Roots & All Farm Tour – October

Roots & All Farm Tour – October


15 in stock

Green Connect’s ‘Roots and All’ farm tour takes you on an in-depth journey through the Green Connect Farm. Understand how Green Connect has used permaculture design to transform neglected, weed infested land into a diverse urban farm.


15 in stock

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Meet the pigs, chickens, bees and sheep. Learn how we have created a sustainable food system. Understand how the animals have helped repair the land and provide ethically raised produce. Walk the creek line and see how bringing back native species is helping to create an ecosystem that complements our food production. Understand the science behind our veggie crops that produce food for café’s, restaurants and households throughout the Illawarra. Hear how Green Connect’s sustainable farming is used to empower former refugees and young people.

This tour includes a morning tea, and some take home notes. The Roots and All farm tour is for anyone interested in:

– permaculture design,

– regenerative agriculture,

– market gardening,

– urban agriculture,

– local, seasonal eating and growing,

– sustainable and ethical animal management,

– fairness for agricultural workers, or

– the role of native restoration in agricultural landscapes.

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 12 October 10am-1pm

What to bring:

  • Enclosed shoes for every attendee
  • Sun hat and sunscreen
  • Water

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 to see if this tour is right for you.


Additional information

Ticket type

Veg Box Subscriber, Non-Veg Box Subscriber


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