Description

A couple of chooks in the backyard were once a staple part of the suburban quarter acre block and their eggs a healthy part of the diet. Smaller backyards needn't mean an end to keeping these most versatile of creatures. Join our class to find out how easy it is to keep a few hens as pets and as the ultimate garden recyclers in a sustainable household. We cover housing, protection, feeding, varieties as well as loads of practical ideas on how to live harmoniously with them in your garden.

Suitable for absolute beginners to keeping chooks

Presented by Maria Ciavarella

Maria has grown up with a rich Italian heritage, with a typically Italian love of good food.  This love encompasses the growing of it, its preparation and its preservation. Maria is a compost queen and presents many of our classes. Known also as the chook lady she loves her feathered friends and heads up one of our most featured classes, Backyard Chooks for Beginners. She is a trained science teacher and is passionate about gardening and the environment. Maria has a young family who are all being instilled with a love of gardening.  Given her teaching background and her own home grown experience with kids, she is often called upon to give talks and gardening demos at schools and kindergartens. 

Comments about Maria

"The presenter is fantastic. Really knows her stuff and has lots of valuable anecdotes to offer which answer every question raised"

Class Booking Conditions

Bookings are considered final once payment is made, no refunds will be given for nonattendances. However, if at least 7 days notice is given of inability to attend, a transfer to an available class of equivalent value, or BAAG gift voucher can be organised, with a $10 administration fee applicable.

 Class Cancellations

If there are insufficient numbers for a class it may be cancelled or postponed. In this case, you will be notified as soon as possible and given the option of a full refund or a BAAG gift voucher or a transfer to a class of equivalent value.

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What you will learn
  • How to get started with keeping chickens in a suburban backyard
  • How to house and protect chooks from predators.
  • How chooks can be used to improve your garden and soil.
What you will get
  • Detailed notes on where to source hens, council regulations and other chooky issues
  • A discount Voucher to use on products at BAAG
  • A cuppa (or two) and biscuits

What to bring
  • Notepad and pen
What to wear

Casual

Appropriate for

All ages and skill levels


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Bulleen Art and Garden

Vendor since 2013

At Bulleen Art & Garden we focus on the environment and creativity. You’ll find a plant nursery, art gallery, gift, pot and hardware shops and a huge landscape supplies yard. We have an extensive range of plants, including one of Melbourne’s biggest ranges of herbs, fruit and vegies. We also specialise in edible, indigenous and low water use plants.

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Cancellation & Refund Policy

Bulleen Art & Garden Class and Workshop Booking Conditions

Bookings are considered final once payment is made and no refunds will be given for non-attendances.

If there are insufficient numbers for a class or workshop it may be cancelled or postponed. In this case, you will be notified & given the option of either a full refund or a transfer to a different class or workshop of equivalent value.

CLASS CANCELLATIONS: If you cancel 7 days or more before the class date you will be able to nominate another class of equal value to attend instead (space permitting). Cancellations within 7 days of the class date will not be eligible for any exchange.

WORKSHOP CANCELLATIONS: Refunds will be issued for cancellations from workshops IF you give at least 7 days notice prior to the start date. A $10 administration fee will apply. No refunds will be issued for cancellations with less than 7 days notice. If you would like to transfer to a later workshop, you are required to give at least 7 days notice and a $10 administration fee will apply.

Please arrive at least 5 minutes before the scheduled class or workshop time. Our classes are often held outside business hours so latecomers may not be able to enter for security reasons.

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Terms & Conditions

Bulleen Art & Garden Class and Workshop Booking Conditions

Bookings are considered final once payment is made and no refunds will be given for non-attendances.

If there are insufficient numbers for a class or workshop it may be cancelled or postponed. In this case, you will be notified & given the option of either a full refund or a transfer to a different class or workshop of equivalent value.

CLASS CANCELLATIONS: If you cancel 7 days or more before the class date you will be able to nominate another class of equal value to attend instead (space permitting). Cancellations within 7 days of the class date will not be eligible for any exchange. A $10 administration fee will apply for all refunds. 

WORKSHOP CANCELLATIONS: Refunds will be issued for cancellations from workshops IF you give at least 7 days notice prior to the start date. A $10 administration fee will apply for all refunds. No refunds will be issued for cancellations with less than 7 days notice. If you would like to transfer to a later workshop, you are required to give at least 7 days notice and a $10 administration fee will apply.

Please arrive at least 5 minutes before the scheduled class or workshop time. Our classes are often held outside business hours so latecomers may not be able to enter for security reasons.

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Shalini

28 April 2018 • The Joy of Backyard Chooks

The workshop was great. Maria took us on a journey of preparation and explained the process of preparing, caring and enjoying backyard chickens really well. She certainly loves her chickens but her information was very thorough. Great workshop.

Victoria

22 April 2018 • The Joy of Backyard Chooks

Fantastic course with just the right amount of information. I feel confident about getting chooks now. Thanks, Maria!

Chris

30 April 2017 • The Joy of Backyard Chooks

Learned about feeding, housing and looking after chooks which was very relevant for our municipality Maria was a great teacher..

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