Backyard Food Production Byron Community College

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Backyard Food Production

Backyard Food Production
Assessments are made against units of competency.
  • Engage in short and simple spoken exchanges at work (FSKOCM002)
  • Estimate, measure and calculate with routine metric measurements for work (FSKNUM015)
  • Read and respond to routine workplace information (FSKRDG010)

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Growing your own herbs, vegetables and fruit trees can be a rewarding and exciting experience. This course provides you with a mix of practical information and hands-on experience to achieve great results.

During the course we will be planting and harvesting produce at the local Mullumbimby Community Gardens, giving you valuable tips and tricks for what grows well locally. And as a bonus you get to take home fresh, healthy veggies grown throughout the course. So whether you have a small backyard or 1/4 acre block, this course can help you get the most out of your space. Come along, have some fun and get your hands dirty.

The course will combine time in the classroom and out onsite at our purpose designed 1-acre permaculture site located at Mullumbimby Community Gardens (MCG) for hands-on experience.

This training is subsidised by the NSW government.

What you will learn

  • Plant and soil nutrition
  • Food plant culture
  • Pest and disease control methods
  • Seasonal requirements
  • Crop rotation and companion planting
  • Harvesting and post-harvesting requirements and sales

Entry Requirements

  • There are no formal entry requirements for this skill set.
  • Learners must not have successfully completed more than one unit of competency attached to this course listed under Units of Study Required for this Skill Set

Desirable Requirements

  • It is recommended that learners are able to work physically in a range of outdoor conditions (sun, rain, wind) for extended periods of time. It is also recommended that learners should be able to squat, kneel, bend, lift and carry loads, dig, shovel and weed.

Course Duration & Hours

  • Classes are delivered face to face
  • 8 days of classroom and onsite learning 9.30am – 3.30pm per week
  • 8 weeks in the classroom
  • Delivery location: Mullumbimby campus and Mullumbimby Community Gardens

Course Fees

Fees are fully subsidised for eligible students, a resource fee applies to all enrolments.

  • Subsidised Fee: $0 (plus resource fee of $80)
  • Full Fee: $250 (plus resource fee of $80)

This training is subsidised by the NSW Government. Call our office today to see if you are eligible on 02 6684 3374.

What to bring

  • Pen and paper
  • Own lunch and refreshments
  • Students must have enclosed shoes and a brimmed hat
  • Long sleeve shirt and long pants
  • Sunglasses and gloves


From the 1st of January 2015, any student enrolling in an Accredited Training course will be required to obtain a USI. The USI helps to keep your training records and results together in an online account which is controlled by you. You can logon to the USI website and follow the simple instructions online to create your USI. This then needs to be provided to the College at the time of enrolment.

Important Information

Once your enrolment is completed you will receive a confirmation email. This email will be your receipt and inform you of the dates, time and venue of your course, it will also let you know of anything you need to take to class with you. Please make sure that you give us a valid email address and mobile number as any course changes will be communicated via sms or email.

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