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The View from a Permaculture window is different

The View from a Permaculture window is different

Tuesday, May 1 @ 7:30pm – 9:30pm
Canning Agricultural, Horticultural & Recreational Society Inc., 1 Station St, Cannington WA 6107, Australia
 
A brief introduction of why permaculture is very different to landscape design and isn’t about organic gardening (although this is a technique used within a permaculture property). 45 minute talk and 15 minute question and answer followed by a seed swap and some supper!
Getting the goods on growing great vegetables and herbs

Getting the goods on growing great vegetables and herbs

May 30, 2018 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
South Perth Community Centre, South Terrace & Sandgate Street, South Perth WA 6151, Australia

NWhether you are on a quarter acre, or 4 storeys off the ground you can grow delicious, healthy and organic food at home. Come to this hands-on ‘get your hands in the dirty’ evening of fun and extra ordinary information from some of WA’s leading organic food growing experts.

Participants will get the latest advice on home composting and converting your waste into rich plant food, growing delicious, nutrient dense organic veggies in containers, rejuvenating your veggies beds, easy micro greens, making microbial brews and effective integrated organic pest and weed management.

Hands on bonus: During the workshop participants will make and take home their own sensational veggie grow bag complete with a suite of organic growing products.

Numbers strictly limited – a night not to be missed.

Free workshop. Light refreshments provided.

https://southperth.wa.gov.au/discover/whats-on/Events/

Small Space, Big Harvest: An Intro to Urban Permaculture

Small Space, Big Harvest: An Intro to Urban Permaculture

May 26, 2018 @ 9:00 am – May 27, 2018 4:30 pm
Jarrahdale Primary School, 20 Wanliss St, Jarrahdale WA 6124, Australia

Join us as we explore ways you can use permaculture design thinking to maximise productivity in your house and backyard systems. This hands on intensive course will cover:

Permaculture design groundwork (the principles and ethics of permaculture)
Looking at your space with permaculture eyes (designing for productivity)
Creative ideas for growing more food on small urban blocks (small inputs, large outputs)
The basics of organic veg and or fruit tree systems (All about soils, pests and weeds – edible and not so)
Nutrient cycling (composting, worms, small animals and human energy systems)
“Oh but I rent..” (movable permaculture systems)
Fostering your permaculture learning (further education, resources,networks and permaculturing your community)

Please take note: this course will have you ‘up and doing’, not just watching powerpoints – as we make wicking beds, explore worm farms and compost, plant and harvest in a school garden, explore the magic of soil biology, meet like minded people, eat delicious locally sourced food and actively grow our permaculture thinking together.

Presenters: Stacey Smithers (Powderbark Permaculture), Fiona Blackham (Gaia Permaculture) and Special Guests
Cost: $115

https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/small-space-big-harvest-an-intro-to-urban-permaculture-may-tickets-43543256051

Monthly kitchen, garden & produce swap & share

Monthly kitchen, garden & produce swap & share

May 20, 2018 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Stirling Square, Guildford WA 6055, Australia

A Transition Town Guildford market pop-up!

A place to share your excess garden produce, cuttings, seeds, homemade pickles & jams and any other garden things with other gardeners and garden cooks. No money changes hands here, we swap & share!

We set up at the eastern end (train car park side) of the markets. We are always happy to have a helping pair of hands or two to help us set up and pack away.

Come and check us out and have a chat to find out more. There is always plenty of excess and we love to share it.

WA Community Garden Gathering

WA Community Garden Gathering

May 19, 2018 – May 20, 2018
Perth City Farm, 1 City Farm Pl, East Perth WA 6004, Australia

Expect the unexpected when you attend the inaugural WA Community Garden Gathering to be held at Perth City Farm on the 19th and 20th May 2018.
Our underlying message to you is best expressed by the Noongar phrase, ‘Wanju, Wanju’ or ‘Welcome Together’. With the help of community gardeners around the state the seeds of this Gathering have been sown.

The usual event we hear you say? Not this time. When you join us at Perth City Farm on you will feel welcome and valued and there will be the opportunity to connect with other community gardeners with shared interests and shared challenges. Together we will collaborate, accumulate new knowledge and create a stronger Community Garden community.

