Native Plant Nourishment – Sunday December 6th 1:30 – 5:00pm

Native Plant Nourishment – Sunday December 6th 1:30 – 5:00pm

How to feed the native plants that feed us? That’s what Clarence Slockee (from ABC’s Gardening Australia) and Matt McKay will teach you all about in the Native Plant Nourishment workshop. Matt and Clarence are teaming up to tackle the complexities of the native food world, making links between Aboriginal Culture and modern Permaculture.  This workshop caters to anyone new to these concepts as well as those more well-versed. Either way, we guarantee you will take home insights that you didn’t walk in with!

This workshop is an introduction to the philosophies and practices used to create and nurture native plant landscapes for the benefit of all. Included is a tour of the new Native Food & Fibre Walk on the Green Connect Farm where Matt and Clarence will highlight species suitable for the conditions of the Illawarra.

This workshop will:

  • Highlight simple ways of creating a beautiful native plant garden
  • Introduce key concepts of site analysis for reading landscapes effectively
  • Provide practical advice for creating habitats to support local wildlife
  • Offer examples of suitable species that will obtain a yield and increase biodiversity
  • Share Matt and Clarence’s insights gained from many years of working in the field of Native plants and Environmental education.

 

 

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Native Plant Nourishment

Sunday December 6th 1:30 – 5:00pm

1:30 – 5:00pm at Green Connect Farm (Warrawong, NSW)

This workshop is an introduction to the philosophies and practices which can be used to create and nurture native plant landscapes for the benefit of all. The key learning of this workshop focus will be the home garden setting, showcasing how native plants can be effectively and respectfully incorporated into small or large garden spaces. Your workshop consists of both a guided tour and a hands-on component:

  • The hands-on session will revolve around methods of simple propagation, site analysis and tips for feeding the plants that feed us.
  • The tour of the new Native Food & Fibre Walk on the Green Connect Farm will highlight species suitable for the conditions of the Illawarra.

Your course fee includes:

  • 3.5hrs of face-to-face teaching at the Green Connect Farm, Warrawong NSW.
  • Catered afternoon tea. Let us know your dietary requirements.
Your teachers: Matt McKay and Clarence Slockee 
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Clarence Slockee is a Cudgenburra/Bundjalung Aboriginal man with a long family history of bushmen, farmers and fishermen growing up in the lush Tweed Valley.  Clarence intertwines his love of plants, education, culture, design and the arts into his role as Director of Jiwah, a 100% Aboriginal owned company that delivers a range of collaborative projects including urban native species green spaces.

For the past 10 years Clarence has been a familiar face on television screens across the nation as a presenter on ABC’s Gardening Australia. With regular segments on the TV series, he continues to educate people about medicinal, cultural and edible native plant species unique to the Australian landscape.

Clarence has over 20 years of experience in environmental and cultural education, including roles with the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, the Barangaroo Delivery Authority.

Matt McKay has both Gweagal and European heritage and brings both perspectives to his varied career. By collaborating with members of local and wider Indigenous communities, Matt has gained extensive experience in the design, development and installation of Cultural gardens utilising native food, medicine and culturally significant plants.

Since formally studied design under Elemental Permaculture, Matt has brought his skills to to the Living Classroom Programs across the Illawarra, gaining invaluable perspectives, techniques and experience.

The drive to be a part of the creation of public spaces that connect people, create habitat and increase urban biodiversity has led Matt to his most recent projects with Jiwah, where he is facilitating the design and installation of a series of small and large scale commercial projects which aim to demonstrate a wholistic approach to design, land care and community building.

 

Coming from Sydney, Canberra or beyond?

Click here to read about local Airbnbs that we recommend, plus other tips for places to eat and sights to see while you’re in the Illawarra.

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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