Category Archives: Community

Healthy Harvest in the news

This week I was interviewed by a journalist at the Illawarra Mercury newspaper regarding the organic gardening workshop I’m teaching in Wollongong next weekend, as well as organic gardening in general. You can read the article here, and check out the workshop details here.

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New series of short workshops

We would like to announce that we are now running a whole heap of short workshops focussing on the essential skills of food gardening. Topics include making compost, caring for chooks and a whole heap of other fun things!

Dates and details are in the link below. We hope to see more of you here soon!
https://healthyharvestnsw.wordpress.com/permaculturecourses/food-garden-favourites/

Host a workshop at your place!

Did you know you can order a workshop at your place?

Hosting your own workshop is a fun and affordable way to get a big project installed by an expert in just one day. Get a quality job done while you learn new skills!

You can book a workshop with me for any of the following projects:

  • building raised beds

  • backyard aquaponics

  • building compost bays

  • simple drip irrigation

  • no-dig garden beds

The workshop length was perfect. The split between theory and practical was great. The lunch was brilliant.

A workshop costs around $200 for the day (approx. 6 hours…email for exact cost. Jobs may take longer than 1 day) and requires a minimum of 6 and maximum of 10 adult workers so we make sure the job gets done well and on time.

You can recover that cost if you invite others and set a price for entry to the workshop.

For example, if you invite 10 people to your workshop and they each give you $20,

your guests will have a great day of fun and learning and you‘ll get a FREE WORKSHOP and a FREE INSTALLED PROJECT! Everybody wins!

no dig garden bed

I really enjoyed it. Thanks for having us at your home. I hope you benefit greatly as much as we have attending. I am inspired! 🙂 good job!

You’ll just need to have the materials on site ready to go on the day (don’t worry, I’ll tell you what you need and where to get it).

Bring your friends along and have a day of fun and learning! I’m an experienced workshop teacher, and fully insured to work with groups.

Fill out the form below to get more information or book a date or call me on 0431 383 516.

Thank you Daniel ..it was informative and fun – you explained it all in a language newbies could understand easily. Look forward to more workshops!

Open now: weekend intensive “Practical Permaculture” course Saturday 30th June – Sunday 1st July

Practical Permaculture: Creative ways of designing and living for a more sustainable future

A two-day experiential course

Saturday 30th June & Sunday 1st July 2012

Facilitated by Daniel Hatfield and Gordon Williams

Venue: Private home and gardens in Railway Avenue, Faulconbridge, NSW 2776
(convenient for train, bus and free on-street parking)

Time: 9.00 am – 5.00 pm

Fee: $150 early bird (until 25th June) or $180 after 25th June

The number of participants is limited to 15 people to facilitate an intensive learning experience.

Join Permaculture teachers, designers & gardeners Daniel Hatfield and Gordon Williams for a weekend of intensive permaculture design, theory and practical workshops for the home gardener or backyard farmer.

Learn how to

  • Harness Permaculture principles and practical strategies to beat rising food and energy costs

  • Understand and apply Permaculture design techniques for a healthy, comfortable home and garden

  • Create your own Permaculture garden design and learn how to bring it to life!

Topics include:

  • efficient energy planning and systems
  • fundamentals of site design
  • climate and microclimate
  • landforms, soil and water
  • waste resources and systems
  • garden layout and design for urban, suburban and cold areas
  • orchards and food forests
  • animal forage systems and aquaculture
  • community strategies for engagement and action including urban food-growing, recycling and economics.

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Learning objectives

By the end of the course you will have:

A working understanding of permaculture designs and principles.

Ideas and confidence to create your own permaculture design project.

The pre-requisite skills and knowledge to complete a Permaculture Design Course.

Learning methods

A significant portion of the course comprises experiential learning. Practical demonstrations and small group workshops on key permaculture techniques are designed to bring to life and reinforce core theory and concepts.

The course provides a solid grounding in Permaculture theory, combining this with practical skill development through interactive learning experiences and course handouts. A range of learning methods are used including: presentations, video, experiential exercises, and small group activities.

