A Taste of Permaculture – Saturday 6th March

A Taste of Permaculture – Saturday 6th March

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.


  • 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.


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Your teacher: Cal Champagne

Cal Champagne has been the manager of Green Connect Farm since its establishment. Growing up on a permaculture demonstration property on the Far South Coast of NSW, Cal moved to the Illawarra as a young adult to study environmental sciences at UOW, before going on to postgraduate studies in Sustainable Food Systems at the University of Sydney. During his studies, he got involved in permaculture locally, through volunteering in the ‘Living Classroom’ school gardens at Cringila Public School, Port Kembla Public School and Warrawong High School. When an 11-acre piece of land adjacent to Warrawong High School was made available, Cal joined Green Connect to turn this land into what is now the Green Connect Farm, one of the country’s leading examples of urban agriculture.

Cal Champagne Fruit Trees and Food Forests Green Connect Farm

Why is Green Connect offering studies in permaculture?

Well, because we are proud of the work we have done to turn 11 aces of disused land into a thriving permaculture farm abundant with vegetables, fruit, herbs and animals (goats, pigs, sheep and chickens). And because we’re so proud of it, we want to share it with you. People often ask us what we do, how we do it and why it’s such a success story for the Illawarra. Rest assured, as a not for profit, your ticket price goes directly to our farm. Every purchase helps and supports the work that we do.


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