Gidgegannup’s time to shine

Ann RawlingsCountryman

For those behind the Gidgegannup Small Farm Field Day, life on the land is not a matter of get big or get out.

Rather, it’s is about the fun that can be had in , and the beauty of that can be enjoyed, by owning a small landholding.

Field day president Jennifer Kent said the event aimed to bring farming and nature to life, from growing the best vegetables to creating a resilient farm and keeping livestock happy and healthy.

This year’s field day, on Sunday at the Gidgegannup Showgrounds, will also include WA’s own Honey Festival.

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“Our event offers so much diversity. There really is something for everyone, and that’s what we look forward to most, seeing old friends and supporters and meeting new ones,” Ms Kent, pictured, said.

Livestock displays of llamas, alpacas, goats, sheep and cattle are matched by those showcasing landcare, horticulture and beekeeping.

“The Honey Festival adds another dimension to the day, as do the associations and societies that are involved,” Ms Kent said.

Presentations by sustainability advocate Chris Ferreira, gardening guru Deryn Thorpe and truffle-man Alain Fabregues are expected to be popular, while veterinarians Grant Richards and Rod Thompson will be sharing their expertise on poultry and livestock.

“There will be lots of advice on how to look after livestock and some of the regulations that are required by the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development,” Ms Kent said.

This year’s Alpaca Expo will feature breeders from around WA, with judged events and displays of alpacas and fibre.

There will also be exhibits of machinery, wine and produce.

“It’s a day of entertainment, advice and fun for everyone,” Ms Kent said.

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