Our program will be an exciting blend of plenary sessions including Costa, open space discussions, City Farm tours and entertainment. Importantly, you will also have plenty of time to mingle with local community gardeners and those from around the country. The choice is yours.

There will be activities to get you moving, digging up new experiences and sharing the rewards of your harvest. It will also be a time for fun and engagement where you may meet new and sometimes surprising friends. When taking a break from talking and sharing, you may even have an opportunity to “dig” a boogie with Costa and other gardening celebrities.

We look forward to welcoming community gardeners from across the state and together we will grow a flourishing network of WA Community Gardens. As Costa says, “We will feed the roots and harvest knowledge”

Permaculture Earthworks Course

Permaculture Earthworks Course

May 19, 2018 – May 20, 2018
Chittering WA 6084, Australia

Join Ross Mars and Don Woodcock for two days of teaching about water harvesting strategies for rural properties in this Advanced Permaculture Course. While some knowledge of permaculture is ideal, it is not essential for participation.

Cost $200 (includes vegan meals). Bring your tent, swag or mattress and sleeping bag for accommodation in rooms of house or your own space in your tent. There is limited caravan site but possible. Let us know is you intend to bring caravan or camper trailer.

To participate email Ross your details: rossmars@waterinstallations.com.au or 0439 971 213.

Worm Farm Workshop

Worm Farm Workshop

May 17, 2018 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Atwell Community Centre, 9 Lombe Gardens, Atwell WA 6164, Australia

Worms are a great way to convert your kitchen food waste into fertiliser. Wormsconvert the waste into both liquid fertiliser and castings that are great for plants.You will learn all about the art of worm farming with a hands-on demonstration.

This workshop is part of the Organic Cockburn resident subsidy program. You canpurchase a subsidised worm farm for $85 on the night or simply join us to learnmore about recycling organic waste at home.

Cost: $5
Register online: ticketbooth.com.au/CityofCockburn or via customerservice on 08 9411 3444

Gardening on the cheap

Gardening on the cheap

May 12, 2018 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Tamala Park Education Centre, 1700 Marmion Ave, Mindarie, Western Australia

You can transform your garden’s health and productivity without breaking the bank! This presentation will cover:
-How to compost, to enhance the health and productivity of your garden without having to spend a cent
-How to start and care for a worm farm, creating a ongoing source of nutrients for your garden
-How to build a wicking bed, establish your own fuss free gardening solution

Free event. Register online.
https://www.mrc.wa.gov.au/About-MRC/Events/2018/Gardening-on-the-cheap

Wicking Garden Bed / Potting Workshop

Wicking Garden Bed / Potting Workshop

May 12, 2018 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Kelmscott Community Garden (Inc.), 55 River Rd, Kelmscott WA 6111, Australia

SELF WATERING POTS ON STEROIDS!??!! thats how wicking beds/pots have been described.

Dont lose all your valuable nutrients and water… keep them in the pot / garden bed.. otherwise its money down the drain…

Learn how to build wicking garden beds/pots with Gaia Permaculture.

The soil in the garden bed/pot is kept separate by a liner but the water wicks up to water the roots.

Waterwise gardening for our changing climate.

FREE WORKSHOP
https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/free-wicking-garden-bed-potting-workshop-with-gaia-permaculture-tickets-44902637999

Mushroom to Mushroom Workshop

Mushroom to Mushroom Workshop

May 12, 2018 @ 1:00 pm – 3:30 pm
The Organic Circle, 7 Albany Hwy, Armadale 

May 19, 2018 @ 1:00 pm – 3:30 pm
Glyde-in Community Learning Centre, 42 Glyde St, East Fremantle

Join us for a wonderful presentation and hands-on skill development in gourmet mushroom cultivation… Learn how to grow your own Oyster mushrooms as we take you through the steps of mushroom cultivation with a focus on using urbanly available waste products all in a fun and friendly environment!

