Learn practical skills and how to live sustainably by attending these half-day or full-day workshops, usually on Saturdays. Workshop topics range from bee-keeping to making cheese to basket weaving to growing vegetables seasonally.
Spaces fill up fast for these popular, informative and fun workshops. Please book early to avoid disappointment.
For workshop summary and bookings Click Here.
Saturday 2nd, 9th, 16th and 23rd of September
9am-12pm: Permaculture Practicals Grow Organic Herbs & Veggies with Adrian Holbeck
By the end of Week 4 you will be able to …
Enrich your soil with composts & tonics
Plan a compact, productive garden, full of the seasonal greens & perennials that you like to eat
Grow herbs and vegies to boast about and eat
Get seasonal success with super greens
How? Details of each 3 hour session …
Week 1: Composts, plant needs, your garden site & planting plan
Week 2: Soil life, soil foods, fertilisers & tonics, one no-dig method, seasonal planting
Week 3: Soil texture, structure, nutrients & pH, rotation, your planting plan, plant ailments, tools
Week 4: Plant ailments & organic cures, bad bugs, good bugs, planting your plan
Cost: $250 /$200 Health Care Card Holder(GST inc.)plus booking fee. To book CLICK HERE
Saturday 9th and 10th of September
9pm-4pm: Sacred Space Design with Robina McCurdy & Annaliese Horden
Revitalise Yourself, Your home and Your Favourite Places
Learn how to:
Design harmonic for personal relaxation, balancing, tranquility, recharging, inspiration, and aesthetic delight.
Create restorative zones for nature to thrive.
Connect and integrate separate land-space areas generating energy flows which enable optimum function as a whole entity.
By connecting with the spirit of place, working with earth energy fields, and applying permaculture methodology, together with our creative ingenuity and practical know-how, we will design personal sacred spaces to enrich physical, mental, emotional, spiritual well-being, as well as beneficially influencing the surrounding areas.
Robina McCurdy is an international permaculture and organic growing facilitator-educator, and for the past 30 years she has with application to households, neighbourhoods, schools, farms, ecovillages and bioregions. She is founder-trustee of The Institute of Earthcare Education Aotearoa and founder-member of Tui Community and Land Trust (in NZ). Re- connection with nature is core to all of Robina’s work. Her special gift is in designing sacred spaces and facilitating participatory processes which connect nature and culture, some of she describes in her book: Grounding Vision: Empowering Culture.
Annaliese Hordern holds a Degree in Environmental Resource Management and a Diploma in Permaculture. She develops educational strategies for local community initiatives and facilitates groups in Permaculture towards their regenerative design goals. Annaliese is a conservationist and plant enthusiast, inspired by wilderness and useful ethnobotanical plants, guiding her into working with Peruvian Amazon Rainforest conservation.
Cost: 1 Day $100/ $80 Healthcare Card (GST inc.) + booking fee and Both Days $250 /$200 Healthcare Card Holder(GST inc.) + booking fee.
To book CLICK HERE
Saturday 30th September, 7th of October and 14th of October
9pm-12pm: Plant skills for Delicious Gardens – with Carmel Harris
Join Carmel Harris, Experienced Permaculture & Horticulture Teacher in this practical course learn the Simple Clues to the Secret Life of Plants
Over 3 half days on the 30th September, 7th October, 14th October.
Carmel will cover:
- Good Companions, Crop Rotation
- Seed Saving & Propagation
- Choose the best Herbs and Vegies
- For each season and soil type
- Learn to select good fruit trees
Experienced teacher, Carmel Harris will show you the classic botanical ways to recognise plant families, how & when to grow successfully in our climate and learn to select good fruit trees
Cost: $160/ $125 health care card (GST inc.) + Booking fee. To book CLICK HERE.
Saturday 30th September
9pm-4pm: Native Stingless Bees with Dr Tobias Smith presenting Tim Heard’s workshop
This workshop alternates between slide presentations and practical sessions to build a strong foundation of knowledge and experience. The presentations cover the topics of bee nesting, bee foraging, diversity of wild bees, importance of bees in natural systems, traditional stingless beekeeping around the world, modern stingless beekeeping in Australia, using stingless bees for pollination of gardens and farms, sugarbag honey and its properties, rescuing bees threatened in the wild, and more. Practical demonstrations cover hive design, splitting hives to propagate new ones, extracting honey. If available, we also transfer a colony from a natural location into a hive. Please let Tim know if you think you have a suitable colony to use for this demonstration. It will be transferred by an experienced bee keeper and you get to take home the hive at the end.
Cost: $100/$80 Health Care Concession Card Holder (GST Inclusive) + Booking Fee
To book CLICK HERE
Saturday 14th October
9pm-4pm: Keeping your Fruit and Nut Trees Healthy and Productive
In this hands-on workshop you will learn how to carry out the following essential aspects of establishing and maintaining healthy and productive fruit and nut trees:
– building and nourishing the soil to feed the trees
– managing water and drainage
– preventing, monitoring and managing pests, diseases and weeds
Required: Barrows, compost, mulch, spade, pruning saws, loppers, secateurs, spray bottles, PPE (masks, gloves)
To book CLICK HERE
Saturday 14th October and Sunday the 15th of October
9pm-4pm: Introduction to Permaculture Weekend Course with Morag Gamble
Introduction to Permaculture is a wonderful weekend immersion in permaculture. Explore the basics of permaculture principles, design and action. Gather great ideas for designing your permaculture oasis. Learn simple and useful skills that will really help you to create an abundant permaculture garden at home, in your street, at school or in your community. Come and get your hands in the earth and learn by doing. Facilitated by Morag Gamble.
The topics covered in the introduction to permaculture weekend are:
- What is Permaculture
- Permaculture Ethics and Design Principles
- Permaculture for Urban and Suburban areas
- Garden planning with Permaculture Zones and Sectors
- Designing your permaculture system
- Permaculture in the home
- Building the soil fertility naturally
- Creating a no-dig garden
- Establishing a low-maintenance permaculture garden
- How to create abundance in your edible garden
- Propagating herbs, perennials and subtropical plants
- Introduction to seed saving
- Creating an urban food forest
- Permaculture in the community
Cost: $250/$190 Health Care Card Holder + Booking Fee
To book CLICK HERE
Saturday 21st October
9pm-4pm: Mushroom Abundance with James Gibson
This 6 hour workshop will cover:
-Biology and life cycles
-Methods of home cultivation
-Identification and cloning of wild species
-Incorporating mushrooms into permaculture design
-Basics of the mushroom Laboratory equipment and techniques
-Spores and spawn
-Grow room parameters
-Mycofiltration and remediation
There are so many paths to take in your journey through this relatively ‘unexplored mega-science’. Join James to learn the fundamental skills needed to get you started.
To book CLICK HERE
Payment for workshops must be made prior to workshop date.
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We understand that sometimes circumstances change and participants may not be able to attend a course or workshop that has been paid for.
For workshops (half day, full day and weekend), we require a minimum of 7 days notice for cancellations. We do not provide refunds for any cancellations that are made within 7 days of a workshop. If participants cancel participation in a workshop and are entitled to a refund, they can choose to:
- Receive a refund, less a processing fee of $10 per person.
- Opt for a credit for another workshop, to be used within 12 months of the initial workshop.
Cancellations of workshops by Northey Street City Farm
- Northey Street City Farm may cancel or change a class at any time, for reasons including but not limited to, lack of participation, inclement weather or facilitator availability.
- Registrants can opt for a full refund, or can use the credit for a future workshop, to be used within 12 months of the date of the initial workshop or course.
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