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Off Grid Self Sufficency, Small Scale Market Gardening & Serious Backyard Farming Workshop 10th,11th,12th& 13th April 2020

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Location: Kookaburra Organics, Conondale, Sunshine Coast.

Are you Climate Change Ready????

This Course is designed for those who want to be Off-Grid, living  self sufficiently, or creating a  Serious Backyard/Urban Farm/Small Scale Market Gardens & for those establishing Community Small Farms and "Recession Proofing our future".  Are you preparing a survival plan to be independant, protecting yourself as more catastrophic events occur which will continue to impact your life? Food and water shortages are becoming more common place each day.  Over 80% of this course is hands on.

Friday 10th April, Saturday 11th, Sunday 12th  & Monday 13th, 2020 Easter Weekend (Arrive after 1.00pm Friday)

Fully Catered event with great vegetable and meat dishes.  If you have any special dietitary needs you will need to provide for yourself. There is ample produce in the garden.   

Accommodation onsite. (FREE)  Bring your Tent, Van, Camper Trailor or Caravan. Showers & Toilet facilities available onsite.


If you live on small acreage or intend to go Off Grid, or in a suburban Backyard, or creating a  sustainable community or just starting your Sustainable & independent lifestyle or need to improve your food growing skills, this workshop is perfect for you.

Our methods are applied simply and are cost effective. We use organic and sustainable practices so you can grow nutrient dense vegetables. Improve your lifestyle, wellbeing and save your money. FOOD IS THE NEW CURRENCY. Everyone can grow food.  This workshop is a hands-on event, so be prepared to get your hands in the soil, or kneading the sourdough & join us in the early morning harvesting of vegetables.

At Kookaburra Organics we simplify veggie growing and harvesting processes so you can produce food all year round and feed your family, no matter where you live in Australia.


We will provide you with easy solutions to be self sufficient. You will participate in:

  • Garden design: Types of garden (no dig, raised beds & wicking) location & bed preparation.
  • Benefits of Soil. Techniques to improve your soils, using organic processes.
  • Fungi and it's benefits to a food garden.
  • Milk a Cow make yogurt and some cheese
  • Sourdough Breadmaking.
  • Food Preserving(How to save your surplus for later use)
  • Solar System inspection aspect/format
  • Gravity feed water assessement/inspection
  • Essential Food plants for Survival.
  • See how a mealy bug farm works (Protein for chickens, etc)
  • Composting and Worm Farming & understanding the Secrets of Mulching.
  • DIY Fertilizers.
  • Pest management and control using everyday household waste ingredients.
  • Plant out seedlings & root crops and learn their secrets.
  • What to grow & When to grow it? You join in with the harvesting of vegetables for market.  Know how to pick, pack and store produce for longivity.
  • Pollination:the importance of how Honey Bees pollinate.
  • The importance of Planting in the right Moon cycle.
  • Marketing and selling your produce for profit or swap.

You will be confident to start your vegetable garden, FREE from petroleum based chemicals and other nasty toxins and GMO’s. 

Please note: Cancellation fee: $350 pp will apply 4wks prior.


Gary Hands is an Organic grower of fresh produce including survival & Heirloom plants. Kookaburra Farm is a Organic and Sustainable, naturally farmed market garden on the Sunshine Coast,Qld. See video https://vimeo.com/239227208

Gary is well known for his knowledge in organic growing in both temperate & sub–tropical areas.  He is a regular speaker at Garden Clubs, Sustainability Expo's and Organic Food groups and radio.  He conducts a range of vegetable growing workshops throughout the year catering for beginners through to the very experienced gardener. Gary also privately consults, visiting your property and advising so you get it right the 1st time around, when creating your small scale Backyard Farms and market gardens for sustainable food crops.  Gary incorporates aspects of permaculture design, low impact, holistic approach. https://www.facebook.com/kookaburraorganics



















Paula West is the Queen Bee/ Apiarist of Adopt a Beehive. www.adoptabeehive.com.au  Paula’s approach to beekeeping is totally holistic and natural and she will impart some vital “must know” info about bees, pollination and your veggie garden.   Her expertise and comments are regularly sought by media groups.

Several articles have been published about Adopt a Beehive in the Sunshine Coast Daily and the prestigious Salt magazine. Recent interviews with Win TV news were broadcast nationally regarding her approach to improving the number of bee colonies and her training of the “Next Generation of young Artisan Beekeepers” programme she has in place.  Adopt a Beehive needs your help as we focus on “Pollinating Australia’s food crops” thus contributing to the nation’s food security. https://www.facebook.com/adoptabeehiveaustralia  


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