The YCG strategic garden team working with Morag Gamble to prepare for the 4 session PDC Intensive that will be focusing on redesigning and improving the YCG demonstration Gardens. The team talked about the future of the Gardens and all expressed their desire to make this space a living example of community engagement and interaction where young and old feel comfortable to learn about Permaculture and sustainable living.
Who should attend this workshop
Anyone who would like a quality, quick, hands-on workshop on Permaculture design or who would like to brush-up on some of the aspects of Permaculture design.
About the Permaculture intensive workshop
Yandina Community Gardens are about to embark on an exciting journey of redesign and would love to invite you to participate. This hands-on Permaculture intensive will take place at the Gardens a thriving community hub and educational space, but we think it is time to review the design and rethink how we weave permaculture into all aspects of what we do.
This is a chance for you to be part of the evolution of the gardens. With the experienced codesign facilitation of Morag Gamble, together we will create a fabulous design for this community education space where the principles of permaculture can be clearly seen and excellent examples of permaculture design, holistic thinking and sustainable living function together as a cohesive whole and are visible throughout.
We are co-creating a world-class permaculture education demonstration garden and you are warmly welcome to join in. No experience is necessary – just an open willingness to:
• imagine a positive future
• listen to the land and others
• enjoy learning and sharing ideas together
• think and design creatively together
This is a great opportunity to deepen your knowledge, understanding, and practice of permaculture thinking and design. You will feel more capable to be actively engaged in the ongoing development of the community gardens and have so many excellent ideas to apply to your own garden too.
This is a 4 part workshop led by Morag Gamble.
PART 1: SEEING THE GARDENS WITH FRESH EYES – 4 AUGUST, 9 am – 1 pm
Together we will observe, explore and reflect upon the purpose and design of the gardens. We will do a deep dive into the permaculture ethics and principles and take a look at some creative inspiration. By the end of this session, we will have undertaken a site assessment, needs analysis and created a permaculture wish list for the gardens.
PART 2: RESHAPING THE GARDEN DESIGN – 11 AUGUST, 9 am – 1 pm
In a collaborative design studio setting, participants will refine the permaculture element selection, map out zones, connections, and flows, and create a draft concept design for the gardens.
PART 3: DESIGNING THE DETAIL – 25 AUGUST, 9 am – 1 pm
With a clearer idea of the elements and broad patterns of the site, this workshop will be a collaborative design studio to develop detail design ideas and systems for the site.
PART 4: THE NEW DESIGN PLAN – 8 SEPTEMBER, 9 am – 11 am
The collection of design ideas, plans, and strategies that emerge through the first three sessions will be woven together and presented back to the group as a cohesive design.
Together we will walk the site, check the design, tweak it and reflect on our process and learnings.
We encourage you to participate in all four sessions. It will be like completing a practical mini-PDC intensive and change the way you interact with, understand and connect with this amazing community, community space and your spaces at home.
Booking is essential, numbers are limited.
About Morag Gamble
Morag Gamble is a permaculture and community garden pioneer. She co-founded Northey Street City Farm and the Australian City Farms and Community Gardens Network. Morag has supported the collaborative design and development of many community gardens, schools, university and hospital garden projects both locally and in global cities such as Hong Kong, Havana, Barcelona, Seoul, L.A, Berkeley and more. She wrote the Urban Agriculture Report for Brisbane (2005) and helps people design their home food gardens.
Morag is a regular teacher at community gardens, permaculture centres, and libraries and lectured in Food Politics for many years at Griffith University. She is the founder of The Permaculture Education Institute (https://permacultureeducationinstitute.org), creator of Our Permaculture Life (Blog, YouTube Channel and ourpermaculturelife.com) and other programs such as The Good Life School (online education), Nature Kids, and Earth School camps for high schoolers.
Her goal is to actively engage as many people as possible in positive community action around growing food – for people and the planet.
Morag holds a Bachelor of Planning and Design and a Postgraduate Diploma of Landscape
Architecture from The University of Melbourne and a Master of Environmental Education (Hons) from Griffith University. She has taught permaculture for over 25 years in 20 countries.
Imagine all the plastic trash you accumulate from one trip to the grocery store, from water bottles and children’s toys to clamshell containers and cosmetic microbeads. Now imagine enough trash to equal the weight of one billion elephants, and you’ll have some sense as to the amount of plastic we’ve discarded since the 1950s.
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With plastic consumption still on the rise, it’s a fast-compounding problem no one quite knows how to solve, but Peter McCoy is one of many who believe the answer has been under our feet the whole time. “Plastics have been known as susceptible to fungal degradation since they were first manufactured over 100 years ago,” explains McCoy, who founded the grassroots research organization Radical Mycology, which advocates for underutilized applications of mushrooms and other fungi. Read more about Mycoreremediation…
YCG will be hosting a mushroom growing workshop. Click here to book for the Mushroom workshop
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What is biochar?
Biochars refer to the carbon-rich materials (charcoal) produced from the slow pyrolysis (heating in the absence of oxygen) of biomass. Recently, there has been much interest in biochars as soil amendments to improve and maintain soil fertility and to increase soil carbon sequestration. The capacity to sequester carbon in the soil can be attributed to the relative stable nature and, therefore, long turnover time of biochar in soil and is of particular relevance to the solution of climate change. While it is difficult to estimate how long newly created biochar will stay in the soil some suggest it could be for as long as five thousand years. Read more about Biochar…
YCG will be hosting a biochar workshop with Dave Clark. To book, click here on the biochar workshop
Join Urban Kulture for a wonderful presentation and hands-on skill development in gourmet mushroom cultivation. Learn how to grow your own Oyster mushrooms as we take you through the steps of mushroom cultivation with a focus on using urbanly available waste products all in a fun and friendly environment!
Facilitated by local Musician and Fungiphile Kayt Wallace who will be demystifying the amazing process of growing this beautiful variety of mushroom. Kayt will be sharing her passion for mycology and experience both low tech and commercial production methods using a variety of materials in our subtropical climate.
This workshop covers the production of oyster mushrooms using non sterile techniques. You will learn about all the steps involved in mushroom production including how to create your own cultures using nothing but waste stem butts from fresh mushrooms, and how to make mushroom spawn from recycled paper pellets and fruiting blocks using three different urbanly available substrates: Paper Pellets, Hardwood Pellets and spent coffee grounds! Now also covering pasteurised straw techniques and log grows. Workshop attendees will take home items made in the workshop including low tech spawn bag and Oyster mushroom fruiting bags.
Having always had a passion for science, nutrition and growing weird and wonderful things, Kayt Wallace first started growing Oyster mushrooms in 2015 for their incredible nutritional value and out of sheer curiosity. She quickly became fascinated with the process of working with mycelium from it’s very beginnings on Petri dishes in a lab in preparation to grow on many different growing mediums including coffee grinds, sugarcane mulch and other organic waste products. Kayt believes that knowledge should be shared, so it’s fitting that she is collaborating with Australia wide Mycological educators Urban Kulture to deliver workshops in the South East Queensland region and looks forward to sharing this wonderful process.
To book click here