Esperance Growers Market to run gardening courses

Esperance Growers Market have obtained funding to run two free courses on sustainable gardening during the school holidays.

Course presenters Jenny Morcombe and Geoff Tonkin said they looked forward to sharing their passion for growing organic food and sustainable gardening with participants.

According to Ms Morcombe, the course is designed to encourage people and equip participants with the skills and knowledge to grow their own healthy produce and to supply any excess to the Growers Market.

The two day courses will run in both the first and second week of the school holidays, the first of which is due to start on April 16 and 17 at a small farming property.

The second will be held on April 23 and 24 at the Community Bush Tucker Garden and will include visits to several community gardens.

The first day will begin with information on community gardens, sustainable natural resources, sun orientation, sector planning, wicking beds, water harvesting, seeds, worms and garden bed design.

The second day of the course will explore bio dynamics, soil additives, herbs, fruit trees, pest control, companion planting, animals, cooking, essential oils, aromatherapy and soap making.

The courses will run from 8.30am until 3pm, with nibbles and beverages provided.

The maximum number of participants per session is eight, with participants advised to bring their own drinks, food, notebook, hats, wet weather gear.

Directions, bookings and further information can be obtained by contacting (08) 9071 3126.