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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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Open Garden

Open Garden

Visit a thriving urban food garden. So, you are interested in growing your own backyard fruit and veggies, maybe incorporating a couple of chooks. You know a bit about it, and really want to get into it, but would love to see how someone else is actually managing it, warts and all. Spend a morning having a good old sticky-beak at Heather’s small kitchen garden. Wander around, ask questions, and get some great advice and ideas for your own food-based garden. Loads of wonderful... [More]
$49 Limited inc GST / $44
Open Garden

<p>Visit a thriving urban food garden. So, you are interested in growing your own backyard fruit and veggies, maybe incorporating a couple of chooks. You know a bit about it, and really want to get

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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]

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AHC33816 - Certificate III in Permaculture

AHC33816 - Certificate III in Permaculture

h3. Please note: Our course for 2021 is now full Are you interested in learning permaculture skills to help make lives, homes and communities more sustainable? We offer you the opportunity to immerse yourself in sustainable living in Byron Shire, the green heart of the North Coast. Make like-minded friends in this highly practical course as you gain experience and confidence to transition your life and the lives of others towards a better future. h3. You will learn how to:... [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)

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Bamboo Advanced

Bamboo Advanced

Have you completed our Bamboo Basics course, or worked with bamboo before? Do you want to develop your bamboo skills further? Advanced Bamboo builds on the skills learnt in Bamboo Basics. In this short course you will make furniture, learn structural joints and the basics of designing to build with bamboo. Held at the Mullumbimby Community Garden with Julianne Hartmann. Julianne is a pioneer of bamboo building and craft in Australia and helped set up new industries in East Timor... [More]
Assessments are made against units of competency from the Certificate I in Skills for Vocational Pathways FSK10213.
  • Calculate with whole numbers and familiar fractions, decimals and percentages for work (FSKNUM14)
  • Use basic strategies for work-related learning (FSKLRG04)
  • Write routine workplace texts (FSKWTG09)

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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]

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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]

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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]

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Backyard Chooks

Backyard Chooks

Keeping chickens in the backyard is fun and easy. They eat our kitchen scraps, will happily scratch up every weed, seed and grub as well as give us eggs and manure for our gardens.This workshop will cover every-day care, feeding, popular breeds, problem solving and housing. Keeping even a few chooks has many benefits for living a more sustainable lifestyle. What to bring Pen and paper Wear appropriate clothing for outside work Bring your own lunch Important information Once your... [More]

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Bamboo Basics

Bamboo Basics

One of the most intensive “hands on” bamboo courses available in Australia. Bamboo Basics is an introduction to bamboo. In this short course you will learn how to harvest and maintain mature bamboo lumps and how best to propagate and grow different species. You will also learn the basic craft techniques to join, split and weave bamboo to make some simple items. Come along and be part of a team in this course. Held at the Mullumbimby Community Garden with Julianne Hartman and Sharon... [More]
Assessments are made against units of competency.
  • Write basic workplace information (FSKWTG03)
  • Participate in simple spoken interactions at work (FSKOCM03)
  • Use digital technology for basic workplace tasks (FSKDIG01)

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Bees Wax Wraps

Bees Wax Wraps

Did you know that half of the 300 million tons of plastic produced each year is used only once? Want to get creative while also fighting the war on plastic? Bees Wax wraps are a great alternative to plastic wrap and can be used to cover all fruits, vegetables, bowls, salads, cheeses, breads, platters and more. Brooke from DRIFT – LOVELY THINGS will be joining us to share her bees wax tips where you’ll have the chance to make a small, medium and large bees wax wrap to use at home.... [More]

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