If you want to get growing your own food for the purposes of self sufficiency then this intensive 8 day course will give you all the knowledge and skills you need to grow an abundance of food year round. Delivered by a team of professional facilitators with expertise in food security, rural sustainable development, soils, permaculture and plant propagation you will learn a vast range of skills whilst undertaking this course including
Planning and growing a garden for year round supply of fruit and vegetables
Identifying of plant nutrient dificiencies and solutions
Testing soils and undertake organic improvements
Collecting, storagee and successfully seed sowing
Various plant propagation techniques including cuttings and grafting
Installing a simple irrigation system
Identification of invasive weeds, pests and disease and organic management
Building basic garden structures and install trellises and fencing
Poultry management and breeding
Creating a food garden that can cope with extreme weather
Workshop materials, tools, morning tea and lunch are all provided
Onsite camping and cabin accomodation is available.
Take a guided tour of An Alternative Life Learning Centre, see how we grow food year round, check out the vegetable gardens, stroll though the mixed fruit and nut orchard, say g’day to the chooks and ducks, see our off grid aquaponics set up and the new espalier cider orchard progress. Filled with inspiring ideas and a load of tips on how to grow food year round even in difficult conditions. Enjoy a lovely morning tea of farm produce.
Held on the 3rd Saturday of each month in 2022. Limited places, bookings essential
Come along and get a taste of farm life at one of our upcoming farm tours with 3 course lunch. Enjoy an inspiring and informative guided tour of our sustainable self sufficiency farm, stroll through the food gardens, mixed fruit and nut orchard,, check out the aquaponics and propagation areas, meet the chooks and ducks and enjoy a 3 course lunch of farm produce. Held on the 3rd Sunday of every month.
Over this weekend you will learn how to create a food system that can cope with extreme heat, drought, frost and more.
Coping with extreme heat – Plant responses to heat, adaptation in plants, creating natural micro climates, building simple garden structures
Managing water for drought – water requirements for fruit trees, and vegetables. water needs for farm animals, capture and storage, water use and irrigation.
Food plants and fruit tree selection for now and the climate future. Disaster and emergency preparation
The workshop is led by Debbie Hunt who holds a Masters degree in food security and rural sustainable development as well as having eight years experience developing a permaculture inspired self sufficiency food system.