Samford workshop to showcase benefits of utilising nature to grow healthy food


A two-day workshop at Samford in December will show how growing healthy food doesn’t have to be hard work or expensive if we bring nature’s free ecological services back into gardens and farms.

Dr Wendy Seabrook, founder of Learning from Nature

The Learning From Nature workshop, organised by Healthy Land and Water, will be led by agro-ecologist and innovator Dr Wendy Seabrook who specialises in the application of ecology to support food producers.

The workshop is designed for commercial farmers and backyard growers alike and focuses on the benefits of incorporating natural growing techniques into gardens and farms to reduce input costs, simplify the process and improve production yields naturally.

Dr Seabrook will guide attendees on ways to reduce growing costs, minimise production losses due to extreme weather and the benefits of nurturing and protecting natural ecosystems. The workshop is based on Dr Seabrook’s experiences since she purchased Hill Top Farm a decade ago and wanted to find an easier way to grow.

“I had enough experience to understand the challenges of both growing food for my family and making an income using organic practices,” she said.

“I was intrigued by the interesting results innovative growers were getting from improving ecological functions in their farms and gardens and it was a practical way to grow food. As an ecologist it seemed the logical way to go and I keen to share what I’ve learnt over the years.”

The workshop begins on Saturday December 2 from 9am – 4pm and continues on December 9 from 9am – 4pm. The workshop includes a trip to nearby Millen Farm and morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea will be provided.

Dr Seabrook said the Learning From Nature workshop will provide attendees with a fascinating insight into the methods and benefits of organic food production.

“Growing healthy food doesn’t have to be hard work and the workshop is going to showcase the benefits of harnessing the wisdom nature provides,” she said.

Registrations for the workshop are now closed

The Learning From Nature workshop is delivered with support from the Regional Landcare Facilitator Program funded through the National Landcare Programme.

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