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Biointensive Growing

November 24th - 25th, 2018 ( 9:00 am - 5:00 pm )

Sydney, Pocket City Farms

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Join Jodi Roebuck, established biointensive grower, for a weekend learning the Biointensive Growing system – an organic vegetable growing method designed to maximise harvest in small spaces. Milkwood is proud to present this course in partnership with Pocket City Farm.

This course is suitable for serious backyard growers looking to take their patch to the next level, homesteaders looking to grow large volumes of their own organic veg, and community+aid workers looking for solutions to maximise nutrient dense food production with limited space + resources.

During this course we will be demonstrating biointensive growing at Pocket City Farms, an urban farm plot using organic growing techniques on rented land in the centre of Sydney.

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What is Biointensive Growing?

Biointensive is a method of growing as much organic food as possible in the smallest amount of space. The method draws upon a variety of intensive agricultural methods practiced thousands of years ago in China, Greece and Latin America, as well as French intensive techniques practiced in the 1700’s and 1800’s, and Biodynamic techniques developed in Europe in the early 1920s.  

The culmination of these techniques has developed into what is now called GROW BIOINTENSIVE sustainable mini-farming. It’s a method adapted to address the unsustainable nature of the global food system, which nearly all of us depend on.

The method was designed to provide food security for those who practice it, while continually building and developing the soil and conserving natural resources. The result is producing safe food year after year in the same small space.

Practiced in over 130 countries across the world, this method has proven that a complete diet can be produced by people in any climate where food can be grown, with very limited resources.

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“Jodi Roebuck is one of the most focused, motivated food & seed growers I have worked with in 44 years of GROW BIOINTENSIVE sustainable mini-farming work” – Biointensive originator John Jeavons

So whether you are a beginning gardener wanting a kick-start in serious cutting-edge organic food production methods or you are an experienced gardener wanting to incorporate the biointensive approach into your existing gardening practice, this workshop will not disappoint.

While presented in language a beginner can understand, Jodi will be delivering content on a level and calibre meaning that even seasoned experts will find this a refreshing professional development opportunity.

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In this Biointensive Growing course you will learn about:

  1. Deep Soil Preparation
  2. Composting
  3. Intensive Planting
  4. Carbon Farming
  5. Calorie Farming
  6. Companion Planting
  7. Open Pollinated Seeds
  8. Whole System Method

This workshop will also cover:

  • Biointensive history and philosophy
  • Season extension management and decision making
  • Crop rotation
  • Appropriate tools and technology
  • Effective/ergonomic use of tools
  • Resources, books tools & organisations

“Jodi is undoubtedly the most skilled and experienced practitioner of the biointensive gardening method in Australasia” – Harry Wykman

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Biointensive resources + reading:

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About your teacher

Jodi lives and grows in Taranaki, New Zealand at Roebuck Farm with his partner Tanya and daughters Rata and Izzy. As well as maintaining a large biointensive garden focused on seed production, Jodi manages a flock of sheep using management intensive grazing to improve the land, and teaches and consults on biointensive garden development projects in NZ, Australia, and the US.

Having been mentored by biointensive gardening originator John Jeavons, Jodi is almost certainly Australasia’s foremost expert on the topic. Jodi is a humble, quietly spoken person and yet behind his gentle exterior lies a formidable knowledge and skill base.

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Included in your course:

 Your workshop includes post-course digital resources, plus organic fruit + drinks throughout the course.

About the venue

This course will be held at Pocket City Farms, in the centre of Sydney. A non-profit growing local food using organic growing techniques on rented + unused land, Pocket City Farms are an amazing example of folks using skills + soil to help change our food system. More about the venue and how to get there…

Booking into this course

You can pay for your course now with your credit card or PayPal balance or contact us via the form below (scroll down) to arrange alternative payment.

Please note that as per our fair share policy we offer discounts to people who would like access to our education programs, but cannot afford it. If this is you, then please get in touch using the form below.

Please ensure you read our cancellation & refunds policy prior to booking your course.

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Ticket$550.00We offer 10% off for earlybirds who book up to 6 weeks early, and a group discount of 15% for bookings of 2 or more, up until the day of the course.

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