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Real Skills for Growing Food

September 12, 2015 @ 10:00 am - September 13, 2015 @ 4:00 pm

Two days of hands-on learning, equipping you with the skills to grow food in your own home, no matter what shape or size.
This course will cover…

Soil health and composting: Meet the soil food web, build a small and large compost pile.
Propagation techniques: Make your own seed raising mix, planting seeds, pricking out and potting up.
Vegetable growing: Build a no-dig garden and explore biointensive food production.
An introduction to market gardening including crop planning, extending your season and sewing seeds. These skills can also be applied to urban growing as well!


“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” (student – Nov 2014).

Students receive

A copy of The Practical Australian Gardener by Peter Cundall,
Some organic vegetable seedlings to get you growing,
Morning and afternoon refreshments, BYO lunch, and
Skills and knowledge useful for the rest of your life!

Your Teachers
Anton Vikstrom has well over a decade of hands-on experience in working with sustainability and 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 deeply committed to regenerating landscapes, building community, having a good life and supporting others to do the same.
 Suzi Lam is self-taught, committed and passionate gardener who has tirelessly worked her property for over a decade to create what is truly an inspirational small-scale urban market garden. You’ll get to visit her garden in South Hobart to learn about soil health and composting systems and pat her goats.  You can visit Suzi’s garden blog here.

 Jonathan Cooper has several years experience working in agriculture and has spent the last 3 years focusing on running a productive organic market garden & regenerative small scale farm south of Hobart. He loves working with people to help build strong community based food production and distribution systems and is passionate about empowering people to get involved with the future of their food..
James Da Costa is one of the co-founders of the Hobart City Farm. 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.  Constantly devising new ways to prevent the currawongs from stealing his duck eggs, he is looking forward to a future of growing food in Hobart’s urban areas.


“Thank you, thank you, thank you!! [You] are beautiful and amazing!” (student, Nov 2014).
This workshop will be based at a range of venues including the Hobart City Farm. All details are provided to students upon registration.

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.


September 12, 2015 @ 10:00 am
September 13, 2015 @ 4:00 pm




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