September 2020 Field Day

We are pleased to schedule a field day at Martindale, in the Hunter Valley NSW on September 26th, almost exactly one year since the inaugural field day and AGM. As per 2019, this is conveniently close to the spring equinox. We will also hold our AGM on the day. As of now we envisage a similar programme as the cancelled March event. Any changes or updates will be posted on this page.

Thank you once again to those members who chose to leave their registration fees for the next event. We will be sending confirmation emails to you in June, 2020. Watch your emails.

Time: September 26, 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