October 7, 2017 @ 9:00 am – 12:30 pm
Swan Valley Gourmet Farm, 34 Haddrill Road, Baskerville, Western Australia, Australia
Want to be a beekeeper? Are you interested in keeping bees but not sure where to start? This introductory half day course could be perfect for you and costs just $80 per person including a hands-on experience, use of all safety equipment, comprehensive notes and a delicious morning tea.
October 28, 2017 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am
Cockman House, Wanneroo, Woodvale
November 19, 2017 @ 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Equanimity Meditation Retreat, 7 Agonis Place, Wanneroo
Join us for a fun afternoon of Organic Gardening Information!
In a world where the future is uncertain and for most of us money is tight we need to prepare ourselves for self-sustainability as best as we can.
Learning how to grow your own food for at minimal cost is a skill everyone should have. At our workshop you will learn these skills and more, preparing you for your future.
At our organic gardening workshop you will learn the skills to grow food for the rest of your life, at a minimal cost. These lessons will help you get maximum yields out of your vegetable patches and increase your health and vitality.
Things we will cover in this workshop:
-What happens to conventionally grown food and why it is best avoided
-Vegetables you can regrow for free from scraps you would normally throw away
-Growing superfoods for free
-Growing spices for free
-Seed Saving and storing for free lifelong supplies of seeds
-Harvesting your produce for extending the life span of your vegetable patch
-Storing and preserving your abundant harvest for a longer supply
-Companion planting tips
-Edible weeds – Free salad anyone?
-Organic Pest Control
The course comes with a workbook with detailed instructions on the methods of organic gardening. I will also be providing a light lunch of delicious nutritionally dense organic superfoods, incorporating things I have grown at home in my kitchen or garden.
To secure your spot purchase your ticket via the link, be quick as numbers are limited.
October 25, 2017 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Royal Perth Yacht Club, 6 Australia II Dr, Crawley
November 1, 2017 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Centenary Park Community Centre, 105 Daly Street, Belmont
November 8, 2017 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Centenary Pavilion, Centenary Ave, Wilson
Your Garden with Josh Byrne is a free workshop series providing Perth residents with the ideas and inspiration to create a successful garden while doing your bit to help the Swan and Canning Rivers.
This is a free event, bookings are essential.
October 22, 2017 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
North Perth Community Garden, Farmer St, North Perth, Western Australia
Weeds – the canary in the garden. Learn to see weeds differently. Why does nature grow weeds? What do weeds tell you about your soil health? Which weeds are healthier to eat than the vegies you are growing now? …and much much more.
North Perth Community Garden is thrilled to be welcoming expert permaculture gardener CHARLES OTWAY to present this event. All welcome.
Members – free, non-members – gold coin donation. Afternoon tea included.
October 21, 2017 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Kenwick Public Library, 82 Kenwick Road, Kenwick, Western Australia, Australia
At this informative session learn more about garden preparation. Sowing seeds, making sand into soil, companion planting.
Understand the propagation of plants, pest control and much more.
This is a free event, refreshments will be provided and bookings are essential.
Telephone: 9397 3099
Email Address: Library_queries@gosnells.wa.gov.au
October 19, 2017 @ 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Joondalup Reception Centre, 102 Boas Avenue, Joondalup, Western Australia, Australia
Learn innovative ways to better use water while still enjoying and growing your garden. A which, what, how and when guide to using less water and growing more. Topics covered include available water sources and their best suited use, rainwater harvesting, greywater, man-made and natural water storage, soil improvements, mulching and turning food scraps into soil.
Registrations to this free seminar are essential and places are limited.
October 15, 2017 @ 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
Green Skills Albany, 38 Graham Street, Centennial Park, Western Australia, Australia
Food waste makes up a third of our average household bin volume. In landfill, it releases methane which is 30 times more damaging to the ozone layer than carbon dioxide. Turn it into compost in your own backyard instead! Come visit a range of working compost and worm farms, from tiny to supersized, and hear gardeners talk about how they use kitchen scraps to feed their soil. From balcony to city-scale, we can cycle food waste around to grow more food safely, easily and cheaply.
Meet at 38 Graham Street, Albany.
$10 per person.
Bookings are essential – reserve your place now!
Contact Rachel at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
October 14, 2017 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Environment House, 125 King William Street, Bayswater, Western Australia, Australia
Environment House Convenor and Bayswater local Warren Haley loves frogs and manages our frog ponds at our EcoHouse. Every year he kindly shares his extensive knowledge in our annual Frog Pond Workshop. This free workshop contains a lot of interesting and practical information and is good for the whole family, because who doesn’t love frogs!
