• Basic botany, plant identification & plant families,
• Soil biology, ecology and soil food web
• Soil care, analysing and maintaining healthy soils
• Making compost and compost teas
• Bed preparation and mulching techniques
• No-till and minimum tillage techniques
• Biochar activation and application
• Planning a year-round food supply, planting & harvest schedules
• Companion planting, crop rotation and succession planting
• Crop nutrition, integrated pest and weed management
• Organic certification requirements
• Post harvest physiology, handling and storage
• Seed saving and methods of propagation
• Workplace Health & Safety
• Maintaining and caring for tools.
Course participants will receive a course handbook with detailed notes, practical information and resources.
Course times: 9am-5pm daily. May 14-20
NB Camping on site includes night before course begins and night of the last day.
About the trainers:
Robyn Francis shares experience from gardening organically for over 40 years, including three decades of permaculture teaching and practice. She is passionate about food security and self-reliance.
Angela Skehan is a highly experienced certified organic market gardener and valued member of the PCA teaching team. She is passionate about organic food production and soil care.
Interested in doing an Internship? – live on site at Djanbung Gardens as a volunteer before and after the course to gain valuable practical experience and on-the-job training.