ABOUT THIS EVENT Each year, an enthusiastic group of volunteers from the Balingup community organise this event. Each year the profits made from the field day help finance some worthy local community projects.
Learn how to make rich and wonderful compost as well as compost teas for fabulous plant growth with Nannup local, Bee Winfield, of Merri Bee Organic Farm.
Edible weeds will enable you to view weeds in a different light and learn which ones you can eat and their nutritional value. This talk will be by Charles Otway from Permaculture West.
You will be shown how to graft your roses with demonstrations and tips from Ruedi and Viv Etter.
Florio De Re of Donnybrook will demonstrate the centuries-old craft of blacksmithing.
4. Information Sessions (at The Black Stump)
Neville Passmore, garden guru and popular TV personality, will be there to share his passion and knowledge on soil, plant health, and animal health for small farms.
Dr Jeremy Princi, aka the Holistic Lifestyler, will show you how to make your own fermented and probiotic food, including a demonstration for a simple sauerkraut recipe.
See an aquaponics demonstration and learn how to set up a simple system to grow fish, fruit and veggies in your backyard, with Neville Passmore.
If you have ever wanted to learn about beekeeping basics to help you grow or start this, here is your opportunity for this fun and productive activity. Learn why bees are so important and what you need to "think about to get flowing"
5. Entertainment This year's programme has a great variety of music on stage:
Balingup Primary School Choir conducted by Ms Sarah McKnight.
The Tonics are an eclectic group of local musicians who get together to jam and perform.
Mike Wilkinson is a two-piece country music band from the local area.
Nyanda J. Unearthed from Triple J, and Nyanda is a singer/songwriter/acoustic guitarist of Indie style who is influenced by the likes of Joni Mitchell, Simon and Garfunkel and PJ Harvey.
Latehorse is an up and coming Australian artist from the South West of Western Australia and Latehorse (Shane) is a solo folk/rock singer/songwriter with a distinctive voice.
Tinkers Alley and the members, David, Sue and Caroline, are well known around the Donnybrook/Balingup area for their renditions of traditional folk music.
Grace Armstrong is a very talented performer who is from Balingup and is becoming very popular.
6. Fashion Parades
There will be three fashion parades which will be at 10:00 am, 12:00 noon and 2:00 pm and they will show a range of casual clothing from the Bunbury Felting Group. This local group makes their own garments using the natural products of merino and silk, alpaca and silk and silk fabrics. Each parade will finish with a showing of exquisite alpaca knit-wear.
7. Kids activities
The scarecrows are getting ready to come out of hibernation and take up their places along the Main Street in the lead up to the 2018 Balingup Small Farm Field Day.
They have had to have detailed shoulder and elbow surgery so, for the first time in years, they can adopt poses other than the 'coat hanger' stance!
Kids' Kitchen - Four sessions are available for children to attend a workshop focusing on getting into the kitchen, using healthy and seasonally available produce. Sally Gray from Real Healthy Kids will be hosting these and Sally is a practising nutritionist, specialising in children's health and well-being.
Climbing wall - The Scouts will be organising the climbing wall which is for children aged 5 years and upwards. This will be free and fully supervised.
Felting Workshop - This will take a look at transforming raw fleece into felt. Get your hands dirty with the Bunbury Felting group and take home a little piece of felt you create.
Animal Rides and Old Macdonald's Children's Farm - Here you can ride a camel, and interact with their animals.
Each year, there are a number of awards with monetary prizes and these are given as an incentive for exhibitors to maintain a quality stands of their wares and ideas. The following awards will be presented at 4:00 pm:
Best Market Stall
Best Trade display
Best Livestock exhibit
Best Original WA-made Craft
Best Horticulture and Garden Supplies stall
Best Gourmet Food using local ingredients
Most Effective Information Display
Cost Costs for the Field Day is: Adults $15 Children under 16 FREE when accompanied by a parent.
For more information, click on this link, and tickets are available here.
FARM TO TABLE: FARM AND LUNCH TOUR This will be held on 22nd April from 8:00 am to 2.15 pm at the Balingup Visitor Centre, South Western Hwy, Balingup.
You will tour Balingup, visit local producers and finish off with a lunch made from fresh produce sourced from the participating farms.
A fully air-conditioned coach bus will depart at 8:00 am sharp and you will go to award-winning farms where local growers will be your guides. Lunch will be served in the delightful grounds of Jalbrook Estate and here you will have a real farm to table experience.
The itinerary for the day will be as follows:
8:00 am - Depart from the Village Green
8.30 am - Rokewood Olive Grove
10:00 am - Southampton Homestead and Farm
11.30 am - Bossy Boots Farm (organic vegetables)
1:00 pm - Jalbrook Estate for lunch.