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New City Farmer program launched in Toowoomba
People living in urban areas around the Toowoomba region will be amongst the first to experience the new City Farmer program, an exciting workshop series offering people who are interested in growing an abundant edible garden in their own backyard the opportunity to become a city farmer.
Queensland Agricultural Training Colleges (QATC) Manager of Education and Training (State-wide), Roger Desailly said “the City Farmer program will provide the inspiration, knowledge and practical skills to become a confident city farmer.”
“Workshops will have a very hands-on approach and deliver the basics of permaculture and horticulture to people living in metro environments who want to grow their own fresh produce in backyards, or as part of a community garden network.”
“Gain practical skills, listen to expert guest speakers and attend exclusive guided tours of operational farms in the local Toowoomba region,” he said.
“City Farmer is a non-accredited program consisting of six one-day modules delivered approximately fortnightly on Sundays over a three month period. The modules are structured to provide a cohesive progression of concepts and topics across the six days but are also suitable as stand-alone modules or for completion in any sequence.”
Workshop 1: 17 June Plan your plot
Workshop 2: 8 July Prepare your patch
Workshop 3: 22 July Propagate your plants
Workshop 4: 5 August Plant polycultures
Workshop 5: 19 August Promote productivity
Workshop 6: 16 September Preserve your produce
“QATC supports the ever expanding food sustainability movement, through the City Farmer program initiative and recognises the fact that most people who want to grow their own food live on smaller blocks of land, often in cities, suburbs and towns,” Mr Desailly advised.
Register now for this unique opportunity to join the movement of the City Farmer of the future, and receive a hands-on experience of practical demonstrations that have the potential to significantly change the way we produce food in our own backyards.
Bookings are essential, and to register, contact Kym Wessling on 0427 576 602 or apply online at http://qatc.edu.au/city-farmer/