October 14, 2017 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Kwinana Town Centre, Chisham Ave and Robbos Place, Kwinana, Western Australia
A unique opportunity for residents, local government and industry voices to share their experiences and benefits of adopting verge gardens.
With guest speakers:
Sue Dempster, Narelle Lullfitz, Richard McDowell, Greg Smith, Darren Seinor, Faye Arcaro, Isabella Streckhardt, representatives from City of Bayswater, City of Stirling & more.
Donation upon entry at the door
Bookings essential limited seats.
October 8, 2017 @ 10:00 am – 2:30 pm
Guide Hall, 5 Sanderson Rd, Lesmurdie, Western Australia
Wildflower Society event.
Cost is $20 This includes notes, materials, morning tea and a light lunch.
No experience necessary-everything supplied.
Bookings are essential.
Ring or email Lynda on 92918753 or email@example.com
October 8, 2017 @ 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Mandurah Community Gardens, Coodanup Dr, Coodanup WA 6210, Australia
A free event showcasing the community gardens with guest speaker Sabrina Hahn from ABC Perth, take a walk around the gardens, enjoy the stalls and listen to music in this outdoor event. Sabrina is a passionate master gardener. Relax in the garden as Sabrina imparts her practical knowledge of sustainable gardening that can be replicated in your own garden. Sabrina will also be there to answer your gardening questions. Come enjoy the stalls, hot food and music at 11.30am before Sabrina arrives.
October 7, 2017 @ 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Glen Forrest Community Garden, 56 Hardey Rd, Glen Forrest WA 6071, Australia
-Garden tool maintenance
Plus much more to join in and try – baskets from local reeds, spinning, faerie art, food share, clothes & book share.
Got a skill you’d like to share? Like to donate some materials? Get in touch firstname.lastname@example.org
Free – no money, no power, no waste
October 7, 2017 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am
4 Hobart St, North Perth WA 6006, Australia
Free ‘green’ workshops to City of Vincent residents with the awesome Transition Town Vincent team.
Learn how to make healthy soil from your kitchen, garden and paper waste
Want to get started, but don’t know what system to use? This workshop will go through the following systems:
-Worm farming and
-In ground worm farming
Learn how to set up the right habits that make it easy to produce healthy soil.
Ben Klenner shares his hands on experience, passion for good soil and experience as a presenter for Great Gardens.
October 7, 2017 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Rainbow Coast Neighbourhood Centre Community Garden, Humphreys St, Lockyer, Western Australia
Rainbow Coast Neighbourhood Centre is a community not-for-profit organisation committed to enriching the lives of individuals and families in the Great Southern, running family support programs, social programs, community garden and migrant services.
Spring into the Garden is a vibrant community spring festival held at the Rainbow Coast Community Garden with kid’s activities, live music, garden tours, local food vendors, plants for sale, compost talks, zero waste information, market stalls and more.
Gold Coin Donation
October 7, 2017 @ 8:30 am – October 8, 20174:30 pm
Merri Bee Organic Farm, 6203 Thomas Rd, Nannup WA 6275, Australia
Catastrophic climate change…..epidemics of mental and physical health issues destroying lives…. yet Bill Mollison said simply “All the worlds problems can be solved in a garden” . Another wise man said ” Let Food be thy Medicine” . Realizing these truths many are withdrawing our support from the agribusinesses controlling food health and climate…
and we are literally gardening for our lives. Can you afford not to?
But soils aint soils, and trying to grow food in kikuyu infested dust is just plain heart breaking. Much bad advice abounds, but let us bust the myths of chemical salesmen and show you how to grow nutrient dense food, not Monsanto’s way, but Nature’s way.
It is simple and it is all about soil. LIVING SOIL holds 10 times its own weight in water, no longer needs to grow weeds, produces abundant disease- free plants and ( as a huge bonus) just happens to cool the planet whenever the sun is shining! By teaming with microbes and respecting the billion year old partnership of animals, plants and fungi , your gardening will enter a new phase of abundance.
A packed 2 days will leave you clear and confident in your food growing ability, the farm will inspire you, and a 75 page manual is yours on sign up, to study in advance if you so desire. So come on, join the growing number of new biological farmers emanating from this course.
The smallest things on Earth could in fact be the most powerful, and this may be the best time and money you ever spent.
October 28, 2017 @ 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm
Aubin Grove Community Room, Aubin Grove, Camden Boulevard, Aubin Grove, Western Australia, Australia
Looking for an easy home composting system?
