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Join us online in the award-winning permaculture garden each Friday afternoon and learn skills under expert guidance in a friendly setting.

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Spring Program

Growing Big in Small Spaces

Small spaces can yield big results when productive gardens are designed according to permaculture principles. With many of us with limited space, this practical course led by permaculture expert and landscape architect Steve Batley, will help you grow more than you thought possible.

  • Oct 16 - Permaculture principles - Observation
  • Oct 23 - Design planning - sector analysis & zone planning
  • Oct 30 - No waste - compost and worm farming
  • Nov 6 - Plants, Soil and Bacteria - Guilds
  • Nov 13 - Propagation - Seeds and cuttings
  • Nov 20 - Propagation - Transplanting
  • Nov 27 - Water conservation - Wicking Beds
  • Dec 4 - Small spaces - Vertical and aquaponics
  • Dec 11 - Small spaces - Containers and microgreens
  • Dec 18 - Pest management - plant health and predators

Growing Big in Small Spaces is available as a complete ten week course for face to face participants or as individual sessions via zoom.

* * Each workshop is recorded and you may appear in the published video. Recordings of past topics can be found on Council's youtube channel under the PermaBee playlist.

WORKSHOP PROGRAM via FACE TO FACE

We also run this as a face to face program with an additional hour of hands-on activity after the zoom session finishes. This is currently limited to eight live participants. You can register here.

WORKSHOP PROGRAM on YOUTUBE

Recordings of past topics can be found on Council's youtube channel under the PermaBee playlist.

PERMABEE GARDENING PROGRAM

Before the afternoon workshops, you are welcome to come gardening with us Friday mornings from 9:00am to 12:30pm and help us plant, weed, and compost. We share a cosy morning tea together and socialise and at the end of each day, you'll share in the bounty of any harvest!

You will work as a team and gain expert guidance from landscape architect Steve Batley, and sustainability educator Julian Lee. Over the course of a year, there is the opportunity to learn specialist skills like pruning, grafting and seed saving.

PermaBees work in the purpose built permaculture garden at Randwick Sustainability Hub.

For more information click here.

Summer Program 2021

Your Sustainable Home

Small spaces can yield big results when productive gardens are designed according to permaculture principles. With many of us with limited space, this practical course led by permaculture expert and landscape architect Steve Batley, will help you grow more than you thought possible.

  • Jan 29 - Climate Change - Is it real?
  • Feb 5 - Consumer Power - What role do consumers have
  • Feb 12 - Energy - Finding cheaper and greener
  • Feb 19 - Food Production - A regenerative approach
  • Feb 26 - Native Habitat - Protecting our native critters
  • Mar 5 - Water and Cleaning - Going cleaner and greener
  • Mar 12 - Transport - Electric transportation and the sharing economy
  • Mar 19 - Goals and Planning - Your sustainability goals and buddy
  • Mar 26 - Leadership - What role do citizens have
  • Apr 2 - Dealing with Difficulties - Challenging people and situations

* * Each workshop is recorded and you may appear in the published video. Recordings of past topics can be found on Council's youtube channel under the PermaBee playlist.

Autumn Program 2021

Food Forest

Small spaces can yield big results when productive gardens are designed according to permaculture principles. With many of us with limited space, this practical course led by permaculture expert and landscape architect Steve Batley, will help you grow more than you thought possible.

  • Apr 23 - Permaculture Principles - Observation and what is a Food Forest?
  • Apr 30 - Design Planning - Process and mud maps
  • May 7 - Design Planning - Sector analysis & zone planning
  • May 14 - Succession and Evolution - Complexity in a food forest
  • May 21 - Propagation - Cutting and grafting
  • May 28 - Pest Management - An ecological approach
  • June 4 - Soil Management - An ecological approach
  • June 11 - Implementation - How to plant plants according to your design
  • June 18 - Maintenance - How to care for your plants
  • June 25 - Harvest - Collecting and preserving your bounty

* * Each workshop is recorded and you may appear in the published video. Recordings of past topics can be found on Council's youtube channel under the PermaBee playlist.

Winter Program 2021

Gardening on the Wildside

Learn how to create garden homes for tiny native bees, frogs, insects, fairy wrens, blue tongue lizards and other creatures using low maintenance garden techniques that mimic nature and which can provide hours of enjoyment using native Australian plants.

Gardening on the Wildside is available as a complete ten week course for face to face participants or as individual sessions via zoom.

  • July 16 - Site Analysis
  • July 23 - Ecosystems and Food Webs
  • July 30 - Native Bees - with expert Gavin Smith
  • Aug 6- Native Birds - with expert Renee Ferster Levy
  • Aug 13 - Frogs and Lizards - with expert Matt Leary
  • Aug 20 - Preparing the Soil
  • Aug 27 - Design Process
  • Sept 3 - Nursery and propagation - with expert Dave Bateman
  • Sept 10 - Planting Out
  • Sept 17 - Ongoing Management

* * Each workshop is recorded and you may appear in the published video. Recordings of past topics can be found on Council's youtube channel under the PermaBee playlist.

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