Sustainable Living Farm Tour with Lunch

Sustainable Living Farm Tour with Lunch

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.

Permaculture Demonstrator Skill Set (AHCSS000048)

Permaculture Demonstrator Skill Set (AHCSS000048)

Permaculture Demonstrator Skill Set (AHCSS000048)

This Nationally Accredited 4 unit Skill Set equips learners with the basic knowledge and practice of permaculture principles, how to select and maintain permaculture plant and animal systems, and ultimately how to research, communicate and demonstrate permaculture practices to learners. This skill set was designed to teach you how to understand and teach about permaculture. It is perfect for teachers in schools, community educators, people with passion for permaculture or who want to build their confidence and practice in sharing knowledge with others.

The course gives you a 4 unit credit in Cert III in Permaculture and qualifies you to teach Cert I and II Permaculture levels in combination with a Cert IV Training and Assessment. The course runs over 14 sessions online and face to face at CERES.

4 units of competency.

AHCPER301 Research and communicate information on permaculture principles and practices

AHCPER303 Maintain integrated plant and animal systems

AHCPER316 Select plant and animal species in a permaculture system

AHCPER321 Demonstrate permaculture practices to small groups of learners

Please read the course information at the CERES link for further details, fees and how to apply

Application/Enrolment Process

Those wishing to apply are asked to contact Karen Mengell, VET Co-ordinator on 9389 0127 or via email at karen.mengell@ceres.org.au for further information and discussion of individual needs prior to enrolment. CERES welcomes applications from those with disabilities. More information here

Registered Training Organisation

CERES is the registered training organisation offering this training – RTO no 3686. CERES is registered as an RTO with the VRQA and as such is only able to enrol domestic students in Victoria.

Image credit: Anja Williams, CERES PDC

BEGA HOLISTIC MANAGEMENT COURSE

BEGA HOLISTIC MANAGEMENT COURSE

A full HOLISTIC MANAGEMENT course taught by Educator, BRIAN WEHLBURG of Inside Outside Management.

– Improve your profitability with sound Decision Making and Holistic Financial Planning
– Learn to use animals as tools to create positive change
– Improve soil health and biodiversity
– Learn to monitor the ecological health of your land.
Holistic Management provides a solid foundation for Regenerative Agriculture.

Four 2-day sessions, 4-8 weeks apart
Session dates

Session 1 November 3-4
Session 2  November 30 – December 1
Session 3 January 19-20
Session 4 February 16-17

Combating malnutrition in Kakuma Refugee Camp Kenya

Combating malnutrition in Kakuma Refugee Camp Kenya

In the 2018-19 Permafund micro-grant round an application by Faulu Productions to establish a permaculture food production system in the Kakuma Refugee Camp in Kenya was supported with AU$2,000 to help combat malnutrition in the camp.

Faulu Productions is an organisation that consists of refugees, volunteers and supporters from all around the world. Their mission is to promote agriculture and education, to help create a safe, sustainable living for refugees and to empower them to improve their lifestyles.

The project has established a multi-site permaculture system with 200 participants establishing 5 by 10 metre garden plots in their own compounds and contributing to the maintenance of the larger Kakuma community garden and central Turkana permaculture community gardens.

Preparing garden beds for seeds

The gardens are modeled on natural ecosystems combining ecological, engineering and environmental principles. The designs have used integrated natural water resource management systems and sustainable architecture, so the project is self-maintaining, regenerative and an ongoing source of fresh produce and biomass.

Newly planted beds and maturing crops

The objective has been to help the refugees to become self-sufficient. The key component of the plan was water conservation with an investment in water storage (40 water tanks to harvest 2,000 litres). Digging tools and bulk seeds were purchased and watering cans to help prevent splash erosion and the destruction of young seedlings.

Preparing the harvest for sharing

The participating workers have been resourceful collecting mulch materials and manures and contributing earth building skills.

Making mud bricks for house construction

Trees were planted in the gardens for shade, erosion protection and to provide chop and drop material to assist with mulching & soil creation.

With no “qualified” experts inside the camp the participants are using YouTube to learn the practical skills of permaculture, including watching videos by Australian experts including Geoff Lawton and Morag Gamble.

This project is viewed on the ground as 100% sustainable because it has created job opportunities among refugees, improved the quality of the camp’s environment and helped improve community health and well being. More permaculture inspired enterprises and initiatives are being undertaken following this ground-breaking project.

The community appreciates all donations.

The Kakuma Refugee Camp suffers from regular, severe flooding, the most recent being in early February 2020. Houses have been destroyed and belongings and food washed away.

Flood damage to buildings

Continuing permaculture projects not only supply food and hope but also prevent erosion and washaways as trees and plants take root.

Newly planted gardens and maturing crops

Your generous donations to Permafund support this and other permaculture related projects in Australia and overseas and are very much appreciated.

For more information contact the Permafund team at permafund@permacultureaustralia.org.au

 

AHC42116 – Certificate IV in Permaculture

AHC42116 – Certificate IV in Permaculture

Grow your permaculture know-how into a richly rewarding career and immerse yourself in sustainable living and organic farming practices, right in the green heart of Northern NSW.

This course is designed to expand your permaculture knowledge and skills to acquire the resilience to adapt to a rapidly changing world. At the end of this course you will be qualified to work as a project supervisor and designer for permaculture design projects. Your new found expertise will also open the door to other wide ranging career paths such as working in community development locally and internationally, aid projects, integrated food production or design for sustainable living. The program balances theory, practical, structured and self-directed learning with assessments throughout the course designed to navigate your progress.

The course will kick-off with half day college orientation (Wed), followed by a 3-day (Thurs-Sat) intensive course conducted at Djanbung Gardens, Nimbin, as a residential immersion experience. From week 2 the course will be held on Thursdays and Fridays at the Mullumbimby campus.

You Will Learn:

Organic soil improvement
Planning and implementing permaculture works
Harvest and storage systems
Management of permaculture seed banks
Approaches to sustainable community and bioregional development programs
Costing a project

Duration:

Three day intensive permaculture fundamentals at Djanbung Gardens at beginning of course, followed by

Thursdays and Fridays 9am to 3.30pm
No classes over school holidays

This course is Austudy Approved.

Smart and Skilled funded places may be available for this qualifications – please call the college for more information on 02 6684 3374

RTO NO:90013