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Organic Farming with Tim Marshall

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Cornerstone College

68 Adelaide Road

Mount Barker, SA 5251

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There is an enormous need for small scale producers in the Adelaide Hills - all the major farmers markets want more FRESH, LOCAL produce" - TIM MARSHALL

If you are interested in organic vegetable production, do not miss this event.

Join us for a two day workshop with Tim Marshall, organic farming expert and author of The New Organic Gardener and many other books.

DAY 1: Saturday 7th October
Tim will cover the practical side of small-scale, high intensity organic farming. He will go through growing techniques, rotations and planning for production.

DAY 2: Sunday 8th October
The second day will be about organic certification, in particular busting the myths about costs and timeframes. Tim will also cover how to market your produce including through farmers markets and box delivery schemes.

You may attend one or both days. Registration is essential.

Tim Marshall:

  • founded TM Organics Pty Ltd in 2006

  • co-founder of organic certifier NASSA in 1987

  • author of certification standards and guidebooks

  • author of ‘The new organic gardener’ (2011)

Tim has inspected/visited over 3000 organic farms (or farms in conversion) in Australia and 20 other countries. Tim was the first Certification and Standards Manager for the world peak body in organics IFOAM.

TM Organics has provided formal conversion training for approximately 450 producers and consulting advice for about another 75. This included Australia’s largest organic training program, called Business Systems for Transition to Organic (BSTO). At least 65% of producers have achieved certification as organic or biodynamic producers, representing about 10,000 hectares.

Some words from Tim Marshall:

“The most productive food systems in the world are small scale mixed home gardens,” Marshall says. “About half the world runs an organic system of food production with small farms on less than a hectare of land that produce more protein and carbohydrate per square metre than any other system. Some of these farms have a tremendous diversity of food with as many as 60 different varieties of plants.” Organic intensification means we can bring best practice from small scale agriculture to larger production systems. In Australia organic production is no longer about very small scale agriculture only.

This project is supported by the SA Murray-Darling Basin Natural Resources Management Board through funding from the Australian Government's National Landcare Programme and the NRM Levies.

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