Real Skills for Growing Food – March
March 13 @ 9:00 am - March 14 @ 5:00 pm$90 – $430
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 us to learn the foundations as we take you from soil to seeds, poop (manure!) to propagation and get you growing your own food at home – skills that you’ll have for the rest of your life.
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 nutritious 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 a range of compost techniques and help build a big compost pile.
- Improving soil fertility: We’ll look at a range of DIY techniques you can create at home to improve your soil and plant health, including worm farms and liquid fertilisers.
- Garden beds and tools: Help prepare a garden bed, and get to know Fat Pig Farm’s favourite tools for weed management and planting.
- Propagation: Empower yourself to grow food from scratch – we’ll look at everything from making your own seed raising mix, planting seeds, and growing plants from cuttings.
- Vegetable growing: We’ll introduce you to growing both annual and perennial vegetables so you can create diverse, edible gardens.
- Planning your veggie patch: We introduce important considerations for planning a garden design and seasonal planting schedules.
- Garden troubleshooting: Take a look at practical approaches to living with weeds and pests.
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. We cover the essential skills and knowledge to set you up for success in your garden.
- 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,
- Seasonal 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”.
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
All students plus their friends and family are invited to join us for a yarn and a cider over slow roasted farm grown goodness.
Please note, dinner is an optional extra to the daily workshops and costs an additional $90 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.
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. They also have a delightful 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.
Nadia Danti brings years of market gardening experience and has travelled the world working with some of the best growers out there to learn the skills she needed. Nadia is passionate about soil health and understanding the ecosystem under our feet, as well as supporting people to connect to their local food system and empowering them to grow some of their own food in whatever sized space they have!
Sadie Chrestman is the head market gardener at Fat Pig Farm. Together with Matthew, she has developed Fat Pig Farm into the diverse, productive landscape it is today. With an enthusiasm that stuns, she has created a market garden overflowing with delicious and nutritious food and healthy soils. Incredibly generous with her time and knowledge, all who learn from her are better off for it!
James DaCosta has worked on a huge range of small farms across Tasmanian including running the Hobart City Farm for 6 years (since closed). Originally from NW Tasmania, he was reared on the rich red soils of that region where he grew large and strong like a Kennebec (potato). He is a gardener, bee keeper, and permaculture designer. A natural teacher, James has a knack for inspiring and equipping people with the skills they need to get growing!
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. Please note, due to Covid-19 some of these venues may not be up and running yet.
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.
Please note, this workshop will be run in accordance to Covid-19 guidelines recommended at the time. If you are unwell with flu like symptoms we ask you to please not attend the workshop – contact us beforehand to discuss options.
Looking to learn other hands-on skills?
Not sure you can commit to a full weekend? Check out our Super Soil Skills for Happy Veggies class for a 1-day primer on improving your soil and growing better food.
We run lots of workshops – register your interest here and we’ll let you know what’s coming up.