March Field Day

Field School Update: The March field school is officially cancelled.

The health and welfare of our members and the community at large must take precedence.I am indebted to Pat Collins and her family and volunteers for being willing to make numerous adjustments to the program to work within the confines of social distancing and sanitation practices.

But... Pat has generously offered to host the field day during the spring, presuming that restrictions are lifted by then. I would also like to thank our members and non-members who enrolled in the field day and showed trust in our organization. Not one cancellation was recorded, apart from a member who had to self-isolate because of recent air travel.

Full refunds will be made available with an option for putting the registration fees towards the spring field day or another IPHA event. Your choice, so please let us know. This will all take a little time to administer, so please do contact us but be patient, our treasurer and secretary are going to be kept very busy dealing with these details. Meanwhile, thank you for supporting IPHA, we will be looking at alternative options for holding activities, such as webinars stay well.

best wishes to all, Andrew

Time: March 28th, 2020
Place: 1780 Martindale Rd, Denman, NSW.  Click here for directions.
Registration: Click Here.


Available all day: fruit, macadamia nuts, tea/coffee/milo/wattle seed coffee/water
9.30am – Welcome and Introduction
9.45 am – Plant walk and identification-Andrew and Pat. This will cover useful plants (weeds) and natives -attendees are welcome to bring plants for identification
10:45 am – Discovering Lichens – Kat Bennett
11:30 – Distillation start – Rob and Andrew will be extracting the essential oil of yellow box (Eucalytpus melliodora).
12:00(noon) – Making a native medicinal ointment – Pat (everyone to take home a sample)
1pm – Lunch – Menu includes: Nettle quiche, fat hen fritters and weed salad. Desserts: bananas with chocolate chips or baked apples filled with dried fruit (cooked in camp oven).
Important: Everyone must bring their own eating utensils, plate, dish, cup, knife, fork, spoon and tea towel. Washing up water will be supplied and everyone will be responsible for their own utensils.
1:45pm – Meeting of IPHA (meet and eat)
2:30pm – Demonstration of underground oven
3 pm – Bush crafts and uses of indigenous plants – Natasha
4:30 pm – Checking the essential oil (hydrosol samples available to take home)
5pm – Weaving demonstration Roz
7pm – Dinner menu includes Bunya nut curry, damper, various vegetables and fish. Twister for kids. Desserts: lemon myrtle cheesecake and berries.

IPHA Field Day Useful information. Children are encouraged to come and there will be crafts such as weaving, making pots from clay, creating totem sticks from grass trees and plenty of fun in the dry creek bed.
Note: We need a dedicated child-minding person. For any member who is interested, there will be no charge for attendance.

Camping:Anyone can come and camp friday and saturday nights. There is a pit toilet and rain water but you must bring your own camp gear. No camping fee applies.

Registration/Fees: Full cost includes all workshops, lunch, dinner, morning and afternoon teas $80 pp. (IPHA Members $70), $40 children 12-18 years, Under 12years free.

Printable registration form Field Day-March2020-pdf