Come along to our Bokashi composting workshop
‘Bokashi’ is Japanese for fermented organic matter and Bokashi bin composting is an convenient and cost effective way to turn home organic waste into a nutrient rich liquid soil conditioner.
You will discover how to effectively compost at home complete with a hands-on demonstration.
You can purchase a subsidised Bokashi Bin complete with Bokashi fermentation dust for $50 on the day or simply join us to learn more about recycling organic waste at home.
October 22, 2017 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am
Mary Carroll Park, 165F Eudoria St, Gosnells WA 6110, Australia
If you have a problem with weeds in your garden, try turning the problem into a solution. Join Shane Hunter from Armadale Gosnells Landcare Group to learn how common weeds can be a useful and nutritious part of our diet. Enjoy a walk around Mary Carroll Park wetlands and identify the many edible and medicinal plants commonly seen as unwanted pests in our gardens and natural environment.
Free, but bookings are essential.
Phone 9397 3111
October 14, 2017 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Cockburn Wetlands Education Centre, 184 Hope Road, Bibra Lake, Western Australia, Australia
Every time you save something from being thrown into landfill, you’re doing your bit to contribute to a sustainable future. But what if you could learn to upcycle ‘stuff’ yourself? Join Green Skills to get handy with tools and learn to turn those pesky pallets into fabulous features for your home or garden. What’s better than new planters? New planters that are good for the planet!
Book early – places are limited! Participants to wear closed in shoes and long trousers; gloves and protective glasses will be available but bring your own if you prefer.
October 5, 2017 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am
West Swan Hall, Lot 1 West Swan Road, Henley Brook, Western Australia, Australia
Looking to keep the kids entertained and busy in the October school holidays.
Learn how to make your own potting mix, create your own ‘wicking bed’ herb garden and make a seed ‘bomb’! Wear your old clothes and come along and get dirty with Gaia Permaculture and learn the basics of permaculture!
Parents/Guardians are required to stay for each activity and are encouraged to get involved where possible!
Places are limited for all sessions so book your space online or by calling Jenna Whistler at 0427 163 317 or via email email@example.com
September 16, 2017 @ 9:30 am – 11:30 am
Altone Park Public Library, 332 Benara Rd, Beechboro
September 18, 2017 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Midland Public Library, 45 Helena St, Midland
September 19, 2017 @ 5:15 pm – 7:15 pm
Ballajura Public Library, Kingfisher Ave & Illawarra Crescent, Ballajura
September 23, 2017 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Bullsbrook Public Library, Chittering Rd, Bullsbrook
October 14, 2017 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Ellenbrook Community Library, 90 Main Street, Ellenbrook
You love to garden! You planted your favourite veggies, herbs and flowers in the spring, watched them sprout, watered them diligently, added compost, weeded and mulched, observed bees pollinating, reaped the harvest, and savoured delicious flavours as you cooked and preserved your bounty. Now the garden season is nearly over – or is it? What about all those seeds?
In this workshop participants will learn what seeds to buy, how plants make more seeds, and saving those seeds. We will discuss terms like, open pollinated, heirloom, hybrid and learn which seeds to save, harvesting, processing and storing/ labelling them for future use and sharing. Participants are encouraged to bring along some seeds to process at the workshop, but this is not compulsory.
Presented by Charles Otway, of Terra Perma Design.
Bookings are essential and can be made by phone, online or in person at a library branch.
Secrets of Native Gardening
October 1, 2017 @ 9:30 am – 4:00 pm
Woodlands WA 6018, Australia
November 4, 2017 @ 9:30 am – 4:00 pm
Oakford WA 6121, Australia
December 2, 2017 @ 9:30 am – 4:00 pm
Woodlands WA 6018, Australia
In this great-value workshop we’ll show you how to create a beautiful, sustainable garden – without mulch, fertilizer, chemicals or irrigation.
Together, we explore the native gardening myths and build an understanding of how easy it can be, and the pitfalls to avoid. We’ll explain the importance of eco-gardening, and show you how to apply it. You’ll leave with your heart full of inspiration – and your hands full of native plants!
Once your booking is confirmed, we will be in touch to provide location details, specifics of your food requirements and everything you need to enjoy a great day with a wonderful group of fellow gardeners!
Topics covered include:
-Planting for long-term success
-Choosing the right plant for each location
-Increasing bird visits
-Reducing water needs (and turning off your irrigation!)
-Bringing life to difficult areas
-Having colour in your garden all year
-Bringing the joy back into gardening
November 11, 2017 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
November 15, 2017 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
This course is designed for gardeners who would love to be able to propagate their own plants and save money!
