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Horticulture courses available in Byron Bay and Mullumbimby

Turn your green fingers into a valuable skill and even a career with Byron Community College’s horticulture courses.

Whether you aspire to grow your own food in a micro farm, nurture flowers and plants in a nursery or landscape parks and gardens, our horticulture courses are right up your path.

Hands-on and focused on practical, real-world learning, our courses cover every aspect of a horticulture system. From designing to growing and irrigating through to harvesting, you’ll gain the confidence to achieve your horticultural goals.

Learn more about our courses based in Byron Bay and Mullumbimby below.

A student experience: Terry Gray

"I moved to the Bryon Shire about 6 years ago after falling in love with the area on surfing trips from Sydney. What started out as an interest in organic gardening led me to the college as I had discovered Permaculture and the college was offering the Cert III in Permaculture, which, through life circumstances, I was unable to complete the first time. The college gave me the opportunity to come back and give it another go. I completed my Cert III in Permaculture and went on to recently complete the Certificate III in Horticulture.

I have just had the most incredible learning experiences here at the college. The college staff and trainers have given me all the support that I have needed and I have made some life- long friends. The buildings here and the grounds are really inspiring also. One day I would love to be able to teach Permaculture and I believe the college is giving me the opportunity to reach that goal. I am excited to be doing the Certificate IV in Permaculture this year and could not recommend the Cert III in Permaculture and Cert III in Horticulture highly enough."

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Backyard Food Production

Backyard Food Production

Are you interested in backyard food production? Would you like to produce food on a small to medium scale? This short hands-on course will provide you with skills and knowledge in many aspects of food production. Come and have some fun and get your hands dirty. 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... [More]
Assessments are made against units of competency.
  • Estimate, measure and calculate with routine metric measurements for work (FSKNUM15)
  • Engage in basic spoken exchanges at work (FSKOCM02)
Backyard Food Production

<p>Are you interested in backyard food production? Would you like to produce food on a small to medium scale? This short hands-on course will provide you with skills and knowledge in many aspects of

...

If there isn't a class to suit you, please the waiting list.

Bush Regeneration

Bush Regeneration

Are you intersted in caring for native and natural environments? In this short course you will learn about bush regeneration. Most people associate bush regeneration with weed removal. It is important to remember bush regeneration is not just about weed removal, it is a ‘whole of environment’ integrated approach that encourages the bush to ‘bounce back’. Learn about the impact of weeds, stormwater and altered fire regimes and the basic skills required to assist in the maintenance... [More]
Assessments are made against units of competency.
  • Use digital technology for basic workplace tasks (FSKDIG01)
  • Read and respond to basic workplace information (FSKRDG04)
Bush Regeneration

<p>Are you intersted in caring for native and natural environments?</p><p>In this short course you will learn about bush regeneration. Most people associate bush regeneration with weed removal. It is

...

If there isn't a class to suit you, please the waiting list.

Botanical Dyeing With Local Plants

Botanical Dyeing With Local Plants

Join us in the Laneway studio to experience the beauty and joy of natural Botanical Dyeing. Using nature as our colour tools, we will discover the simple techniques of natural dyeing, cooking up a visual feast with local plants to release the colours and patterns of nature. We will experiment dying watercolour paper with a variety of plants to achieve stunning results. All materials supplied. What to bring Own refreshments and lunch Important information Once your enrolment is... [More]
$79 Limited inc GST / $71
Botanical Dyeing With Local Plants

<p>Join us in the Laneway studio to experience the beauty and joy of natural Botanical Dyeing. Using nature as our colour tools, we will discover the simple techniques of natural dyeing, cooking up a

...

If there isn't a class to suit you, please the waiting list.

Hand Tied Posy

Hand Tied Posy

Come and unleash your inner florist, get creative and learn how to make a beautiful Hand Tied Posy with fresh seasonal blooms and foliage. This course is designed for beginners, where you will learn the basic fundamentals of constructing a Hand Tied Posy. You will develop skills in spiralling the stems to create the perfect posy and learn how to gift wrap your flowers complete with a hand made bow. At the end of the course, you will take home basic knowledge on the flowers and... [More]
$95 Limited inc GST / $85
Hand Tied Posy

<p>Come and unleash your inner florist, get creative and learn how to make a beautiful Hand Tied Posy with fresh seasonal blooms and foliage. This course is designed for beginners, where you will

...

If there isn't a class to suit you, please the waiting list.

Certificate III In Horticulture

Certificate III In Horticulture

Grow your passion into a career with our nationally-recognised certificate in Horticulture. Learn to grow your own food, work in nursery or secure landscaping jobs. This hands-on qualification gives you real-world knowledge of working across the industry and is suitable for anyone wishing to develop their green-fingered passion. You’ll learn about irrigation, pest and disease control, plant nutrition, machinery use and how to effectively identify plants. You Will Learn Technical... [More]
Assessments are made against units of competency from the Certificate III in Horticulture AHC30716.
  • Collect native seed (AHCNAR305)
  • Implement soil improvements for garden and turf areas (AHCSOL303)
  • Conduct site inspections (AHCWRK311)
  • Apply environmentally sustainable work practices (AHCWRK309)
  • Implement a propagation plan (AHCNSY306)
  • Control weeds (AHCPMG301)
  • Coordinate work site activities (AHCWRK305)
  • Operate machinery and equipment (AHCMOM304)
  • Provide information on plants and their culture (AHCPCM302)
  • Identify plant specimens (AHCPCM303)
  • Prepare growing media (AHCSOL301)
  • Contribute to work health and safety processes (AHCWHS301)
  • Perform specialist amenity pruning (AHCPGD303)
  • Implement a plant establishment program (AHCPGD301)
  • Install pressurised irrigation systems (AHCIRG331)
  • Control plant pests, diseases and disorders (AHCPMG302)

This course has no current classes. Please the waiting list.

Growing Herbs At Home

Growing Herbs At Home

Growing your own herbs is a fun and easy way to ensure you have just what you need to add extra flavour and nutrients to your dishes. Even though they are easy to grow, there are certain growing techniques best used in our sub-tropical climate. After 23 years of propagating and selling herbs at Byron Bay Herb Nursery, Deb shares a few tips for local production so you can enjoy an all year round, productive and attractive herb garden. Location is wheelchair accessible. Additional... [More]

This course has no current classes. Please the waiting list.