Radio garden guru Sabrina to share knowledge at Gidgegannup

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Sabrina Hahn will be at this Sunday’s Gidgegannup Small Farm Field Day.
Camera IconSabrina Hahn will be at this Sunday’s Gidgegannup Small Farm Field Day. Credit: Julian Masters

Gardener extra-ordinaire Sabrina Hahn will share her knowledge at this Sunday’s Gidgegannup Small Farm Field Day.

The horticultural scientist will host presentations on sustainable practices and first aid for gardens, as well as provide advice to visitors throughout the day.

Known for her cheerful humour, every Saturday morning Ms Hahn joins ABC Radio’s Roots and Shoots, a full hour of gardening talkback.

“Gardens are the lungs of our cities, but they are also a contributor for our mental health and wellbeing,” Ms Hahn said.

While she said it could be tough gardening in WA, plant selection, good design and using the topography of the landscape could help to make gardens an asset.

“Gardening in the Hills presents its own problems, with rock and clay and low rainfall. It’s important to understand soil type and plant according to the environment,” she said.

The Gidgegannup Small Farm Field Day, held on May 27 within the local showgrounds, aims to bring the realities and joys of farming to life.

“Our field day is about community. It is about entertaining and educating all of our visitors, as well as promoting our growers and producers,” field day president Jennifer Kent said.

Sabrna Hahn will be providing advice to visitors throughout the day.
Camera IconSabrna Hahn will be providing advice to visitors throughout the day.

From horticulture and natural resource management, to livestock health and genetics, Ms Kent said there would be experts on hand to discuss a range of topics.

“There is a growing interest in the livestock that people can have on small acreages,” she said.

“Goats are particularly attractive, because they are a reasonable size, particularly the dwarf and pygmy breeds.”

The field day is open from 9.30am to 4pm.

While designed with owners of small properties in mind, the event’s reach extends far beyond the gates of hobby farms.

From horticulture and natural resource management, to livestock health and genetics, Ms Kent said there would be experts on hand to discuss a range of topics.

“There is a growing interest in the livestock that people can have on small acreages. Goats are particularly attractive, as they are a reasonable size, particularly the dwarf and pygmy breeds,” she said.

The Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development will be sending representatives to discuss on-farm biosecurity and animal health, while Comp’s Poultry will once again host an information session with veterinarian Grant Richards.

There will also be a presentation on truffles, with Alain Fabregues also selling inoculated trees on the day, as well as information sessions on jujubes, blueberries and trees suited to the Gidgegannup area.

“Wildlife researcher Simon Cherriman will also be telling us about WA’s majestic Eagles and his journey tracking them throughout the State,” Ms Kent said.

With entertainment for young and old, including puppet shows and live music, Ms Kent said the day promised to be fun for all the family.

“Children always love the Discovery Trail and the interactive gardening area,” she said.

Combined with an expo dedicated to alpacas and a showcase of horse skills for in the showgrounds’ arena, plus machinery displays and a long table lunch by the local Slow Food Movement, Ms Kent visitors were sure to enjoy this action-packed day.

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