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Immerse in the theory of Agroecology and learn how to design and manage a productive and regenerative subtropical food system. Guided by the principles of permaculture and successional agroforestry; our agricultural systems work with the process of natural succession to sequester carbon, build soil, promote self-reliance in nutrient cycling and yield an abundance of food, fuel, and fibre.

Your tutors will include a team of skilled primary producers and learning will take place on-site at our commercially productive agroecology system at The Farm in Byron Bay. The course is being offered in two modules, introductory and advanced theory, with the option to participate in hands-on voluntary work experience.

To cater for all levels of experience, you may join us for the full course or for the introduction or advanced modules only. A delicious lunch prepared with the food from our gardens is included in the course cost.

Living Agroecology (introduction) – January 10-12, 8 am to 5 pm

  • Get inspired in this introduction to the art and science of developing diverse, resilient, multidimensional agricultural ecosystems for food, fuel and fibre production. There is a strong focus on horticultural production and the integration of perennial food crops with trees. This course requires no prior learning.

Living Agroecology (advanced) – January 17-19, 8 am to 5 pm

  • This course further develops and refines the techniques and skills acquired in Living Agroecology (introduction), with a strong emphasis on cabinet timber production, integration of animals with intensive horticultural production, apiary, plant propagation, and seed saving. It is suitable for practitioners and students with a fundamental comprehension of the concepts of permaculture, successional agroforestry/syntropic farming, and/or completion of Living Agroecology (introduction).

Work Experience (Optional) – January 13-16

  • All students are encouraged to join us for work experience at The Farm with our agroecological food production team. This is where the learning really happens! Work will commence at 7:30 am each day with a minimum commitment of 5 hrs work for each day (7:30 am start until at least 1 pm). This section of the course is voluntary and has no additional fee but will require your continued focus and attentiveness.

Cost Details

  • Living Agroecology (introduction) A$734.31 incl. A$39.31 Fee - Sales end on 8 Jan 2020 (January 10-12. Lunch included in price.)
  • Living Agroecology (advanced) A$734.31 incl. A$39.31 Fee - Sales end on 15 Jan 2020 (January 17-19. Lunch included in price.)
  • Living Agroecology (introduction & advanced) A$1,367.31 incl. A$72.31 Fee Sales end on 8 Jan 2020 (January 10-12 and January 17-19. Lunch included in the ticket price.)

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