#GetStuffed Soil Sessions Workshops with Ian Onley

Soil health workshops for all ages and levels

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The Workshops

In these sessions you'll learn about how to create healthy soils, the foundation for healthy plants and healthy food. Each session will aim to be inclusive and informative to newcomers and regulars alike, and will strike a balance between hands-on learning and group discussion. 

This series will be held on the first Saturday of every month at Stockdale Rd Primary, 25 Stockdale Rd, Traralgon, Park and enter from Apex Park car park, where there is a public toilet. It will run from 11am - 1pm.

*Please bring sturdy shoes, a hat and sunscreen, and a rainjacket in case of rainy weather

About the teacher

Ian Onley has been a local 'Demeter' Biodynamic farmer for over twenty years. He has experience in dairying, beef and commercial vegetable growing. Ian now concentrates on free range egg production and home gardening.

Ian is excited to part of Get Stuffed because it has the potential to bring many to a place where they can support themselves and grow a food based business. He wants to help people breathe life back into their soils so they can grow beautiful tasting, nutritious food that will keep people coming back for more.

For more information on ReActivate Latrobe Valley and the Get Stuffed Food Network visit our website. (reactivate.org.au)

About the ticket prices

The tickets are available on a sliding scale from concession to waged to solidarity. Which one should you buy?

  • Concession - buy this if you are on a low income
  • Waged - buy this if you are on a regular, living wage
  • Solidarity - buy this if you can afford to support the great work of Ian Onley and ReActivate Latrobe Valley above and beyond!
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What you will learn
  • The role of soils in plant function
  • Principles for plant health.
  • Water soluble fertilisers vs hummus
What you will get
  • Raising seedlings
  • Managing weeds
  • Learn how to take part in the Get Stuffed Food Network
  • Techniques for:
  • Assessing site and season
  • Caring for soils

What to bring
  • Notebook and Pen
  • Hat and Sunscreen
What to wear


Appropriate for

Interested gardener


Reactivate Latrobe Valley

Vendor since 2017

ReActivate Latrobe Valley started in 2011 when the RMIT Office of Urban Transformations Research (OUTR) commenced an innovative project in the Latrobe Valley region.The research-led initiative was designed to look at best-practice strategies for supporting the area to transition away from a reliance on coal. It called upon some of the brightest minds across the globe and implemented their ideas hand-in-hand with the local community.

For six years, OUTR invested in the Latrobe Valley under the leadership of Rosalea Monacella and Craig Douglas. During this time, the team delivered a range of successful projects, including the award-winning GetSunflowered installations, Spring and Winter Night Festivals, the 50 Miles Farmer’s Markets and a series of support structures for local creatives.

ReActivate Latrobe Valley also partnered with the Traralgon Neighbourhood House to retrofit the Victorian Rail Institute building in Traralgon, forming The VRI. This community learning and doing space has developed into a critical – and much loved - piece of local infrastructure.  

In 2017, the highly successful research project was handed back to the community to continue. In honour of the work of OUTR, the community developed a fully independent, not-for-profit organisation in the name of ReActivate Latrobe Valley.

Today this community-led team continues the work that was started by OUTR, maintaining the initiatives that worked well in the region, and adding their own projects too.

ReActivate Latrobe Valley believes that our community can create positive change from the ground up – and that’s exactly what we do.

Here’s to building a healthier, more connected and sustainable community together.

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Refund & Cancellation Policy

Reactivate Latrobe Valley 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 Reactivate Latrobe Valley to organise a refund or transfer

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Terms & Conditions

Anyone partaking in any classes or coming to any events at Reactivate Latrobe Valley or organised by Reactivate Latrobe Valley must agree to these terms and conditions.


I agree to take on full responsibility for any damages, injuries and for physical and/or personal property, which I might incur whilst participating in classes and/or events organised by Reactivate Latrobe Valley .


I agree to give Reactivate Latrobe Valley unrestricted publishing rights for any photographs or videos taken at Reactivate Latrobe Valley classes and events or on Reactivate Latrobe Valley 's premises. (For use of Reactivate Latrobe Valley marketing materials).


Reactivate Latrobe Valley requires 48 hours notice in writing prior to the class for a full refund or transfer. 


In the event that a class is cancelled, students will be notified via text message or email and entitled to a full refund or credit.

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05 December 2018 • #GetStuffed Soil Sessions Workshops with Ian Onley

I arrived two hours late, which was the conclusion of the session. Despite this, Ian is fantastic and has a wealth of knowledge and really understands the earth we stand on. I will be going to plenty more next year. Keep them going


04 December 2018 • #GetStuffed Soil Sessions Workshops with Ian Onley

Ian Only was a terrific teacher. He had an experienced gardener in his group as well as a beginner but knew how to offer the information so it was interesting to all. He responded very helpfully to questions and talked us through scenarios that could work for our specific situations. It was good to have both theory and practical sessions.


21 August 2018 • #GetStuffed Soil Sessions Workshops with Ian Onley

I learnt quite a lot in this session. I recommend it to anyone who is considering planting anything... Really useful to find out what the soil requires from someone who is not selling a particular product. (You know how that goes - buy a product and solve all your woes!) Well worth the time and small fee.

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