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Living Agroecology - 12 week course


Living Agroecology

8am-5pm every Monday for 12 weeks
September 23 - December 9

This course offers experiential training in intensive regenerative agriculture, with a strong focus on horticultural production integrated with perennial food crops and trees. Our agroecology system emphasises efficiency and productivity while retaining a harmonious natural aesthetic. The course will be taught through immersive learning and action in our Living Classroom at The Farm in Byron Bay which is a rapidly evolving working model of these techniques. Your tutors include two of The Farm’s primary producers, Bunya Halasz and Evan Anderson, as well as other experts in the field of regenerative agriculture. You will have the opportunity to work and engage with them within their enterprises. 

We will deliver knowledge, hands-on skills and inspiration for participants wanting to develop their own regenerative farming and gardening systems. The course runs for 12 weeks, with practical and theoretical classes every Monday for the full day.

Price

$890 + eventbrite booking fee

This course is ideally suited to: 

  • Aspiring market gardeners and farmers

  • Land managers

  • Landscapers with an interest in edible foodscapes

  • Students of permaculture, Syntropic farming, and agroecology who are seeking detailed guidance with plant patterning appropriate for humid, subtropical environments.

  • Landholders in the Byron Shire seeking a greater understanding of soils, climate, crop suitability and seasonal planting in our region.

About the facilitators:

Bunya Halasz is inspired by cultures that evolve creative practices of sustaining their material needs in a manner of deep reverence for their natural environment and all of its life forms. Through the lenses of Permaculture, Regenerative Agroecology and Successional Agroforestry, Bunya works as a designer, educator and gardening mentor. His work supports individuals and communities to grow food, fuel and fibre within ecologically regenerative systems as well as facilitating pathways of knowledge and skill sharing through courses and traineeships. 

Dr. Kevin Glencross is a research fellow who has been working in Asia/Pacific and subtropical and tropical Australia on applied research in agroforestry- integrating trees in agricultural systems. He has a particular focus on traditional agroecological systems and publications that address biodiversity conservation, soils and catchment protection, climate change resilience, food security, carbon sequestration, agroecology and ecotourism

Evan Anderson is on a lifelong journey of discovering what truly ecologically regenerative agriculture can look like; and how it regenerate landscape and economy. Committed to the practical learning, he has been earning his living operating market gardens of his own for the better part of a decade. His focal work revolves around refining complex intercropping systems which pair production efficiencies and provision of ecological function. 

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Topics Covered:

  • Ecological Fundamentals (with special emphasis on our Local Region)

  • Seasonal Vegetable Production

  • Incorporating Trees and Perennial Plants into Whole Farm Design

  • Pruning and microclimate creation

  • Regenerative Soil Management

  • Plant propagation

  • Seed Saving

  • Integrating Animals in Food Production Systems

  • Pests and Disease Management

Location

The Living Classroom at The Farm, 11 Ewingsdale Rd, Ewingsdale NSW 2481.

Duration

Mondays 8am to 5pm

What To Bring?

Hat, sun protection, closed shoes (preferably work boots), water bottle, notebook and pen.
Tools: Secateurs, digging tool (Hori Hori preferred), machete

Organiser

Evan Anderson: keelingturn@gmail.com
Bunya Halasz: growingrootsgarden@gmail.com

Earlier Event: 22 September
Fermentation Workshop - Sep 22
Later Event: 28 September
Farm To Face Skincare Workshop - Sep 28