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  • 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.
    Before booking, please read the Terms-and-Conditions
  • 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
    Before booking, please read the Terms-and-Conditions
  • 9:00am – 12:30pm (3.5 hrs workshop) Are you fascinated by the world of bees? Have you ever thought about starting a hive of your own? In this 3.5hr workshop, Claire Brown from Flametree Beekepers will introduce you to bee society, give you a brief history of beekeeping, and explain 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. This workshop is sure to inspire you and help you figure out whether beekeeping is for you! Your workshop topics include:
    • 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.
    This workshop is sure to inspire you and help you decide whether or not beekeeping is for you. It is also a great first step towards the full day In depth Beekeeping workshop Before you book, please consider the following:
    • The Green Connect farm is a working farm and all visitors must participate in a safety briefing at the beginning of your workshop.
    • The terrain at the farm is steep and slippery in parts and your workshop may involve a moderately strenuous walk to reach some of our beehives. At this stage, this walk is not suitable for wheelchairs.
    • Our farm plants love rain and so do we! We don't cancel workshops or tours in wet weather unless there is a dangerous storm so please be sure to come prepared.
    • Allergen advice: Our farm is home to domestic animals as well as bees, wasps and macadamia trees. If you are allergic, please inform us and keep your Epipen with you at all times.
    All beekeeping workshop participants must:
    • Wear thick pants such as jeans and a long sleeved shirt. DO NOT wear black as this may endanger you. The natural predators of honey bees are black (e.g. bears) so when they see something big and black coming their way, they will sting now and ask questions later!
    • Wear enclosed shoes or boots (sorry no thongs or sandals allowed).
    • Bring a hat and sunscreen or rain gear, depending on the weather forecast.
    • Bring a water bottle.
    Before booking Intro to Beekeeping, please read the Terms-and-Conditions
  • 9:00am – 5:00pm (7 hrs workshop) Are you fascinated by the art of beekeeping and keen to gain the skills required to start your own hive? In this full day workshop, Claire Brown from Flametree Beekepers will give you the knowledge and skills required to get you started as a backyard beekeeper. The workshop will include a morning of theory and, weather permitting, an afternoon of hands-on, practical learning at our display hive. Specifically, your workshop will include: 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 – 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
    This workshop will build on the topics covered in the Intro to Beekeeping workshop, however you do NOT have to complete the intro workshop in order to book into the In depth workshop. Before you book, please consider the following:
    • The Green Connect farm is a working farm and all visitors must participate in a safety briefing at the beginning of your workshop.
    • The terrain at the farm is steep and slippery in parts and your workshop may involve a moderately strenuous walk to reach some of our beehives. At this stage, this walk is not suitable for wheelchairs.
    • Our farm plants love rain and so do we! We don't cancel workshops or tours in wet weather unless there is a dangerous storm so please be sure to come prepared.
    • Allergen advice: Our farm is home to domestic animals as well as bees, wasps and macadamia trees. If you are allergic, please inform us and keep your Epipen with you at all times.
    All beekeeping workshop participants must:
    • Wear thick pants such as jeans and a long sleeved shirt. DO NOT wear black as this may endanger you. The natural predators of honey bees are black (e.g. bears) so when they see something big and black coming their way, they will sting now and ask questions later!
    • Wear enclosed shoes or boots (sorry no thongs or sandals allowed).
    • Bring a hat and sunscreen or rain gear, depending on the weather forecast.
    • Bring a water bottle.
    Before booking, please read the Terms-and-Conditions
  • 2019 Su Meh, Ama Folly Bebe, Shay Reh and YP at farm
    We invite you and your group to join us for a private tour at Green Connect farm! We are excited to work with you to provide a farm experience designed especially for your group at a date and time that suits you. Private Farm Tours are great for garden clubs, scout/guide groups, a big bunch of friends and family, or any group of people wanting to experience the magic of the Green Connect farm and learn about how we grow chemical-free food! 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 explore and get hands on in our market gardens, where we grow the majority of our produce, our food forest that is slowly producing fruit, and the bush regeneration site that nourishes the farm and the land in so many ways. You'll also have the opportunity to meet some of our animals including our free-range sheep, goats, pigs and chickens who love a good feed. We'll work with you to figure out what topics and activities you're most interested in and weave those into a fun, interactive and thought-provoking, experience for your whole group, A 1-hour private tours costs $300 for a group of up to 30 people. If you’d like a bit more time, we can add 30 minutes for $50. Discounts are available for non-profit and community groups. Please contact us for more information. PLEASE READ OUR ESSENTIAL INFORMATION BEFORE BOOKING  

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  • Join us for an authentic, sensory farm experience and learn how we work with nature to grow chemical-free produce. These 60-minute tours are fun and interactive for the whole family! We’ll get hands-on as we explore our 11-acre permaculture farm, including market gardens where we grow the majority of our produce and food forest which is slowly producing fruit. We’ll also search for our free-range sheep, goats, pigs, and chickens to offer a tasty snack. 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 note that Family Farm tours are designed for children and their parents/carers. Those who are interested in learning about permaculture farming in more detail are invited to book into an Adult farm tour or explore our range of Workshops. Private farm tours are also available for groups of family and friends. PLEASE READ OUR ESSENTIAL INFORMATION BEFORE BOOKING
  • 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.

     
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