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The Complete Urban Farmer course combines 14 sessions including an introduction to permaculture, chook care, beekeeping, 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.

A copy of Justin Calverley’s Urban Farmer book is included in your course fee.

The Complete Urban Farmer course provides you with the opportunity to achieve up to four digital badges. These badges recognise the additional knowledge, skills and achievements that can be obtained on course completion.

Course topics

*Weekly topic order subject to change

Week 1 – Introduction to permaculture principles
Week 2 – Organic fruit production
Week 3 – Soils and their preparation
Week 4 – Growing Nutrient Dense Food
Week 5 – Beekeeping
Week 6 – Composting, worm farming and fertilisers
Week 7 – Organic vegetable production, harvesting and storage
Week 8 – Propagation
Week 9 – Seed collection and storage
Week 10 – Pest disease and weed management
Week 11 – Growing bushfoods and berries
Week 12 – Chooks
Week 13 – DIY – Backyard constructions
Week 14 – Community gardens, community-supported agriculture (CSA) and swaps

ACFE Subsidised course places

This is an ACFE Approved Pre-accredited Course where the cost is subsidised for eligible participants. Participants are deemed eligible through an interview process with our career pathways officer. Find out more information about ACFE eligibility  and apply here. The costs for these participants are $150 or $117 (concession).

What to bring

+ Comfortable enclosed shoes/boots
+ Gardening gloves
+ Appropriate weather gear eg sunhat, casual clothes
+ Pen and paper
+ Lunch
+ Enthusiasm to learn and get your hands dirty

Trainers Profiles

Justin Calverley has been teaching our Complete Urban Farmer course for 10 years. When he is not taking groups of budding green thumbs through all manner of garden know-how, he runs his own Horticultural Consultation Design and Education business, Sensory Gardens. Justin‘s approach is to encourage interaction and understanding of the natural world’s systems via a mix of theory and practical sessions which see his students gain hands-on skills and knowledge. The Complete Urban Farmer course also explores industry skills which has seen some students be inspired to make Horticulture their life-long career. Justin is a regular broadcaster on 3RRR’s “Breakfasters” and ABC “Evenings”. He is also the author of “The Urban Farmer”, available at CERES Nursery.

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 ongoing 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 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 and Town.

A love of plants and insects drove Ashton Edgley’s interest in beekeeping. His passion grew into a way of life and Ashton now spends his time caring for more than sixty hives – both his own and those of others. Ashton shares his love of honeybees in schools and universities by teaching others how to properly care for bees and explaining their importance in our food systems.

Adrian Black is an educator, urban food grower, environmental activist and permaculturalist with just under 10 years experience in environmental education and nature based connection. With a background in design and storytelling, Adrian has a continued commitment to education as an avenue to empower people of any age and background to find meaning within themselves and their communities.

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