This course will focus on implementing Permaculture principles in a variety of urban contexts including balcony and high rise gardens; courtyards and compact suburban blocks; community and allotment gardens; rental properties; and nature strip verge gardens. It covers the many challenges of growing in these urban spaces and practical solutions to design high yield, low cost/low energy/minimal maintenance edible landscapes.
Participants will learn about a variety of ways to grow food both inside the home and outdoors to take advantage of different micro climates; container gardening including portable options; solutions for those with special needs; vertical structures to maximise space including herb spirals; sprouting and seed raising; designing out problems; plant and seed selection; container challenged crops; recycling nutrients indoors and out; watering, fertilising and maintenance; sourcing local materials economically; potting and seed raising mixes; small scale propagation techniques; mini compost systems; how to plant for a continual harvest; intensive growing methods; growing fruit trees in small spaces; self-reliance, reusing materials and making your own supplies.
The course includes practical hands-on learning activities and an urban garden tour of local properties. The content is ideal for people seeking to maximise food production and become more self-reliant; those involved in community gardens and shared residential spaces; people wanting to develop a consultancy business in urban Permaculture; and government, community groups or organisations seeking to implement low cost urban food solutions.
Anne Gibson is Founder/Publisher of Green Journey (www.greenjourney.com.au), an award-winning online sustainable living community hub, and also works as a consultant with her business The Micro Gardener (www.themicrogardener.com). Anne’s Diploma in Australian Interior Design and Certificates in Sustainable Agriculture and Horticulture combined with 14 years working on urban property projects, have given her practical experience in applying biological and organic farming practices in an urban context. By teaching Permaculture design principles and productive techniques at her workshops and presentations, she helps people learn how to overcome many common gardening challenges and create highly productive edible landscapes in compact spaces.
Tom Kendall runs the Permaculture Research Institute Sunshine Coast and teaches Permaculture Design Certificates and Specialist courses. For more information about Tom, please visit our about us page.
Some student feedback:
“Top course for small applications!”
This course is a specialist course and is part of the Permaculture Life Skills Internship but can be attended as a separate course.
Course teachers: Anne Gibson and Tom Kendall
Course cost: $795, inc. camping (byo tent) and all meals for 5 days, or included in the Permaculture Life Skills Internship fee.
Please email us on info (at) permaculturesunshinecoast.org for more information or to book for this course.
Limited cabin and caravan accommodation available at extra cost.