Becoming an Urban Farmer

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As our cities are growing and more pressure is being placed on green wedges and peri-urban areas, the need for urban farming is becoming increasingly important. The role of urban farming is to reconnect city dwellers with how and where their food is grown by demonstrating through interactive and participatory learning. Urban agriculture can help fight food insecurity, provide a place for human connection to food and land and increase biodiversity within our urban environments.

This workshop is for aspiring urban farmers to learn about growing food sustainably in any urban environment, it will teach you:

  • What local food can do for communities
  • What are sustainable food systems?
  • Home composting methods
  • Soils and their preparation and regeneration
  • Introduction to permaculture principles

You will walk away inspired for your own food-growing journey and gain a broader understanding of the important role that urban farming plays in society.

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Your Presenter

Established by skilled and passionate individuals, Farm My School is a not-for-profit association, working to transform unused land within schools, into regenerative market gardens providing food to the local community.

With the aim of developing urban farming that connects farmers with schools, the program brings local food production back into the heart of our communities. The program promotes healthy eating, ecological stewardship and connected communities. By transforming urban spaces, Farm My School utilises permaculture principles, inspiring students to care for the Earth, themselves and the people around them.

James McLennan lives and breathes environmental conservation, preservation and regeneration. Combined with his passion for and extensive experience in the sustainability sector, he has enjoyed a fruitful history of partnering with schools on education programs.

James has a background in permaculture, outdoor and environmental education and teaching. He has worked in various educational roles, designing and delivering a wide array of sustainability education programs to a diverse audience. He also runs his own regenerative education consultancy company, Grassroots Sustainability.

Ben Shaw is a permaculturist, with extensive experience in designing and establishing permaculture gardens. He has studied and worked on organic and biodynamic farms across the world and now shares his knowledge through facilitating educational workshops.

He is passionate about creating connections and resilience in communities and growing food in the urban environment. He has established a permaculture design and consultancy business, assisting the local community and organisations to implement regenerative change.

The Location

In the heart of the Dandenong Ranges, Cloudehill is a stunning cool climate garden spread over 5 acres. From formal clipped hedges and topiary as you arrive, through to the comparatively relaxed bulb meadows, Cloudehill provides year round inspiration for the cool climate gardener.

The Diggers garden shop has a wide range of plants on offer and specialises in Diggers signature heirloom seeds and cottage flowers, complemented by a range of flowering shrubs and cool climate trees.

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Becoming an Urban Farmer

2 December 2023

Cloudehill (Olinda)

Saturday 10am - 11:30am

Limited tickets, don't miss out.

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