Grow your own Vegetables and Herbs – Saturday 10th April

9:00am – 5:00pm (7 hrs)

This step-by-step workshop ensures everyone leaves with the knowledge and skills to grow an edible garden on a balcony, in a backyard or over a whole property.

Come along to learn the following:

  • Understanding how vegetables and herbs grow
  • Helping vegetables and herbs to grow without chemicals
  • Tools and techniques used to produce vegetables and herbs
  • Building healthy soils through composting, no-dig gardening, and other soil preparation techniques
  • Designing crop rotation plans, and planting plans
  • Transplanting and direct seeding of vegetables
  • Managing weeds, pests and diseases that impact on your veggies
  • Fertilising, irrigating, and harvesting practices


  • Morning tea and lunch
  •  A veggie garden starter kit of seedlings
  • A tour of Green Connect’s award winning urban farm

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. Though we do take it slowly, the tour involves a moderately challenging walk and is not accessible for prams, wheelchairs or people with moderate mobility issues.
  • 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.
  • A pen/pencil and paper if you wish to take notes.

Before booking, please read the Terms-and-Conditions

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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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