Our workshop covers the production of mushrooms using non sterile techniques. You will learn about all the steps involved in mushroom production from making cultures to creating spawn and fruiting substrates, how to create your own cultures using nothing but waste stem butts from fresh mushrooms, and how to make mushroom spawn from recycled paper pellets and fruiting blocks using three different urbanly available substrates: Paper Pellets, Hardwood Pellets and spent coffee grounds!

Now also covering straw pasteurisation techniques and log grows.

GOODIES YOU GET TO TAKE HOME
Aside from learning all the techniques to make mushrooms you will get to take home all the goodies you make valued at $60.
1. Mushroom Spawn

2. Fruiting Kit

Cost: $95

https://www.urbankulture.com.au/product-page/armadale-mushroom-to-mushroom-workshop

https://www.urbankulture.com.au/product-page/east-fremantle-mushroom-to-mushroom-workshop

Composting for the beginner

Composting for the beginner

May 12, 2018 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Environment House, 125 King William St, Bayswater WA 6053, Australia

This free workshop is for beginners or anyone wanting a refresher about successful composting. Our Gardener John Yaxley takes you through the science of composting and the different systems that are available. Find the system that best suits you.
Environment House also offers a discount if you belong to a Switch Your Thinking Local Council.

https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/composting-for-the-beginner-tickets-42550674212

Natural Pest Control

Natural Pest Control

May 12, 2018 @ 9:30 am – 12:00 pm
Spearwood Public Library, 9 Coleville Cres, Spearwood WA 6163, Australia

REGISTER HERE: ticketbooth.com.au/CityofCockburn
FREE EVENT

Learn about Integrated Pest Management (IPM) – which aims to prevent infestation in the first place.

Discover the “Pest Triangle” approach which looks at the pest, the plant and the environment, and how when you alter one you can regain a healthy balance in your garden.

Gain an understanding of:
• Why you get pests and how to identify them
• Monoculture versus polyculture – and natural balance
• Garden design and crop rotation
• Building plant resilience to reduce pest attack (soil improvement)
• Three methods of control – physical, biological and spraying
• Companion planting has its place (and it’s HUGE!)
• Accepting that there will always be insect pests

Gardening in small spaces

Gardening in small spaces

May 12, 2018 @ 9:00 am – 11:30 am
West Leederville Bowling Club, West Leederville, Western Australia

Are you gardening in a small space? Limited room presents unique challenges to creating a productive garden and making the most of organic waste. Mindarie Regional Council will show you it is easy and possible to turn your small space into a great garden. Bring your problems and ideas to this free workshop.

Free workshop. Register online.
https://www.mrc.wa.gov.au/About-MRC/Events/2018/FAB-4-2-Gardening-in-Small-Spaces

Fancy Food Theatre

Fancy Food Theatre

May 10, 2018 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Perth City Farm, 1 City Farm Pl, East Perth WA 6004, Australia

Join us for a brilliant evening amid the beautiful surrounds of the iconic Perth City Farm.

Learn the secrets of delicious, nutritious food and the link between healthy soil and healthy food.

Enjoy canapes surrounded by beautiful gardens of Perth City Farm before moving into the stunning historic barn for a 3-course sit down meal and a night of entertainment. The night will include a “how to” from our gardening experts on growing your own food and improving your soils, and our specialised chefs showcase how to cook your own amazing produce in simple and delicious ways.

You’ll be able to sample local beer and wine from our favourite sustainable creators, hear all about Chris’ new book; A Place in the Country, and go into the draw to win a $500 Waterwise Gift Pack or the $900 Smart Cara: the innovative benchtop composting system.

Price: $99 per ticket or save $10 per ticket when booking for groups of 8 or more.
Webiste: https://theforeverproject.com.au/event/fancy-food-theatre

Growing Bush Tucker Plants in the Home Garden

Growing Bush Tucker Plants in the Home Garden

May 9, 2018 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Roleystone Neighbourhood Family Centre, 19 Wygonda Rd, Roleystone WA 6111, Australia

Bush food has sustained generations of traditional Australians for centuries, and today represents a rich and vibrant history in this country’s culture.

Did you know that most of the edibles we grow in our gardens today were originally imported from overseas? With bush tucker edible natives, you can enjoy a backyard full of unique and delicious bush tucker fruits, roots, nuts, seeds and leaves from plants naturally designed for our climate and soil.

