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A muster of market gardeners…

September 24, 2012 | Courses + Workshops, Farming, Gardening, Grow It, Market Garden | 5 comments | Author:

Just a few photos from the recent and awesome Market Garden Masterclass at Allsun Farm down in Gundaroo. It was so exciting to have 25 future market gardeners in the one space, all with so many skills and ambitions!

Joyce, Mike and the whole Allsun Farm crew packed us full of knowledge over three days of seeding, reading, listening, crop rotation planning, hoeing, soil blocking transplanting, broadforking and (of course) eating…

Allsun Farm in September
Checking out the free range chooks (with early Polyface-style egg mobile behind)
Berkshire pigs cleaning out the chard beds and tractoring as they go, ready for the next crop rotation
Cold frames with seedlings, growing in frost-free protection before being planted out
Vaughn the fabulous Allsun chef/sharefarmer, with his ‘bumper crop’ seedlings
With the exception of grains and dairy, nearly all the delicious food we ate came from the farm. Which is pretty good for September in cold-temperate Australia!
One of the movable greenhouses with early spring salads
Firing up the spader for low-till bed making
Crop rotation exercise (and Mike Plane)

Learning the ins and outs of trellising different crops
Row making for planting lettuce – a little cross-hatching with a row marker goes a long way when planting a bed!

A huge thankyou to Joyce Wilkie and Mike Plane for sharing their wealth of mixed-farm knowledge with 25 super current and future farmers. Bit thanks also to the Allsun team Vaughn, Helen, Esther and Cielo for gorgeous food and help.

Thanks most of all to the 25 folks who came to learn, and who will be a part of the future local food systems of many Aussie communities far and wide. We need lots more folks on small farms, determined to supply their communities with clean food. And you guys are crucial to that happening. All the best with your future growing!

>> More posts, resources, book lists and photos on organic market gardening is here



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  • eremophila September 24, 2012 at 8:01 am | Reply

    Reblogged this on Eremophila’s Musings and commented:
    There’s a massive amount of information on this site – wonderfully presented!


  • Urban GreenSpace September 24, 2012 at 3:00 pm | Reply

    Was so gutted to miss this, looks awesome. Hopefully make it to the next one!


  • Darren (Green Change) September 25, 2012 at 8:27 am | Reply

    Wow, looks like another great workshop! I love seeing the photos of stuff like this – I pour over them, picking up ideas and inspiration for my own gardens.


  • farhana ismail September 29, 2012 at 12:46 am | Reply

    can I know, does this farm need a volunteer from feb 2013-june 2013??


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