About the teachers

Gordon Williams is a Permaculture consultant and educator currently working in Sydney and the Blue Mountains, NSW, Australia.

Raised in the Blue Mountains, Gordon was able to spend time in the surrounding national parks and bushland where he gained an appreciation for the natural systems within them. His six years of experience as a carpenter has led to a deep understanding of the difference between good and bad building design and construction. As a result of these experiences his passion is to see the built environment blend smoothly into the living surroundings.

Gordon’s journey along the Permaculture path began when he inherited the family kitchen garden. While on the hunt for information on growing food, Rosemary Morrow’s book ” Earth User’s Guide to Permaculture” proved to be a revelation.

Gordon has trained with some of Australia’s most respected Permaculture educators such as Rosemary Morrow, Darren Doherty and Geoff Lawton. He has also worked at the Permaculture Research Institute in both educational and on farm roles.

Daniel Hatfield is a passionate food gardener, educator and permaculturist. He has been working professionally with plants and gardens since 2006, focusing specifically on organic food gardening since 2008. Daniel believes in producing and promoting growing healthy, seasonal and local fruit and vegetables. He describes his practices as ‘beyond organic’. Daniel approaches food gardening from a wholistic perspective, addressing issues at their core, rather than use quick-fix sprays or fertilisers, either organic or inorganic. He enjoys sharing his passion for permaculture and helping people develop confidence and new skills in organic gardening.

Daniel takes his inspiration from the principles of Permaculture, as well as organic farmers such as Eliot Coleman and Joel Salatin. Daniel completed his Permaculture Design Certificate under Geoff Lawton at the Permaculture Research Institute, and holds tertiary degrees in art and photography.

What people are saying

The presenters, Daniel and Gordon, were knowledgeable and friendly. The course was a good mix of practical workshops and theory. The group size worked well and made for a cosy and enjoyable learning experience.

I had read a lot of books but discussing the theories, asking questions and hearing practical examples just helped cement it all. It seems to have stuck better..

Good interactions with the participants, lots of helpful diagrams, reference books and clear and lively delivery from both presenters.

The workshops were tailored really well. The right length, plenty of opportunity to get our hands dirty and a consistent but not overwhelming stream of information to accompany the practical skills.

Lots of fun and really informative. Great to get outside and practice some of the theory. AAA+++

Very good would recommend it to any one interested in growing food

Overall the course was fantastic. Daniel and Gordon were knowledgeable, enthusiastic and willing to share both knowledge and resources. I learnt so much more than I thought possible.

A BIG THANK YOU for the wonderful course, the beautiful venue(s) and the nourishing company. I would highly recommend the course.

Booking

The number of places is limited to 15 to facilitate an intensive learning experience. Please complete the booking form below and forward the course fee to D Hatfield, 10 Parkes Crescent, Faulconbridge NSW 2776 by 25th June 2012 for early-bird discount ($150) or by 29th June 2012 for regular payment ($180).

Payment available via bank transfer or credit card (details available on booking) or cheque or postal order payable to Daniel Hatfield.

Cancellation

Cancelled bookings will receive a full refund up until 2 weeks before the course. After that time you are welcome to transfer your booking to another person but the fee will be non-refundable. Please note that this course requires a minimum number of 10 participants to go ahead.
Contact:

E: daniel@healthyharvest.com.au, P: 0431 383 516

Weekend Intensive Course: Practical Permaculture for Home and Garden

Practical Permaculture: Creative ways of designing and living for a more sustainable future

A two-day experiential course

1st and 2nd of September 2012

ALSO

3rd and 4th of November 2012

Facilitated by Daniel Hatfield and Gordon Williams

Venue: Private home and gardens in the lower Blue Mountains
(convenient for train, bus and free on-street parking)

Time: 9.00 am – 5.00 pm

Fee: September course $150 early bird by 18th of August or $180 thereafter.

November course $150 early bird by 19th of October or $180 thereafter.


The number of participants is limited to facilitate an intensive learning experience.

