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 weekly on a Saturday at various locations around the Latrobe Valley.

4th Nov- Host plot/ Community Garden at Cowwar 

11th Nov- Host plot at Boolarra

18th Nov- Yinnar Community Garden, Main St Yinnar, behind Arc Gallery (all participants invited to attend the Yinnar Community Garden AGM from 1:30pm. If you intend to stay on, you're invited to bring a plate of food to share in the half hour break)

25th Nov- Stockdale Rd Primary, 25 Stockdale Rd, Traralgon, Enter from Apex Park car park, where there is a public toilet.

*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. (

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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Class Schedule

Duration: 2 hours

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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11 November 2017 • #GetStuffed Soil Sessions Workshops with Ian Onley

learning about how to treat the soil in our garden was inspiring and practical!


30 August 2017 • #GetStuffed Soil Sessions Workshops with Ian Onley

My son and dad absolutely enjoyed the class. They have found it to be informative, inclusive and was at a pace that the information was easily processed. They are both looking forward to doing more workshops. The information that was learned has been passed on to me and I have found this invaluable. I'm hoping to attend this class, when I'm able. 10/10 I haven't seen my son, who has special needs so happy and eager to learn more. This is more then just a class and is enabling my son to enjoy gardening with like minded people. Thank you.