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DIGGING DEEPER INTO SOIL

18 October, 2015, Samford, QLD

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Be inspired by and learn from renowned thinkers and soil advocates.

Millen Farm is hosting ‘Digging Deeper into Soil’, a half-day conference that will set the scene of soil in Australia. Featuring the most recent research from local scientists, see how this research can be used to improve soil health for food production in everything from home gardens through to commercial farms.

Come along to dig down deep into soil topics, debunking some long-held myths about soil management. Our expert speakers, Hugh Lovel, Peter Kearney and Mike Smith, will focus on how to understand your own patch and develop solutions specific for your soil and growing aspirations.

Unearth the complexities of soil through a range of topics including soil testing – understanding outcomes and illustrating how to use test results to improve soil, unravelling the biodynamics of soil and exploring the soil ‘food web’ and the implications for soil improvement.

For information and bookings visit: www.millenfarm.org or contact Stacey Parish; stacey@millenfarm.org , 0490 125 604

FAIR FOOD WEEK 2015 – 16-25 OCTOBER

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This year’s Fair Food Week (FFW) comes as so much unfairness has been exposed in the Australian food supply chain. And what makes it even more important is that it is also the International Year of Soils – healthy soil is vital to fair food.

Want to be involved? There are events all over Australian being run in the name of fair food. Community garden activities, cooking demonstrations, farmers markets, seed swaps, open days, talks and workshops.

Check out www.fairfoodweek.org.au to find an event near you.

FOREST GARDEN DESIGN INTENSIVE WITH DAVE JACKE

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25 March– 3 April, 2016

After a successful Australian tour in 2013, ecological designer and permaculture educator Dave Jacke is bringing his Forest Garden Design Intensive workshop back to our shores. This course focuses on cool temperate forest gardens and includes multiple practical design exercises, working within a team to produce a major design. The course is based at a working permaculture property in western Victoria. Dave will be teaching alongside David Holmgren, Hannah Moloney, Steve Burns, Kat Lavers and Paul Ward.

For more information call or email Steve Burns on 0409 551 539 or steve@chestnutfarm.net.au or visit: www.chestnutfarm.net.au

APC13 IN PERTH 3-5 OCTOBER 2016

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Perth will be hosting the next Australasian Permaculture Convergence at Swanleigh in Middle Swan, held at the same site as IPC6 20 years ago. The theme is ‘Permaculture: designing for resilience’ and we will be accepting submissions for presentations on topics relating to design and permaculture practices. We particularly want lots of handson workshops to encourage participants to develop new skills and show how clever design can help everyone become more resilient to inevitable change.

There will be a one-day expo on Sunday October 2. This will be open to the public with exhibitions, guest presenters and hands-on workshops and activities as well as information booths and static displays of interesting projects and case studies. That night will be the formal welcome dinner.

The Convergence is for PDC and APT graduates and runs from Monday to Wednesday. On Thursday and Friday there will be tours (both one day and two day tours) and/or short courses.

A two-week PDC will run prior to the convergence and an Advanced Design Course and an Advanced Teaching Course will be run the October 10–14. For ticket sales go to http://permaculturewest.org.au/news/13thaustralasian-permaculture-convergenceapc13 or go to their Facebook page.

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