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Real Skills for Growing Food at Fat Pig Farm

Two days of hands-on learning, equipping you with the skills to grow food in your own home.

We’re partnering with Fat Pig Farm to bring you two days of hands-on Real Skills for Growing Food. Join Hannah Moloney, Anton Vikstrom and Fat Pig Farm’s market gardener, Jonathon Cooper to learn the basics in growing your own food in small spaces.

Ready to book in? Just scroll down to the bottom of this page.

You’ll get to learn all about…

  • Soil: If you want to grow good food, you’re going to need to know about soil – this is the key to awesome food production. We’ll introduce you to the soil food web and explore a range of soil preparation methods for different contexts.
  • Compost: Learn about composting worms *and* make a hot compost.
  • Propagation: Empower yourself to grow food from scratch – we’ll look at everything from making your own seed raising mix, planting seeds, and growing from cuttings.
  • Vegetable growing: We’ll introduce you to growing both annual and perennial vegetables so you can create diverse, edible garden-scapes.
  • Food forests: How to create perennial, low maintenance, high yielding food systems for small and large areas.

Who should come to this workshop?

We’ve designed this workshop as an introduction for folks wanting to get started in growing their own food and for people looking for some extra guidance in refining their growing skills. If you’re looking for an advanced food growing workshop, this one isn’t for you – but stay tuned as we have big plans for a rather fantastic workshop on this.


Students receive

  • Full catering by Fat Pig Farm – it’s going to be delicious,
  • An invitation to an optional dinner on the Saturday night (additional cost applies),
  • Some solid time in Fat Pig Farm’s market garden where you’ll see strategies you can apply to your small or large garden,
  • A copy of The Practical Australian Gardener by Peter Cundall,
  • Vegetable seedlings to get you growing,
  • Extensive course notes on everything we cover over the weekend, and
  • Skills and knowledge useful for the rest of your life!

“The attention to detail was great – this makes everything run smoothly and comfortably. And the gifts were amazing! Not only did I have a wonderful weekend, I came away with so much stuff! Thank you”.

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Fat Pig Farm will spoil you with food to fill your belly, warm your hearts and inspire you to grow your own. Think hearty soups filled with fresh veggies from the garden, Fat Pig ham on bread straight from their wood fired oven, plus cakes and scones inspired by summer’s preserves.

Saturday Night Farm Feast

With Gourmet Farmer, Matthew Evans & Sadie Chrestman

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All students plus their friends and family are invited to join us, Gourmet Farmer, Matthew Evans and Sadie Chrestman for a yarn and a cider over slow roasted farm grown goodness. Matthew and Sadie will fire up their wood fired oven and roast garden veggies and farm-grown meat. This is what we call a super special treat – not to be missed!

Please note, dinner is an optional extra to the daily workshops and costs an additional $80 per person. This is a wonderful chance to bring your family and friends along to soak up the hands-on learning vibes and enjoy the weekend with you.

 *And yes, we can easily cater for people with different dietary needs.

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Fat Pig Farm is nestled in Glaziers Bay, 10 minutes from Cygnet and is home to Sadie Chrestman and Gourmet Farmer, Matthew Evans. As a working farm, they run a market garden, mixed fruit and nut orchards, chickens, bees, some milking cows and raise pigs. Thew also have a delightful on farm restaurant, open for weekly lunches and occasional cooking workshops.

How do I get there?

You’ll be provided with clear directions on how to get there prior to the course.

Your Teachers

jono-profile-pic-for-GLP-editJonathon Cooper is the current organic market gardener for Fat Pig Farm and lives in the Huon Valley. He has several years experience working in agriculture, including as co-owner of a diversified 200 acre regenerative farm south of Hobart. He loves working with people to teach them how to grow their own food in whatever space they have available to them. While he focuses on market gardens, he’ll teach you skills transferable to small and tiny spaces, perfect for the urban gardener. You can follow his adventures at Fat Pig Farm here

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Anton Vikstrom
 has well over a decade of hands-on experience in working with urban agriculture. His work includes establishing his homestead in South Hobart (which is shaping up to be an example of urban permaculture at its finest) and designing people’s properties. He is deeply committed to regenerating landscapes, building community, having a good life and supporting others to do the same.