The May speaker of Roleystone Organic Growers is Mark Tucek, Mark is passionate about local bush tucker plants and wants to share his knowledge with all Australians through the Tucker Bush project. The Tucker Bush project has several aims. First, to popularise and make available native edibles in our modern lifestyle and cuisine – both through home growing and gourmet cooking. Second, to help young Australians grow up with a stronger connection to nature and their food supply. And third, to influence a cultural shift that contributes to preserving Australia’s food security and biodiversity through growing species that thrive in our soils and climate.

There is a $3 entry and enquiries can be made to Lisa 9399 2312.

Living Soils for Healthy Profits

Living Soils for Healthy Profits

May 9, 2018 @ 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Merri Bee Organic Farm, 6203 Thomas Rd, Nannup WA 6275, Australia

What can properly made compost do for you? Many growers have trialled it and are purchasing humus ( “black gold”) at considerable expense. They’ve seen that a small amount of QUALITY compost acts as a completely safe fertilizer, herbicide and pesticide all rolled into one, and as little as 30 grams can boost productivity over an acre when made into an activley aerated compost tea.
What if you could turn farm wastes into tons of quality humus by following some simple rules? What if you could take a 5 kgs of this compost and make a tea to boost biology and productivity over 100 hectares?

This day will teach you the rules of compost and compost tea making by practical activities , and if you miss anything….its all in your 75 page manual .

Cost: $150

This event is supported by the South West Catchment Council’s Regional Landcare Facilitator Program, through funding from the Australian Government’s National Landcare Program.  

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/living-soils-for-healthy-profits-tickets-40124910688

Permaculture Design Certificate

Permaculture Design Certificate

May 7, 2018 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Candlelight Farm, 4110 Phillips Rd, Mundaring WA 6073, Australia

Join us this May for an inspiring, practical and life changing permaculture design course. This 10 day intensive course will provide you with the creative thinking and design skills to build resilience into your existing landscapes (at home, in your family, in your communities and beyond). In the face of growing uncertainties, Permaculture helps to focus us on the things that we can do that will make a difference.

This course is facilitated by the Permaculture Educators Alliance, a group of experienced Perth Permaculture educators (and guests) who synergistically collaborate on all areas of this 72 hour certified course. Between us, with have over 40 years of Permaculture design experience across a variety of property sizes and in different climate zones. We are passionate about helping you to build your design knowledge in a meaningful, fun and creative way.

Our learning will be based at the beautiful Candlelight Farm in the foothills of Perth & will tour other example locations. Candlelight has been a permaculture demonstration farm for the past 10 years, and is unique in its ability to show Permaculture systems in action.

At the end of this course you will be able to:
-Design for regeneration – i.e. design for human abundance whilst improving the health of ecological systems

-Understand how to look to the patterns of nature to find design solutions
-Use permaculture thinking (ethics & principles) to inform your design decisions
-Adapt to climate change and mitigate risk in disaster situations
-Drought-proof your landscape with good water design
-Enhance the soil food web to bring your soils to life
-Create annual gardens to produce food quickly and reliably (including managing pest, saving seeds, using appropriate harvest and storage techniques)
-Design Tree-centrically
-Undertake a site analysis and use a design methodology to produce a design (base map, concept plan, final design)
-Make use appropriate technology for power generation, energy efficiency, food preservation and comfortable homes
-Design abundant food forests
-Cycle energy through your systems (ie nutrient cycling via compost, worms )
-Design animals systems for the benefit of all species
-Build and enhance your local communities using permaculture design thinking
-Be an “Agent of Change” –by starting where you are, using what you have, doing what you can

Cost: $1,120
https://www.trybooking.com/book/event?eid=352303&

Honey Festival

Honey Festival

May 6, 2018 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Yagan Square, Wellington St, Perth WA 6000, Australia

Do you love bees, honey and beekeeping? Then come see us at the annual Honey Festival, in celebration of Honey Month.

This year sees the festival move to the newly developed Yagan Square on Wellington Street in Perth City from 10am until 4pm. Different location, same amazing FREE event!

