From Seed to Table - A Practical Food Production Course
dates for 2019 to be confirmed
Join us for an exciting journey that takes you through the whole cycle of sustainably growing your own food.
We begin with how to save our own seeds, to creating fertile growing spaces and and move all the way through to planting, harvesting and food preservation. The course will be a blend of theory and practice - and we will definitely be outside with our hands in the earth and eating delicious seasonal food!
In this course we will learn how to grow our own nutritious, organic food in a way that also connects us to nature and regenerates our local ecosystem - promoting the health of both people and planet. We will explore the ways that even a small act, like growing some of our own food, can be life-supporting and powerfully positive for our own well-being and for all living systems. You will be encouraged by what can happen when we begin to shift from consumers to producers, becoming more self-reliant and resilient in a rapidly changing and uncertain world.
We guarantee a stimulating, informative and fun workshop that will provide you with the tools, inspiration and confidence to create a productive seed to table system.
Topics will include:
Basic seed saving theory and practice- saving money and protecting seed diversity by creating living seed banks
Planning and implementing a vegetable garden
Using companion plants to create a thriving mini ecosystem
Natural methods to increase soil fertility
Planning your seasonal food production needs - using spreadsheets and garden calendars
Propagating and reproducing plants from cuttings - creating a small nursery
Creating delicious seasonal meals from the garden
Preserving food - enjoying your amazing home grown products all year round
Using the learning from the course to create a home business
About our Practical Courses:
We offer practical week courses to enable people to develop their skills and gain hands on experience. These fun-filled and educational trainings are a quick way to download many of the methods and techniques used in permaculture, so you can go out and do it yourself with confidence!
You will have the opportunity to practice and learn with experienced teachers. There will be short daily theory sessions to set the stage and a range of practical activities each day. This type of immersive learning will inspire you and allow you to apply your knowledge to your own projects with ease. You will also have plenty of opportunities to engage and have fun with others and experience all the things that form part of life on a permaculture farm.
We recommend that participants complete a PDC beforehand, as this provides the background knowledge to understand the practicals and a great way to get straight into action! Although these short courses are also good for those who are interested in Permaculture and would like to get a taste of it.
some of the activities we offer:
Implementing food production systems: vegetable garden design: planning and layout, creating raised beds, mulching, companion planting, irrigation, windbreaks, support species
Soil Fertility: compost methods, worm farms, liquid manures, cultivating indigenous micro-organisms (imo's), soil types and tests
Water systems: rainwater harvesting, grey-water, earthworks and swales, constructed wetland systems
Basic horticulture and nursery skills: plant propagation, making cuttings, identifying plant species (intuitive botany), soil mediums
Seed Saving: collecting and storing seeds, growing plants for seed collection, conserving species, creating a seed business
Food forests: plant selection, implementing a food forest, pruning, grafting, Syntropic Agroforestry
Natural building: how to use earth and natural materials for building
Animal systems: working productively with chickens and giving them optimum health
Basic farm skills: carpentry, building things,
Food preservation and natural medicine: fermenting, sun-drying, canning, nutrition, making tinctures and medicinal oils etc
Creating a Permaculture project
Nature Awareness: learning how to tune into the natural world, developing observation skills, awakening your senses
Social permaculture and cultural emergence: learning more about how to apply these skills in the wider culture
We tailor the activities to the group's interests so you can choose which areas you would like to focus on.
Participants will enjoy delicious organic meals provided during your stay and experience the benefits of healthy eating (which are just as important as growing food) and supporting sustainable food producers - creating food security and promoting human health.