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Hannah Moloney grew up on a city farm in QLD and is co-founder of the Hobart City Farm. Along with her partner Anton, she is developing their urban homestead into a permaculture haven and has been designing, teaching and implementing urban food gardens and small market gardens for well over a decade. You can read more about Hannah here.




Firstly, thank you for a thoroughly enjoyable and educational course. As experienced growers, we were impressed that you covered so many areas so that inexperienced and experienced growers could walk away with something of value. It was a really positive feeling to walk away with a book, seedlings, trays, seeds, cuttings etc – was most generous and will be a great ongoing reminder of where we started (dead or not ;-)). Thank you so much everyone. You are great bunch!



For folks travelling from afar – there are a wealth of local options for you to choose from, CLICK HERE to see a huge range of options put together by our friends at the Cygnet Folk Festival.

Cancellation Policy

There is no refund available for this course. If you’re unable to make it we encourage you to pass your place onto friends or family – alternatively you’re welcome to put it towards one of our future courses.

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The impact of doing a Permaculture Design Course

Meet Lauren and Oberon Carter (and their three ace little people) who live in Hobart, Tasmania. Oberon is an ecologist who works in conservation, currently working with Tasmanian threatened species. He’s spent time looking at climate change and Tasmanian landscapes and working with landowners. Lauren comes from a design background and runs an online shop called Spiral Garden, selling ethical toys, gifts and homewares – plus she home educates their three children (which is a full-time job in itself). They’ve each completed a Permaculture Design Course (PDC) – Lauren with Milkwood and Oberon with us at Good Life. Today we’re talking to them about permaculture and specifically how completing a PDC has impacted their lives…

What knowledge did you have on permaculture before you did your PDC?

(Lauren) Before doing our PDCs, we had fairly limited knowledge of what Permaculture was. Oberon’s background in ecology meant he had a deep understanding of natural processes and my practical experience and long-held interest in gardening and sustainable living meant much of it made sense to us when we finally got around to doing our PDCs. We’d been reading the Designers Manual (By Bill Mollison) and talking about doing a PDC since seeing David Holmgren talk in a tent in Daylesford when we were 20 years old (around 15-20 years ago)!


How did the PDC inform your life choices – personally and professionally?

(Lauren) I had a real A-ha! moment when I did my PDC. We’d been unschooling our children for several years and found that many of the principles and ethics were aligned with how we were raising our kids. It felt like everything fell into place. And I thought I was just there for gardening!
We began working with my permaculture design for our home and our children were intrigued so I started passing information on to them. Then Oberon decided to do his PDC and had a similar A-ha! moment. We began working with permaculture as a holistic framework for homeschooling our kids and that evolved into the Seedlings Permaculture program. This is an online course we offer that focuses on permaculture for families, bringing permaculture into people’s homes around the world.
In the meantime, we’ve also been very slowly implementing our design plan for our home and, more recently, focussing on the principle “Produce No Waste”. Our home is now waste-free and we’ve written another e-course, Zero Waste Families, to share that process with other families. Our retail business is now based around permaculture principles and we’re volunteering our time to local groups such as Zero Waste Tasmania and Permaculture Tasmania.

What would you say to someone who’s thinking about doing a PDC but not sure if it’ll be useful or relevant to them?

(Lauren) Something neither of us expected was the incredible group environment at a PDC and the experience of sharing two weeks with a group of passionate and interesting people from all walks of life. One of us is an extrovert and the other a complete introvert and we both found lots of inspiration and ease within the group setting.
Without the concentrated effort of the work and conversation at the PDC, we’d most likely still be fumbling along, reading bits here and there. To really understand what permaculture’s all about, a PDC is an absolute must.

How do you think permaculture can help be the solution to some of our global challenges?