This will be a hands-on opportunity to try a number of different techniques, and learn the best way to get successful germination and improved strike rate of your cuttings.
What will be covered in this workshop:
• Learn what time of the year to do propagation
• Learn the right way to sow seeds: How to treat different seeds and the germination process
• Seed saving and storing of you seeds
• When to transplant, how to transplant and when to fertilise
• Dormancy factors affecting germination
• Learn how to do various cutting techniques
• Water propagation
• Learn how to do root division, growing from rhizomes and layering
• Re-grow plant from kitchen scraps, and re-grow plants you have already harvested.
Designed to be fun, interactive and to give you confidence to grow your own Food and Medicine at home.
Includes all materials (you’ll take home LOTS of goodies), class notes and tea and coffee.
Medicine From Your Garden
October 1, 2017 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
October 29, 2017 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
November 19, 2017 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
December 2, 2017 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
This workshop will teach you how to improve the health of you, your family, and others around you.
Your digestive system is a sensitive and complex environment, easily disturbed by poor quality food, stress, medications and microbial pathogens.
Medicinal plants have been used throughout history for their ability to strengthen digestive function, fight infections, reduce inflammation and enhance and balance assimilation and elimination.
Some topics in this workshop will involve your participation, which means you’ll have some goodies to take home with you as well as your notes.
This workshop will cover:
-Dietary principles for protecting and healing the digestive system
-The difference between good and bad fats
-Herbs & vegetables that protect the digestive system
-How to support concentration and memory
-How stress influences our gut and immune system
-Important but little known herbs for pain and inflammation
-How to grow, harvest, dry and store your own botanical medicine
-Why sprouts & microgreens are so good for you
-Doctrine of signatures
Take home info sheets will be supplied but bring along a pen to take extra notes.
Introduction to Gardening in Bushfire Country
October 22, 2017 @ 9:30 am – 12:30 pm
Plant selection and siting and the arrangement and management of fine fuels in your garden either increases or decreases the risk of your home igniting and your life being threatened during a bushfire.
With some basic knowledge of what the risk is at your place, how fires behave and attack homes & threaten people, we can select better species and design the garden landscape to reduce the risk to you and reduce the risk to your home.
The technical standards of what an ‘Asset Protection Zone’ is can be confusing. In this workshop you will learn how a garden and landscape can be designed (or modified) to reduce your bushfire risk. Living in a bushfire prone area comes with its unique challenges, but a little bit of gardening and landscaping knowledge can give you the confidence to better understand your threats and reduce your risk.
The session is engaging and interactive. Everyone is provided with a detailed aerial photo of their property. The session will follow the risk management process so participants really understand their opportunities to reduce bushfire risk using garden and landscape design principles.
By registering early for this workshop you will receive an aerial photograph of your house and garden to work with at the workshop.
Bring a thumb drive (or leave your email address) and you can take a digital copy of your aerial photo home.
In this 3 hour workshop you will take away an understanding of:
How to assess if your home is likely to be exposed to flames, radiant heat or embers
How to select plants with beneficial characteristics to lower your risk
How plants can reduce ember attack and radiant heat on your home
How to manage fine fuel loads in the garden
How landscape design and materials can reduce your risk
How to prioritise and where to start
Class notes and an aerial photo of your home and surrounding area will be provided for use during the session. BYO thumb drive to take home a digital copy of your aerial photo.
Join us afterwards for a chat & a cuppa.
Integrated Pest Management (Natural Pest Control)
October 14, 2017 @ 9:00 am – 11:30 am
Getting the better of pests in the garden before resorting to sprays – a 5 step approach to Integrated Pest Management
Introducing a “Pest Triangle” approach we will look at the relationship between the pest, the plant and the environment and how when you alter one of the three you can regain a healthy balance in your garden.
In this 2 – 2.5 hour workshop you will gain an understanding of:
• why do you get pests and what are they doing on your garden!
• identifying and understanding pests and what they do
• monoculture v’s polyculture – natural balance
• garden design & crop rotation
• building plant resilience to reduce pest attack (soil improvement)
• 3 methods of control – physical, biological and spraying
• companion planting has it’s place (and it’s HUGE!)
• Accepting that there will always be insect pests
You’ll learn heaps and receive easy to follow handouts, a chart to use at home, and some flower seeds to attract beneficial insects.
Join us after the class for a cuppa.
Introduction to Permaculture – Garden Design
October 15, 2017 @ 9:00 am – 12:30 pm
Why landscape when you can “Permascape”!
Heard of permaculture and want to know more or just thinking about landscaping and wanting something with a bit more of a systematic approach?
