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May 2022

Fungi Feast Forage Walk

May 29 @ 8:00 am - 12:00 pm
ORTO Straw Eco Farm Blampied, Vic 3461 Australia + Google Map
A$38.00 Sold out

Join me for an edible fungi foraging adventure in Hepburn. This is how I'd like this day to work. I'd like to spend a few hours with you, sharing fungi foraging identification skills, facts and photos of wild edibles at my farm ORTO, for these skills are important if you want to fall in love with edible fungi. We will drink hot coffee and tea, and eat scrumptious cake as we talk all things fungi. Then let's cook together and…

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Home Made Pasta Class for Beginners

May 29 @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
ORTO Straw Eco Farm Blampied, Vic 3461 Australia

Let me teach how to make pasta. It is easy to do...and once you have the hang of it you will find yourself wanting to have pasta making gatherings. It's an awesome and meaningful way to spend time with friends, and family. And children really love making pasta. In fact for my daughters birthday parties the theme was often pasta making. Three hours would go past with all the kids in full concentration as they watched the dough being squeezed…

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June 2022

Vegan Soap Class

June 5 @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Learn to make beautiful handmade soap at home using readily available kitchen tools. I will teach you how to: Work with lye and I’ll explain why lye is a key soap making ingredient How to use and understand online soap making calculators to create your own recipes I'll explain superfatting, liquid and soap bars How to use and create moulds Cold vs hot process soap making Why Melt & Pour is not a soap making process How to use natural…

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Wearable Felted Body Wraps: a beginners class

June 12 @ 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
ORTO Straw Eco Farm Blampied, Vic 3461 Australia

Join the incredibly talented Catherine O'Leary, for a felting class at ORTO farm and learn to make a wearable felted body wrap. Catherine is an amazing artist! Absolutely gobsmackingly amazing! I can't believe she lives in this beautiful part of the world. And I can't believe she is available to teach a class at ORTO. Felting Felting is a technique that uses natural materials such as wool and silk to create everything from scarves, shoes, hats, dresses and incredible three-dimensional…

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How to make a Braided Rag Rug with Ilka White

June 19 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
ORTO Straw Eco Farm Blampied, Vic 3461 Australia

Join the extremely talented Ilka White here at ORTO Farm and learn to make your own braided rag rug with colours of your choice. Recycle your old clothes and make fantastic rag rugs using an off-loom, spiral-woven braiding technique. We share an inspiring range of colour and design possibilities in this one day workshop. Beautiful and unique floor coverings are possible using contrasting colours, or you can blend patterned rags for a ‘carpet of flowers’. This braiding technique weaves in…

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How to create a passive house and how to electrify your home and car

June 26 @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
ORTO Straw Eco Farm Blampied, Vic 3461 Australia

Join the highly sought after Certified Passivhaus Designer and Architect Talina Edwards at ORTO Farm! Passivhaus is the German word for a home that is built tight with no leaky windows and doors, correctly applied insulation, a focus on quality instead of quantity, correct use of thermal mass, orientation and shading. Talina is based in Ballarat and brings her extensive hands on experience, case studies and articulate communication skills to ORTO. This session is for those who are retrofitting, building…

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October 2022

Wild Weed Forage Feast

October 2 @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
ORTO Straw Eco Farm Blampied, Vic 3461 Australia

Wild weeds in your garden can be used to create sumptuous rewilding meals! In my kitchen garden, I manage weeds to ensure they don’t overtake the garden, but I never get rid of them entirely, because I need them. They help me to create diverse nutrient-rich meals. The only weeds I don’t like are those that are prickly and or with roots that are impossible to pull out. The following weeds, on the other hand, are close friends of mine:…

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February 2023

Straw Passive Solar Home, Wetland and Permaculture Farm Tour

February 19, 2023 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
ORTO Straw Eco Farm Blampied, Vic 3461 Australia

Join us for a tour and chat about all things as they relate to passive solar design and building with straw. Our home is a LightEarth build that used formwork around a stud frame to create walls of straw. We will take a guided tour of our home to see the north-facing greenhouse, double glazed tilt and turn windows, our yoghurt making cupboard, larder with underground cooling vent and surrounding garden designed to create a cool microclimate around our home.…

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Refund Policy: We are extremely sorry to say that it is not possible to give refunds once payment is made regardless of lead up-time. It is possible however for you to transfer your enrolment to a friend or acquaintance.

In light of on and off lockdowns due to Covid, we will do our best to reschedule classes at the earliest time possible. If the class cannot be re-scheduled then a refund will be provided. Much huge care and all the very best from mara

We look forward to meeting you!