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  1. Sep
    13
    Thu

    1. Worm-farming – Workshop
      6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

      Don’t have a garden for a compost bin? Why not try a worm farm instead?

      You don’t need a large garden to have a worm farm. Worms can be kept outside, inside, on the balcony or in the garage and are ideal for units. Worm castings are great for composting food scraps, feeding house plants, adding to seedling mixes and potting soils or top dressing around plants. Learn all you need to know about getting started, setting one up, and maintaining one in the long-term.

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      6:00 pm
      Worm-farming – Workshop
  2. Sep
    15
    Sat

    1. Introduction to Permaculture Pt1 – Workshop
      3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

      The broad aim of permaculture is to design landscapes which mimic the patterns and relationships found in nature, while yielding an abundance of food, fibre and energy. In contrast to industrial agriculture, land cultivation in permaculture is viewed in terms of how it relates to surrounding ecosystems – the aim is to work with, rather than against, natural cycles, patterns and processes, creating a genuinely sustainable agriculture.

      Workshop 1: Introduction to the Principles of Permaculture Part 1.

      Principles 1 to 6: Observe and Interact; Catch and Store Energy; Obtain a Yield; Apply Self Regulation and Accept Feedback; Use and Value Renewable Resources and Services; Produce no Waste.

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      3:00 pm
      Introduction to Permaculture Pt1 – Workshop
  3. Sep
    22
    Sat

    1. Introduction to Permaculture Pt2 – Workshop
      3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

      Workshop 2: Introduction to the Principles of Permaculture Part 2.

      Principles 7 to 12: Design from Patterns to Details; Integrate rather than Segregate; Use Small and Slow Solutions; Use and Value Diversity; Use Edges and Value the Marginal; Creatively Use and Respond to Change.

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      3:00 pm
      Introduction to Permaculture Pt2 – Workshop
  4. Sep
    29
    Sat

    1. Introduction to Zoning in Permaculture – Workshop
      10:30 am – 12:30 pm

      When planning a permaculture site, the land can be divided up into zones according to how we use them. For example, the zone closest to a house can be visited everyday, and so includes plants that are to be harvested and attended to frequently (herbs, salad vegetables etc), while the zones further out are visited less frequently and contain species that don’t need as much attention. The workshop will cover the five zones and how many can reasonably applied in an urban setting.

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      10:30 am
      Introduction to Zoning in Permaculture – Workshop
  5. Oct
    6
    Sat

    1. No-Dig Gardening
      10:00 am – 12:00 pm

      No-Dig Gardens are the fastest and most delicious way to get home grown veggies on your dinner table! A no-dig garden is a layered, nutrient rich and easy to build vegetable patch that can be built over lawn or rocky and hard surfaces. Once you’ve planted out your no-dig garden, it will be virtually maintenance free. How to put one together you say? Well, come along to this workshop to learn how!

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      10:00 am
      No-Dig Gardening
    2. No-Dig Gardening
      10:00 am – 12:00 pm

      No-Dig Gardens are the fastest and most delicious way to get home grown veggies on your dinner table! A no-dig garden is a layered, nutrient rich and easy to build vegetable patch that can be built over lawn or rocky and hard surfaces. Once you’ve planted out your no-dig garden, it will be virtually maintenance free. How to put one together you say? Well, come along to this workshop for a live demonstration.

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      10:00 am
      No-Dig Gardening
  6. Oct
    9
    Tue

    1. Reduce Your Waste-Line
      6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

      This workshop will help you to think outside the rubbish bin when it come to waste! Come along to learn how to reduce your day-to-day ‘waste’, through practical techniques which follow the well-worn mantra of avoid, reduce, reuse, repurpose, and recycle!

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      6:00 pm
      Reduce Your Waste-Line
  7. Oct
    13
    Sat

    1. Make Your Own Wicking Pots!
      3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

      This workshop will be a demonstration of how to make a small wicking bed, which is a handy way to grow vegetables without needing to water them very often. The principle is that you water from underneath, rather than on top, which means the water goes straight to the roots where it is most needed and very little is wasted through evaporation.