Join Permaculture teachers, designers & gardeners Daniel Hatfield and Gordon Williams for a weekend of intensive permaculture design, theory and practical workshops for the home gardener or backyard farmer.

Learn how to

  • Harness Permaculture principles and practical strategies to beat rising food and energy costs

  • Understand and apply Permaculture design techniques for a healthy, comfortable home and garden

  • Create your own Permaculture garden design and learn how to bring it to life!

Topics include:

  • efficient energy planning and systems
  • fundamentals of site design
  • climate and microclimate
  • landforms, soil and water
  • waste resources and systems
  • garden layout and design for urban, suburban and cold areas
  • orchards and food forests
  • animal forage systems and aquaculture
  • community strategies for engagement and action including urban food-growing, recycling and economics.

Learning objectives

By the end of the course you will have:

A working understanding of permaculture designs and principles.

Ideas and confidence to create your own permaculture design project.

The pre-requisite skills and knowledge to complete a Permaculture Design Course.

Learning methods

A significant portion of the course comprises experiential learning. Practical demonstrations and small group workshops on key permaculture techniques are designed to bring to life and reinforce core theory and concepts.

The course provides a solid grounding in Permaculture theory, combining this with practical skill development through interactive learning experiences and course handouts. A range of learning methods are used including: presentations, video, experiential exercises, and small group activities.

About the teachers

Gordon Williams is a Permaculture consultant and educator currently working in Sydney and the Blue Mountains, NSW, Australia.

Raised in the Blue Mountains, Gordon was able to spend time in the surrounding national parks and bushland where he gained an appreciation for the natural systems within them. His six years of experience as a carpenter has led to a deep understanding of the difference between good and bad building design and construction. As a result of these experiences his passion is to see the built environment blend smoothly into the living surroundings.

Gordon’s journey along the Permaculture path began when he inherited the family kitchen garden. While on the hunt for information on growing food, Rosemary Morrow’s book ” Earth User’s Guide to Permaculture” proved to be a revelation.

Gordon has trained with some of Australia’s most respected Permaculture educators such as Rosemary Morrow, Darren Doherty and Geoff Lawton. He has also worked at the Permaculture Research Institute in both educational and on farm roles.

Daniel Hatfield is a passionate food gardener, educator and permaculturist. He has been working professionally with plants and gardens since 2006, focusing specifically on organic food gardening since 2008. Daniel believes in producing and promoting growing healthy, seasonal and local fruit and vegetables. He describes his practices as ‘beyond organic’. Daniel approaches food gardening from a wholistic perspective, addressing issues at their core, rather than use quick-fix sprays or fertilisers, either organic or inorganic. He enjoys sharing his passion for permaculture and helping people develop confidence and new skills in organic gardening.

Daniel takes his inspiration from the principles of Permaculture, as well as organic farmers such as Eliot Coleman and Joel Salatin. Daniel completed his Permaculture Design Certificate under Geoff Lawton at the Permaculture Research Institute, and holds tertiary degrees in art and photography.

Booking

The number of places is limited to facilitate an intensive learning experience. Please complete the booking form below and forward the course fee by May 3rd to D Hatfield, 10 Parkes Crescent, Faulconbridge NSW 2776.

Payment available via bank transfer (details available on booking) or cheque or postal order payable to Daniel Hatfield.

Cancellation

Cancelled bookings will receive a full refund up until April 20th. After April 20th you are welcome to transfer your booking to another person but the fee will be non-refundable. Please note that this course requires a minimum number of 10 participants to go ahead.
Contact:

E: daniel@healthyharvest.com.au, P: 0431 383 516

Talking Permaculture in the community

This week I was delighted to visit and speak at two venues in the Blue Mountains: KindleHill School at Wentworth Falls, and the Lower Blue Mountains Garden Club.

At the garden club, I talked about general food growing techniques using permaculture principles. I started by explaining the very basics of Permaculture and the zone system of permaculture design. I then explained the benefits of microclimates and how to get the most out of your region.

