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  • A 2hr masterclass on the magic of turning your organic waste into the best soil to grow your own organic food. Rod Logan, our market garden coordinator, will guide you through the pros and cons of his proven method of hot (aerobic) compost as well as worm farming. He will demystify home organics, giving you and your household the skills to close the loop on food waste! Rod will explain what he has learned from his 20+ years of market gardening. You will then;
    • Learn the ins and outs of worm farming (let worms do the work!)
    • Learn all about compost ground systems (aerobic compost)
    • Meet other aspiring home composters and form a supportive community
    • If there's time, explore the Green Connect Farm site to see how composting works on a large scale
    Please read the Terms and Conditions prior to booking your tickets.
  • In this full day workshop, Claire Brown from Austinmer Beekepers will build on the topics covered in the Intro to Beekeeping workshop. If weather permits, Claire will spend half the day with theory and the other half giving you practical skills by opening her display hives for some hand-on learning. This workshop is designed to get you inspired and give you the skills to become a backyard beekeper! Your workshop includes: Theory -
    • The life cycle of bees
    • The roles of different bees in the hive
    • Obtaining beehives
    • Ideal hive placement
    • Hive types and their characteristics
    • Bee diseases and diseases - how to spot them
    • Swarming
    Practical -
    • Inspecting a beehive
    • Managing your space
    • Finding evidence of a queen bee
    • Essential beekeeping resources
    • Brood management
    • Extracting honey
    Please read the Terms and Conditions prior to booking your tickets.
  • In this 3.5hr workshop, Claire Brown from Austinmer Beekepers will introduce you to bee society and answer the question of why bringing bees into your life is so enriching and fruitful. If weather permits, we will take a look at our display hive and get a glimpse into the day to day life of the honey bee. Claire will explain the history of beekeeping before diving into the reasons why beekeeping is her greatest passion. This workshop is sure to get you inspired to start a beehive of your own! Your workshop topics:
    • Hive types and their characteristics
    • The amazing variety of honey bee products
    • Practicalities to look into before getting bees
    • Essential equipment
    • If weather is permitting, we will open a hive onsite.
    Before booking Intro to Beekeeping, please read the Terms-and-Conditions
  • Ama with veg box on her head
    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.

     
  • 2019 Su Meh, Ama Folly Bebe, Shay Reh and YP at farm
    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.

    Private Farm Tour- Booking Form

  • Join us for an authentic, sensory farm experience and learn how we work with nature to grow chemical-free produce. We’ll get hands-on as we explore our 11-acre permaculture farm, including market gardens and food forest, and search for our free-range sheep, goats, pigs and chickens who love a good feed. Our 60-minute Family Farm tour is designed for kids and their parents/carers. Eight years ago, our vision was to turn a steep block of unused land in Warrawong, just south of Wollongong, into a thriving farm. Today the farm produces fruit, vegetables, herbs, eggs, honey and free-range meat using organic principles. As well as growing fair food, the farm creates jobs for young people and former refugees. Last year, Green Connect grew and distributed 35,250kg of chemical free food and employed 144 former refugees and young people. We’d love you to come and see what we’ve done with the place! Please read the additional information below before booking. DOWNLOAD THE DECEMBER/JANUARY FARM TOUR BROCHURE. Adult tours are also available. These 75-minute tours offer adults without children an in-depth experience, exploring our market gardens and how we run an award-winning social enterprise. Find out more.  

  • Grow-chemical-free-vegetables
    1:30pm - 5:00pm (3.5 hrs) The workshop will begin with an introduction to the ethics and principles that underpin permaculture and a discussion of the ways in which these can be used to design systems that are both sustainable and abundant. We will:
    • Explore the various levels of holistic site design and land management practices on the Green Connect Farm site.
    • Meet the chickens, bees, pigs and sheep, and learn how they have been integrated into perennial food systems to help repair the land and yield ethically raised produce.
    • Walk the creek line to see how bringing back indigenous rainforest species as part of a biodiversity belt is helping to create a diverse ecosystem that complements our food production.
    • Understand the sustainable cropping techniques that produce veggies and herbs for households, restaurants and cafes throughout the Illawarra.
    • Learn how nutrients are recycled throughout the farm to create production and efficiency rather than waste.
    • Hear how permaculture has been used as a vehicle for empowering former refugees, young people, and the wider community.
    This in-depth tour and workshop is for anyone interested in permaculture design, regenerative agriculture, backyard gardening, urban agriculture, local food systems, sustainable and ethical animal management, fairness for agricultural workers, recycling organic waste, or the role of native restoration in agricultural landscapes. Included
    • Morning tea and some take-home notes.
    Before you book, please consider the following:
    • The site is a working farm and visitors must participate in a safety briefing before entering.
    • The terrain at the farm is particularly steep and slippery in parts and is not accessible for prams or wheelchairs.
    • Plants love rain and so do we! We don’t cancel tours in wet weather unless there is a dangerous storm. Rain (and mud!) is all part of the fun.
    • Allergen advice: Our farm is home to domestic animals as well as bees, wasps and macadamia trees. Please pack an Epipen if allergic and keep it with you at all times.
    All tour participants must: 
    • Wear enclosed shoes or boots (sorry no thongs or sandals allowed) and clothes you don’t mind getting dirty. Long pants are recommended.
    • Bring a hat and sunscreen or rain gear, depending on the weather forecast.
    • Bring a water bottle pre-filled with water.
     
  • 1:30pm - 5:00pm (3.5 hrs) Take a walk around the natural spaces at the Green Connect Farm and discover the edible and medicinal plants that grow around you. Learn about folk knowledge, traditional uses and current debates about weeds and their uses. Three generations ago people from all over the world knew how to positively identify edible and medicinal plants in their surroundings. This widespread knowledge of how to cure and feed yourself from the environment has been slowly replaced by industrial agriculture and supermarket alienation. Join renowned wild edibles expert Diego Bonetto on a 3.5 hour experience that will start the process of getting this knowledge back. Learn about the most common species growing in your garden, along the green belts and in parks and reserves. Find out how they have been used for food, craft and natural remedies. Discover ways to safely harvest from the urban 'wild' and enrich your diet with vitamins and minerals. To some, plantain, dandelion, chickweed and sow-thistle are a nuisance, to others they are a delicious salad and a seasonal treat. This is an informative workshop designed to empower people with identification skills. Participants will receive material on the day and follow up links so to progress with their own research. The knowledge is old and widespread and this learning experience will empower participants by giving the possibility to meet, touch, smell and even taste the plants. Included
    • Morning tea
    • A complimentary copy of Wild Stories, a booklet detailing 16 of the most common species found in and around Sydney, with full-colour images for easy identification.
    Before you book, please consider the following:
    • The site is a working farm and visitors must participate in a safety briefing before entering.
    • The terrain at the farm is particularly steep and slippery in parts and is not accessible for prams or wheelchairs.
    • Plants love rain and so do we! We don’t cancel tours in wet weather unless there is a dangerous storm. Rain (and mud!) is all part of the fun.
    • Allergen advice: Our farm is home to domestic animals as well as bees, wasps and macadamia trees. Please pack an Epipen if allergic and keep it with you at all times.
    All tour participants must: 
    • Wear enclosed shoes or boots (sorry no thongs or sandals allowed) and clothes you don’t mind getting dirty. Long pants are recommended.
    • Bring a hat and sunscreen or rain gear, depending on the weather forecast.
    • Bring a water bottle pre-filled with water.
    • Bring a pen/pencil, notebook and camera if you wish to retain the information you learn
     
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