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Organic Market Garden Masterclass 9/12 Gundaroo

Title: Organic Market Garden Masterclass 9/12 Gundaroo
Venue: Allsun Farm / Gundaroo
Category: Organic Market Gardening
Date: Sep 9 2012 - Sep 11 2012
Time: 9:00am - 5:00pm
Description:

Learn the nuts and bolts of how to run a thriving, diverse organic market garden, taught by long-term, established and successful market gardeners. Suitable for those with some prior gardening knowledge who are keen to make a livelihood from growing great vegetables.

Join Joyce Wilkie and Michael Plane of Allsun Farm for three days of hard-won knowledge and on-the-ground experience of what you need to know and do in order to produce great organic vegetables for profit or community gain.

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This course will cover:

Garden design, planning & layoutCrop rotationBed preparationPlanting techniques for different plant familiesMaintenance, seedlings, harvestingNutrient and biomass strategiesIntegrating animal systemsMarketing, value-adding and box schemes
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This course will involve both theory and hands-on components, with students getting a chance to understand how Allsun Farm works from top to bottom in terms of crop rotations, marketing and integrated animal systems.

Allsun produces CSA-style fruit-and-veg boxes for local families and restaurants for 7 months of the year, in addition to eggs and other on-farm products. All products are grown organically with no chemicals whatsoever.

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Assumed knowledge: Students should have a good working knowledge of growing vegetables on at least a home scale. Knowledge about the basics of soil pH, nutrient cycling and organic pest management would be an advantage. See reading list below.

This masterclass is suitable for: Folks who have been 'growing their own' for a while and want to move to commercial or community-scale production, conventional vegetable growers looking to move towards organics, farmers looking to diversify their on-farm income, and those who've done lots of reading and are ready to get growing.

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Good books to read prior to your masterclass:

We recommend you read the following books prior to class, in order to hit the ground running...

The New Organic Grower - Eliot ColemanThe Winter Harvest Handbook - Eliot ColemanOrganic Gardening (7th edn) – Peter Bennet

About the teachers:

joyce and michaelJoyce Wilkie and Michael Plane are passionate about growing vegetables, pastured poultry and creating and supporting fantastic small farms.

They run Allsun Farm and 'Gundaroo Tiller', an innovative tool and equipment company for microfarming. Following early careers in earth sciences and education, they have farmed for over 30 years near now farm at Gundaroo, NSW. As they get older they are concentrating their efforts on growing more growers - http://www.growingthegrowers.com.

Included in your course fee:

allsun cd romYour course fee includes extensive student notes and resources, including a copy of Allsun's very comprehensive Growing Organic Vegetables CD ROM.

Your course fee includes morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea each day of your course.

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As part of our Fair Share policy, we provide pensioner and unwaged discounts where needed. Please get in touch for more information.

Once you've booked into this course, we will contact you via email regarding your booking, what to bring along with you, and any further info you might need or request regarding this course.

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