Complete Urban Farmer Course

Next Available: Sat, 17 Aug 9:00AM
6.0 hours x 14 Weeks
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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.

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

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23 November 2018 • Complete Urban Farmer Course

I really enjoyed this course, and now feel really informed & confident to jump.into the garden. There is a great balance between classroom time and afternoons walking around ceres looking at practical examples in the landscape & gardens. All tutors are a wealth of knowledge!


15 October 2018 • Complete Urban Farmer Course

Fabulous course! Money VERY well spent - great value. would highly recommend to anyone wanting to grow their own food. Justin is a brilliant teacher.


12 October 2018 • Complete Urban Farmer Course

A fantastic course to learn the basics, get serious and get inspired about all aspects of urban farming, from soil and plants to composting and worm farms, cooking, preserving, bees, chickens, bush foods and more! I had a great time and learnt a heap. Justin Calverley is entertaining, knowledgeable, down to earth and inspirational. Comprehensive, well-paced and fun. The CERES grounds were an incredible interactive space to learn in. Highly recommended.

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