Past events

  • How To Grow Mushrooms

    Community event



     Join Will Borowski from Forest Fungi for this full day of hands-on learning where he’ll demystify the process of how you can grow your own edible, gourmet mushrooms.  You’ll walk away knowing how to grow delicious organic oyster, shiitake, enoki (and more) in your own home, plus a whole new network of fellow fungi enthusiasts!

    This workshop will

    • Take you through the basics of mushroom propagation, these principles can be adapted to most mushroom varieties, meaning you’ll be able to cultivate pretty much any mushroom you’re heart and taste buds desire.
    • Show you how to inoculate logs with dowels and spawn.
    • Show you how to grow mushrooms on straw, coffee grounds and a host of other compostables.

    Students receive

    We send you home with an exciting show bag valued at $100 full of the following goodies:

    • 5 petri dishes inoculated in class with a cloned mushroom
    • 2 pre-made petri dishes of 2 different types of oyster mushrooms
    • 2 bags of oyster mushrooms inoculated in class
    • 1 inoculated log with  shiitake dowels and grain spawn
    • Knowledge and a new network of enthusiasts so you can stay connected and keep learning after the course, and
    • Free membership to the Forest Fungi Culture Club where you will receive exclusive access to harder to grow varieties, discounts on items and exclusive ongoing support from Will through the Culture Club facebook group.
  • Real Skills for Growing Food at Fat Pig Farm

    Community event
    • Saturday, September 10, 2016 at 09:00 AM – September 12, 2016
    • Glaziers Bay in Glaziers Bay, Australia
    • $470.00 AUD


    Fat Pig Farm (1)

    Two days of hands-on learning, equipping you with the skills to grow food in your own home.

    Exciting time Folks! We’re partnering with Fat Pig Farm to bring you two days of hands-on Real Skills for Growing Food. Join Hannah Moloney, Anton Vikstrom and Fat Pig Farm market gardener, Jonathon Cooper to learn the basics in growing your own food in urban and small spaces.

    You’ll get to learn all about…

    • Soil. If you want to grow good food, you’re going to need to know about soil – this is the key to awesome food production. We’ll introduce you to the soil food web and explore a range of soil preparation methods for different contexts.

    • Propagation. Empower yourself to grow food from scratch – we’ll look at everything from making your own seed raising mix, planting seeds, and growing from cuttings.

    • Vegetable growing. We’ll introduce you to growing both annual and perennial vegetables so you can create diverse, edible garden-scapes.

    • Fruit trees. You’ll learn all about planting and pruning fruit trees, plus we’ll introduce you to a wonderful concept called ‘food forests’.

    Who should come to this workshop?

    We’ve designed this workshop as an introduction for folks wanting to get started in growing their own food and for people looking for some extra guidance in refining their growing skills. If you’re looking for an advanced food growing workshop, this one isn’t for you – but stay tuned as we have big plans for a rather fantastic workshop on this.

  • Film 'The Permaculture Orchard: Beyond Organic'

    Community event

    The Change Makers Tasmania & Sustainable Living Tasmania present:

    The Permaculture Orchard: Beyond Organic

    A feature-length educational film that will teach you how to set up your own permaculture orchard at any scale.  Based on 20 years of applied theory and trial and error, biologist and educator Stefan Sobkowiak shares his experience transforming a conventional apple orchard into an abundance of biodiversity that virtually takes care of itself. The concepts, techniques and tips presented in this film will help you with your own project, whether it is just a few fruit trees in your urban backyard, or a full-scale multi-acre commercial orchard.

    Stefan Sobkowiak

    Trained as a biologist and landscape architect, Stefan has taught fruit production, landscape plants and design, and natural history of vertebrates at Montreal’s McGill University. He owned a landscape design firm for 20 years, developing hundreds of projects for private, institutional and municipal clients. He’s been teaching permaculture in Quebec since 1995. Stefan is the owner of Miracle Farms since 1993.

