This workshop covers topics, in a step-by-step, hands on way including:
- Understanding how vegetables and herbs grow,
- How we can help 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 vegetables.
- Managing weeds, pests and diseases that impact on your veggies
- Fertilising, irrigating, and harvesting practices.
This workshop has a hands-on focus. It won’t just give you the knowledge, but also the skills and experience to grow healthy veg and herbs!
The workshop includes:
- morning tea,
- afternoon tea and
- course notes to take home with you; and
- 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. 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 training 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 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.
When: Saturday 9 November 9am-5pm
What to bring:
- Enclosed shoes for every attendee
- Sun hat and sunscreen
Weather: Please note that if the weather has been particularly wet the farm might be muddy and wet so make sure to dress appropriately.
Notice: 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 firstname.lastname@example.org to see if this tour is right for you.