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Intro to Organic Market Gardening

March 23rd - 25th, 2018 ( 9:00 am - 5:00 pm )

Sydney, Pocket City Farms

Update: Bookings for this course have now closed. Click here to find any Intro to Organic Market Gardening courses we have scheduled.
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Learn how to start an organic market garden from scratch with a combination of theory + on-farm knowledge. Milkwood is proud to present this course in partnership with Pocket City Farm.

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
  • 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 Pocket City Farm’s market garden, non-profit growing local food using organic growing techniques on rented + unused land in the middle of the city.

We’ll see how they grow and interact with their markets, from direct supply of restaurants to food boxes and other suppliers.

About your teacher:

Leading you through this 3 days of knowledge will be Olivier Sofo. Growing up surrounded by well-grown food, Olivier is a full-time market gardener, starting out at Foxglove Farm in Canada, and more recently in the southern highlands of NSW where he farms with his partner Falani at Living Earth Farm.

Olivier’s growing experience is incredibly varied – he’s worked in many climates and soils. He’s grown organic veggies as a self-employed grower, and within a larger enterprise.

Olivier 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 Olivier’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 Pocket City Farms in Camperdown, 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…

Your course fee includes:

Comprehensive post-course e-resources, as well as organic tea, coffee and fruit throughout the day. For lunch, there’s an onsite kiosk serving up farm-fresh lunches, or many other eateries nearby.


Update: Bookings for this course have now closed. Click here to find any Intro to Organic Market Gardening courses we have scheduled.

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