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We are entering the last month of autumn.  The temperature has dropped, with many nights in the single figures here on the farm.  The wind since Sunday has been blowing quickly down our beautiful hill rustling through the trees and gaining momentum.  It has caused some damage to our hoop houses, and we've spent the last two days patching and repairing hoping the wind will slow a little to provide us with enough time to completely repair it.

This week on the farm....
Most of the vegetables we grow are transplanted from seedlings into a prepared bed.  We find we have a better success rate if the seedlings grow strong and healthy in these beautiful wooden boxes first (lovingly made by my father-in-law).

The second market garden patch is coming along slowly, including planning where the tool shed goes, water tanks, compost site, etc.  The chickens, turkeys and ducks are working hard in the patch, scratching away and where possible supervising our rock removal techniques.  We have a number of rocks to remove from the earth, so there is plenty of room for the little seedlings to grow into strong healthy vegetables. We mentioned last week our Hugelkulturs.  They are progressing nicely, we've sown pasture on the mounds to keep the mounds strong while we plan the best tree/bushes to put on each Hugelkultur.  We're thinking rosemary, lavender, blueberry...

It's International Compost Awareness Week (2-8 May), and we love compost.  The information sheet on Hugelkulturs has been delayed a little due to the wind issue we've had, but if you are interested in the brief information sheet please let me know and I'll send it through to you once it's completed.   Here is a link to Gardening Australia's short clip on how to build compost. 

Only a few more days and Taylor will be flying to Sweden to learn from Ridgedale Permaculture Farm.  The house is full of excitement, anticipation, hesitation and enthusiasm.  We're planning, packing, and planning again.  Watch this space, we'll share a few photo's of her time at Rdigedale in the coming weeks.

Where you will find us this week...

We will be at the Farmers and Foodies market again this coming Friday.  The market is at the Old Bus Depot on Wentworth Avenue, open between 3pm and 7pm.  The number of stallholders attending the market has multiplied providing you with a huge selection of food and goodies to choose from. 
We'll have our Harvest Bag available for you to collect at this weeks market.  Please see details of what is included in this week's Harvest Bag below. To order yours for collection at the Farmers and Foodies market, send an email to orders@BurraBeeFarm.com.au by 11am Thursday, 5 May 2016.
See you at the market!

Trivia night with BurraBee Farm
We've been talking about our lovely supporters this week, wondering how we can get to know you a little more during the winter months.  We are sometimes so busy on the farm that we forget we need some down time, and we'd love to share that time with you. 

The Royal Hotel in Queanbeyan hosts comedy trivia night each Thursday from 7pm.  We'd love to invite you to share comedy trivia night with BurraBee Farm, perhaps we can fill a table or two.  The atmosphere on the night is lighthearted, with a variety of questions to push along our mental cogs.  If you'd like to join us on Thursday, 2 June 2016 at the Royal Hotel's comedy trivia night please let us know. 
Coming up...
Kombucha Brewing and other drinks - workshop
Have you been interested in learning how to make delicious and healthy fermented drinks?  We'll we have a class for you! You'll learn the art of marking Kombucha, Water Kefir and Non-alcoholic Ales.  We'll talk about how to care for your culture, how to add flavour, and how to get the most fizz for your drink.  You'll leave with all the skills to make your own at home, a SCOBY, starter tea and recipes.  At the end of the workshop, we'll have a shared lunch.
When:  Sunday, 29 May 2016.  10am - 2pm.  Where:  Burra Community Hall.  Cost:  $70
To book your place or to find out further information on the workshop please send an email to orders@BurraBeeFarm.com.au

Kimchi, Kraut and Pickles - workshop
Great way to start your fermentation journey.  It's fun, simple and healthy for you.  You'll get hands on experience making your first batch and learning the art of simple fermentation.  At the end of the workshop, we'll have a shared lunch.
When:  Sunday, 26 June 2016.  10am - 2pm.  Where:  Burra Community Hall.  Cost:  $70
To book your place or to find out further information on the workshop please send an email to orders@BurraBeeFarm.com.au
 
You’ll learn the process for making this culture-rich brew two ways (continuous and single batch) and we’ll discuss caring for the culture that is needed to make it, and techniques for adding flavor and fizz!  We’ll play around with secondary fermentation and discuss bottling tips, bacterial benefits, and taste finished ferments. - See more at: http://www.greensgrow.org/event/kombucha-fermentation-with-phickle/#sthash.DFWbYfFA.dpuf
You’ll learn the process for making this culture-rich brew two ways (continuous and single batch) and we’ll discuss caring for the culture that is needed to make it, and techniques for adding flavor and fizz!  We’ll play around with secondary fermentation and discuss bottling tips, bacterial benefits, and taste finished ferments. - See more at: http://www.greensgrow.org/event/kombucha-fermentation-with-phickle/#sthash.DFWbYfFA.dpuf
Lactic Acid Fermentation: Primary process transforming fresh vegetables into pickles.
Bacteria:  It is responsible for producing at least half the oxygen in our environment.  Without bacteria we can't breath.
Collecting: A bee can visit up to 100 flowers during one collection visit.
HARVEST BAGS:  The Give a Fork! campaign has ended and with your support we raised $260.  The money raised will help Sustainable Table grow their education program in the future. 

Don't forget to order your Harvest Bag by 11am Thursday, 5 May 2016. Send an email to orders@BurraBeeFarm.com.au
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