- Know all 12 principles of permaculture well and use these as a thinking tool to take stock of your own home and lifestyle. Then, use this thinking to feel make an empowered plan, full of new strategies.
- Know the history of permaculture and its roots in Australia.
- Have a few practical skills - planting a garden bed and applying the "chop and drop" method to growing legumes.
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“Permaculture is a design system for the creation of socially, economically and ecologically sustainable settlements” – Bill Mollison. Introduction to Permaculture is just the beginning for those with a passion for gardening resilience and sustainable lifestyles. At Green Connect's urban farm, in Warrawong NSW join us for a weekend-long workshop with expert permaculturalist, John Champagne from Brogo Permaculture Gardens. Put the principles of permaculture into action on the Green Connect farm whilst taking in the theory over two days. By the end of the weekend you will:
Beginners in Backyards is a mixed bunch of topics taught by the experts at Green Connect. If you are a complete beginner gardener and want to grow your skills as well as your herbs then this video series is for you! Purchase these recordings to hear our expert gardeners Ange and Jacqui walk you through the basic skills that will get you backyard gardening with confidence and prepared for Spring. With the change of season, now is the perfect time to make plans, learn simple skills and start thinking long-term to ensure the success of your edible garden. Just $30 each all four for the special price of $90
- Small Space Gardening with Angela Cook
- Seed Saving with Jacqui Besgrove
- All About Compost with Jacqui Besgrove
- Backyard Chickens with Jacqui Besgrove
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School of Green Living is a mixed bunch of topics taught by the experts: you ask the questions and we'll share what we know! At Green Connect, we’re branching out to help you in the garden and around the house! With interest in sustainable living on the rise, Grow your own Veg aims to share our skills and knowledge that will empower you to implement changes to create a more sustainable household and community. Purchase these recordings to hear our farm manager Cal Champagne walk you through the fundamentals of self sufficiency in your home garden.
- Grow your own: The fundamentals of growing your own veg and herbs
- Starting at ground level: The fundamentals of soil
- What can I grow? Characteristics of the seasonal vegetables and herbs we can grow
- Resilience in diversity: Crop rotation and companion planting methods
- Weeds, pests, disease and malnutrition: Planning a response to common vegetable growing issues
This tour is for you if you'd like to book a farm experience at a date and time that suits you. A private tour is suitable for university groups, garden clubs, scouts and guides, or just a big bunch of friends and family. Come and see what happens when you take 11 acres of scrub, a team of passionate hardworking staff and volunteers, then add the philosophies of permaculture and organic farming principles. Your group will see how our market gardens work, our food forest that is slowly producing fruit, and meet the free-range sheep, pigs and/or chickens who love a good feed. On the tour, we'll talk about Green Connect as a whole, what running a social enterprise entails, and our plans for the future. The farm is quite steep in places, gets very muddy after rain, and there are lots of uneven surfaces so only book your tickets if you feel confident that your group can traverse our unique site. You will receive an email from us 24hrs beforehand with instructions detailing where to find us. Read the essential info and complete the form below to get in touch today. Prices vary so please complete the booking form and we'll get back to you.
This is a tour tailored for an adult audience. For a tour where your kids are allowed to come along, you must book Farm Tour for Families We have been creating our award-winning urban farm in Warrawong for more than eight years and love sharing it with others! We invite you to come and see what happens when you take 12 acres of scrub, a team of passionate hardworking staff and volunteers, then add the philosophies of permaculture and organic farming principles. On this 75-minute tour, you will see how our market gardens work, our food forest that is slowly producing fruit, and meet the free-range sheep, pigs and/or chickens who love a good feed. On the tour, we'll talk about Green Connect as a whole, what running a social enterprise entails, and our plans for the future. The site is a working farm and is particularly steep and slippery in parts and, at this stage, is not accessible by everyone. See the video below to check this is the tour for you. At Green Connect Farm, we create jobs for young people and former refugees, we reduce waste, and we grow fair food - food that is good for the people who grow it (fair wages and a good job), good for the people who eat it (healthy and pesticide-free) and good for the planet (sold locally and without polluting the planet). Come along to ask us more about what we do. Green Connect is a not-for-profit social enterprise that provides employment to young people and former refugees and the sustainability industry. Your booking directly helps us to continue the vital work we do. Thank you for your support!
Please note that tickets will close at 8:00am on the day of the tour.