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Urban Farmer Geelong

A regional introduction to the world of small farm planning and urban farming

This course runs for 8 sessions and will be offered in 2022.

from $895
8 weeks

Coming in 2022

Join experienced horticulturist and permaculturist, Justin Calverley as he introduces you to the world of small farm planning and urban farming. This regional course combines 8 sessions including an introduction to permaculture, soils, propagation, fruit trees and more. This course runs from 9am – 3pm and is held at Chesterfield, Newtown, Geelong and has limited places.

Justin’s The Urban Farmer book is now the course text, a copy of which is included in your course fee.

Session 1 Introduction to permaculture principles

Composting, worm farming and fertilisers

Session 2 Organic fruit production

Session 3 Soils and their preparation

Session 4 Organic fruit and vegetable production

Harvesting and storage

Session 5 Propagation, seed collection and storage

Session 6 Chookcare

Session 7 Pest Disease and Weed Management

Session 8 Growing bushfoods and berries

*Session order subject to change

Justin Calverley is a Horticulturalist and permaculturist with over 20 years experience and will be the lead trainer for the Urban Farmer course. He has extensive knowledge and experience in permaculture, garden design, organic gardening and native bushfood plants. He specialises in edible gardens and is an expert in fruit tree cultivation and pruning. For over 10 years Justin has taught workshops at CERES in sustainable gardening and permaculture. Justin was a regular broadcaster on 3RRR’s ‘Dirty Deeds”, is a presenter on Ch 31’s “ The Garden Tap and now author of The Urban Farmer”.

What you will learn

  • Permaculture principles interwoven throughout course
  • Expert tuition in a real environment
  • Hands- on skills

What you will get

  • Expert CERES Trainer providing hands-on practical experience balanced with theory
  • A copy of The Urban Farmer book
  • A toolkit of skills in urban farming

What to bring

  • Comfortable enclosed shoes/boots
  • Gardening gloves
  • Appropriate weather gear eg sunhat
  • Pen and paper
  • Lunch
  • Enthusiasm to learn and get your hands dirty’

What to wear

Casual with clothes you don’t mind getting dirty; layers are recommended; sturdy footwear

Appropriate for

Those wanting to learn about urban and small farm gardening

CERES reserves the right to cancel workshops due to insufficient numbers.

If we cancel the workshop you will be entitled to a 100% refund, or you may choose to transfer to another date, subject to availability.

If you decide to withdraw 7 or more days prior to the workshop date CERES will retain a 10% administration fee.

If you decide to withdraw less than 7 days prior to the workshop date CERES will retain 100% of your workshop fee.

Should CERES have to cancel the course due to Government changes relating to the COVD-19 response, we will let you know as soon as possible. Affected participants will be sent a notification that includes details on how to re-book another date or workshop. While cancellations on our part remain refundable within the specified time period, we do hope you will consider bearing with us in these precarious and trying times, and consider the rescheduled date where possible.