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Compost Workshop

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Join Kiewa Catchment Landcare Groups and David Hardwick from Soil Land Food at beautiful Black Barn Farm in Stanley, for a hands on composting workshop.

You will learn about the three main ways of making compost- aerobic, vermicompost and fermentation. We will make a batch of compost and you'll also receive key tips and advice on machinery required, sourcing materials and making compost successfully on your farm.

Places are limited, bookings are essential.

  • Morning tea and lunch will be provided
  • Physical Fitness level required: EASY to MEDIUM ( Sitting/Walking/standing for a periods of 1 hour or more required)
  • Biosecurity: There will be a biosecurity foot-wash when we go on site. We ask all attendees to please make sure their footwear and vehicles are free from any weed seeds and pathogens before entering the property.

  • Bring along a sample of compost you make or use!
  • Wear sturdy, enclosed shoes, long pants, sun protection ( hat and sunscreen), and a raincoat or umbrella in case of showers
  • Water bottle
  • Bring a camp chair to sit on 
  • If you are unwell on the day please remain at home in consideration of the health of other

Due to our limited funding it is difficult to cater for every dietary requirement at our events. If you have  dietary requirements other than vegetarian please bring your own food and drink.


Contact KCLG Project Officer: Chontelle Bourne   ~  0491 624 943

    David Hardwick
    David Hardwick

    David is a professional agroecologist and has over 20 years' experience in rural landscapes, farming and food systems. He has been doing soil and regenerative agriculture extension and consulting all over Australia for nearly 20 years. He completed a degree in Ecological Agriculture at the University of Sydney with focus on regenerative and organic farming systems, land management and rural change. He develops and delivers many of the extension projects for Soil Land Food across Australia. He worked in community development and then horticulture before completing a dairy traineeship on an organic dairy in NSW. Since then he has had a wide ranging career working in both management and technical roles. These include Landcare extension, agronomy, soils, agribusiness, biofertiliser R&D and manufacturing, organics, training, and consulting positions. For many years he also helped run a regional farmers market business with his wife. He has also worked on rural cooperative and social enterprise projects. David also teaches soils, regenerative agriculture, farm planning and agroecology at TAFE NSW on a casual basis. David’s passion is agroecology and empowering farmers with knowledge and skills that make a difference! Soillandfood

    Black Barn Farm, Stanley


    Black Barn Farm is a permaculture based horticultural operation run by the Showers family. A family who have taken the long road to creating an intentionally slow orcharding and nursery business which is entrenched in its community and regenerative in its practices. To find out more about Black Barn Farm head to their website:

    The Compost Workshop is supported by the Victorian Government through the Connecting Communities with Biodiversity in the Kiewa River Catchment Project.

    Partnering with Soil Land Food, Ecological Agriculture: Shaping change in Australia's rural landscapes, farming and food systems & Black Barn Farm.


    Note - Information collected by KCLG is collected for the purposes of event registration, insurance and emergency contact purposes on the day of an event. Your information will remain private and will not be shared outside project partners  


    Kiewa Catchment Landcare Groups (KCLG) may use photos taken of you at this event to publicise the event and may retain the photos for future possible use in other projects. This can only occur with your approval, which will be collected during your registration. Please read the below participant photography consent statement carefully. 

    By agreeing to having photos taken during this event you give consent to KCLG freely using your photographic image without any personal compensation or remuneration. You also relinquish and waive any current or future rights in connection with the photos, including any intellectual property rights you may have in the photos. Your consent is subject to KCLG not using your image in a negative, unethical or defamatory manner, or for commercial gain or political purposes. The photos remain the property of KCLG and any personal details linked to the photos will be kept confidential and not used for any other purpose

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