Fruit Trees & Food Forests
Sunday December 6th 2020
9am – 12:30pm at Green Connect Farm (Warrawong, NSW)
A food forest is a consciously-designed perennial garden system that mimics patterns in nature to create a space that is both productive and sustainable. Food forests contain a diversity of plant species that complement each other to create a harmonious ecosystem, that also produces an abundance of food. Like a natural forest, a food forest contains many layers including fruit and nut trees, shrubs and bushes, ground covers, herbs, tubers and vines. All these plants are either edible or are selected to support the edible plants by providing nutrients, increase biodiversity, maintaining soil stability or to create microclimates.
This workshop is hand-on and will feature a tour of Green Connects perennial systems, which include over 30 types of fruit trees, to provide participants with a diverse range of examples of fruit trees and food forest systems.
Your course fee includes:
- 3.5hrs of face-to-face teaching at the Green Connect Farm, Warrawong NSW.
- Catered morning tea. Let us know your dietary requirements.
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.
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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.