A bite-sized workshop giving you a basic understanding of Permaculture at its best and most sustainable. Farm manager Cal Champagne demonstrates how permaculture principles have been employed to transform an unused 11-acre piece of land into the thriving and diverse urban farm and community hub that is Green Connect Farm.
This in-depth tour and workshop is for anyone interested in permaculture design, regenerative agriculture, backyard gardening, market gardening, urban agriculture, local food systems, sustainable and ethical animal management, fairness for agricultural workers, recycling organic waste, or the role of native restoration in agricultural landscapes.
The 3-hours will begin with an introduction to the ethics and principles that underpin permaculture and a discussion of the ways in which these can be used to design systems that are both sustainable and abundant. We will;
Explore the various levels of holistic site design and land management practices on the Green Connect Farm site.
Meet the chickens, bees, pigs and sheep, and learn how they have been integrated into perennial food systems to help repair the land and yield ethically raised produce.
Walk the creek line to see how bringing back indigenous rainforest species as part of a biodiversity belt is helping to create a diverse ecosystem that complements our food production.
Understand the sustainable cropping techniques that produce veggies and herbs for households, restaurants and cafes throughout the Illawarra.
Learn how nutrients are recycled throughout the farm to create production and efficiency rather than waste.
Hear how permaculture has been used as a vehicle for empowering former refugees, young people, and the wider community.