Join experienced horticulturist and permaculturist, Justin Calverley as he introduces 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. 

Justin's The Urban Farmer book is now the course text and a copy of which is included in your course fee. 

Session Outline:

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

Meet the trainer: Justin Calverley

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.”

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

ACFE Eligible participants are deemed eligible through an interview process with our career pathways officer. The costs for these participants are 

Full $140, Concession Card Holders $107 - ACFE Information and Eligibility.

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

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Class Schedule

Duration: 10am - 4pm for 14 weeks

What you will learn
  • Introduction to permaculture principles
  • bee keeping, propagating, chookcare,
  • seed saving, community gardens
What you will get
  • A selection of expert CERES Trainers providing hands-on practical experience balanced with theory
  • Resources on topics covered and a head full of knowledge
  • A toolkit of skills in urban farming

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’
What to wear

Casual (Warning: This might get messy)


CERES Education

Vendor since 2016

CERES – Centre for Education and Research in Environmental Strategies, is an award winning, not-for-profit, sustainability centre located on 4.5 hectares on the Merri Creek in East Brunswick, Melbourne.

We are a not-for-loss community business. We run extensive environmental education programs, urban agriculture projects, green technology demonstrations and a number of social enterprises including a market, grocery, café, community kitchen, organic online supermarket and a permaculture and bushfood nursery.

CERES (pronounced ‘series’) is a place where people come together to share ideas about living well together, and directly participate in meeting their social and material needs in a sustainable way. Through social enterprises, education and training, employment and community engagement, CERES provides the means by which people can build awareness of current local and global issues, and join in the movement for economic, social and environmental sustainability.

For thousands of years the Wurundjeri people lived on the land where CERES now stands. The Merri Creek was a focus of their lifestyle, a place to swim and play and a vital source of food. Following the European invasion, the Victorian gold rush and the growth of Melbourne city, the site was quarried for bluestone then turned into a landfill site… As industry moved in the water became polluted and the trees and wildlife disappeared.

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29 November 2017 • Complete Urban Farmer Course

Excellent course I learnt soooo much.


28 November 2017 • Complete Urban Farmer Course

Justin's knowledge and passion was amazing. This course has had such a positive impact on me and the direction I'd like to head.


15 November 2017 • Complete Urban Farmer Course

The Complete Urban Farmer course was so worthwhile. It was very comprehensive with a great mix of theory and practice. I learnt something new from every topic and could apply learnings straight away. I would definitely recommend this course.

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