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      3:00 pm
      Make Your Own Wicking Pots!
  8. Oct
    17
    Wed

    1. Bike Maintenance for Beginners
      6:30 pm – 7:30 pm

      The Bike Maintenance for Beginners course aims to equip each person with the skills and knowledge to have a well maintained bike so that they can cycle safely and reliably. The talk will be on the fascinating subject of bike forensics and how to approach your bike for clues to problems. Information sheets will be provided.

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      6:30 pm
      Bike Maintenance for Beginners
  9. Oct
    20
    Sat

    1. Modern Cloth Nappies
      10:00 am – 11:30 am

      This introductory workshop on modern cloth nappies will cover the different types of modern cloth nappies available, accessories to make the use of cloth nappies easier, maintenance and washing of cloth nappies, the financial savings to be made, and the environmental benefits that will result. The workshop will be presented by Tamara Ilic from Baby Mumma, who runs an online cloth nappy library (www.babymumma.com.au) for mothers who would like to take the next step of trialing cloth nappies before purchasing them.

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      10:00 am
      Modern Cloth Nappies
  10. Nov
    6
    Tue

    1. Going SOLAR
      6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

      If you would like to ‘go solar’ but you don’t know where to start, this workshop will tell you about exciting new developments in solar power in Canberra. These days, solar power isn’t just about individuals putting solar panels on their rooftops; there are other options open to you, including bulk-buying rooftop solar panels and community owned solar farms. The workshop will be run by Canberra Clean Energy Connection, a group formed by SEE-Change to make Canberra the solar energy capital of Australia – one rooftop at a time.

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      6:00 pm
      Going SOLAR
  11. Nov
    10
    Sat

    1. Keeping Chooks at Home
      10:30 am – 12:00 pm

      Learn how easy and beneficial it is to keep chooks in your backyard!  Healthy, happy backyard chooks:
      - lay nutritious eggs which provide all the essential amino acids for humans as well as several vitamins and minerals
      - help reduce food waste, keep grass down and manage insect pests
      - are diligent gardeners who love to scratch, turn-over, aerate and compost soil
      - are an on-site source of valuable manure high in N, K and P (elements necessary for vegie growth)
      - are great feathery pets for young and old and all those in between
      This workshop will help you learn: what backyards chooks require; how to choose the right breed and where from; how to house, feed, water and care for ‘em; as well as how to deal with all the benefits.

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      10:30 am
      Keeping Chooks at Home
    2. Pickling Kimchi
      4:00 pm – 5:30 pm

      Learn the basics of making your own kimchi in this hands-on workshop! You will get your very own batch of napa cabbage kimchi to take hom. Kimchi is a traditional Korean spicy fermented pickle. It is a great probiotic and is extremely rich in vitamins. It is also super delicious on its own or may be used in a wide variety of dishes such as kimchi fried rice or kimchi pizza. A great way to preserve all those excess winter cabbages from your veggie patch, and a great gift for Christmas! Participants will be required to bring their own air-tight glass jar.

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      4:00 pm
      Pickling Kimchi
  12. Nov
    21
    Wed

    1. Natural Baby Care
      10:30 am – 11:30 am

      Learn how to care for your baby in a way that’s natural and more sustainable at the same time.

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      10:30 am
      Natural Baby Care
  13. Nov
    24
    Sat

    1. Irrigation & Low Water Use Food Gardening
      10:00 am – 11:30 am

      We all know that planting drought tolerant plants in our ornamental gardens is a good way to save water, but it can be hard to know how to reduce water use when growing water-hungry fruit and vegetables. This workshop will cover techniques to reduce your water use without losing your yield, including drip irrigation, wicking beds, and in-ground water harvesting methods like swales and berms, and French drains.

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      10:00 am
      Irrigation & Low Water Use Food Gardening

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