Building Veggie Beds from Pallets

What to Bring

  • Pen and paper
  • Enclosed shoes must be worm. Bring your favourite gloves and safety glasses if you have some, or use ours
  • The garden is on a slope. Please bring walking aids if you require them

What to Wear

  • Please wear enclosed footwear and sun protection

Appropriate For

  • Gardeners, DIY builders, People who want to reduce their impact on the environment

Building Veggie Beds from Pallets

About This Class

Class Schedule

  • Date : Sunday 12 November 2017
  • Time: 12.30pm to 4pm
  • Address: Templestowe College, 7 Cypress Ave, Templestowe Lower, VIC 3107

What You Will Learn

  • How to build a veggie growing box out of reclaimed waste pallets
  • How to use hand tools
  • How to convert a box into a wicking box

What You Get

  • Experience in using hand tools safely
  • Experience in sourcing and breaking down used timber pallets
  • Experience in constructing garden infrastrcutre
  • A handout with notes
  • Opportunity to buy the finished boxes (trailer required on the day to take the box home as they will be approx. 1.1mx1.1m)
  • Tea, coffee, biscuits (including gluten free)


Have you ever wanted to learn how to make things for your garden, how to use hand tools or how to reuse wooden pallets as a building material?  Following on from our successful Sustainable Building Materials Master Class we are pleased to be able to bring you a Construction Master Class on Building Veggie Growing Boxes from used / reclaimed  wooden pallets.

In this Construction Master Class where you will learn about:

  • How to source used timber pallets
  • Using hand tools safely
  • How to breakdown timber pallets to basic building materials
  • Veggie box design options
  • Build a Veggie Growing Box (approx. 1,100 mm square)

Workshop participants will be split into teams of 3 or 4 to build the Veggie Boxes.

If you are interested in buying one of the boxes made on the day, please email me at to register your interest.  Money raised by selling the boxes will go to the students of Templestowe College to buy additional resources for their permaculture / garden projects and unsold boxes will be integrated into the garden. If you want to buy a box, you will need to take it home on the day and they will be approx. 1,100 mm square.


Please wear enclosed footwear and sun protection.  You will be actively constructing the boxes using hand tools. If you have a favourite pair of work gloves and / or safety glasses, please bring them along.  We will also have spare gloves and glasses that can be used on the day.

As the permaculture garden is on undulating land, people with walking aids should consider bringing them to the class. 

Masterclass Presenter : Drew Barr

Drew has twin passions of earth building and food gardening. He learned wood work and building from his father, began growing veggies, keeping chooks and milking his cow at age 12, and worked as a mud brickie after leaving school.

During a 30 year diversion, he achieved a Masters Degree in the History and Philosophy of Science and held senior sustainability roles in the corporate sector.

Having discovered the importance of being unimportant, he now works with his wife Angie at Templestowe College, mentoring students, gardening, looking after animals, and building stuff.

Cancellation and Refund Policy 

No refunds will be given for non-attendance.

If there are insufficient numbers for an event it may be cancelled or postponed. If this is the case, you will be notified and given the option of either a full refund or a transfer to a different SGA event of equivalent value.

Refunds will be issued for cancellations IF you give at least 10 days notice prior to the start date. Refunds will be net of any WeTeachMe booking fees and a A$10 refund administration fee.

No refunds will be issued for cancellations with less than 10 days notice unless the event is fully booked out, including the cancelled tickets. If these conditions are met, refunds will be net of any WeTeachMe booking fees and less a A$10 refund administration fee.

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