WORKSHOPS

Sustainable Education run professional workshops throughout Australia offered by local Councils and Communities.

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Sustainable Education Workshops
Keeping Backyard Chickens 

The chicken has amazing credentials. What other backyard animal, is a composter, weed controller, pest controller, creator of natural fertiliser and food production all in one? From humble beginnings, the backyard chicken is known as micro livestock pet. In fact it is the only sustainable backyard pet.  Don’t miss this essential workshop on the basics of keeping backyard chickens with the lowdown and insights into these wonderful additions to your backyard.  For enquiries please contact us.


Composting and Worm Farming 

Unearth the secrets of great composting in this comprehensive workshop. Discover how to make and where to position your compost in the backyard and learn the differences between building and brewing compost.  Get a foolproof recipe for compost and get the tips on how to best use your powerful new resource.  Plus, learn all about how to create and sustain your own worm farm and avoid common pitfalls, and participants can make their own Worm Tower. For enquiries please contact us.


Recycled No Dig Gardens

Learn how to create a no dig garden and use your compost to create abundance. No dig gardens can be established anywhere, even on concrete surfaces, and are a quick and effective way to create a productive garden, which is water efficient and full of goodness for your plants. Learn about the recycled materials you can use to create this layered composting garden system. This is a practical workshop with hands on facilitation. For enquiries please contact us.


Organic Gardening

Learn how to garden organically, without the use of toxic synthetic chemicals, which create health issues for you and the environment. The focus will be on productive edible gardens, however the principles apply to all types of gardening and agriculture. We will find out how to nurture the soil with compost, plant seasonally, use companion planting, crop rotation, natural fertilisers made from the garden and natural pest remedies to create a natural and abundant garden. This is a practical workshop with hands on facilitation. For enquiries please contact us.


Your Recycled Kitchen Garden

Turn junk into jewels, waste into wonder! Using reclaimed items (sometimes called waste, or garbage) to create a low cost productive garden. In this workshop we will use items commonly thrown out into landfill, compost (created from “waste”) and reclaimed plants (that is, plants, cuttings and seeds borrowed from a friend’s garden), to create a recycled kitchen garden. Learn how to reassess, reuse, repurpose and reap the benefits! For enquiries please contact us.


Backyard Permaculture

This short workshop gives you an overview of how to create a home permaculture garden that is productive and “eco-friendly”. Good design is the basis of a productive garden, so come and learn some basic permaculture design principles and practices, that will help you establish your own abundant vegie garden. For enquiries please contact us.


Sustainable Eating

Learn how to make sustainable food choices, to help save the planet and save you time and money. The distances our food travels to us is at an all time high, and so is our level of food wastage. Find out how to know the difference between products that are organic, natural, ethical and fair trade. Feel more confident reading food labels. Learn about reducing food miles and food wastage. For enquiries please contact us.


Natural Fertilisers and Pest Control

In this hands on workshop learn about how to support your organic garden with a natural approach to fertilising and pest control. Learn more about integrated pest management, good bugs and bad bugs, companion planting and how to make natural fertilisers and natural pest control remedies from items in your pantry and garden. You will leave the workshop feeling confident you can manage your garden organically. For enquiries please contact us.


Natural Bee Keeping

We now offer Beekeeping workshops in both Native Beekeeping and Honey Beekeeping. You will learn the fundamental basics in keeping bees and how to sustain healthy bee practices. Some of the topic’s covered in this workshop are the history of bees, bee hive and its make-up, hives on your property, where to get your bees from, honey flow, extraction, properties of honey, diseases and issued affecting honey bees, bee clubs and Q&A.  For enquiries please contact us.


Preserving & Pickling

Is an age old practice to sustainably keep food and reduce household waste. This workshop is interactive, hands on fun. We run workshops based on the principle of sustainable eating and the things we teach in these workshops are seasonal so we can pickle and preserve anything.  For enquiries please contact us.


Recycled Vertical Gardens

This workshop is an interactive, hands on and definitely fun, where the participants will learn to make a vertical garden out of recycled pallets. They will have hands on experience, building a pallet vertical garden and they will learn the right materials to use, detailed step by step instruction and the best plants to use, from herbs to succulents. Get creative and get the kids to paint the pallets before you put your own together.  For enquiries please contact us.


Small Space Gardening

Short on space? Here’s where you will learn to garden in unexpected places so you can grow your own veggies and herbs to an amazing garden for all to enjoy. You will learn all the different and affordable options for planting, what to plant and how to maintain your small space garden for producing great fruit and veggies the whole family can enjoy.  For enquiries please contact us.


 Wicking Bed

A wicking bed is a garden bed with a waterproof lining that holds a reservoir of water at the bottom from which water is draw upwards like a wick to the surface of the bed via natural soil osmosis or through the roots of plants in the bed. Basically it works like large Decor self-watering pot. In this workshop you will learn the basics to making your own Wicking Bed, from materials to detailed instructions and the correct method to get the best results.  For enquiries please contact us.


