Would you like to do a Permaculture Design Course in 2017?
Ballarat Permaculture Guild is running a PDC beginning January 21 & 22.
The course will run on a weekend format on the following days:
Feb 18, 19
March 11, 12 13
April 1, 2
April 29, 30
May 20, 21
June 17, 18
This course is especially relevant for those who want a higher quality educational experience than a two week intensive allows. The extended format allows you to integrate your learnings and apply them at home. Timing of the course means that our site visits take place at the best 'weather' times of the year - and when gardens and farms are in peak production.
If you have a busy week, can't take a weekday off, can't afford to spend two weeks holiday on a course or just want to have a great weekend to look forward to every few weeks, this is the course for you! No previous permaculture experience necessary.
The weekend format gives increased opportunity for social connection, including pot luck dinners and/or films on Friday & Saturday nights, where family and other BPG members will be invited to join us. In addition, family will be invited to join several practical sessions including our Passata Day on the March long weekend, plus seasonal activities like seed saving, pruning & grafting.
Presenters include Beck Lowe, Ian Lillington, Steve Burns, David Holmgren, Sonia van Dorssen, Paul Ryle, David Davidson, Yonke van Geloven, and a range of other local experts & specialists. We visit many local permaculture sites, including Melliodora, home of permaculture co-founder David Holmgren.
Main course venue will be in Invermay (NE edge of Ballarat) on a local permaculture property. Training facilities included dedicated upstairs training room & library (if stairs are a challenge, please contact us). Property is adjacent to state forest and includes vegetable garden, berry tunnel, chicken run, fruit trees & young forest garden. Ample parking & only 10 minutes from central Ballarat. Pick up from Ballarat railway station possible.
Course fees: $995 full fee. Concession $495
Camping on site is available at the rate of $5 per person per night. Hot showers and refrigeration of your goodies is covered, but no catering included. Once numbers of campers are clear, arrangements for shared cooking, etc can be arranged. (It is likely that the majority of students will live locally and not be camping.)
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Please read Conditions of Enrolment carefully before registering for course.
Conditions of Enrolment:
- Deposit of $100 is due with enrolment (see bank details below)
- Deadline for enrolment has been extended to January 13th, 2017
- Full payment is due January 13th, 2017
- In the event that the course is cancelled, all monies will be refunded in full
- Withdrawal of your enrolment before course starts must be notified to Coordinator a full 7 days in advance for refund of fees, less deposit.
- Withdrawal from course after it has begun will not attract a refund, as operational costs still have to be met.
- Concession rate ($495) is available to pension/health care card holders (proof required, call Karen 0488077628).
Note: Payment in installments may be possible in exceptional circumstances, but must be discussed with Coordinator before course begins.
All payments must be made to the following account, either by direct debit or over the counter at the bank. Credit Card facilities are NOT available and cash will not be taken.
Bendigo Bank: BSB: 633-000 Account: 135425353
***It is important that you include your Last Name as the payment note
Sonia and Ron moved into their new home earlier this year. The 1.5 acre property has some great potential but could really use a good kick start to clean up areas that have been previously neglected and get some long term pot plants (some that have been carted around for years!) planted into their "forever" locations.
Jobs on the day may include: sheet mulching; weeding; barerooting existing plants; planting out new plants; clearing out neglected areas of old fencing; repairing and chicken proofing existing fencing; restoring old chicken coops; relocating paving and edging.
Introduction to Beekeeping
Full weekend course August 20-21, 2016
Presenter: David Elms
Time: 9am - 5pm
Venue: G Place (Former Golden Point Primary School), 102 English Street, Golden Point, Ballarat
Over the weekend, David will cover the fundamentals of beekeeping, including topics such as:
All the fresh local produce you have come to expect at a Farmers Market!
- Locally grown fresh fruit, vegetable, cut flowers and herbs
- Locally grown plants and seeds
- Locally produced fresh foods and preserves
- Items for home gardens, produce storage and preserving.
- Items for homes, gardens and personal use made from recycled products.
- Displays and information that relate to our sustainability themes.
The market will operate on the 2nd & 4th Saturday of every month at Windmil Drive, Lake Wendouree, opposite the Ballarat Botanical Gardens.