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Starting an Organic Market Garden: Feb 2013: Mudgee
Starting an Organic Market Garden: Feb 2013: Mudgee
Feb 2 2013 - Feb 3 2013  9:00am - 5:00pm
Milkwood Farm (2) - Mudgee
Organic Market Gardening


Learn how to start a market garden from scratch, and take bare ground to thriving, intensive vegetable production in one season. Suitable for those keen to grow enough great vegetables to feed their surrounding community, in urban or rural areas.

This jam-packed 2 day course will teach you how you can establish a small, effective and profitable market garden using organic techniques and permaculture principles, just like we've done at Milkwood Farm. Course covers:

rose and spring onions
  • Garden design, planning & layout
  • Tools, resources and other considerations
  • Propagating healthy seedlings
  • Bed preparation
  • Soil fertility and management
  • Designing appropriate crop rotations
  • Harvest & storage
  • Integrated Pest Management (IPM)
  • Irrigation strategies

      This course covers the nuts and bolts of starting up a small market garden operation, from tools, seeds and planning through to what to expect from harvests in your first year.

      Using the Milkwood Market Garden as our training ground, students will get a chance to learn how to plan their garden layout, make beds, plant a variety of crops, plan what goes where, strategise for integrated pest management and prepare for a bumper harvest.

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      Leading you through this 2 days of knowledge will be Michael Hewins, Milkwood Farm's market gardener. Michael has been a full-time market gardener for a number of years in northern NSW and has now taken on the challenge of Milkwood Farm's vegetable production.

      In true Milkwood style we will feed you with delicious early spring produce from our organic market garden during the course and you will leave with a bunch of samples and seeds to take home.


        So if you're passionately curious about how to start an organic market garden, either in a rural or urban context, please join us! We are excited to offer this opportunity to learn from experienced farmers who know how to grow good food well, in a way that both creates a right livelihood and heals the land...

        Some resources to get you thinking

      • The Milkwood Market Garden - started from scratch in Aug 2011, now bursting with abundance.
      • Allsun Farm - website
      • Growing the Growers - Joyce and Michael's investigation of successful small farming
      • Four Season Farm - Eliot Coleman's farm and books, a heavy influence on Allsun's practices
      • The Greenhorns - american project, great doco about young organic farmers
      • About the teacher:

        Michael Hewins is an organic market gardener with a background in permaculture, organic agriculture and horticulture and has a wide knowledge of how to grow high quality, healthy food. He's run his own Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) scheme in the northern rivers of NSW and has a great working knowledge of organic vegetable growing in both temperate and subtropical environments.

        Michael is in charge of Milkwood Farm's market garden production and education.

        michael hewins

        Booking your place:

        Book your place below with your credit card for this masterclass, 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 romYou will also receive a copy of Allsun's very comprehensive Growing Organic Vegetables CD ROM as part of your course, in addition to extensive notes and take-home resources.

        Your course fee includes morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea each day of your course. For a small additional fee you can camp at Milkwood Farm for the duration of your course, and this option includes breakfast and dinner each night. See our Staying at Milkwood page for full info on accommodation and facilities.

        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.


        Milkwood Farm (2)


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        Milkwood is a small organic family farm near Mudgee in Central Western NSW. A Permaculture Demonstration Farm currently under development, Milkwood features extensive permaculture earthworks and water-harvesting features, our amazing passive-solar cottage, food-forests in the making, seedball production and many other examples of sustainable and regenerative best-practice for farming and living.

        Our courses are held in our family's woolshed with beautiful views of Campbells Creek Valley and our organic farm cooking is such that students often joke about moving in permanently.

        For this course, we offer the choice of BYO camping at Milkwood Farm for $40 per person per night. This fee includes a scrumptious organic farm-cooked dinner around the campfire, use of our student facilities, and breakfast the next morning.

        Other accommodation

        - Stay at Bushlands Holiday Park in Windeyer, 15 minutes up the road. Bushlands has a range of cabin and camping options, and the Windeyer Pub, located right next door, does counter meals some nights of the week.

        - BaMack Homestead B&B is 20 minutes up the road from Milkwood Farm. They have special rates for Milkwood students, so mention us when you book: 02 6373 8312.

        - Stay further afield in Mudgee, which has a range of accommodation to suit all tastes and budgets. Mudgee Tourism Website.

        Getting here

        Mudgee is an easy 4 hours by car or 40 minutes by air from Sydney, and is serviced by Countrylink Rail and Mudgee Airport. See our Getting to Milkwood page for a map and full details on getting here by plane, train or automobile.

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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.

        "Create a self-sustaining environment in any situation, from the farm to the city... by planning your lifestyle to increase resources, conserve energy and reduce or eliminate pollution or waste."
        Bill Mollison
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