This is a free event for BPG financial members only
Join horticulturalist and Sovereign Hill Garden Department Supervisor Cherie Neale on an exclusive tour of Sovereign Hill’s extensive heritage garden areas.
Topics covered will include: soil improvement mechanisms, integrated pest management plants, as well as what is involved in creating historically accurate vegetable and flower gardens that are visited by more than 700,000 visitors annually.
Date: Sunday 21 October 10.30-11.30
Want to know more about bush foods and other uses for Australian native plants?
Join us for a presentation by-
author of Bush Foods and Survival Plants of South East Australia and founder of Walkabout Education
Jamie will be sharing his extensive knowledge about some of our native plants and their uses. He has a lifetime of experience, having grown up on the Mornington Peninsula and spent most of his time in the bush or at the coastal reserves
He has formal training in horticulture, works closely with traditional custodians and is a wealth of information when it comes to traditional Aboriginal uses of plants that are indigenous to Victoria & Tasmania.
When: Sunday 21st October, 2018 at 2pm
Where: Eureka Memorial Hall, Stawell St South, Ballarat
Cost: $10 (including tea/coffee/biscuits)
Jamie will be selling his book at this event
When: Sunday 28 October 2018
Where: Smythes Creek - The address of the property will be supplied upon registration.
There’s nothing like a blitz to see your ideas come to fruition. Lisa has seen first hand what a dramatic difference a blitz can make in an effort to move ourselves toward a more sustainable future. So, she’s holding her own!
- The creation of a new garden bed. Double layers of cardboard will need to be laid over existing grass area (which will have been mowed), followed by straw, then soil. Then the planting begins. Edging may also need to be laid around the boundary of the garden.
- Some roses will need to be dug up and removed to another part of the garden, and that garden bed weeded.
- Digging holes and planting additional wattles & gums along the boundary fence to add to the existing wind break.
Wet weather footwear is advisable as it may be boggy underfoot. And some warm clothing is advisable.
Lunch will be supplied (self-catering advised for any special dietary requirements)
Bookings are essential for work allocation and for catering.
Would you like to do a Permaculture Design Course in 2019?
Enrolments are now open
Ballarat Permaculture Guild's 2019 PDC.
This PDC will run using the weekend format of 8 weekends from Jan to June, with one weekend every 3rd week (note some months have 2 weekends).
Jan 19, 20
Feb 9, 10
March 2, 3 & 23, 24
April 13, 14
May 4, 5 & 25, 26
June 15, 16
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 some Friday & Saturday nights, where family and other BPG members will be invited to join us.
Presenters include Beck Lowe, Ian Lillington, Steve Burns, David Holmgren, Sonia van Dorssen, Paul Ryle, David Davidson, 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: $1195 full course fee. Concession $595 Dual bookings (couple or friends booking and paying together) $1095.
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.)
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 is January 1st, 2019
- Full payment is due January 13th, 2019
- 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 of course start 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 ($595) 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
When you register just choose Week 1, registration for the rest is automatic
On Day One, we learn about the ethics and design principles that underpin permaculture. We also visit one or two local sites to see how people have implemented permaculture design.