation farmer) and Jill Stewart have revegetated 18% of the farm in belts, corridors and blocks. The trees provide a range of products including timber, bush food and native flowers (28 banksia species). More significant is the impact on agricultural production (pasture and stock shelter), soils and biodiversity (over 100 bird species). Tour explores the integration of agroforestry into a working sheep farm and alternative opportunities for involving future generations in the farm. A must for those interested in broad scale agroforestry, permaculture, wildflowers, bush food and farm succession.
2. Otway Greening. 2.00-4.30pm Native plant nursery, small scale (30ac) agroforestry and orchards (10km away)
Mike and Wendy Robinson-Koss grow more than 100,000 indigenous plants in their commercial nursery, produce much of their own food (orchards, chooks and veggie gardens) and grow high quality timber on their 30 acre farm. The tour covers native seed collection, propagation and nursery techniques then explores the many other activities. Would be of interest to smaller landholders, gardeners, permaculturalists and those keen to produce their own seedlings and food.
OPTIONS: You can book for any combination of morning and afternoon tours or just one (see drop-down menu)
LUNCH: BYO Picnic Lunch and sit under our trees or try the nearby Deans Marsh General Store
Please, no dog
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Rowan has been an inspiration to many landholders in my region as well as throughout Australia and internationally.

Rowan's work is about trees in the landscape not competing with, but supporting agriculture.

"Rowan's farm tours are like a university course on tree growing presented in the paddock; there is nothing quiet like it, I learnt so much"

What you'll see:

Each tour will include:

- introduction to a wide range of commercial tree species growing in multipurpose plantings

- demonstrations of sawmill, solar kiln and other processing equipment

- discussion of the timber qualities of more than 50 native and exotic tree species, their use and values.

- explanation of how growing trees for profit can protect and enhance soil quality, biodiversity, animal welfare and property values while also reducing the fire hazard.

- demonstration of how I establish, protect, prune and thin our trees for high quality furniture-grade timber

Where?: Our Bambra Agroforestry Farm is located in the Eastern Otways in southern Victoria. It will take you about 1.5 hours from the West Gate Bridge in Melbourne. Detailed directions will be provided when you register for the tours.

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Workshop: Growing farm trees for high quality timber

Rowan's one-day pruning and thinning course

NEXT: Friday 16th August and Sunday 18th August 2019

TO BOOK FOR WORKSHOP: CLICK HERE

10.30am-4.30pm (with 1 hour for lunch)

Location: Bambra Agroforestry Farm (listed in Google Maps, 30min west of Geelong, Vic)

Full-day technical and practical workshop delivered by Rowan Reid on his Bambra Agroforestry Farm 
(Bachelor Forest Sci., Masters Forest Sci., Melbourne University lecturer since 1991 and author of 10 books including "Heartwood") 

BYO lunch, or you can travel to the nearby Deans Marsh store. 
Morning and afternoon tea provided.

Rowan will present lectures in the on-site classroom covering the science of tree growth, tree measurement and pruning and thinning for high quality timber. During the day, field demonstrations of tree management will take participants around the 32-yr-old Bambra Agroforestry Farm. 

Participants will be given the opportunity to try a range of pruning tools including hand saws, pole saws, loppers and electric pruners. Tree species covered include: eucalypts, Blackwood, Redwoods and deciduous trees (Black Walnut, Oak etc.).
Participants will receive printed notes and Rowan's plywood pruning gauge. 
Participants must wear suitable footwear for a farm. Hard hats provided.

Workshop: Farm sawmilliing and timber drying

Rowan's one-day portable sawmilling and air/solar drying course

NEXT: Spring 2019 - no date yet

TO BOOK FOR WORKSHOP: CLICK HERE

10.30am-4.30pm (with 1 hour for lunch)

Location: Bambra Agroforestry Farm (listed in Google Maps, 30min west of Geelong, Vic)

Full-day technical and practical workshop delivered by Rowan Reid on his Bambra Agroforestry Farm 
(Bachelor Forest Sci., Masters Forest Sci., Melbourne University lecturer since 1991 and author of 10 books including "Heartwood") 

BYO lunch, or you can travel to the nearby Deans Marsh store. 
Morning and afternoon tea provided.

Rowan will present lectures in the on-site classroom covering the science and practice of small scale harvesting, milling and timber drying with a focus on eucalypts and special natives (Blackwood, Sheoak, etc).

NOTE: this course does not provide training in tree felling (tree felling is a specialised skill)

Topics: Tree felling and extraction, sawing patterns, bandsaws versus circular saws, managing growth stresses, recovery rates, drying degrades, timber grading, air drying, kiln drying, timber values

During the day, field demonstrations of small-scale logging (with the tractor winch), saw milling (Norwood Bandsaw) and solar drying (Solarkiln) will take participants around the Bambra Agroforestry Farm. 

Participants will receive printed notes. 
Participants must wear suitable footwear for a farm. Hard hats and vests provided.

 

About Rowan Reid

Rowan Reid (B.For.Sci. & M.For.Sci.) is a forester amongst farmers. His passion for trees began as a child in the coastal eucalypt forests of southern Victoria and has led to a life teaching and working with farmers around the world. Rowan won the 2001 Australian Eureka Prize for Excellence in Environmental Education for his farmer course (The Australian Master TreeGrower), which he continues to deliver around Australia and internationally (Africa, Timor Leste, Indonesia etc.). A Senior Lecturer at the University of Melbourne for 20 years, Rowan continues his academic teaching and research as a Senior Fellow of the university and the Managing Director of the Australian Agroforestry Foundation (a not-for-profit organisation). Since the publication of Agroforestry in Australiaand New Zealand(1985), Rowan has written or co-authored eight other books and is an internationally recognised leader in farmer education and extension.

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Most importantly, Rowan is also a farmer and tree grower in his own right with over 30 years' experience on his own family farm in the Otway Ranges of southern Victoria and as a founder of one of Australia's largest and most successful Landcare groups, the Otway Agroforestry Network. More than 10,000 visitors have toured his Bambra Agroforestry Farm, which is set up as a 42-hectare outdoor classroom for farmers, scientists, students and tree lovers, and a living laboratory for his own learning.

Private Group Tours and Consultancies

We can run tours and deliver tailored courses for groups by private arrangement. CONTACT Rowan for details.

I can do private consultantions for landholders. I like clients to first visit our farm before I visit their property and prepare a report that addresses their tree planting needs. CONTACT Rowan for details.

I am available to do institutional consultancies for government, industry and community groups on any aspect of agroforestry research and development. CONTACT ROWAN for more information