Events & Workshops

Permaculture Design Course

Chestnut Farm is the venue for the Ballarat Permaculture Guild PDC, which starts in late January and runs over 8 weekends until June/July.  To sign up for the Ballarat Permaculture Guild PDC go to the BPG website!  We have a range of great speakers, including permaculture co-founder David Holmgren leading a tour of his home property, Melliodora.

chestnut farm david holmgren
chestnut farm melliodora holmgren

Other presenters include Beck Lowe, Steve Burns, Taj Scicluna (The Perma Pixie), Dr Ben Habib, Joel Meadows, Sonia van Dorssen, David Davidson, Paul Ryle & more.  Site visits are to both urban & rural properties and all students participate in groups to produce working permaculture designs on assigned sites.

Chestnut Farm is also the venue for other short courses, mostly run by the Ballarat Permaculture Guild.  Courses or workshops can include things as diverse as grafting and a rocket stove weekend.

Steve also hosts a Retrosuburbia book club.

There are also opportunities for locals to help out on jobs like gardening or building, where you want to build your skills or experience.  Contact Steve for more information.  🙂