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Sustainable Living courses available in Byron Bay and Mullumbimby

Do you dream of living more sustainably? Gain the hands-on skills and knowledge to make that dream a reality.

Learn to reduce your footprint on the planet in an affordable way, engage positively with your surroundings and help your community gain the benefits of sustainability too.

Choose from our nationally-recognised Permaculture certificate courses to one-day workshops and short courses.

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Certificate III in Permaculture

Certificate III in Permaculture

Permaculture skills and knowledge help make our lives, homes and communities more sustainable. Inspired by natural ecosystems, it is a holistic philosophy integrating organic farming, animal systems, natural building, food preservation, systems thinking, community development and more. Permaculture systems are productive, self-managing, have few inputs and no waste. Byron Region Community College offers the opportunity to immerse yourself in sustainable living in Byron Shire, the... [More]
Assessments are made against units of competency from the Certificate III in Permaculture AHC33816.
  • Coordinate preparation and storage of permaculture products (AHCPER313)
  • Install structures for permaculture systems (AHCPER310)
  • Maintain integrated plant and animal systems (AHCPER303)
  • Conduct site inspections (AHCWRK311)
  • Install and maintain permaculture water systems (AHCPER309)
  • Select plant and animal species for permaculture systems (AHCPER316)
  • Research and communicate information on permaculture principles and practices (AHCPER301)
  • Prepare raw materials and compost feedstock (AHCPHT307)
  • Plan propagation activities for a permaculture system (AHCPER318)
  • Test, improve and maintain healthy soil in a permaculture system (AHCPER319)
  • Manage plant pests, diseases and disorders in a permaculture system (AHCPER320)
  • Establish an urban permaculture system (AHCPER308)
  • Plan organic garden and orchard systems (AHCPER312)
  • Develop recommendations for integrated plant and animal systems (AHCPER302)
  • Implement crop maintenance and harvesting programs for permaculture systems (AHCPER305)
Certificate III in Permaculture

<p><div align="center">{image name:“NRT Logo”}</div></p><p>Permaculture skills and knowledge help make our lives, homes and communities more sustainable. Inspired by natural ecosystems, it is a

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Native Bees Introduction

Native Bees Introduction

Keeping native bees is easy! They are harmless, effective pollinators, which is what makes them a popular addition to many Australian gardens. During this workshop you will learn about native bee biology, husbandry, lifecycle and habits. So whether you are interested in keeping them for honey or conservation these little bees make a great addition to any backyard. In this course you will learn about: Native social and solitary bees Lifecycle and habits interaction within society... [More]
$99 Limited inc GST / $89
Native Bees Introduction

<p>Keeping native bees is easy! They are harmless, effective pollinators, which is what makes them a popular addition to many Australian gardens. During this workshop you will learn about native bee

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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]
$59 Limited inc GST / $53
Growing Herbs At Home

<p>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.<br/>Even though they are easy to grow, there are certain

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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.
  • Read and respond to basic workplace instructions (FSKRDG03)
  • Use digital technology for basic workplace tasks (FSKDIG01)
  • Read and respond to basic workplace signs and symbols (FSKRDG02)
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

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Permaculture Design Course (PDC) 1

Permaculture Design Course (PDC) 1

Follow your passion and immerse yourself in this Modular Permaculture Design Course in the Beautiful Byron Shire. In this hands-on course you will discover how Permaculture principles can develop resilient systems, contributing to environmental, social and personal well-being. Through gaining a clear understanding of these principles you will be able to apply them to your everyday life and surroundings – from a small home garden to commercial production. You will learn how to... [More]
Assessments are made against units of competency.
  • Use strategies to plan simple workplace tasks (FSKLRG05)
  • Read and respond to simple workplace information (FSKRDG07)
  • Use digital technology for simple workplace tasks (FSKDIG02)
  • Write simple workplace information (FSKWTG06)
  • Use oral communication skills for effective workplace presentations (FSKOCM05)
Permaculture Design Course (PDC) 1

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STOP! If you live or work in NSW do not enrol online! We have NSW Government subsidised places available for $999 for this course, please call 02 6684 3374 for details.

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Permaculture Ethics, Principles And Patterns - PDC Module A

Permaculture Ethics, Principles And Patterns - PDC Module A

What is permaculture and why is it relevant to our world today? How can I integrate the ethics and principles of Permaculture in my daily life? In this module we will explore the foundations of Permaculture, where ecological understanding meets modern design and where science meets the arts and traditional knowledge systems. Learn about the underlying patterns in nature and how comprehending and working with them can support you to live a richer, more easeful life. Topics covered... [More]
$99 Limited inc GST / $89
Permaculture Ethics, Principles And Patterns - PDC Module A

<p>What is permaculture and why is it relevant to our world today? How can I integrate the ethics and principles of Permaculture in my daily life? In this module we will explore the foundations of

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Plant Propagation And Seed Saving - PDC Module B

Plant Propagation And Seed Saving - PDC Module B

Explore a range of simple plant propagation techniques including cuttings, root division and seed raising to allow you to grow a range of plants for your garden in a simple and cost effective manner. Learn a range of seed saving and storage techniques that empower you to secure the great diversity of food varieties on our planet. Discover how you can develop and evolve varieties of food plants that will have optimum productivity in the unique conditions of your own home garden.... [More]
$99 Limited inc GST / $89
Plant Propagation And Seed Saving - PDC Module B

<p>Explore a range of simple plant propagation techniques including cuttings, root division and seed raising to allow you to grow a range of plants for your garden in a simple and cost effective

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Introduction To Permaculture Design - PDC Module C

Introduction To Permaculture Design - PDC Module C

The fundamentals of Permaculture design theory and practice. Explore how the elements of nature – earth, water, air and fire – define the unique conditions and opportunities of any site. Learn how to analyse and map these powerful forces to support you to work with, rather than against them to achieve your lifestyle and production goals. Topics covered include: Introduction To Permaculture Design Comprehend Zones and Energy Flows Interpret and Complete a Sector Analysis... [More]
$99 Limited inc GST / $89
Introduction To Permaculture Design - PDC Module C

<p>The fundamentals of Permaculture design theory and practice. Explore how the elements of nature – earth, water, air and fire – define the unique conditions and opportunities of any site. Learn how

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Vegan Nut Cheeses and Milk

Vegan Nut Cheeses and Milk

Learn the creative art of making tasty cheese without dairy – its easier than you think! We will make a spreadable cheese, a bechamel cheesy pasta sauce, parmesan and a feta style cheese as well as almond milk, and an almond flour. Discover how to add different flavours to your cheeses using cashews, walnuts, almonds, macadamias, Brazil nuts and seeds. We will sample what we make during the day and take home goodies too. What to bring 3 × 500ml jam jars with lids 3 × 250ml... [More]
$105 Limited inc GST / $94
Vegan Nut Cheeses and Milk

<p>Learn the creative art of making tasty cheese without dairy – its easier than you think! We will make a spreadable cheese, a bechamel cheesy pasta sauce, parmesan and a feta style cheese as well

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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)
Certificate III In Horticulture

<p><div align="center">{image name:“NRT Logo”}</div></p><p>Grow your passion into a career with our nationally-recognised certificate in Horticulture.</p><p>Learn to grow your own food, work in

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