Complete Urban Farmer Course

Become a Complete Urban Farmer!

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Remaining 2019 Courses:

Friday 30th August - 6th December (no class 27th Sept)

Saturday 31st August - 14th December 2019 (no classes 28 Sept and 2nd November)

Thursday 5th September - 13th December

Join experienced horticulturist and permaculturist, Justin Calverley as he introduces you to the world of urban farming. The Complete Urban Farmer course combines 14 sessions including an introduction to permaculture, chookcare, bee keeping, propagating and seed saving, community gardens — the list goes on!! This program will give you the skills and knowledge to apply to your own urban patch or help you decide if a career in horticulture/permaculture is for you. 

Justin's The Urban Farmer book is now the course text and a copy of which is included in your course fee. 

Session Outline:

Session 1          Introduction to permaculture principles

Session 2          Soils and their preparation

Session 3          Composting, worm farming and fertilisers

Session 4          Organic fruit and vegetable production

Session 5          Organic fruit and vegetable production

Session 6          Propagation

Session 7          Seed Collection and Storage

Session 8          Pest Disease and Weed Management

Session 9          Harvesting, storing and preserving

Session 10        Chookcare

Session 11        DIY Backyard Construction

Session 12        Growing Bushfoods

Session 13        Beekeeping

Session 14        Community gardens, community supported agriculture (CSA’) and

Trainer Bios:

Justin Calverley is a Horticulturalist and permaculturist with over 20 years experience and will be the lead trainer for the Urban Farmer course. He has extensive knowledge and experience in permaculture, garden design, organic gardening and native bushfood plants. He specialises in edible gardens and is an expert in fruit tree cultivation and pruning. For over 10 years Justin has taught workshops at CERES in sustainable gardening and permaculture. Justin was a regular broadcaster on 3RRR’s ‘Dirty Deeds”, is a presenter on Ch 31’s “ The Garden Tap and now author of The Urban Farmer”

Donna Livermore is an educator, biologist, permaculture & gardening teacher and community activator. She is passionate about living a life of good  health, sustainable abundance and with a strong connection to the  environment and local community. Donna has an on-going commitment to  school education through her work in sustainability and biodiversity education.

With chickens, worms and a productive food garden in the  front yard of her tiny suburban block, Donna is reimagining what it  means to live a good life in the city and shares this with others in her local community and through her Instagram page A Good Life in the City.

** A certificate will be issued upon completion of at least 75% of the course

This is an ACFE Approved Pre-accredited Course where the cost is subsidised for eligible participants. ACFE Information and Eligibility.

ACFE Eligible participants are deemed eligible through an interview process with our career pathways officer. The costs for these participants are 

Full $140, Concession Card Holders $107 - ACFE Information and Eligibility.

Contact Karen Mengell on 9389 0127 or karen.mengell@ceres.org.au for more information and to book an interview. 

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What you will learn
  • Introduction to permaculture principles
  • bee keeping, propagating, chookcare,
  • seed saving, community gardens
What you will get
  • A selection of expert CERES Trainers providing hands-on practical experience balanced with theory
  • Resources on topics covered and a head full of knowledge
  • A toolkit of skills in urban farming

What to bring
  • Comfortable enclosed shoes/boots
  • Gardening gloves
  • Appropriate weather gear eg sunhat
  • Pen and paper
  • Lunch
  • Enthusiasm to learn and get your hands dirty’
What to wear

Casual (Warning: This might get messy)

Appropriate for

Those wanting a complete urban farming experience

Refund & Cancellation Policy

CERES Education requires 48 hours notice via email prior to the start of a class or event for a full refund or transfer.  Refunds and transfers will not be processed if cancellation occurs within 48 hours of the event commencing. We do not offer refunds for missed classes. There are no fees for refunds or transfers. For cancellations prior to the 48 hour cut off, email CERES Education to organise a refund or transfer

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Terms & Conditions

Cancellations and Refunds

CERES reserves the right to cancel workshops due to insufficient numbers.

If we cancel the workshop you will be entitled to a 100% refund, or you may choose to transfer to another date, subject to availability.
If you decide to withdraw 7 or more days prior to the workshop date CERES will retain a 10% administration fee.
If you decide to withdraw less than 7 days prior to the workshop date CERES will retain 100% of your workshop fee.

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18 December 2019 • Complete Urban Farmer Course

Fantastic class. Learned so much! Nathan is knowledgeable teacher who's enthusiasm gets you excited and in the spirit. Never a dull moment. Who know compost could be so interesting :P Thanks so much


17 December 2019 • Complete Urban Farmer Course

Complete Urban Farmer was a fantastic course, covering all the basics and then some! Justin is a great teacher, full of knowledge and funny stories. Definitely recommend this course to anyone with an interest in getting more out of their garden.


09 December 2019 • Complete Urban Farmer Course

Great course. Really enjoyable and informative.

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