‘A Taste of Permaculture’
Green Connects ‘A Taste of Permaculture’ gives will you a basic understanding of Permaculture and demonstrate how permacultures principles have been employed to transform an unused 12-acre piece of land into a thriving and diverse urban farm and community hub.
The workshop will begin by introducing the ethics and principles that underpin permaculture and discussing the ways in which they can be used to design systems that are both sustainable and abundant. We then go straight into the farm to explore the various levels of Green Connects holistic site design and land management practices.
Meet the chickens, bees, pigs and sheep, and learn how they have been integrated into perennial food systems to help repair the land and yield ethically raised produce; Walk the creek line to see how bringing back indigenous rainforest species as part of a biodiversity belt is helping to create a diverse ecosystem that complements our food production; Understand the sustainable cropping techniques that produce veggies and herbs for households, restaurants and cafes throughout the Illawarra; Learn how nutrients are recycled throughout the farm to create production and efficiency rather than waste; and hear how permaculture has been used as a vehicle for empowering former refugees, young people, and the wider community.
This tour includes a morning tea and some take-home notes. The tour is for anyone interested in permaculture design, regenerative agriculture, backyard gardening, market gardening, urban agriculture, local food systems, sustainable and ethical animal management, fairness for agricultural workers, recycling organic waste, 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 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 PS, Port Kembla PS and Warrawong High School. When a 12-acre piece of land adjacent to Warrawong high school was made available, Cal joined Green Connect to turn this land into what is now Green Connect farm, one of the country’s leading examples of urban agriculture.
As well as mentoring and training hundreds of young people, former refugees, and other community members as part of his role at Green Connect, Cal has facilitated adult learning during several Permaculture Design courses and as a garden educator for the Multicultural Council of the Illawarra. Cals biggest passion is using permaculture and growing food as a vehicle for social change and individual empowerment.
When: 9 am-12 pm. Saturday 26th of October 2019
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 email@example.com to see if this tour is right for you.