Small farmers learn all about 'saws and knots'

DEMONSTRATION: Allan Spencer (middle) demonstrates to participant Paolo how to sharpen a chainsaw. Photo: Supplied

DEMONSTRATION: Allan Spencer (middle) demonstrates to participant Paolo how to sharpen a chainsaw. Photo: Supplied

Members of the Small Farms Network Capital Region learnt skills related to sharpening chainsaws, tying knots to fix fences and learning handy rope knots at 'Farmers Postcard - Chainsaws and Knots', which was held in Bywong.

Members of the network got together after work for a social sausage sizzle and to practise their farming skills.

Members of the network, Chris Curtis and Allan Spencer, coached 22 people the techniques related to shared skills on how to keep a chainsaw sharp, tie rope and wire knots for everyday farm work, tying on loads and fencing.

"The Farmers Postcard- Saws and Knots is about members of the network helping each other. It's a chance to chat, share ideas and learn from each other," Mr Spencer earlier said.

One of the participants, Mary, said that the event was an opportunity for her and her husband to meet like-minded people and learn new skills.

"We moved to our block two years ago and since that time have attended a number of Small Farms Network Capital Region events. We learn a lot at these events and tonight is a good chance for us to practise what we have learnt and shared experiences," she said.

"I only use the chainsaw a few times a year, so it is really good to practise these skills. Allan who was showing how to sharpen the chainsaw is very knowledgeable," her husband Paolo added.

Chris Curtis bought out the fencing gear and strainers and showed people how to strain a wire and tie fencing knots.

"I learnt and practised a knot that I have been trying to master for quite a few years," Fred, who was one of the participants, said.

"Our aim to help small farmers who may not have the required skill. It is about empowering people to learn and share their skills with others," coordinator ofTHE Small Farm Network Capital Region Alex James said.

The Small Farms Network Capital Region was created to help people on small rural blocks learn skills to help with caring for land and farm animals.