Verse yourself in the basics, and even try your hand at an IRL farmstay
PERMACULTURE SYDNEY INSTITUTE
Just over a two-hour drive north-west of the city, Permaculture Sydney offers introductory courses on managing beef and dairy cattle, poultry, beekeeping, preserving and fermenting. Hone your skills during a farmstay, or grow your own organic food supply on a rented plot of land using their farm-share scheme. permaculturesydneyinstitute.org
CERES COMMUNITY ENVIRONMENT PARK
The location of the Centre for Education and Research in Environmental Strategies (CERES) in East Brunswick means Melburnians barely have to leave the city to take one of the courses in permaculture design and sustainable gardening, or dip a toe in with sourdough baking, cheesemaking and basketry classes. The 14-session Urban Farmer Course covers everything for the budding horticulturist, including planting, fertilising and harvesting produce. Until your own supply gets off the ground, the centre’s food delivery program – which is focused on employing asylum seekers – will bring you seasonal, organic and minimally packaged produce from their property and those of like-minded growers.