(Oberon) The ethics and principles that underpin the permaculture design system were developed in the context of an increasing awareness of climate change and global development.  With this in mind, permaculture really speaks to the heart of what is needed to solve many of our global challenges – caring more for nature, for each other, and sharing that which is surplus to our needs.
These ethics appear so simple and straightforward, and yet the behaviour of many modern societies appears contrary to them. I think big in-roads can be made if shifts are made towards more localised and closed-loop food systems, with a culture of sharing within better-connected local communities, whilst challenging the consumptive norms of today. It ain’t gonna be easy, but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t try! Global challenges aren’t answered in a single paragraph, but I think permaculture concepts would be a beneficial conversation starter when discussing any global problem.

How is permaculture being part of your solution to living a good life?

(Oberon) I feel that living by the ethics and principles of permaculture (or at least, being mindful of them when we aren’t quite living by them!) helps us to feel more a part of nature, rather than apart from it. It sounds cliche, but to me, this is what living the good life is about – feeling more connected to the earth and to each other.
But even more than FEELING connected, permaculture has taught us how to ACT in ways that are less harmful to the environment and each other. It’s more than feeling a certain way, its about doing a certain way.
Getting your hands in the earth, to eventually harvest your own food, to make use of what is nearby, to maintain the good stuff (e.g. biodiversity, healthy soils, water and air) whilst nourishing ourselves. To observe the big picture as well as the small, and find what works for you and your surrounds. A way of life that is founded in good science and practical logic, but which is flexible enough for us to change habits and adapt as the world changes around us!
  • You can read more about Oberon and Lauren’s journey in zero waste here
  • Our next Permaculture Design Course in this summer running from January 21 – February 3 in Southern Tasmania – it’s shaping up to be more than special.
  • All photos are taken by Oberon and Lauren.

Permaculture Teacher Training with Rosemary Morrow

Join internationally renowned permaculture teacher, Rosemary (Rowe) Morrow for 6 days of intensive training that will provide you with an enviable toolkit to use in the classroom and life in general.  Whether you’re already a teacher, or thinking of becoming one, this course is designed to turn teaching into a transformative and fun exchange. Classrooms (indoor and outdoor) will never be the same again.

You will walk away from this course being able to communicate clearly and confidently with a group of people.  And you’ll join a learning community of teachers full of inspiration, mutual support and on-going learning.

Course Requirement

We require all students to have completed a Permaculture Design Course (PDC) (anywhere in the world) before the course starting date.

This course is for PDC holders in any of the following fields…

Teachers and students of architecture, landscape design, school/community gardeners, local government community development officers, ecology and other disciplines including geography, regenerative agriculture and agroforestry as well as permaculture design. If you’re looking to do any type of sustainability or permaculture education/communication, this is the course you’ve been waiting for.


You will learn how to…

  • Design a short, or long course
  • Develop clear course outcomes and ethics
  • Adopt appropriate body behaviour and use nonviolent communication
  • Design effective learning resources
  • Use teaching aids effectively
  • Work with a broad range of people from different cultures and backgrounds
  • Draw on strategies that promote thinking and integrate practical experience
  • Deliver clear explanations and concepts
  • Explain the structure and function of the Permaculture Design Course
  • Give effective and engaging lectures with powerpoint
  • Debrief and give appraisal of your own, and other teaching techniques

About Rosemary Morrow


Rosemary is a well-known, respected permaculture teacher and practitioner who is also very down to earth. For almost 40 years she has worked extensively with farmers and villagers in Africa, Central and South East Asia and Eastern Europe. Rosemary has a special commitment to the people of war-torn nations such as Vietnam, Cambodia, Bosnia and Afghanistan.

In between her overseas work Rosemary has developed several of her own properties in the Blue Mountains. Using permaculture principles the properties have become models for sustainable living.

Rosemary is the author of ‘The Earth User’s Guide to Permaculture’ and ‘The Earth User’s Guide to Teaching Permaculture’ (supplied to all students) and is also a co-founder with Lis Bastian of The Blue Mountains Permaculture Institute.


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Hannah Moloney  will also be on hand, volunteering her time to provide support to all students in between caring for her new baby girl.  Hannah is the co-director of Good Life Permaculture and offers an enormous amount of real life experience in teaching, communicating effectively as well and practical permaculture skills.