Aquaponics

Dive into this holistic and highly efficient farming practice; its history, applications and incredible advantages. Learn the components you’ll need for your own backyard ecosystem, how to maintain it and what nutrient balance and nitrogen cycles are all about. And you’ll be off and racing with best plant and fish choices.  For enquiries please contact us.


Sustainable Housing

Participants will learn all aspects of a Sustainable Home and how to make their current living more sustainable, by making some simply changes.  Learn about conserving water, and power, how to best utilise your backyard for growing food.  The goal of this workshop is that participants will learn that the simply changes they make are reducing their carbon footprint.  Participants will also learn about the sustainable options for those who are building or thinking of renovating their home. For enquiries please contact us.


Making A Solitary Bee Hive

At any given time, your garden might contain over 2,000 species of insects. Some of these are pests, the kind you don’t want in your garden because they destroy your flowers and vegetables. But many others are beneficial insects, the kind you want to attract because they work with you to control pests and pollinate flowers.  Building your very own Beneficial Insect Hotel supports biodiversity, because it will attract these beneficial insects, offering them a space where they can propagate and hunker down for the cooler months.  When you encourage biodiversity into your garden you increase ecosystem productivity. For enquiries please contact us.


Recycled Garden Art

Turning trash into something new and useful; whether its old plastic bottles, cardboard boxes or renovation rubble is one of the easiest ways to do your bit for the environment. And as more people realise the value of recycling, upcycling, repurposing and reusing things to reduce waste – the bigger impact we can create. In this workshop you will be making a garden owl out of recycled materials and a worm tower for your garden out of recycled materials. The workshop is interactive and fun with some labour involved. For enquiries please contact us.


Biodiversity and Habitat

Build it and they will come! Create a backyard habitat supportive of native flora and fauna. Discover natives in your area and what the best flora is for sustaining wildlife. We’ll share garden samples, suitable homes for different native animals that you can establish if your home is in a wildlife corridor. For enquiries please contact us.


Good Bugs, Bad Bugs and Companion Planting

Meet the good guys of the bug world, and I.D. the ones you don’t want in your ‘hood. Examine the life cycle of bugs, and commonly found bugs and diseases in Australian backyards. Discover how you can create a sustainable and edible garden without relying on chemical sprays.  You also learn top companion planting and fertilising tips to encourage the good guys and discourage the pests.  For enquiries please contact us.


Medicinal Gardens

A garden that gives you the best natural health possible? Yes please! Embrace the medicinal, culinary, cosmetic and domestic uses of the humble herb. Create a purpose-designed garden and learn how to guard this precious resource by managing pest, disease, soil needs and companion planting for bumper yield. For enquiries please contact us.


Chemical Free Living

In this workshop participants learn everything to do with living chemical free.  They will have a fundamental understanding of the chemicals in our food, cleaning products and clothes and how to reduce the use of chemicals in the home and the impact it has on your health and the health of the environment. For enquiries please contact us.


Making Beeswax Wraps

Have you wanted to kick the habit of using cling wrap? Homemade beeswax fabric wraps are a great alternative. They can be used in place of cling wrap to cover food and wrap sandwiches. They keep food fresh and are reusable. In this workshop you will learn how to make your own beeswax food wraps so you can kick the cling wrap habit all together. We will make a wrap in class that you get to take home and you will leave the workshop with the knowledge to make them at home for your family and friends. They are the perfect sustainable gift!  The workshop is interactive and fun with some labour involved.  Great for recycling clothes, sheets and material. For enquiries please contact us.


Seed Saving and Propagation

We’ll have you growing your own food, from the seed up! Save and store your own seeds, and know the best plants to harvest. Explore the unique characteristics of seeds, learn drying and fermenting techniques, best propagation methods and which plants you can easily propagate at home. For enquiries please contact us.


Recycle, Repurpose For The Garden + Home

In this workshop participants will learn how to make a vertical garden out of old piping, buckets etc. We do include the making of your own worm tower as well and this give the workshop a well-rounded view of recycling and repurposing.  The workshop is interactive and fun with some labour involved. For enquiries please contact us.


Mushroom Growing

Learn how to grow your own mushrooms at home. If you are interested in learning how to start growing mushrooms then this workshop will give you the necessary basics to get you started. Grow mushrooms in bags, logs and in the ground at very minimal outlay with great yield of produce for you and your family. For enquiries please contact us.


Sustainable Recycling and Upcycling Tours

These tours are carefully researched within the local community and surrounding areas and are customised so participants get the best out of the workshop.  These tours are an all day event, where the community will learn from a variety of local business the how, why, what and where of sustainably shopping.  You can choose the tour you think is best for your needs and some examples are:- food co-ops, farmers markets, boutique farms, bulk food stores, and sustainable fashion like Vinnies, The Salvation Army etc.  Our expert facilitators love showing locals how to shop and helping them make better choices. For enquiries please contact us.