LEARN HOW TO BUILD PHENOMENAL SOIL, AND IMPROVE THE QUALITY AND YIELD OF YOUR HOME-GROWN FOOD
You might have heard that “good soil” is essential to a thriving, resilient garden, but what is “good soil” and how do we make it? We’re partnering with Fat Pig Farm to bring you a jam-packed day where we introduce you to Soil Skills for Happy Veggies – Join us to learn how to improve your food-growing, with 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.
- 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 compost, worm farms and liquid fertilisers.
- Preparing a garden bed: Get hands-on experience in preparing your beds and soil for planting.
- Introduction to veggie growing*: We’ll introduce you to a range of veggie growing techniques (seed raising mix, sowing seeds, transplanting seedlings)*.
- Garden troubleshooting: living with weeds and insects.
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 soils skills. If you’re looking for a more in-depth beginners course, with equal focus on soil AND good growing, check out our 2-day, hands-on Real Skills For Growing Food workshop.
- Full catering by Fat Pig Farm – it’s going to be delicious,
- Recipes for compost, homemade liquid fertilisers and soil remediation to get you growing,
- A Soil Kit to help you get to know your soil,
- 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,
- Extensive course notes on everything we cover over the weekend, and
- Skills and knowledge useful for the rest of your life!
“Thank you for an incredible course – the teachers were so generous with their wisdom. It’s really given me the confidence to get into my garden and make great soil – I’ve already started my first hot compost, there’s no stopping me now!”
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.
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 is head market gardener at Fat Pig Farm and 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: Together with Matthew, Sadie has developed Fat Pig Farm into the diverse, productive landscape it is today. With an enthusiasm that stuns, she has help create 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!
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.