Hannah, and her partner Anton, are currently busy transforming their urban Hobart home into a demonstration city farm. When she hasn’t got her hands in the dirt you’ll find her creating permaculture designs and facilitating social permaculture projects. You can read more about Hannah here.



Students receive

  • Delicious and nutritious vegetarian catering for the full course from Source Community Wholefoods. These guys are amazing and provide vegetarian, local (where possible) healthy and tasty food to keep your body nourished and your brain sharp
  • A copy of Earth User’s Guide to Teaching Permaculture: An invaluable friend to the experienced and novice teacher alike.
  • Class notes and resources
  • Free onsite camping
  • A whole new network of teachers and doers for you to draw on, and be part of


This course is being held at the West Winds Community Centre which is located at 3528 Channel Highway, Woodbridge – around 40 minutes south of Hobart.


There is free onsite camping for all students (BYO all camping gear). If you have a camper van there is also a nice flat space for you to park so you can get super comfy for the week.

If you’d prefer to stay offsite there are a range of local options available to you at your own expense. This include the following, but please look for more if none of these suit you.

Arrival time & class schedule

This course runs from Monday 20th April through to 5pm on the 25th March, however we ask that people arrive on the 19th between 4:30pm and 5:30pm to settle in and have a 6:30pm orientation and dinner. This means we’ll be ready to start for the following morning.

How to get there

Woodbridge is approximately 40 minutes south of Hobart. To get there, take the Southern Outlet and follow the signs to Margate. Once you arrive in the Woodbridge Village (it’s tiny so you may not notice), you’ll pass the local primary school (south of the village) on the ocean side. The turn off to West Winds Community Centre is a few hundred metres south of the school. See map below.


What to bring with you

  • All your camping gear including tent, sleeping mat, sheets, sleeping bag, pillow, teddy bear etc. Please note, it will be cold in the night times so if you’re travelling from a warmer climate pack in preparation to be in a colder climate!
  • Torch
  • Boots,
  • Rain coat,
  • Hat,
  • Sun shirt
  • Sunscreen,
  • Note book and pens
  • Swimmers (we’re within walking distance of a great beach)
  • Towel
  • Warm clothes, even though it’s early Autumn, it will still get chilly
  • A hearty appetite for learning

 Cancellation Policy

If you need to withdraw from this course we ask that you give us 2 weeks notice, we’ll provide a refund minus the deposit fee. Alternatively you’re welcome to pass your place onto a friend or family member or put the full fee towards one of our future courses.


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Advanced Permaculture Design with Dan Palmer

Join acclaimed permaculture designer and practitioner, Dan Palmer from Very Edible Gardens for two days of design power!

– This course has now sold out, however you can place yourself on the waiting list by emailing –

Aimed at people with a Permaculture Design Certificate (from anywhere in the world), this workshop will increase the effectiveness of permaculture designers towards working at a professional level. Drawing on seven years of experience as a professional designer, Dan will take you on a detailed and hands-on journey through the design process he uses professionally, sharing concrete strategies, tools & insights you can use to lift your game. Whether you are interested in residential, school, community or rural property design, we’ll go through:
  • Getting started as a professional designer
  • What and how to charge
  • Pre-visit preparation
  • On site design process
  • Design completion and follow up
  • Learning and using design software
  • Design implementation management or referral

** This workshop is being run directly before our Permaculture Teacher Training course with Rosemary Morrrow (16th-21st March) in the same venue (valued at $750). For students who would like to complete both courses we’re offering a special deal of $950 for the two courses (savings of $120).

We’re running this course directly AFTER the12th Australasian Permaculture Convergence which is also being held in Penguin. If you can, we wholeheartedly recommend you pop along to this as well, as you’ll get to meet some of the most skilled, successful, generous and wonderful permaculturalists on this side of the world!

