MAKING IT REAL Through our programs, our aim is to create a diverse, interactive, hands on and exciting learning environment based on dynamic processes and activities, immersing participants in their own permaculture journey. We have a philosophy at Savour Soil of 'Making it real'.
"I first met Michael around four years ago, when I was getting more involved with my readings around Permaculture. I first enrolled in the 'Permaculture Primer - An Introduction to Permaculture' Course and realized that this was answering a lot of the questions that I had in my mind. Since then I have completed many courses with Michael and he has become a good friend and mentor. I really do appreciate the time and effort that Michael puts into planning and implementing his courses. They are we’ll structured with well researched information and experience rich. I would recommend the services and educational courses offered by Savour Soils. I have always come away highly energised and motivated from his workshops!" - John Mitchell
SOLD OUT 17th October 2020 Laidley Join us for an educational day of mushroom cultivation for use on your property. Whether a small yard, or large acreage, you can successfully cultivate useful mushrooms for nutrition, soil health, medicine, and even art. In this workshop, we will be exploring the use of several types of gourmet mushrooms and how they can be applied in different ways. We will cover the life- cycle of mushrooms, basic hygiene, how to employ mushrooms in your systems, and methods to expand the fungi for larger scale use.
We will also talk about the various uses of other types of fungi, through experimentation.
As part of this hands-on workshop, we will make ‘expansion spawn’ (cloning) where we will learn how to expand the amount you have at a later date, as well as creating a ‘fruiting’ container so you can harvest the ‘fruits’ of your labour a few weeks later!
We look forward to seeing you at this workshop. Cost: $80
3rd October 9 am to 12 noon Northey Street City Farm Come join Michael Wardle as we explore how we can increase the resilience and productivity of our gardens by applying what we learn from nature.
Garden fermenting is the process of cultivating local Microorganisms through simple, natural, and affordable methods. Garden fermenting, both aerobic and anaerobic, allows gardeners to create all organic and high-grade living fertilizers for our gardens.
In this course, we will look at where these ideas have come from and how they can be applied. This will include how to make some of the ferments and how to apply them.
This class is designed to enable anyone to become a microbial gardener.
Michael has been applying these ferments in his gardens for over 10 years and talks from experience on not only how we can create these ferments, but how we can use them also for maximum affect. COST: $60/$45 Health Care card
3rd October 2020, 1 pm to 4 pm Northey Street City Farm Get hands-on building a self-contained wicking planter full of seasonal plants.
Wicking beds are a smart way to water plants from below, providing consistent damp conditions. These self-watering systems allow water stored in the base to ‘wick’ up through the soil. Having water readily available at the roots helps healthy plant growth and reduces mildew or fungal problems.
In this workshop, you will be shown how to build your own wicking bed.
What you’ll learn: • how to build your own wicking planters • essentials for organic container growing • tips for edible gardening COST: $60/$45 Health Care card
SOLD OUT 14th Novermber 2020 Laidley In this workshop, we will explore the mysteries of the potager garden.
Come spend the day in the Lockyer Valley while we join Michael Wardle, our Adult Education Coordinator, in his own gardens as we look at and explore the Permaculture Potager.
A vegetable garden in France is named a potager which comes from potage, which is vegetable soup. The vegetable patch has often been a part of the garden separated from the rest and treated like a small farm field— ploughed (or rototilled), planted for the season in rows, and then left fallow. The potager is, first of all, a permanent garden— decorative, cultivated by hand methods, integrating shrubs, trees, paths, and herbs, vegetables, and flowers. These types gardens, though they are often considered a new development, have in fact been the typical type of garden in France, Spain, Italy, Portugal, North Africa, Persia, and many other places for a very long time—the Middle Ages in Europe, and as much as four thousand years in Persia and North Africa. In this workshop, we will explore the mysteries of the potager garden. Plants were grown for many purposes—flowers, vegetables, herbs, privacy, etc. We’ll discuss the intensive soil preparation for close planting and continuous cropping, and the growth and care of fruits and vegetables, decorative design—some call it edible landscaping and production for much or all of the year. COST:$100/$85 Health care card
Introduction to Permaculture with Michael Wardle 28th & 29th November 2020 Northey Street City Farm Come to explore an overview of permaculture through the eyes of the ethics and design principles. This course tackles how to grow food, build houses and create communities, and minimize environmental impact at the same time. Its principles are being constantly developed and refined by people throughout the world.
Join us for two days to learn the basics of permaculture design. The course aims to inspire and empower you to use permaculture design in your everyday life.
You will learn the history, various definitions, design process, ethics, principles, other design tools and case studies from a range of applications.
