Once a month join us to learn about growing vegetables & fruits, raising farm animals, and how to care for your soil. Meet the farmer, or tour a backyard growers garden. Make friends and exchange produce, ideas and smiles! Open to members and visitors.



Saturday September 25th

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Have you ever wondered how to reduce the bushfire risk on your property?

Our topic (originally in July) is Garden Design for Bushfire Resistance.


We head to a 45 acre farm at Duns Creek that is home to Adriana Rios and family. Surrounded by mountains and natural bushland, the farm was threatened by bushfire last year. 

There we will be joined by three local experts:

* Alex Wilson from Lake Macquarie Landcare will speak about selecting fire resistant native plants

* Michael Mathers from the Martins Creek RFS Brigade will discuss property preparation, safety and maintenance

* Lachlan Storrie from Treefrog Permaculture will take us through designing a property to give the best chance of surviving a bushfire

Whether you live in an urban or rural area, this day is designed to help you plan ahead, be prepared and work with nature to minimise your bushfire risk. 


10:30am Arrive and check in

11.00am Host introduction

11.15am Native Plant Selection for Bushfire Resistance with Alex Wilson from Lake Macquarie Landcare

12.00pm Lunch BYO + Swap and Share table

12.30pm "Spotlight on..." our new mini educational series

12.45pm Understanding Fire Behaviour and Bushfire Preparation with Michael Mathers from Martins Creek RFS Brigade

1.45pm Break


2.00pm Design Strategies for Surviving Bushfire with Lachlan Storrie from Treefrog Permaculture


2.45pm Afternoon tea BYO


3.00pm Concept Design Session with Lachy 

4.00pm Estimated end of activities

Bookings for this event will open on Wednesday 1 September.

If you are a member and you had booked through this website for the original event in July, your booking remains in place. If you are unable to attend on the new date, please email ASAP so we can cancel your booking. 

If you are not a current member and wish to attend this event, please click here to book as a paying visitor or click here to become a member. As a member you will receive free entry to all HOGS events, including this one, for a year. 

Please note: the above links will become active on Wednesday 1 September. 

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Share your knowledge for a sustainable future. Host a field day at your garden or farm.


Field Days Field days are usually held once a month except in January.

Lunch is at 12.30pm, and talks or tours start at 1.15pm. We usually finish by 4pm but you are welcome to leave whenever you like. 

What to bring: A folding chair, lunch and drinks, hat and sturdy shoes, produce to swap/share/sell.


Members - free
Due to COVID-19 restrictions, only current financial members are eligible to attend field days. Bookings are compulsory due to limited numbers. BOOK NOW


Wet Weather: Check our Facebook field day event page or tune into 2NURFM 103.7 or 1233 ABC Local Radio for updates on the day.


Car Pooling: Head over to our Facebook page and post in the field day event listing to offer or ask for a lift. Alternatively contact us via phone.