Learn about cooking with honey, how to make beeswax candles or have a go at building bee boxes with beekeepers.

Chat with Tintuppa Nursery, who specialise in bee friendly plants for your garden. They’ve got all the tips on what to plant for pollinators.

Demonstrate your culinary skills by entering in the Great Honey Cake Competition or check out the highly anticipated honey judging comp!

Witness the spirit of Aboriginal culture through Perth’s Wadumbah Dance Group, who will be on stage at 11am.

This is a child-friendly event with plenty of fun to be had, such as face painting, educational activities and ‘Waggle Dace’ classes with Honey Girl.

Enjoy all of this and much, much more… Bee there or be square!

An Introduction to Effective Microbes – Make your Own Activated EM for Healthy House and Garden

An Introduction to Effective Microbes – Make your Own Activated EM for Healthy House and Garden

May 6, 2018 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Perth City Farm, 1 City Farm Pl, East Perth WA 6004, Australia

A probiotic chemical free solution to cleaning your house and improving your garden. EM is a a collection of beneficial microbes which was originally developed in Japan 35 years ago and is now used in more than 100 countries around the world.

This workshop will cover the following topics
– What is EM and its applications
– How to use it in the house, garden and for pet care.
– How to make activated EM which has all the benefits of EM at a greatly reduced cost

You will a free sample of activated EM!
Cost: $17

https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/an-introduction-to-effective-microbes-make-your-own-activated-em-for-healthy-house-and-garden-tickets-44869584134

International Permaculture Day – market stall and permie demonstrations

International Permaculture Day – market stall and permie demonstrations

May 6, 2018 @ 8:30 am – 12:00 pm
Growers’ Green Farmers’ Market, Lefroy Rd, Beaconsfield WA 6162, Australia

The 6th May is International Permaculture Day. Come celebrate and learn from the Freo Permies.

We will have plants for sale and will be running demonstrations and talks on Urban Permaculture throughout the morning.

Demonstrations and Talk Schedule:

9:00 – Wicking Beds by Matt
9:30 – Edible Perennial Vegetables by Fiona
10:00 – How to make sauerkraut by May-Ring
10:30 – Permaculture on a budget by Jodie

Community Garden Produce Swap & Share

Community Garden Produce Swap & Share

May 5, 2018 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
June 2, 2018 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
July 7, 2018 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Aug 4, 2018 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Sept 1, 2018 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Oct 6, 2018 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Nov 3, 2018 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Dec 1, 2018 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
RCNC Community Garden, Humphreys St, Lockyer, Western Australia

Come along to our monthly Produce Swap & Share! All welcome, bring excess produce, seeds, seedlings, cuttings, jars etc. Anything a suburban gardener might want or need! Or just come along for some interesting conversation, local knowledge and information. Cups of tea and coffee provided but please feel free to bring along some morning tea to share 🙂

Your Garden with Josh Byrne

Your Garden with Josh Byrne

May 2, 2018 @ 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Guildford Town Hall, 188 James St, Guildford

May 9, 2018 @ 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Harrisdale Pavilion, 83 Gracefield Blvd, Harrisdale

May 16, 2018 @ 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Ellenbrook District Open space, Maffina Parade, Ellenbrook 

Your Garden with Josh Byrne (Bassendean & Guildford) 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.

Delivered by ABC TV’s Gardening Australia presenter and environmental scientist Josh Byrne, you will be provided with a personalised garden plan that keeps your garden thriving and our rivers healthy.

 www.riverguardians.com/education/gardening-workshops

Seed Swap – Cannington

Seed Swap – Cannington

May 1, 2018 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Cannington Exhibition Centre & Showgrounds, Corner Albany Highway & Station Street, Cannington WA 6107, Australia

Join Canning River Gardens Club for a seed swap and learn about permaculture. FREE event

Seed Saving Workshop – Thornlie

Seed Saving Workshop – Thornlie

April 30, 2018 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Thornlie Public Library, 1 Culross Ave, Thornlie WA 6108, Australia

Join the “seed saving movement” with environmental educator Stacey Smithers.

