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Sustainable Gardening

Sustainable Gardening

Improve your skills and get your hands dirty with our practical sustainable gardening course.

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 then this course is for you. Join CERES Trainer, Justin Calverley as he 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!

Course Content

Course length:
Eight sessions: 10am – 2pm


  1. Intro to sustainable gardening and permaculture principles
  2. Soils and their preparation
  3. Composting, worm farming and fertilisers
  4. Organic vegetable production
  5. Growing bushfoods and berries
  6. Seed saving and propagating
  7. Organic fruit production
  8. Water management and guild planting

** A certificate will be issued upon completion of at least 75% of the course

ACFE Subsidised Course Places

* This is an ACFE Approved Pre-accredited Course where the cost is subsidised for eligible participants.

ACFE Eligible participants are deemed eligible through an interview process with our career pathways officer. Find out more information about ACFE eligibility HERE.  The costs for these participants are $75.

If you are interested in an ACFE place please fill out the enquiry form below and our team will be in touch soon.

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Meet your trainers

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.

What to bring and expect

What should I 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 should I wear?

  • Casual clothing (Warning: This might get messy)
Terms and Conditions

Our booking and refund policies, concession pricing information, FAQs, as well as other general terms and conditions can be viewed here.



This eight-session (eight-week) course will run on the following dates in 2024:

April 23 @ 10:00 am 2:00 pm

8 weeks
CERES Brunswick, Corner of Roberts & Stewart Streets, Brunswick East, Victoria.

Concession Available.
ACFE subsidised place: $75


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Sustainable Gardening April Full Fare
$ 650.00
13 available
Sustainable Gardening April Concession
$ 585.00
13 available
Sustainable Gardening April CERES Member
Members with a valid 2024 membership to CERES. Join at ceres.org.au/membership
$ 585.00
13 available

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