We then discussed common garden questions such as how to keep possums and birds off vegies. I explained that in most circumstances, the problem can be solved by growing an abundance of vegies so there is enough to share. (Fruit are a separate issue, and often need to be protected when growing on a small scale such as in an average back yard.)

We talked about compost, and the best manures to use. People were very surprised to learn that one of the most nitrogen rich fertiliser is pigeon, while horse manure comes close to bottom of the nitrogen level list of commonly used manures. People were very interested to learn about how to make hot compost. Not many people manage to use this technique successfully but it is actually very easy if you have the right recipe and follow it!

At Kindlehill, I visited with the highschool class as part of a ‘Pathways’ lesson on the theme of Think Global, Act Local.  The students were exploring the topic “Food for Thought”, including growing food, saving seeds, eating local produce and community gardens. We discussed the economics and realities of growing food sustainably, as well as energy as the next major economic challenge of our generation. The conversation was robust and stimulating and I had a fantastic time sharing knowledge and ideas with the young people there.

Coming up, I’ll also be speaking at the Blue Mountains and Nepean Herb Group on Friday 24th February at 7:30pm at Lawson Community Centre. Please feel free to contact  Jackie Anstis (jackieanstis2@optusnet.com.au) if you are interested in the doings of this group. If you would like to have me speak at a group or event, or book a workshop please get in touch here.

Come to our workshop on Saturday 3rd September- Build Raised Beds Like the Professionals!

To welcome in Spring, we are very excited to announce our next workshop “Build Raised Beds Like the Professionals!” on Saturday 3rd September from 10am- 4pm here at Healthy Harvest HQ, Faulconbridge.

Work side by side with me, kitchen gardener and SPIN farmer Daniel Hatfield, and guest green expert Gordon Williams, Permaculture Design Consultant, educator and former carpenter! Now based in Sydney, Mountains local Gordon has 6 years of carpentry experience and recently spent the first half of 2011 studying and working at Geoff Lawton’s Permaculture Research Institute as an educator and student facilitator on the internship program.

Gordon showing his skills at our compost bay workshop

Learn how to

  • build raised beds that look great and last the distance

  • select the best site for your vegetable bed

  • build on slopes

  • set strong posts

  • measure up efficiently and properly

  • get experience with basic carpentry and power tools

 

Ask your food-garden questions and have fun while you learn!

Cost is only $5 per person and a light lunch will be provided.

This will be a small group so bookings are essential. Please use the form below to register.

We’ll then send you an email to confirm your place and give you more info about the day.

 

Get inspired- see the new film “The Greenhorns” and Joel Salatin in Gerringong

The good folks at Milkwood have organised a great evening next Monday 1st August at the Gerringong Town Hall.

Be inspired by The Greenhorns, a movement of new young farmers across America, and hear Joel Salatin talking about farming.

We had the pleasure of hearing Joel speak in Mudgee last year, and we came away feeling even more motivated to get our little patch of mountain dirt up and running as an urban farm.

We’re due another dose of Joel and will be there in Gerringong to enjoy the fun and sample some great Illawarra produce!

Check out the link here for more details about the evening.

Hope to see you there!

(Oh, and if you can’t make it to Gerringong, Kirsten from Milkwood has said they’ll be showing the film in Sydney and Mudgee soon!)

Check out my interview on “The Greening of Gavin”

“The Greening of Gavin” is a terrific website dedicated to living more sustainably. I was lucky enough to be Gavin’s most recent guest on his “Meet the Green Blogger” podcast. Click here to listen. I hope you enjoy it.

Fresh vegies and Winter sun at the Glenbrook Market this Saturday!

Glenbrook Rotary Market is on this weekend!

If you have any excess food grown in your backyard then please bring it down to our “Community Corner” of our stall, and we will sell it on your behalf for FREE!

If you DON’T have any extra produce, then you probably need to

a)buy some delicious organic fruit and veg. from John and the gang at the Nashdale Fruit Co. stall (once you taste their apples, there’s no turning back!)

and

b) pick up a few seedlings and a packet of seeds from us at the Healthy Harvest stall on the way home!

Hope to see you there!

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