Sat 20 Sep 2014: Farm Tour
9am – 5pm
Visiting: SpurTopia (New Farm), Pims Organics Farm (Glass House Mountains) and Millen Farm (Samford) – lunch and transport included
On Saturday we will head back to nature and explore the roots of food culture at SpurTopia in New Farm, Pims Organics Farm on the Sunshine Coast (next to the beautiful Glass House Mountains) and Millen Farm in Samford.
A bus has been arranged to transport the attendees of this farm tour. Farm Tour will be leaving from and returning to QUT Gardens Point campus. The meeting point for the Farm Tour will be at the corner of Alice Street and George Street, on the QUT side, closest to the bus stops. Keep an eye out for a red Australia Post mail box (map).
The first stop of the day will be SpurTopia, a truly inspiring example of backyard ingenuity. Sustainable design engineer Roman Spur and his family will share their passion for self-sufficient living, displaying the many and varied ideas and inventions that help them live both happily and sustainably. From self-watering planter boxes to home-made detergent and a solar hot water system made from recycled materials, SpurTopia is an amazing example of sustainable living and growing - and all in an inner-city rental property!
The second stop of the day, Pims Organics has been growing organic produce for over 10 years. Sharing their wealth of experience will open up discussion around tried-and-true organic agricultural techniques, and the future of organic farming. As a vital foundation in the Queensland organic agriculture scene, Pims Organics will offer a chance to get down and dirty in a real-world organic experience.
After a guided tour of Pims Organics and an informal talk by an experienced Pims Organics team member, Merriweather Café will provide an organic and locally-produced lunch. After lunch, Rob Pekin, founder of Food Connect and director of the Open Food Web Foundation, will also be giving a short talk on connecting the dots for a sustainable food future. As Merriweather Cafe is part of the Food Connect web, you will literally be part of the locally-sourced sustainable food web.
Moving on from Pims Organics, the final stop of the day is Millen Farm. A visionary not-for-profit community-funded organisation, Millen Farm is exploring sustainable organic growing techniques in urban farming. Although still in the very early stages of development, the sheer possibility and enthusiasm abounding at Millen Farm makes the visit worthwhile. A local volunteer will talk about the great things expected in Millen Farm's not-too-distant future, before the final return to QUT Gardens Point.
Millen Farm, Samford
Pim Mens Farm, Sunshine Coast
Farm Tour Itinerary (to be confirmed)
8:50 Meet at QUT Gardens Point
Meeting place: the corner of Alice Street and George Street, on the QUT side, closest to the bus stops. Near the red Australia Post box.
9:20 Visit SpurTopia
11:05 Arrive at Pims Organics for guided tour
12:15 Attend talk by Pims Organics farmer
12:45 Lunch by Merriweather Cafe
13:15 Attend talk by Rob Pekin (Food Connect) and Mairi (Merriweather Cafe)
15:10 Arrive at Millen Farm for talk
17:00 Land safely back at QUT Gardens Point
Drop-off point is the same as the pick-up point