This course will cover: ℘ What is Permaculture? ℘Permaculture Ethics and Design Principles ℘ Soil Basics ℘ Composting for beginners ℘ Food Production (forest gardens and garden farming) ℘ Basic Design Framework ℘ Integrated Animal Systems ℘ Social Permaculture Cost: $250/$200 Healthcare card
Introduction to Bioponics 6th December, Laidley An integrated water system that simultaneously serves agriculture, urban design, and aquatic ecosystems. Bioponics—from Greek "bios," meaning "life, or mode of life." This hybrid system integrates organics and hydroponics in a straightforward—and simple to operate—way to produce fresh vegetables, herbs, and other plants. This is a steady, reliable, no-nonsense source of food for your family In this workshop, you will learn – • Growing Food • Assembly of a system (Design, Build) • pH & water quality • Nutrient levels and Conductivity • Experiments & Problem Solving • Light variations • Nutrient variations
In this closed cycle, self-balancing system, mineral salts as plant food are replaced by natural nutrients from a biological source: Actively aerated compost and weed teas and other brews. This practical, ingenious system needs no expensive equipment or patented parts and uses readily available materials to grow quality food for your family Cost: $80
SERIOUS BACKYARD ABUNDANCE Sundays - 21st, 28th February & 7th March Laidley Do you want to grow incredibly abundant fruit & vegetables in your backyard? In this workshop, we will explore the mysteries of the garden. Plants were grown for many purposes—Food, Fibre, Fertility, Insectary, Nectary, Climate, Flowers, Privacy, etc. We’ll discuss the intensive soil preparation for close planting and continuous cropping, and the growth and care of fruits and vegetables & orchard ecosystem. You will gain invaluable knowledge on the establishment, as well as the ongoing maintenance of a thriving backyard system. We will demystify the necessary art everybody should know about the workings abundant backyard from soil biology to health management. This is something anyone with space and desire can do - given knowledge and a commitment to observe the teachings from natural systems. We will be spending time on the design for productivity as well and experience of place—some call it edible landscaping and production for much or all of the year. An abundant grower knows that producing fruit is not about manipulating nature but more importantly, fostering nature. Join us for 3 days of hands-on knowledge, tips and tricks on how to grow genuinely incredible backyard fruit & veggies using serious backyard techniques. This class is divided between classroom and time in the garden. You will leave this course with a competent working knowledge of how to begin the journey to improve your veggie garden, as well as seeds, planners and lots of resources. in this course you will learn: Vegetable garden design, and placement Plants and seasons Soil relationships Nutrient cycling for the backyard – worms, compost, compost teas Applying strategies for a healthy soil in a backyard context Garden Ferments – Witchy brews to improve garden health Raising great seedlings Preparing garden beds for planting Develop garden to-do lists + crop rotations for serious backyard abundance When: Sunday 21th, 28 February, 7th March 2021 Time: 9amto 4pm every day Cost: $300 Limited Numbers: 12
This six-day course is offered as a pre-event to the Australasian Permaculture Convergence (APC) in Brisbane.
Permaculture as a curriculum has been a significant success in education on a global scale. Few curricula can claim such broad adoption of the essential elements and features of it as an educational proposal as permaculture does.
The success of permaculture as a course of study can be attributed to the teachers who have taught the students moving exponentially. Teaching permaculture and learning and translating it into effective practice.
This course is offered to share a particular approach with the next generations of teachers. The course was developed from my conviction that teachers could demonstrate the best in adult learning, teaching, understanding and methodology. And produce excellent teachers who will create excellent permaculturists. Teachers would need to develop the capacity within their students to think within the discipline. There are layers of knowledge and behaviour.
I have explored a diversity of strategies always focused on the learner and Care of People to offer a considered choice of methods effective in giving students confidence and competence to be excellent teachers of future permaculturists.
YOU WILL LEARN HOW TO… - Design a course, either short or long - Develop clear course outcomes - Adopt appropriate body behaviour - Design practical learning resources and use teaching aids effectively - Work with a broad range of people from different cultures and backgrounds - Draw on strategies that promote thinking and integrate practical experience - Deliver clear explanations and concepts - Explain the structure and function of the Permaculture Design Course
All participants are required to hold a recognised PDC. They are also required to attend 100% of the course. The certificate is recognised globally, and this course curriculum has been taught in eight European countries as well as Kashmir, India, and others.
VENUE & CLASS SCHEDULE This course is being held at Northey Street City Farm. Please note, there is no onsite accommodation or food provided This course runs from 8:30 – 6pm each day. TICKETS $800
We have always been flexible in our workshop models and if you would like us to facilitate a workshop for your organisation or community, please contact us as we believe rather than a group come to us, we come to you and apply it to your local context