Let’s look into how a permaculture garden design will benefit you and your environment by demonstrating how a practical and sustainable approach will give you a far better result.
Starting with a quick history lesson about where the term permaculture (Permanent Agriculture) was first coined and the ethics and principles of permaculture were created, we then get into what you can do to incorporate these into EVERY aspect of your garden or whole property design.
Permaculture takes a whole systems approach to the design process. By this, it means, how every “thing” (or element) you put into a design influences, supports, relates, connects to everything else within the design. For example, how can the sun influence where you place your plants and in turn, what influence do those plants have on their surrounds? How can you get the most out each of these plants you incorporate into your design eg: summer shade/ winter sun (deciduous tree), erosion control, habitat, vertical climbing for other plants, wind break, fire retardant, leaf litter for compost.
Permaculture is SO much more than gardening.
This is a very short overview to permaculture and is not a replacement for a 72 hour Permaculture Design Certificate Course.
In this 3 hour workshop you will take away an understanding of:
• How permaculture design differs from traditional landscape design
• How this approach can save you time and money
• Organic garden v’s permaculture garden
• How you can incorporate this design approach into your property stage by stage
• Small changes = masive returns – environment, community & financial
• Where to start
Extensive class notes will be provided, and a laminated companion planting chart.
Join us after for a chat & a cuppa.
November 12, 2017 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Successful grafting takes practise, and this workshop is designed to give you the knowledge to continue to hone your skills at home.
The workshop will cover a variety of grafting techniques for different plants.
Each person will have their own citrus root stock to graft on and take home. You will be able to graft up to 8 – 10 varieties on the one tree!
Participants will be required to bring their own grafting knife. Having your own tool on the day will make the class progress faster and be more productive for all.
We can arrange to order one in for you to purchase at the course for a cost under/around $20, or you can source your own. Joe personally uses a Swiss budding knife – a small fine knife he prefers.
Includes take home notes and afternoon tea.
This will be a popular session – we have received lots of enquiries; so book in soon before it fills up!
Container Gardening & Wicking Beds
November 18, 2017 @ 9:00 am – 11:30 am
Renting, small courtyard, soil problems, no soil, limited sunshine or shelter – don’t let any of these reasons put you off thinking you can’t grow edibles. Fruit trees in containers? Not a problem!
Perth’s sandy soil on the swan coastal plain does not lend itself to water retention and any nutrients in the soil are becoming more unattainable to our plants as our winter rains become less reliable.
Wicking beds (which you can either make in a container or build directly on the ground) are an easy way to container plant, with the added bonus of being almost self watering. They can be moved with you, moved around your property to chase the sun, hide from the wind, or come closer to the back door when they’re ready for harvesting.
Come along and find out what recycled materials you can find either free or for a minimal cost in which you can build and create container gardens.
Demonstration showing how to make a wicking bed from a broccoli box or recycled olive barrel.
Take home notes will be provided.
All workshops held at The Green Life Soil Co, 178 Farrall Road, Midvale.
Book via the website.
Held every third Sunday of the month, 9-10am
M J Morgan Reserve, Railway Tce, Glen Forrest
Saturday October 7 @ 2 – 3pm (*please note unusual date as a result of being held in conjunction with the Festival of Forgotten Skills)
Sunday November 19 @ 9 – 10am
The Sharing Economy is alive in the Hills!
Bring your surplus garden produce: Fruit, Veggies, Plants, Cuttings, Seeds, even garden paraphernalia & books
Share what others bring… or just hang out & chat..
Eat really local food (talk to the person who grew it!)
Share cultivation & preparation tips
Come and be part of our growing community.
“Seed: The Untold Story” – Transition Town Guildford Movie Night
October 10, 2017 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Stirling Arms Hotel, 117 James St, Guildford, WA
October Movie Night – Seed: The Untold Story
This months movie is a recently released movie all about seeds!
“SEED: The Untold Story follows passionate seed keepers protecting our 12,000 year-old food legacy. In the last century, 94% of our seed varieties have disappeared. As chemical companies control the majority of our seeds, farmers, scientists, lawyers, and indigenous seed keepers fight a David and Goliath battle to defend the future of our food. In a harrowing and heartening story, these reluctant heroes rekindle a lost connection to our most treasured resource and revive a culture connected to seeds.” IMDB = 7.3/10
Please RSVP via Eventbrite to help the kitchen know how many to expect.
Food and drinks from 6 pm, Film starts 7 pm.
Stirling Arms Hotel, 117 James St, Guildford, WA.
Entry by donation