Sustainable Gardening Course 2019-09-18T14:10:52+00:00

Sustainable Gardening Course

PERM 1Next course commences on Tuesday 8th October 2019

Interested in hands on sustainable gardening? Enthused about growing your own organic fruit, herbs and vegetables to share with your family and friends?If you want to know more about organic gardening but don’t know where to start than this course is for you. Join CERES Trainer, Justin Calverley as he introduces you to the basics of horticulture, permaculture and organic gardening. This course will provide you with the skills and knowledge to confidently propagate seedlings, save seeds, grow vegetables and more!

This course can be delivered at your own community garden plot. If you have a group of 10+ participants interested in completing this course at your location, please contact Luisa on 93890124 or

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

ACFE Eligible participants are deemed eligible through an interview process with our career pathways officer. The costs for these participants are $65 – ACFE Information and Eligibility

Contact Karen Mengell on 9389 0127 or for more information and to book an interview.


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.”

What to expect

  • A selection of expert CERES Trainers providing hands-on practical experience balanced with theory covering a variety of urban farming topics
  • Information fact sheets
  • 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

Session Outline

1. Intro to sustainable gardening and permaculture principles
2. Soils and their preparation
Composting, worm farming and fertilisers
Organic vegetable production
Organic fruit production
Pest and disease management
Seed saving and propagating
Water Management and Guild Planting

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

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Enroll now Contact Karen Mengell – 9389 0127 –



Tuesday 26 February – Tuesday 16 April

Tuesday 28th May – Tuesday 16th July

Tuesday 8th October – Tuesday 3rd December

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Course length:
8 sessions > Tuesdays > 10am—2pm

CERES Honey Lane Market Garden

Full $490
CERES member or concession $430
ACFE subsidy eligible participants: $65

ACFE Information and Eligibility

Payment info:
Payment in full is required upon enrolment to secure a place on the course.

  • Pay via the book now link above online with your credit card
  • Pay in person at reception by cash, eftpos or cheque

Class size:
Up to 15 students.

Give Luisa Cardamone a call
9389 0124

Send her an email