Workshops for 2016

The following workshops are available for groups or individuals to arrange by appointment or simply register on one or more of our designated workshops

If you wish to register as an individual for one or more of these great knowledge sharing opportunities, you can register your interest and we will contact you when we have sufficient numbers to hold the workshop at the Mackay Community Garden site. 

For registration and bookings, please fill in form at the bottom of this page. 

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If you have suggestions for workshops that you would like to attend, please contact us with your suggestion for our consideration.

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2016 Workshops


Jan 31st  Hands on Permaculture day @ Pandurunga

Feb 07th    COOKING WITH TROPICAL GREENS

Feb 27th and 28th  INTRODUCTION TO PERMACULTURE

March 13   Hands on Permaculture day @ Pandurunga

May 7th INTRODUCTION TO COMPOSTING (booking Mackay Regional Council)

May 8th BASIC HOME FOOD GARDENING

May 15th   Hands on Permaculture day @ Pandurunga

June 11th and 12th   INTRODUCTION TO PERMACULTURE

June 26th - July 10th  2 Week/72 hour PERMACULTURE DESIGN CERTIFICATE COURSE

July 24th Hands on Permaculture day @ Pandurunga

August 27th INTRODUCTION TO COMPOSTING  (booking Mackay Regional Council)

August 28th BASIC HOME FOOD GARDENING

Sept 4th Hands on Permaculture day @ Pandurunga

Nov 5th and 6th INTRODUCTION TO PERMACULTURE

Nov 12th INTRODUCTION TO COMPOSTING (booking Mackay Regional Council)

Nov 13th BASIC HOME FOOD GARDENING

Nov 20 Hands on Permaculture day @ Pandurunga


For further information relative to the Hands on Permaculture days @ Pandurunga 

Permaculture farm, or any of the workshops on offer, please phone Harmony on 4958 3439


72 HOUR PERMACULTURE DESIGN CERTIFICATE COURSE (PDC)

Mackay Community Garden Inc. is pleased to offer this comprehensive introduction to Permaculture which has been taught all over the world for the past 30 years

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Day 1.  Introductions and Permaculture design concepts.

Day 2.  Methods of Design.

Day 3.  Patterns in Nature.

Day 4.  Climate and Climatic factors.

Day 5.  Trees and their functions.

Day 6.  Water in the landscape.

Day 7.  Soils, Earthworks and Earth resources.

Day 8.  The Humid landscape.  Dry land strategies and Humid Cool to Cold climate.

Day 9. Aquaculture and Animals in the system.

Day 10. Strategies for an Alternative Nation.   Design for Catastrophe.

Day 11.  Final Design presentation and Celebration. 

Day 12. Certificate presentation and Where to from here. 

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AN INTRODUCTION TO PERMACULTURE DESIGN

This two day workshop is for those who wish to apply design for sustainability and food systems using permaculture principles based on our natural environment. This workshop  is very beneficial for  individuals who wish to  live healthier lives by growing some of thier own organic food or have just purchased a block of land and are not quite sure where to start. Great to do before building your home. It also benefits our farming community, our school community, planners, architects, designers or anyone interested in sustainability.   

We cover;  Ethics,  Natural patterning,   Basic permaculture principles including sectors and zones,    Landscape hydrology. Participants can be guided through the designing of their own property; house yard, balcony, farm, school (or parts thereof) and much more.

Generally 9.00AM to 4.00PM over 2 days.

Cost  $150.00 for members, $175.00 non members. Morning tea and lunch provided.

          $1000.00 per group booking at Gardens ($1200.00 off site)  6-15 participants.  Schools can vary.

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COOKING WITH TROPICAL GREENS

You are invited to an informative, fun and interactive morning, where we will learn to identify, harvest, process and cook numerous tropical greens (“spinaches”) fresh from the garden. Tantalise your taste buds with new flavours and share ideas! Take home some cuttings, and an inspirational way of transitioning towards food diversity and security in your kitchen and your garden!

9.00AM to 1.00PM

Cost   30$ for Mackay Community Gardens members and 50$ for non members, including morning tea and lunch.

Bookings and enquires though shine4u@bigpond.com.

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AN INTRODUCTION TO BASIC COMPOSTING

This 3 to 4 hour workshop is great for householders who wish to reduce the amount of waste going to landfill, schools wishing to establish a composting system or farmers wishing to reduce on farm costs.

We cover what ingredients are required to make good compost and why it is important to use them, how to set up your composting area, where best to locate it and some trouble shooting tips. We use real products and relate knowledge directly to individual circumstances.

Generally 9.00AM to 1.00PM

Cost   The next one is for free (courtesy of Mackay Regional Council).  Morning tea provided.

           $300.00 per group booking at Gardens ($400.00 off site)  6-20 participants.   Schools can vary.

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BASIC HOME FOOD GARDENING

This 4 hour workshop is beneficial for householders, gardeners, farmers, community groups and schools who wish to reduce the amount of food they are buying from the shops and wish to lead healthier lives. Learn how easy  it can be to have an abundance of fresh, live, organic food at your back doorstep every day. 

We cover the areas of zone 1 and 2 gardening based on permaculture principals which include your vegies and herbs, basic staples suited to this region, how to increase diversity and productivity very simply, the importance of mulching and how best to do it, the importance of nutrient and how best to create it, some great watering tips and much more.

Generally 9.00AM to 1.00PM

Cost $50.00 for members, $60 non members.   Morning tea provided.  

         $300.00 per group booking    6-12 participants.  Schools can vary.   


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FORM FOR WORKSHOPS