On this page you will find a number of course which can be held over a weekend, day or evening. These courses are aimed mainly at people who want to have organic fruit and vegetables in their gardens. It is hoped that from these courses you will be well on your way to good health and sustainability through fun workshops which mix theory with a hands-on practice, delivered with humour and genuine passion.
Compost & Worm Farms
Learn the art and science of how two teams, worms and microbes turn waste into healthy, organic topsoil which is the cornerstone of organic gardening and human health. The session includes theory and practice and by the finish you will have all the know how to set up a worm farm and make beautiful compost. Also you will have gained the knowledge of how to deal with the common problems. Duration: 2 hours Price: $40 includes handout and tea and coffee
Garden Life (and Organic Pest Control)
The hidden world of garden creatures is fascinating and complex, even alien. While it is easy to appreciate the beauty of gloriously coloured butterflies and the fluffy, native Teddy Bear Bee, it is often the less salubrious creatures like the magnificent giant, burrowing, native cockroach that play a vital part in our garden ecosystems. Learn about the life of your soil and how to care for it. How we invite in the beneficial insects and the natural predators so we can garden without sprays. We'll help you turn your backyard into a balanced ecosystem.
Duration: 2 hours Price: $40 includes recipe handout and tea and coffee
Guide to Chickens
Anyone who wants to keep chickens at home can learn the basics, from feeding, housing and chicken health to how to look after ex-battery hens. This course includes how to pick a suitable garden spot for your chickens and their daily maintenance. How to hold a chicken (You will have the opportunity to (handle a chicken). Is your chicken ill or is this normal behaviour, and how and what to feed your chickens. Any questions can be answered over tea and coffee.
Duration: 2 hours Price: $40 includes handout and tea and coffee
Intro to Organic Gardening
There has been resurgence in growing your own fruits and vegetables and the large horticultural companies say the demand for vegetable seedlings has outstripped the demand for ornamentals at the nurseries. It seems people want to do this organically and who wouldn’t what with the reports of side effects of chemicals, pesticides and GM crops. But where to get started? This course covers the basics of soil, water wise gardening, companion planting and natural pest control, compost and worms, heritage food varieties, no-dig gardening, how to plant and propagate from seed, and how take those very first steps.
Duration: 6 hours This can be divided into 2 days. Price: $120 includes handout and bring a plate to share, in true Permie style.
Design your Garden
Not sure where to start your vegetable garden? There are a number of factors that should be considered when deciding on the design and location of your new vegetable garden. Position, sunlight, protection, water, competition are just some of the items which need to be looked at. On this course we will look at designing your yard, so a mud map of your block will be needed. The design process will deepen your understanding of Permaculture, use Permaculture techniques and you will end up with not only your productive yard but also a chemically free one.
Duration: 2 Days Price: $280 includes handouts bring a plate to share, in true Permie style.
INTERESTED? Next years course guide has not been started as yet. So please contact me if you are interested in any of the above courses OR want to suggest one to me. contact me !
Susan and her husband live in Beechworth Victoria, Australia.
We would love to have you visit.......... again soon!