Fawkner Food Bowls - Sustainable Gardening Course

permaculture and gardening

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**Our next course commences Monday 14th October 2019

Interested in hands on sustainable gardening? Enthused about growing your own organic fruit, herbs and vegetables to share with your family and friends?

If you want to know more about organic gardening but don’t know where to start than this course is for you. Join CERES Trainer, Lizzie Bickmore as she introduces you to the basics of horticulture, permaculture and organic gardening. This course will provide you with the skills and knowledge to confidently propagate seedlings, save seeds, grow vegetables and more!

This course is being held at Fawkner Food Bowls Community Garden, a resident-led group.

Session Outline:

  1. Intro to sustainable gardening and permaculture principles
  2. Soils and their preparation
  3. Composting, worm farming and fertilisers
  4. Organic vegetable production
  5. Organic fruit production
  6. Bushfoods and Berries
  7. Seed saving and propagating
  8. Water Management and Guild Planting

Trainer Bio:

Lizzie grew up in a family that gardened and her first memories of gardening were creating fairy gardens, turning compost and eating home grown raspberries. Lizzie moved from Canberra to Melbourne in 1998 to study the Certificate IV in horticulture at Burnley college. Growing more environmentally conscious, Lizzie then went on to complete a bachelor of ‘Social Science- Environment’ and realised the great potential to bring gardening and people together to make the world better.  Lizzie has spent much of the past 20 years working towards this though a variety of projects and organisations. Working in Landcare, Green Corps team leading, local neighbourhood greening projects, community gardens, family based horticultural therapy programs, food swaps, Edible Eden Design, composting projects. Lizzie has also worked in a range of nursery settings, including, the Victorian Indigenous Nursery Co-operative (VINC), Fitzroy nursery and is currently at CERES Nursery from Tuesday to Friday. 

When not wrangling her 2 young boys, Lizzie tends to her own garden, chooks and compost. Her current focus is on edible perennials, fruit trees, berries, habitat gardening and launching into bee keeping together with a neighbour this spring.

** 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 $65 - 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
  • Intro to sustainable gardening and permaculture principles
  • Soils and their preparation
  • Composting, worm farming and fertilisers
What you will get
  • A selection of expert CERES Trainers providing hands-on practical experience balanced with theory covering a variety of urban farming topics; Information fact sheets.
  • Dedicated garden space at CERES to put learning into practice.

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)

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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