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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.

Develop your interests in sustainability by enrolling, today.

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

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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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)
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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Soils - Organic Management - PDC Module D

Soils - Organic Management - PDC Module D

Get to know your own soil – what is it made of, what will grow well in it and how you can improve your soil to make the most of what it has to offer. Delve into the world of compost, soil nutrition and microbiology as we explore some of the myriad of ways you can build a healthy, fertile, robust soil through organic practices that will help you to grow food packed full of life force. What is Soil Processes of Soil Formation Soil Profiles Australian Soils in Global Context – local... [More]
$99 Limited inc GST / $89
Soils - Organic Management - PDC Module D

<p>Get to know your own soil – what is it made of, what will grow well in it and how you can improve your soil to make the most of what it has to offer. Delve into the world of compost, soil nutrition

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Trees and Perennial Crops - Creating Food Forests - PDC Module E

Trees and Perennial Crops - Creating Food Forests - PDC Module E

Learn how to design, establish and care for your own diverse, tree based food production system in a low maintenance fashion that works with natures fundamental processes of land and soil repair. Discover a huge array of fruit and nut trees from around the world that thrive in our warm, subtropical climate including indigenous bush foods. Topics covered include: Characteristics and Functions of Trees Ecological Succession – a template for earth repair Plant Stacking/Guilds... [More]
$99 Limited inc GST / $89
Trees and Perennial Crops - Creating Food Forests - PDC Module E

<p>Learn how to design, establish and care for your own diverse, tree based food production system in a low maintenance fashion that works with natures fundamental processes of land and soil repair.

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

Vegetables - Integrated Organic Production - PDC Module F

Vegetables - Integrated Organic Production - PDC Module F

Explore a comprehensive range of Organic Gardening techniques including composting, crop rotation, companion planting and natural pest and disease management. Create a ‘no-dig garden’ from local, low cost materials and learn about seasonal planting in the humid Subtropics. Topics covered include: Seasonal Vegetable Gardening: The Four Elements of Life – Earth, Water, Air and Fire Seasonal Planting – and reading natures signals of seasons changing Crop Rotation Companion Planting... [More]
$99 Limited inc GST / $89
Vegetables - Integrated Organic Production - PDC Module F

<p>Explore a comprehensive range of Organic Gardening techniques including composting, crop rotation, companion planting and natural pest and disease management. Create a ‘no-dig garden’ from local,

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

Beekeeping - Level 2

Beekeeping - Level 2

This is the next level from an Introduction To Beekeeping, which is a prerequisite to this course. You will be working in pairs on live bee hives. You’ll be covering such things as safety and risk management, opening and inspecting a hive, assessing pests and diseases, swarm control, Queen raising, honey extraction, processing, packaging and more. Those who haven’t yet started would benefit from the confidence and skill building gained by this next level, while those that have bees... [More]

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

Animals - Integrated Production Systems - PDC Module I

Animals - Integrated Production Systems - PDC Module I

Learn how to incorporate animals into the design of your garden or food production system to increase its overall abundance, simplify management and optimise the health and productivity of your chickens, cows and other animals. This workshop includes a field trip exploring local animal production systems where we can experience successful integrative animal systems that can be implemented at various scales from the backyard to commercial. Topics covered include: Integration not... [More]

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

Settlements - Sustainable Housing And Appropriate Technology - PDC Module H

Settlements - Sustainable Housing And Appropriate Technology - PDC Module H

Explore some of the latest innovations in green building techniques and materials, site layout, biophilic design, home ecology, house and village design, including tiny houses. Learn how to apply design methods to preserve foods, generate energy and heat, provide domestic drinking water, treat grey and black water, composting toilets and more. Topics covered include: Sustainable Housing Efficient Housing Design for your environment Passive heating and cooling New buildings/designs... [More]

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

Bamboo Basics

Bamboo Basics

One of the most intensive “hands on” bamboo courses available in Australia. Using the world’s most sustainable material you will learn how to grow and maintain bamboo for both timber and shoot production, how to harvest and preserve poles and the basic building and craft skills to enable you to tackle large or small bamboo projects. Be a part of a team in this course, building bamboo structures and trellis at the Mullumbimby Community Garden with Julianne Hartman and Sharon Gibson.... [More]
Assessments are made against units of competency from the Certificate I in Skills for Vocational Pathways FSK10213.
  • Write basic workplace information (FSKWTG03)
  • Read and respond to simple workplace procedures (FSKRDG05)
  • Use digital technology for basic workplace tasks (FSKDIG01)
  • Identify strategies to respond to basic workplace problems (FSKLRG02)
  • Participate in simple spoken interactions at work (FSKOCM03)

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

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