Complete Urban Farmer Course 2019-06-18T15:02:30+00:00

Complete Urban Farmer Course

2019 Course dates:

Thursday 21st Feb – 23rd May

Friday 15th March – 21st July

Friday 30th August – 6th December

Saturday 31st August –  14th December

Thursday 5th September – 5th December

Class runs from 9am to 3pm

Join experienced horticulturist and permaculturist, Justin Calverley and guest trainer, Donna Livermore as they introduce you to the world of urban farming. The Complete Urban Farmer course combines 14 sessions including an introduction to permaculture, chookcare, bee keeping, propagating and seed saving, community gardens — the list goes on!! This program will give you the skills and knowledge to apply to your own urban patch or help you decide if a career in horticulture/permaculture is for you. A copy of Justin’s Urban Farmer book is included in your course fee.

* This is an ACFE Approved Pre-accredited Course where the cost is subsidised for eligible participants. ACFE Information and Eligibility.


IMG_3675Justin Calverley is a horticulturalist and permaculturist with over 20 years experience and will be the lead trainer for the Urban Farmer course. He has extensive knowledge and experience in permaculture, garden design, organic gardening and native bushfood plants. He specialises in edible gardens and is an expert in fruit tree cultivation and pruning. For over 10 years Justin has taught workshops at CERES in sustainable gardening and permaculture. Justin was a regular broadcaster on 3RRR’s ‘Dirty Deeds” and is a presenter on Ch 31’s “ The Garden Tap.”


Donna Livermore is an educator, biologist, permaculture & gardening teacher and community activator. She is passionate about living a life of good health, sustainable abundance and with a strong connection to the environment and local community. Donna has an on-going commitment to school education through her work in sustainability and biodiversity education.With chickens, worms and a productive food garden in the front yard of her tiny suburban block, Donna is re-imagining what it means to live a good life in the city and shares this with others in her local community and through her Instagram page A Good Life in the City. (photo credit – Amy Piesse)

Session 1          Introduction to permaculture principles
Session 2          Soils and their preparation
Session 3          Composting, worm farming and fertilisers
Session 4          Organic fruit and vegetable production
Session 5          Organic fruit and vegetable production
Session 6          Propagation
Session 7          Seed Collection and Storage
Session 8          Pest Disease and Weed Management
Session 9          Harvesting, storing and preserving
Session 10        Chookcare
Session 11         DIY Backyard Construction
Session 12        Growing Bushfoods
Session 13        Beekeeping
Session 14        Community gardens, community supported agriculture (CSA) and swaps

** A certificate will be issued upon completion of at least 75% of the course

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What to expect

  • A selection of expert CERES Trainers providing hands-on practical experience balanced with theory covering a variety of
  • Urban farming topics
  • A copy of Justin Calverley’s Urban Farmer book
  • Dedicated garden space at CERES to put learning into practice.

What to bring

  • Comfortable enclosed shoes/boots
  • Gardening gloves
  • Appropriate weather gear eg sunhat
  • Pen and paper
  • Lunch
  • Enthusiasm to learn and get your hands dirty

** A certificate will be issued upon completion of at least 75% of the course


If you’re looking to take your urban farming further, check out our Advanced Complete Urban Farmer course. Our next 8 week course commences on Wednesday 19th June


Can’t make it to Melbourne? Check out our 8-week Urban Farmer course held in Geelong commencing Thursday 30th May 2019


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9389 0124

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