Photography By Alice Boshell

HOME GROWN: 

an introduction to permaculture

 

November 20 - 22

February 12 - 14

A DELICIOUS WEEKEND IN THE COUNTRY FOR THOSE THAT WANT A TASTE OF PERMACULTURE THROUGH HANDS-ON LEARNING IN THE GARDEN. 

YOU WILL LEARN THE SKILLS YOU NEED TO EASILY BEGIN GROWING YOUR OWN EDIBLE GARDEN AT HOME. 

LIMITED SPOTS AVAILABLE

Photography By Alice Boshell

Photography by Alice Boshell

Explore a more sustainable and regenerative way of life with Home Grown at Springfield.

 

In its simplest form permaculture is a highly efficient way of growing your own food in harmony with nature - good for you and good for the planet. Permaculture applies a systems thinking approach to sustainability based on indigenous and natural systems, and Home Grown makes it easy for you to begin this exciting journey.

 

Home Grown is an invitation to participate in a positive and empowering response to chaos and uncertainty - permaculture.

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Home Grown is a hands-on, practical skills-based weekend designed to help you to grow your own food.

You’ll be part of a small group, with your hands in the dirt during the day, whilst enjoying luxury accommodation and food direct from the garden prepared by our incredibe Chef Eilish.

 

The workshop includes an informative introduction to permaculture and our focus is on the practical implementation of permaculture in the context of home gardens. Most of the time you will be the garden learning about seed raising, composting, and caring for your garden.

 

Our approach to starting and caring for your own home garden is organic, bountiful, healthy, and fun. 

 

You’ll learn about the basic concepts of permaculture as you benefit from Farmer Pete’s 30 years experience as both an inspirational leader and a passionate hobby farmer. Home Grown is co-facilitated by the extraordinary Moss Vale Community Garden Guru, Jill Cockram.

 

WORKSHOPS INCLUDE:

Why Permaculture? 

No dig, wicker and aquaponics garden beds 

Composting & making soil 

Worm farms 

Raising & saving seeds 

When and what to feed your garden 

Watering 

Organic pest control 

Chickens and quails 

COME JOIN US AND BE INSPIRED AND DELIGHTED BY THIS BEAUTIFUL AND PRODUCTIVE SLICE OF PARADISE.

MEET THE TEAM

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PETER BARGE

'Farmer Pete'

Meet Farmer Pete, a man with seemingly infinite energy! When he’s not jetting the globe on business, he is knee deep in the veggie garden here at Springfield Farm. During the past six months, he has set up our beautiful chickens in the coop of their dreams and is growing mealy worms and crickets for their food. He’s passionate about mycelium and has planted a superfood mushroom farm. He’s always got his hands in the dirt, growing veggies for our retreats, and recently became a beekeeper! He is especially excited to have taken Springfield Farm off the grid with our own solar energy, and will be happy to take you on tours to explore all of his projects while you’re here. 

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JILL COCKRAM

Permaculture Guru

Since obtaining her Permaculture Design Certificate with Permaculture co-founder David Holmgren in 1997 and the Permaculture Teaching Certificate from the Permaculture Institute Jill has been an inspirational local teacher. She is renowned for her skills and expertise in growing food seasonally in the backyard, preserving the surplus fruit and veggies, breeding rare chickens and ducks and designing food gardens.  

Since 2004 Jill has coordinated the Local Seed Network for the Southern Highlands Shire. The local seedbank boasts over 100 varieties of heirloom tomatoes, around 50 varieties of beans and sundry seeds of other food crops that are not found in seed catalogues.
Currently Jill oversees the Moss Vale Community Garden project which organizes garden tours for school groups and workshops, talks and hands-on activities for adults including Bread Making, Composting, Wormfarming, Edible Weeds, Grafting Fruit Trees, Making Beneficial Bug Motels, Seedraising, Seedsaving and Living Simply. She is also co founder of the local farmers market.

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SHANNON ROSIE

Clinical Nutritionist

Shannon is a certified Nutritionist with a Bachelor of Health Science: Nutritional Medicine. ​Nutritional medicine is an evidence-based and patient-centered practice that applies a holistic framework to health.   

