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Organic Market Garden Masterclass: March 2013
Organic Market Garden Masterclass: March 2013
Mar 9 2013 - Mar 11 2013  9:00am - 5:00pm
Allsun Farm - Gundaroo, NSW
Organic Market Gardening


Learn the nuts and bolts of how to run a thriving, diverse organic market garden, taught by long-term, established and successful market gardeners. Suitable for those with some prior gardening knowledge who are keen to make a livelihood from growing great vegetables.

Join Joyce Wilkie and Michael Plane of Allsun Farm for three days of hard-won knowledge and on-the-ground experience of what you need to know and do in order to produce great organic vegetables for profit or community gain.

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This course will cover:

    • Garden design, planning & layout
    • Crop rotation
    • Bed preparation
    • Planting techniques for different plant families
    • Maintenance, seedlings, harvesting
    • Nutrient and biomass strategies
    • Integrating animal systems
    • Marketing, value-adding and box schemes
      bed making

      This course will involve both theory and hands-on components, with students getting a chance to understand how Allsun Farm works from top to bottom in terms of crop rotations, marketing and integrated animal systems.

      Allsun produces CSA-style fruit-and-veg boxes for local families and restaurants for 7 months of the year, in addition to eggs and other on-farm products. All products are grown organically with no chemicals whatsoever.

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      Assumed knowledge: Students should have a good working knowledge of growing vegetables on at least a home scale. Knowledge about the basics of soil pH, nutrient cycling and organic pest management would be an advantage. See reading list below.

      This masterclass is suitable for: Folks who have been 'growing their own' for a while and want to move to commercial or community-scale production, conventional vegetable growers looking to move towards organics, farmers looking to diversify their on-farm income, and those who've done lots of reading and are ready to get growing.


        We recommend you read the following books prior to class, in order to hit the ground running...

        joyce and michaelAbout the teachers:

        Joyce Wilkie and Michael Plane are passionate about growing vegetables, pastured poultry and creating and supporting fantastic small farms.

        They run Allsun Farm and 'Gundaroo Tiller', an innovative tool and equipment company for microfarming. Following early careers in earth sciences and education, they have farmed for over 30 years near now farm at Gundaroo, NSW. As they get older they are concentrating their efforts on growing more growers -

        Booking your place:

        Book your place below with your credit card, or contact us if you'd prefer to pay by phone, cheque or direct deposit.

        As part of our Fair Share policy, we provide pensioner and unwaged discounts where needed. Please get in touch for more information.

        Included in your course fee:

        allsun cd romYour course fee includes extensive student notes and resources, including a copy of Allsun's very comprehensive Growing Organic Vegetables CD ROM.

        Your course fee includes morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea each day of your course.

        Once you've booked into this course, we will contact you via email regarding your booking, what to bring along with you, and any further info you might need or request regarding this course.


        Allsun Farm
        Allsun Farm   -   Website
        Dicks Creek Road
        Gundaroo, NSW



        Allsun Farm is a thriving 'garden farm' near Gundaroo in Southern NSW specializing in organically grown vegetables of a boggling variety, eggs and pastured meat. It is home to Joyce Wilkie and Michael Plane, two master market gardeners who also run the Gundaroo Tiller, a market garden tool supply company supplying small-scale farmers with quality tools.

        Joyce and Michael are pioneers in their capacity and commitment to 'growing the growers' - helping inspire and train the next generation of market gardeners and farmers to create stable, diverse and organic foodsheds across Australia and beyond.

        Getting there:

        Gundaroo is located 3 hours drive south-west of Sydney and 30 minutes drive north of Canberra. You can navigate to Gundaroo via the below map. Directions to Allsun Farm (7 minutes drive from Gundaroo) will be sent to students after booking.

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        Accommodation in Gundaroo: Camping is available in the Gundaroo Park for a small fee. There is a toilet and shower block with hot water and barbeque facilities, with walking distance to three eateries and a general store. More info on the metropolis of Gundaroo here.

        Acommodation in the region: The Canberra region has many accommodation options to suit all budgets. See Canberra Tourist Info or the Canberra Bed and Breakfast network for more info.

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        Reading List

        Prior to attending your course, you might like to take a look at our ever-expanding reading list,a bunch of recommended and practical texts on Permaculture, sustainable agriculture and community resilience.

        None of these texts are pre-requisite for our courses, we just like to be able to provide suggestions on background reading, in case you're champing at the bit to get going.

        "Understanding and applying top-down thinking and bottom-up action is the key to success."
        David Holmgren
        co-founder of permaculture
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