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Small Scale Market Gardening & Serious Backyard Food Growing

Kookaburra Organics Australia
Event organized by Kookaburra Organics Australia

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Location: Kookaburra Organics, Conondale, Sunshine Coast. This workshop is the first two days of our 3 day workshop this finishes at 3.00pm Sunday. If you wish to undertake the full 3 days register at


This Course is designed for Serious Backyard/Urban Farming/Small Scale Market Gardens/Off-Grid Living & for establishing CSA's (Community Sponsored Agriculture)

Arrive Friday 4th MAY, Saturday 5th & Sunday 6th 2018 (Labour Day long weekend Qld) .

Fully Catered event with delicious vegetable and meat dishes. If you have any special dietitary needs you will need to provide for yourself. There is ample produce in the garden.

Free Accommodation onsite. Bring your Tent, Van, Camper Trailor or Caravan. Showers & Toilet facilities available onsite.


If you live on small acerage, or a suburban Backyard, or in a sustainable community or just starting your Sustainable & independant lifestyle or need to improve your food growing skills, this workshop is perfect for you.

Our methods are applied simply and cost effectively. We use organic and sustainable practices so you can grow nutrient dense vegetables. Improve your lifestyle, wellbeing and save your money. Everyone can grow food. This workshop is a hands-on event so be prepared to get your hands dirty & join us in the early morning harvesting vegetables.

At Kookaburra Organics we simplify veggie growing and harvesting processes so you can produce food all year round and feed your family, no matter where you live in Australia.

We will share our "Secrets of How To Grow " to create a Market Garden/Urban Farm

Garden design: Types of garden (no dig, raised beds & wicking) location & bed preparation.
Benefits of Soil. Techniques to improve your soils, using organic processes.
Fungi and it's benefits to a food garden.
Crop Rotation
Essential Food Survival plants.
Composting and Worm Farming & understanding the Secrets of Mulching.
DIY Fertilizers
Pest management and control using everyday household ingredients.
Raise your own seedlings and source heirloom seeds.
Plant out seedlings & root crops and learn their secrets.

You will be confident to start your vegetable garden, FREE from petroleum based chemicals and other nasty toxins and GMO’s. You will observe and participate in Hands-on activities first-hand.

Full Cost $490

(Direct deposit payment only BOQ BSB 124156 A/c 10 638388)

Please note: booking cancellations $250 pp


Gary Hands is an Organic grower of fresh produce including survival & Heirloom plants. Kookaburra Farm is a Organic and Sustainable, naturally farmed market garden on the Sunshine Coast,Qld. See video https://vimeo.com/239227208

Gary is well known for his knowledge in organic growing in both temperate & sub–tropical areas. He is a regular speaker at Garden Clubs, Sustainability Expo's and Organic Food groups and radio. He conducts a range of vegetable growing workshops throughout the year catering for beginners through to the very experienced gardener. Gary also privately consults, visiting your property and advising so you get it right the 1st time around, when creating your small scale Backyard Farms and market gardens for sustainable food crops. Gary incorporates aspects of permaculture design, low impact, holistic approach. https://www.facebook.com/kookaburraorganics

Paula West is the Queen Bee/ Apiarist of Adopt a Beehive. www.adoptabeehive.com.au Paula’s approach to beekeeping is totally holistic and natural and she will impart some vital “must know” info about bees, pollination and your veggie garden. Her expertise and comments are regularly sought by media groups.

Several articles have been published about Adopt a Beehive in the Sunshine Coast Daily and the prestigious Salt magazine. Recent interviews with Win TV news were broadcast nationally regarding her approach to improving the number of bee colonies and her training of the “Next Generation of young Artisan Beekeepers” programme she has in place. Adopt a Beehive needs your help as we focus on “Pollinating Australia’s food crops” thus contributing to the nation’s food security. https://www.facebook.com/adoptabeehiveaustralia