Shannon will inspire you with her own personal story, as well as many stories from working with her clients, to demonstrate that Holistic Nutritional Medicine can aid in both the prevention and management of a wide variety of health conditions, such as weight, wellness, gut health, and diagnostics. Her practice uses what she calls the inside out method, a process she used to heal herself when our traditional, western medical system failed. Instead of aiming to alleviate symptoms, the focus is on supporting and enhancing your body’s innate ability to heal itself. By identifying the cause of your symptoms and treating from the inside out, symptoms will fix themselves.​

Shannon will teach you how deliciously it can be to become your healthiest self. You will learn all about balance and even enjoy creations from her book Conscious Cocktails. Learn more about Shannon www.livingwithrosie.com

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CHEF EILISH

Food Magician

Chef Eilish was born and bred in the quaint village of Moss Vale, Eilish’s passion and natural culinary skills surfaced early whilst working at Onesta Cucina, when just 17. Only a year after completing her apprenticeship at one-hat restaurant Nomad in Surry Hills, she jumped on a plane for a once in a lifetime opportunity at The Ledbury, Notting Hill, London - ranked as one of the top 50 restaurants in the world.  ​From there she went on to tackle the challenges of a global roaming  pop-up restaurant; One Star House Party, working in south Africa and Sweden before returning to Australia as sous chef at St. Peter of Paddington; a sustainable seafood-only restaurant.

 

We feel very lucky to have this wonderfully talented woman join our little team and we can’t wait for you to be delighted by her creative signature style, just as we are. She is currently spending this down time creating some incredible dishes for us to all enjoy together once we can reconnect.

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KINCHEM HEGEDUS

Director

Kinchem is the Director at Springfield & Co, and develops the retreat programs on offer. Kinchem is thrilled to be putting down roots at Springfield after living overseas in New York, Chicago, Singapore and Bali for past 25 years. She has worked in venture capital, product development, start-ups, banking/finance, education, real estate and non-profits.  She has an MFA in Fiction Writing and Grad Dip in Permaculture Design. As well as managing the programs at Springfield she facilitates Inner Landscaping groups.

LIMITED SPOTS AVAILABLE

ACCOMMODATION AND COST *

For more details regarding rooms please explore our accommodation here or visit our gallery.

* plus GST

* Please note the prices listed below may vary for the November dates - so book in now to secure these discounted prices!

PRICES INCLUDE: 

  • All workshops and materials for lectures and learning 

  • Farm-to-table organic dining prepared by Michelin-trained Chef Eilish

  • Luxury Accommodation ranging from shared rooms to exclusive super king suites

ROSE ROOM

Super King or two King Singles with private ensuite 

Private: $1680

Shared: $1260

BLUE ROOM

Two Double beds with private ensuite 

Private: $1680

Shared: $1260

INDIGO ROOM

Queen bed, shared bathroom (with Avocado room)

Private: $1320

Shared: $990

AVOCADO ROOM

Two Single beds, shared bathroom (with Indigo room)

Private: $1320

Shared: $990

FARM HOUSE ROOMS (3)

Queen beds, shared bathroom

Private: $1400

Shared: $1100

DROVER'S REST ROOMS (2)

Super King or two King Single beds, shared bathroom

 

Private: $1200

Shared: $930

DAY RATE 

For Southern Highlands Locals Only

 

No Acoomodation: $840

WEEKEND PROGRAM 

(Times and sessions are subject to change)

FRIDAY

4-4.30 Welcome, introduction and meet the team

4.30-5.30 Farm tour

5.30-6-30 Sunset open fire

6.30 Farm-to-table dinner

7.30 Dinner talk : Nutrition, organic food and gut health with Shannon Rosie 

SATURDAY

8-9 Farm-to-table breakfast

9-9.30 Why Permaculture with Kinchem

9.30-10.30 It's all about Soil with Farmer Pete

10.30-11 Worms  with Jill

11-12.30 Pros and Cons of Garden Types with Farmer Pete

12.30-1.30 Farm-to-table lunch

1.30-2-30 Bugs, garden maintenance, watering, weeding and crop rotation with Jill

2.30-3 Afternoon tea

3-5 Seed raising, pricking out, planting and seed saving with Jill

5.30-6.30 Sunset fire

6.30 Conscious Cocktails with Shannon Rosie 

7.Farm-to-table dinner

SUNDAY

8-9 Farm-to-table breakfast

9-10 The role of chooks, quails and animals with Farmer Pete

10-10.30 Morning tea

10.30-11.30 Backyard fruit trees, berries their care, placement and pruning with Jill

11.30 -12-30 Keeping produce, preserving, pickling, jamming and fermenting with Chef Eilish

1-3 Farm-to-table lunch

3 Checkout - goodbye for now! 

contact us.

0400559715

Sheepwash Road, Avoca

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