Real Skills for Growing Food

Nov 24, 2014

We’ve just wrapped up a very full and incredibly inspiring weekend with some fine folk at our inaugural Real Skills for Growing Food workshop. We’ve been dreaming up this workshop for quite a while, as we wanted to offer a consolidated learning experience to take people through the foundations of how to grow good food in their own homes. We also wanted to make sure it was free of any powerpoint presentations and full of hands on learning through doing – which we definitely succeeded in – so much doing! We’ve come away feeling invigorated and with full hearts…. And dirty hands, of course.

Here’s a glorious photo journey of the weekend, everything from propagation, crop planing, bioinstensive gardening, no-dig gardens, composting, soil health and so much more….

IMG_1562Learning beneath a giant walnut tree -one of the best classrooms ever

IMG_1564Making seed raising mix

IMG_1571Sewing seeds

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IMG_1578Making rooting hormone from fresh tips off a willow tree

IMG_1596Which looks like this when finished – simply dip in your cuttings to give them a significant boost in the growth department

IMG_1587Toby, one of the loveliest dogs ever, graced us with her presence

IMG_1589“Pricking out” seedlings  IMG_1608  Crop planning – aka stretching our brains

IMG_1610Making no-dig gardens

_DSF4995Enjoying each other’s company. Day2: Getting ready for another 6 hours of greatness with Suzi (second from right) in her market garden (below). Photo credit, Rob Walls

_DSF5011Photo credit, Rob Walls _DSF5036Photo credit, Rob Walls

IMG_1615Sheet mulching/composting grassy areas, reclaiming them for garden beds

_DSF4994-2Making hot compost: Photo credit, Rob Walls 

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Here’s to getting your hands dirty, learning heaps of USEFUL skills which will stay with you for the rest of your life and engaging with where our food comes from. We’ll be having another Real Skills for Growing Food workshop next year which you can read about and register for here.

A big thanks to all the wonderful students who came along to this workshop – you are all SO full of life and passion – we loved meeting and working with you. Till next time!

your thoughts:

7 Comments

  1. lisa shulander

    What an amazing weekend. I was inspired from the tips of my toes to the tops of my day dreams. I look forward to getting my hands dirty in all the gardens of the awesome crew we had. Today an unused garden has manifested itself in my life as well so bring on the working buzz buzzing.

    Lisa and Tobie (the best dog ever)

    Reply
    • Hannah Moloney

      Fantastic to meet you (and Toby) Lisa. Bring on the garden adventures! 🙂

      Reply
  2. Sulyn Lam

    What a privilege to meet and share garden time with such a diverse and interesting group of people!
    Went out this morning to find the turned compost heap chugging away already – chimneys spouting steam – full of life like the crowd who turned it!
    Makes me feel like it’s about time I kicked off the workboots and spent time sussing this Facebook thing as I’d love to hear how everyone is getting along

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    • lisa

      Hi Suzy, thank you for sharing your know how and your garden with us. It was inspirational.
      Cheers, Lisa.

      Reply
  3. lisa

    Hi Everyone,
    Yeah it sure was a good couple of days. Thanks everyone. Hannah, thank you for your planning and making it so. There were so many things that you did in the weeks and days leading up that enabled the group to just walk in and be hands on. A mega effort. oh and for the cakes, don’t forget the cakes!
    Cheers, Lisa.

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    • Hannah Moloney

      Great to hear you enjoyed the weekend Lisa…. And the cakes :-).

      Reply

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