Learn how to start an organic market garden from scratch with a combination of theory + on-farm learning.
Are you itching to take bare ground to thriving, intensive vegetable production in one season? This course is for those who want to establish a viable, small-scale organic growing enterprise.
Australia needs more growers who are committed to the ethics of organic growing, and who want to provide their communities with clean local food for a fair price.
This three day intensive covers everything from soil health to finding markets for your produce – it’s a nuts-and-bolts course filled with solid knowledge and techniques for future growers.
You will also leave this course with a swag of resources for your future growing enterprise, and you’ll be ready to take action to make your future as a grower happen.
You will learn:
- Garden design, planning & layout
- Tools, resources and other considerations
- Propagating healthy seedlings
- Bed preparation
- Soil fertility and management
- Designing appropriate crop rotations
- Harvest & storage
- Integrated Pest Management (IPM)
- Irrigation strategies
- Strategies for establishing and leveraging markets for your produce
Using a combination of classroom time and on-farm learning as our training ground, students will get a chance to learn how to plan their garden layout, make beds, plant a variety of crops, plan what goes where, strategise for integrated pest management and prepare for a bumper harvest.
As part of this course, we’ll be spending time in Buena Vista Farm’s market garden, which is integrated into their amazingly diverse and productive ‘beyond organic’ small farm enterprise that produces pastured meat, eggs, veggies, ferments and more for the South Coast and Sydney communities.
We’ll see how they grow and interact with their markets, from direct supply of restaurants to farmers markets and other suppliers.
About your teacher:
Leading you through this 3 days of knowledge will be Michael Hewins. Michael has been a full-time market gardener for a number of years in northern NSW as well as spearheading market garden projects at Milkwood Farm in Mudgee and Common2Us in Sydney.
The great thing about Michael’s growing experience is that it’s incredibly varied – he’s worked in a variety of climates and soils. He’s grown organic veggies as a self-employed grower, and within a larger enterprise.
Michael has a passion for dynamic adult learning environments, and has a strong focus upon sharing his knowledge to help inspire and guide positive change in the community.
In this course it is Michael’s mission to make sure that you leave with solid learning outcomes, so that you’re ready to make the most of your new knowledge about soils, seeds, design, crop rotation, growing, harvest, markets and more.
So if you’re ready to get the skills and knowledge you need to plan, design and begin a market garden enterprise, join us!
About the venue:
This course is a combination of focussed theory and on-farm learning at Buena Vista Farm near Gerringong on The South Coast of NSW.
Buena Vista is a small mixed farm, with enterprises ranging from broiler chickens, pastured eggs + pork, and a thriving market garden, as well as their on-farm wholefoods kitchen products.
Your course fee includes:
We’ll send you home with comprehensive digital post-course resources, charts, and tables. Your course fee also includes amazing wholefood on-farm catering throughout the course.
Booking into this workshop
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- Friday, September 16, 2016 @ 9:00 am
- Sunday, September 18, 2016 @ 5:00 pm
- Event Category:
- Gerringong, Buena Vista Farm
- 250 Fern Street
- 02 5300 4473
- November 1 @ 8:30 am - November 3 @ 4:30 pm
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