    Film contents

    • creating habitat for birds / pollinators
    • natural pest control techniques
    • the trio system / plant combinations
    • the shrub + herbaceous layers
    • seed planting of annuals
    • planting fruit trees / drainage considerations
    • tree training vs. pruning
    • grafting / overgrafting
    • starting your own trees vs. buying trees
    • mulch options with a focus on plastic mulch and why/how
    • drip irrigation
    • the importance of cultivar selection
    • the grocery aisle concept
    • spraying / fungi control
    • tree protection
    • frost protection


    This screening is part of 'The Change Makers Tasmania Documentary Festival', an itinerant festival that brings documentaries to community organisations to inspire positive change. Find out more at

  • Film 'The Market Gardener's Toolkit'

    Community event
    • Sunday, September 25, 2016 at 12:00 PM
    • Mathers House in Hobart, Australia

    The Change Makers Tasmania & Farm Gate Market present:

    The Market Gardener's Toolkit

    Duration 1 hour 18 minutes

    An educational documentary in which small-scale organic farmer, educator and author Jean-Martin Fortier shares the tools and techniques used on his highly productive 1.5-acre farm. From soil preparation to strategies on dealing with insect pests, discover how this micro-farm manages to generate $150,000 in sales annually – without the use of a tractor or any heavy machinery.

    Filmed over an entire growing season in Quebec’s beautiful Eastern Townships, The Market Gardener’s Toolkit offers an unprecedented insight into the daily operations of the farm, from seeding to transplanting, from weeding to harvesting.

    No matter the scale of your project, whether a small urban farm or a full-scale commercial market garden, this film will offer valuable information and help make your operation more efficient and profitable.

    Jean-Martin Fortier

    Jean-Martin and his wife Maude-Hélène are the founders of Les Jardins de la Grelinette, an internationally recognized micro-farm famous for its high productivity and profitability using low-tech, high-yield methods of production. 

    Jean-Martin’s acclaimed book, The Market Gardener: A Successful Grower’s Guide to Small-Scale Organic Farming, has sold over 50,000 copies, and he has been invited to talk all over Canada, the US, Europe, Australia, New Zealand and China.


    This screening is part of 'The Change Makers Tasmania Documentary Festival', an itinerant festival that brings documentaries to community organisations to inspire positive change. Find out more at

  • Kate's Fermenting and Sprouting Workshop

    Community event

    The table in my workshop bursting with food for participants to try!   

    Along with sourdough bread making, fermenting and sprouting are ancient crafts being now recognised for their health-giving properties and simple preparations.

    ADD YOUR EMAIL (NOT your name) to the booking sheet and I will send you the details and how to pay.

    Check out my website for more info. 

    Whether you want to stay healthy, regain vitality or are unwell, fermenting and sprouting will help you. These simple, ancient methods of preparing vegetables, nuts, pulses, seeds and dairy are still an integral part of the diet of most people in Asia, Europe, Africa and South America. Fermented foods improve digestion and add digestive enzymes that are lacking in many people’s diets. Ferments are easily created in your kitchen with ingredients you will already have at hand. Come and learn how to take charge of your gut, your health and your brain, by making simple, delicious foods for daily life.

    Hand in hand with fermented foods, sprouted grains and seeds can easily be added to your diet. Freshly sprouted in your home, they provide a bounty of nutrients. Let me introduce you to my easy, foolproof sprouting method.

    There are always plenty of samples for you to try in my workshops and you will be delighted to discover that such beautiful flavours can add such vitality to your body and spring to your step! Full set of notes included.



  • Holistic Management Decision Making

    Community event


    Join Dan Palmer from Very Edible Gardens for a weekend that will transform your personal and professional life. In this two-day workshop we will apply the holistic management decision making framework to a whole of your choice. Your “whole” might be you, your family, your business, or an organisation you are part of.

    This workshop is not a sit back and soak it up affair. It involves engaging with and articulating what matters most to you in your life and in the different wholes you are part of. You will come prepared to share and leave with focus and clarity about why you are here and not only how you can steer your life directly into the space you most deeply want to be in personally and/or professionally, but how you can stay there.

