Geelong CUF

Urban Farmer Course - Newtown, Geelong

Regional hobby farm gardening course

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Our next course beings on Thursday 30th May - Thursday 1st August  9am - 3pm (no classes 4th & 11th July)

Join experienced horticulturist and permaculturist, Justin Calverley as he introduces you to the world of small farm planning and urban farming. This regional course combines 8 sessions including an introduction to permaculture, soils, propagation, fruit trees and more. This course runs from 9am - 3pm and is held at
Chesterfield, Newtown, Geelong and has limited places. 

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

Session Outline:

Session 1          Introduction to permaculture principles

                            Composting, worm farming and fertilisers

Session 2         Organic fruit production

Session 3         Soils and their preparation

Session 4          Organic fruit and vegetable production

                            Harvesting and storage

Session 5          Propagation, seed collection and storage

Session 6          Chookcare

Session 7          Pest Disease and Weed Management

Session 8         Growing bushfoods and berries

*Session order subject to change

Trainer Bio:

Justin 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”, is a presenter on Ch 31’s “ The Garden Tap and now author of The Urban Farmer”

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 suburban block, Donna is reimagining 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.

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What you will learn
  • Permaculture principles interwoven throughout course
  • Expert tuition in a real environment
  • Hands- on skills
What you will get
  • Expert CERES Trainer providing hands-on practical experience balanced with theory
  • A copy of The Urban Farmer book
  • 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 with clothes you don't mind getting dirty; layers are recommended; sturdy footwear

Appropriate for

Those wanting to learn about urban and small farm gardening


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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Refund & Cancellation Policy

CERES Education requires 48 hours notice via email prior to the start of a class or event for a full refund or transfer.  Refunds and transfers will not be processed if cancellation occurs within 48 hours of the event commencing. We do not offer refunds for missed classes. There are no fees for refunds or transfers. For cancellations prior to the 48 hour cut off, email CERES Education to organise a refund or transfer

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Terms & Conditions

Cancellations and Refunds

CERES reserves the right to cancel workshops due to insufficient numbers.

If we cancel the workshop you will be entitled to a 100% refund, or you may choose to transfer to another date, subject to availability.
If you decide to withdraw 7 or more days prior to the workshop date CERES will retain a 10% administration fee.
If you decide to withdraw less than 7 days prior to the workshop date CERES will retain 100% of your workshop fee.

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05 August 2019 • Urban Farmer Course - Newtown, Geelong

This course provides an amazing, fast-paced, content-rich experience to the avid apprentice urban farmer. Justin is really a world of knowledge and his delivery is unsurpassed - driving engagement and retention for us learners! I thoroughly enjoyed this course, alongside the wealth of knowledge that is contained in The Urban Farmer book. I can't thank Justin & CERES enough for bringing this course down to Geelong - you have started what I hope to be a lifelong journey in food farming for me. Thank you!