At this workshop, you will learn about all aspects of seed saving, including selection and proper storage. You’ll also have the opportunity to practise simple seed saving techniques.

This is a free event for adults; refreshments may be provided and bookings are essential.

https://www.gosnells.wa.gov.au/Lifestyle/Libraries/Library_locations/Thornlie_Library/Seed_Saving_Workshop_-_30_April_2018

Worm Farm Workshop

Worm Farm Workshop

April 28, 2018 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
William Bertram Community Centre, Johnson Rd, Bertram WA 6167, Australia

Want to convert your food waste into fertiliser easily and efficiently? The City of Kwinana is pleased to present a series of free Worm Farm Workshops hosted by Worm Shed. The workshops will include a demonstration about recycling organic waste at home, and give residents the opportunity to purchase a discounted Worm Café. Registration required.

Thanks to the subsidy, City of Kwinana residents can purchase a Worm Café for $90 (saving of $127) when they attend a workshop. Proof of residency required.

To register or enquire please email customer@kwinana.wa.gov.au or call 9439 0475.

Living Smart courses

Living Smart courses

Hilton 7 week course

May 2, 2018 @ 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Fremantle Police & Community Youth Centre (PCYC), 34 Paget St, Hilton WA 6163, Australia

(PLEASE NOTE – This is a seven week course that runs weekly on Wednesday evenings from 6.30pm – 9.00pm. It starts on May 2nd and finishes on June 13)

Have you wondered how you can make your life more sustainable? Do you want to respond positively to issues like climate change? Do you want to meet people who care about the earth like you do?

Then Living Smart is for you!

Living Smart is a 7-week course (plus an additional field trip) that will inspire you to make sustainable changes in your own home with your family. The course is designed with the needs of participants in mind and includes topic such as Waste, Living Simply, Power, Water, Gardening . . . and more. This course will be facilitated by Shani Graham and Tim Darby, the most experienced Living Smart facilitators in Australia.

The cost for this course is $80 which includes Living Smart membership. Concession price ($40) available for eligible card holders. For more information call Shani on 0417 941 991 or email her ecoburbia@gmail.com

https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/living-smart-hilton-7-week-course-tickets-42347671024

 

Living Smart – South Perth

May 10, 2018 @ 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm
City of South Perth Civic Centre Reception Room – Sandgate Street corner of South Terrace – South Perth, WA 6151 – Australia

Have you wondered how you can make your life more sustainable? Do you want to respond positively to issues like climate change? Do you want to meet people who care about the earth like you do?

Then Living Smart is for you!

Living Smart is a 7-week course (plus an additional field trip) that will inspire you to make sustainable changes in your own home with your family. The course is designed with the needs of participants in mind and includes topic such as Waste, Living Simply, Power, Water, Gardening . . . and more. This course will be facilitated by Shani Graham and Tim Darby, the most experienced Living Smart facilitators in Australia.

PLEASE NOTE This is a seven week course that will run on a Thursday night from 6.30 until 9pm starting on May10th and running until June 21st.

The cost for this course is $80 which includes Living Smart membership. Concession price ($40) available for eligible card holders. For more information call Shani on 0417 941 991 or email her ecoburbia@gmail.com

The Living Smart program is now coordinated by Be Living Smart Inc. For more about Living Smart courses see livingsmart.org.au

For details, link here: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/living-smart-south-perth-7-week-course-starting-in-may-tickets-41516053634

 

Living Smart – Kwinana

May 11, 2018 @ 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm
William Bertram Community Centre, Johnson Rd, Bertram WA 6167, Australia

Have you wondered how you can make your life more sustainable? Do you want to respond positively to issues like climate change? Do you want to meet people who care about the earth like you do?

Then Living Smart is for you!

Living Smart is a 7-week course (plus an additional field trip) that will inspire you to make sustainable changes in your own home with your family. The course is designed with the needs of participants in mind and includes topic such as Waste, Living Simply, Power, Water, Gardening . . . and more. This course will be facilitated by Shani Graham and Tim Darby, the most experienced Living Smart facilitators in Australia.

