Organic Gardening 9th-11th December 2016
Lebo's Soweto Backpackers and Surplus Permaculture design are excited to invite you on a unique learning experience designed to empower you to reclaim your food freedom by learning to grow your own organic food.
This workshop will be focusing on Organic gardening, teaching you the fundamental techniques and knowledge to get you started with growing quality, fresh, organic vegetables all year round. From the urban balcony to the rural farm this workshop will teach you how to grow more veg in less space than you ever imagined to be possible! Maximising your available space and producing an abundance of nutritious and delicious vegetables, herbs and soft fruit. The ethics and principles of Permaculture will also be introduced to give you an inspiring insight into how Permaculture can re-shape our thinking, our future and our gardens.
Key topics in the workshop will include:
• Soil Building & Remediation:
Discover the secrets behind making awesome compost and other soil improvers. Learn how to apply green manuring techniques, crop rotation and soil food web technologies to help keep your garden healthy and fertile.
• Organic Pioneering:
Learn about “No dig” & “Biointensive” gardening techniques, which can help you to pioneer extraordinarily healthy and productive gardens, even if you're starting from damaged land or an overgrown plot!
• Integrated Pest Management (IPM):
The ecological garden aims to host a diverse range of plants and animals, mimicking a natural ecosystem in order to provide services such as pest control & pollination. Learn how to create habitats which attract the beneficial beings. Identify the root causes of potential disease and pest problems in order to create a harmoniously integrated edible ecosystem.
• Garden Planning:
Apply the science of Permaculture design in order to map, plan and arrange all the elements of your garden to maximise efficiency and productivity. Regardless of the size of your garden permaculture design can help you to get the most out of it in terms of; production, energy efficiency, economy and enjoyment.
Workshop Cost: R 2000
These prices include all meals and accommodation in a fully equipped tent for the duration of the workshop. We ask all registrants to make a deposit of R600 to secure your spot.
In the unlikely event of us canceling the course your deposit will be refunded in full, additionally we will not be held responsible for any financial losses accrued. The closing dates for registering for the course is the 30th of November 2016. Should you cancel after this date your deposit becomes non-refundable. We will accept late bookings if there is space available
Please feel free to contact us if you have any additional questions at email@example.com
Lebo's Soweto Backpackers lodge is situated in Orlando West, Soweto a vibrant community rich in history and culture. Lebo's has always been an active member of the community around them and from the start the business has valued the involvement of the community. They employ people in the local area, make use of local businesses and try their best to create and show the community new opportunities. From clean- up campaigns and creating a park in a former dump-site to facilitate sports and playing facilities for children. Staying with them gives will you the opportunity to experience Soweto, its people, the different neighborhoods and its history up close and personal. At Lebo's, it is important that people come together to learn for one another and share experiences. With their Backpackers and the activities and tours they want to create means on how travellers (from near and far) and local people can meet, interact and understand each other better.
Meet the Facilitator:
Kyle has practiced horticulture and community living on a kibbutz in Israel where he was inspired to pursue a career in horticulture. During his studies he completed an internship at Soil for Life, a Cape Town based non-profit organization teaching people how to build the soil and grow healthy plants using organic and low-cost methods. After completing his studies in horticulture he worked at Kirstenbosch Botanical gardens in Cape Town, South Africa. His main focuses were conserving indigenous plant species, rehabilitating degraded ecosystems, designing and establishing education gardens on the grounds of the botanic garden. Kyle recently left his position as the perennial plant manager at Panya Project, Thailand, where he spent 3 years teaching, designing and co-coordinating the volunteer and internship program. He is currently a nomadic permaculture consultant and teacher; traveling and connecting with Permaculture projects around the world. Kyle is also a designer and consultant for Surplus Permaculture Design .He is passionate about conserving soil ecosystems, plant propagation and small-scale ecological agriculture. He is working towards empowering people to grow their own food, become more self reliant, and regenerate degraded ecosystem.