Workshops! (in Ballarat)

Saturday May 14

Practical Pruning Apple Trees (Carolyn Jones)

Time 9.30am – 12.30pm. Cost $25, Conc. $20. BYO lunch.
Venue: 58 Hall’s Lane, Snake Valley.

BYO sharp secateurs, loppers, folding chair and dress for outdoors.
The workshop will include an hour of theory followed by on-site demonstrations and practical application by participants.  Questions about workshop content (not bookings) – ring Carolyn on 5342 0282 or 0418 364 659

This was hugely popular when we ran it last month – get in quick!


Dyeing animal fibres with plants(Vicki Adams)

Time 9.00am – 12.00pm. Cost $25, Conc. $20. BYO lunch.
Venue: Royal Park, Buninyong.

Vicki has a wealth of experience in fabric and textile work and this will be great opportunity to learn a new application for some of your garden plants.  What could be simpler than keeping a few onion skins – but what colour will they dye the thread?  Find out by coming along!  This will be a very basic beginners workshop.  All materials will be supplied and you will take away some samples of fibres you have dyed.  Questions about the workshop content (not bookings) – ring Vicki on 0458 903 043

Please bring

  • bring a jacket as we will be dyeing outside, and
  • rubber gloves to keep your hands stain-free!

Dress in old gardening clothes that won’t mind a little dye splashing on them

Due to the practical nature of the workshop, numbers are strictly limited.


Starting a Vegetable Garden   (John Ditchburn)

Time 2 pm to 4.30pm. Cost $25, Conc. $20
Venue: 104 Albert St, Sebastopol. (Ballarat South Uniting Church Mission Centre)

This workshop allows beginner veggie gardeners to learn from one of Ballarat’s most regarded and experienced growers.  John will share his practical insights into sizing & positioning your garden, soil, raised beds, the pro’s & con’s of various mulches, composts and manures, dealing with shade, wicking beds & using pots, plus his local planting guide will be a great asset for you in knowing when to plant what.  (Ballarat times are different to Melbourne!)  This workshop will help you plan your garden and give you time to build beds & prepare for Spring planting.

The workshop is specifically designed for beginner or inexperienced food gardeners – this is the ONLY time we are running it before Spring.  If you have friends who want to start a garden, please let them know about this workshop….. please!

Check out John’s garden on his website


Sunday May 15

Day trip to CERES (Brunswick)

Meet at Ballarat Secondary College east campus (corner Fussell & Victoria St, Ballarat East) at 9.30 for carpool to CERES.  Expected return at 5.30 pm. BYO lunch & drinks.  There is a cafe on-site at CERES.  Bring a friend or family member along.

CERES – Centre for Education and Research in Environmental Strategies, is an award winning, not-for-profit, environment and education centre and urban farm located by the Merri Creek in East Brunswick, Melbourne.  Built on a decommissioned municipal tip that was once a landfill and wasteland, today CERES is a thriving, vibrant community. Over 300,000 people visit CERES each year.  CERES is recognised as an international leader in community and environmental practice. CERES Organic Farm, Market, Shop, Co-ops and Café and Permaculture and Bushfood Nursery are unique social enterprises that offer new solutions and ways to combat climate change.  Community groups such as the Bike Shed, Community Gardens and Chook Group that call CERES home are also vital to CERES culture.  All waste and water on the site is recycled and much of the site is powered by renewable energy such as wind and solar.  CERES is now working towards making the site completely carbon neutral by 2012.
FOR ALL WORKSHOPS, please email to get a registration form.  (Don’t reply to this address)