About Dan Palmer

ChickenDanDan is based in Melbourne and is co-director of Very Edible Gardens. He has two Permaculture Design Certificates, a BA and Masters Degree in Social Science, and a PhD in Systems Thinking. His teachers and mentors include permaculture founders Bill Mollison and David Holmgren, as well as Darren Doherty, Geoff Lawton, Rick Coleman, and Rosemary Morrow, the last of whom he spent seven months teaching and implementing permaculture in Ethiopia and Uganda. He’s completed an Advanced Permaculture course with David Holmgren and short courses with Elaine Ingham, Rowan Reid, Joel Salatin, Kirk Gadzia (on holistic management) and Graeme George. Co-founder of the permablitz movement, Dan contributes regularly to permaculture and organic gardening publications and courses in Australia and New Zealand. Dan lives and grows a fair bit of his food in Castlemaine with his wife Amanda and daughters Ciela and Nikka. Dan and Amanda are developing a 7-acre permaculture property in NZ with Dan’s folks to which they will some day abscond.

Students receive

  • Delicious and nutritious vegetarian catering for the full course. We provide vegetarian, local (where possible) healthy and tasty Delicious and nutritious vegetarian catering for the full course from Source Community Wholefoods. These guys are amazing and provide vegetarian, local (where possible) healthy and tasty food to keep your body nourished and your brain sharp
  • Class notes and resources,
  • Free onsite camping, and
  • A whole new network of permaculture designers and doers for you to draw on, and be part of!


This course is being held at the RESEED Centre in central Penguin, NW Tasmania. The site is an old infant school, is on 2 acres and located in an urban setting. Over a period of 10 years the former owners established a diverse range of fruit trees, vines and berry bushes using organic gardening and farming techniques.

In 2012 the property was purchased by a collective of six individuals who are transforming it into Tassie’s very own sustainability education facility. It will demonstrate the practical application of permaculture principles and support the development of sustainability-oriented enterprises. Yay!

Penguin is a beautiful, warm (for Tasmania) coastal town in the north end of the state, it even has it’s own giant Penguin. The course venue is within a 5-10 minute walk to all town facilities and a gorgeous beach so don’t forget your swimmers!



We provide free camping (BYO all you own gear), however if you don’t want to camp you can explore some of the local places to stay:

Arrival date and time

While the course starts on Saturday 14th March, we’re asking students to arrive on the afternoon/evening of the 13th to settle in and have dinner with us so we’re ready to start first thing the following morning. People are welcome to start arriving from 4pm onwards (on the 13th) for a 6:30pm dinner.

How to get there

  • By car: If you’re driving to the course and have a spare seat you’re willing to offer to another student, please get in touch so we can help connect you. It’s also well worth checking out Cool Pool Tas, Tasmania’s very own car pooling network! There is easy bike and car parking at the venue in an off street car park.
  • By plane: The closest airports to Penguin are Launceston and Devonport, only Qantas flies in and out of Devonport. Check out the webjet website to find the most affordable deal. To get to Penguin from the airport your options are to hire a car, or talk to us about organising a carpooling arrangement with a fellow student or a possible bulk pick up.
  • By bus: If you’re coming from Hobart or Launceston, buses are available through Red Line Coaches.
  • By Boat: If you’re coming from Melbourne, Victoria you can catch the boart (a 12 hour journey) from Port Melbourne to Devonport where we can arrange for a pick up to bring you to Penguin. To see the timetable and book your ticket visit the Spirit of Tasmania.

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What to bring with you

  • All your camping gear including tent, sleeping mat, sheets, sleeping bag, pillow, teddy bear etc
  • Torch
  • Boots,
  • Rain coat,
  • Hat,
  • Sun shirt
  • Sunscreen,
  • Note book and pens
  • Swimmers (we’re within walking distance of a great beach)
  • Towel
  • Warm clothes, even though it’s early Autumn, it will still get chilly
  • A hearty appetite for learning

 Cancellation Policy

If you need to withdraw from this course we ask that you give us 2 weeks notice, we’ll provide a refund minus the deposit fee. Alternatively you’re welcome to pass your place onto a friend or family member or put the full fee towards one of our future courses. If we need to cancel the course for whatever reason, we’ll provide a full refund immediately.

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