Muresk Institute is hosting a rural life weekend event which offers participants an opportunity to learn from industry experts and enthusiasts everything you need to know about rural life.

The weekend is aimed at small landholders and rural life-stylers and those interested in gaining skills to better manage their block. It will be an opportunity to network with like-minded people, in a fun environment.

There will be four workshops running Saturday 20th Sept including For everything there is a season – Property Planning, Love your menagerie, Tree planting with JO Wheeler from NRM and Soils and Pastures

Muresk is revitalising training, higher education and research opportunities in the Wheatbelt region. This event not only offers guests a chance to learn and network but allows for a lot of fun along the way.

Guest speakers include Chris Ferreira who is a well-known personality in the gardening and sustainability world. He has a solid background in environmental science and has emerged as a leading authority on sustainable gardening, land care, sustainable development and energy efficient home design. His media work includes regular roles on 720 ABC Radio and Channel 7’s Greenfingers gardening and sustainability program. Chris leads The Forever Project team which aims to inspire and empower the community to live more sustainably. This currently includes a range of high profile and award winning projects such as Great Gardens, Heavenly Hectares and Enviro Theatre in conjunction with the Swan River Trust, the Water Corporation and others.

We have Jo Wheeler-Project manager at Wheatbelt Natural Resource Management. Jo is an enthusiastic sustainable agriculture advocate with extensive experience in Wheatbelt farming systems and tree cropping.Currently Jo is managing projects that are showcasing innovation in agroforestry and grazing systems and working with farmers that are passionate about their trials.

Jo has worked with Men of the Trees, had her own small tree farm and worked at the Dept of Agriculture in weed science, pulses & soil surveying.Jo holds a Bachelor of Science and Cert IV in Project Management.

Total cost for four workshops and catering $65 per person.

You are welcome to extend your visit to Muresk and stay overnight for an additional $40 single, or $50 double accommodation. Catering for the evening meal and breakfast Sunday would be your own arrangements. Plenty of options available in Northam or Spencer’s Brook Tavern, nearby.