    For more info visit:

  • Thanks to the hard work of educators across the State, Tasmania is now recognised by the United Nations as a Regional Centre of Expertise in Education for Sustainable Development.

    Education for Sustainability Tasmania is a new network of organisations that has been established to promote, support and build on the innovation and success being achieved. We are very proud of our new collaborative network and encourage you to help us celebrate its launch. 

    Register your interest below

    The network includes some of the finest advocates for sustainability in Tasmania representing education institutions, business and community organisations. Our common belief is that education is a central tool for fostering the knowledge, skills, values and world views necessary for people to act in ways that contribute to more sustainable patterns of living. 

    View more on our new website 

    Please note that this meeting will be held in three different locations at the same time at the Burnie, Launceston and Hobart University campuses. We're meeting with other people across the State 'virtually'. Details will be provided after you register.  

    Please specify in the address field where you will be attending the meeting (Burnie, Launceston or Hobart)


  • Introduction to Small-Scale Beekeeping

    Community event




    A one day introduction course designed for the beginner and novice beekeeper keen to have one (or a few) hives in their homes. We’ll guide you through the key foundations of bee theory and action so that by the end of the day you’ll be either ready to start on your bee journey, add to it or refine it.

    This workshop will

    • Provide the theory you need to get started in beekeeping

    • Discuss the importance of bees in our food systems, key threats to their health and how you can help them out

    • Show you three different types of hives – the langstrothwarre and top bar beehive and how they work so you can make an informed decision for your own place

    • Open a live hive so you can see how to manage and work with bees on a practical level

    • Introduce you to some of the simple and best tools to utilise as a beginner beekeeper

    Students receive

    • A bee veil suitable as a “backup/spare” veil
    • Morning and afternoon tea and treats (BYO lunch).
    •  A whole bunch of new bee friends and networks to stay in contact with.
    • Course notes, jam packed with information to support you to be a gun beekeeper!

    Find more information here:

  • Introduction to Ecovillage Design Education (EDE)

    Community event
    • Saturday, November 05, 2016 at 12:00 PM – November 12, 2016
    • Tasman Ecovillage in Nubeena, Australia
    • $1,350.00 AUD

    The Global Ecovillage Network (Australia) is excited to offer an introduction course in Ecovillage Design Education – Community Sustainability in Tasmania on the beautiful Tasman Peninsula. 

    This EDE Intro Course will take people through the Social, Economic, Environment and Spiritual elements required for a successful community and bring new awareness to how we as communities can function sustainably and wholly into the future. 

    This will be an experience-based course that will explore eco and intentional communities incorporating aspects of Transition Towns, Permaculture, Social Design and Deep Ecology and the latest processes, design and knowledge. 

    Facilitated by an experienced team with a wealth of knowledge from Ecovillages around the world. 

    The course is set in Tasman Ecovillage, an established community 1.5 hours from Hobart and incorporates the community as part of the course 

    COST $1350 - $1850  (depending on accommodation type) 

    Includes all meals and onsite accommodation for the week

  • MONA Kids

    Sustainable Living event

    MONA will showcase curated learning opportunities in the Kids Activity Area with special guests Theatre of the Roaming Trees.

    Activities will focus on our 4 learning pathways: creative arts, culinary arts, science and sustainability:

    • People powered bike-blended smoothies: delicious, pleasurable food that’s good for you and for the planet!
    • Crafting seed bombs to take home, gift or exchange: literally reseeding the earth with our dreams, hopes and edible greens!
    • 101 things that carrots can do: A range of activities from designing super-hero carrot-capes, to microscopy and print-making – all using our namesake and favourite vegetable!
    • Make your own newspaper origami pots and plant some giant sunflowers.
    • Plus lots more surprises and fun learning opportunities at our stall.


    Loosen Up cater to all levels and offers a broad range of yoga styles to suit all individuals.