Grow your own Vegetables – one day workshop with Cal Champagne March 21

Grow your own Vegetables – one day workshop with Cal Champagne March 21


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Practical and fun sustainability at its best! Join farm manager Cal Champagne at the Green Connect farm in Warrawong to learn the fundamentals of growing chemical-free vegetables and herbs.


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Saturday 21 March, 2020 from 9am-5pm


Green Connect Farm in Warrawong


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

This workshop has a hands-on focus. It’ll give you not only the knowledge, but also the skills and experience to grow healthy veg and herbs!

What to bring

  • Enclosed shoes for every attendee
  • Sun hat and sunscreen
  • Water
  • Pen/pencil and notebook


  • morning tea
  • afternoon tea
  • lunch
  • course notes to take home with you
  • a tour of Green Connect’s award winning urban farm.

About the facilitator

Cal Champagne has been the manager of Green Connect Farm since its establishment. After growing up on a permaculture demonstration property on the Far South Coast of NSW, Cal moved the Illawarra to study environmental sciences at UOW. He then went on to postgraduate studies in Sustainable Food Systems at the University of Sydney. During his studies, he got involved in permaculture in the Illawarra, through his volunteer work in the ‘Living Classroom’ school gardens at local schools. When an 11-acre piece of land adjacent to Warrawong High School was made available, Cal joined Green Connect. The team turned this land into what is now Green Connect farm, one of the country’s leading examples of urban agriculture.

Cal has mentored and trained hundreds of young people, former refugees, and other community members as part of his role at Green Connect. Cal has also facilitated adult learning during several Permaculture Design Courses and also as a garden educator for the Multicultural Council of the Illawarra. Cal’s biggest passion is using permaculture and growing food as a vehicle for social change and individual empowerment.




Please note that if the weather has been particularly wet the farm might be muddy and wet so make sure to dress appropriately.


We have a number of animals on our farm including pigs, sheep and chickens. We also have beehives (please notify us if you are allergic) and the occasional snake. This tour explores the Green Connect farm in depth, it does require walking through muddy ground, up hills and on uneven surfaces, if you have mobility or health issues please contact the team on 4243 1537 or to see if this tour is right for you.


Additional information

Ticket type

Veg Box Subscriber, Non-Veg Box Subscriber


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