PLEASE NOTE This is a seven week course that will run on a Thursday night from 6.30 until 9pm starting on May10th and running until June 21st.

The cost for this course is $80 which includes Living Smart membership. Concession price ($40) available for eligible card holders. For more information or to register contact Kwinana’s Sustainability officer Sarah McCabe on 9439 0243 or Sarah.McCabe@kwinana.wa.gov.au

The Living Smart program is now coordinated by Be Living Smart Inc. For more about Living Smart courses see livingsmart.org.au

 

Living Smart – Margaret River

May 30, 2018 @ 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Margaret River Education Campus, 272 Bussell Hwy, Margaret River, Western Australia

Do you want to leave a lighter footprint? Simplify your lifestyle & enjoy more of the good stuff? Save money & our environment at the same time? Connect with like-minded others in your community? If yes to any of these, then Living Smart is for you!

Living Smart is an interactive 7 session sustainability course for adults (16+). Through hands-on practical activities, presentations & guest speakers we look at ways to live healthier, grow our own food, reduce our power, water & waste, create fabulous compost & make our own chemical-free household cleaners. During our sessions you will meet inspirational locals sharing their sustainability journeys, and of course the knowledge & experience you bring is invaluable too!

This course runs over 6 weeks from 5:30-8pm Monday 30 April to Monday 4th June, & includes a local ‘gardening’ field trip on Saturday 26th May from 2-4:30pm. Facilitator Laura Bailey is an experienced sustainability educator with a background in renewables, energy assessing, permaculture & regenerative farming.

Thanks to the sponsorship of the Augusta Margaret River Shire, the only cost to you for the 7 sessions is $80 waged or $40 for valid concession card holders (monies go to the not-for-profit organisation Be Living Smart)! Please book early to avoid disappointment, as places will be limited.

https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/margaret-river-living-smart-course-7-sessions-tickets-43691136365

Swan Valley Happenings Events

Swan Valley Happenings Events

Swan Valley Swap Shuffle Share

May 27, 2018 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
August 26, 2018 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
November 25, 2018 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Swan Valley Gourmet B&B, 1056 Great Northern Hwy, Baskerville

Hate waste? Want to share seeds, plants, herbs, cuttings, excess produce, home-made stuff?

If that sounds like you, come along to the Swan Valley Swap Shuffle Share at 10am at West Swan Hall, opposite Mash Brewery, Henley Street and Park Street on the West side of the road.

We have heaps of fun – you can meet like-minded people and share a cuppa! Bring your travel mug, goodies to share and a smile! If you have nothing to bring, bring some morning tea. If your goodies aren’t taken, please take them home with you at the end.

 

Grafting and propagation

October 8, 2017 @ 10:00 am12:00 pm
West Swan Hall, Lot 1 West Swan Rd, Henley Brook, Western Australia

Ever wanted to graft your own plant? Grow your own rootstock? Create multi-grafted plants? Welcome to our grafting and propagation workshop, held on October 8, 2017 from 10am to 12pm at Tass 1 Trees. At this workshop, Joe Tassone will show you how simple grafting is with practice. Learn to do chip/bud, cleft and top grafts and discuss other grafting related issues.
Pricing:
Financial members: $25.00
Non-members: $30.00
Workshop + membership: $50.00

 

Green Life Soil Co Events

Green Life Soil Co Events

 

Natural Pest Control & Beneficial Insects

April 8, 2018 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

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 3 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

PLUS – NEW IN 2018 – Added info on Beneficial Insects, Native Bees & Bug Hotels!

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.
Cost: $39

Propagation workshop

May 20, 2018 @ 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.

What to bring? – Gloves if you don’t want to get dirty hands, Secateurs and pen.
Cost: $39

 

All workshops held at The Green Life Soil Co, 178 Farrall Road, Midvale.

Book via the website.

http://www.greenlifesoil.com.au/events

Hills Food Share

Hills Food Share

Held every third Sunday of the month, 9-10am
M J Morgan Reserve, Railway Tce, Glen Forrest

Upcomiang dates:
Sunday May 20  @ 9 – 10am
Sunday June 17 @ 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.

http://mt.org.au/?p=1083