Workshops

Open Day and Garlic Celebration Sunday 16th Dec 2018 11am-4pm

Farm Gate StoreFREE EVENT – At Katamatite Garlic we are proud to announce the launch of the 2018-2019 garlic season. Our garlic is fresh and has a wonderful array of flavours, from the mild mannered to full pungency. We think this is worth celebrating ! We will have tastings on the day of fresh garlic and our favourite garlic jellies.

There is more to learn about garlic than you thought was possible. Garlic is not only essential to food and medicine, but is also a pest repellent in organic gardening. Find out about garlic greens, garlic sprouts, green garlic, garlic storage and see the different varieties we have available at this special event. Get caught up in the joy of garlic!

Buying Australian garlic supports a valuable Australian horticultural industry and means less food miles. Also makes a farmer do a little jig! The garlic industry was all but destroyed in the 90s by the import of cheap Chinese garlic with the majority of farmers either leaving agriculture or moving into other crops. The last five years has seen a resurgence in the number of garlic growers and Australian growers are now producing 17% of our domestic supply.

At 11am Grahame will demonstrate the construction of a wicking raised veggie bed. Feel like helping out? All are welcome to hear about the benefits and see it in action!

Summer Saturday Guided Tours

Groups welcomeSaturdays 1 Dec – 23 Feb
11am start
Bookings at EVENTBRITE Tickets are just $10 each to help us cover insurance costs, children under 16 are free. Please book early as there is limited capacity and events typically book out.

Got a group interested? Discounts apply for groups booking of 10+
Guided Tours available Wed- Sun by appointment call 0438983718.

Back by popular demand we will be throwing open our gates and inviting you in to see a commercial scale permaculture garlic farm! Established in 2007, Katamatite Garlic is a rare chance to see the application of permaculture design philosophy at the crucial first steps of a farming business.

The day will begin with Lisa outlining the business and farm vision before Grahame talks you through our main commercial crop (garlic) and farm design then we’ll head out for a walk and talk through the main veggie patch; exploring chicken domes, composting, soil health, wicking beds and mandala garden set-up. There will be plenty of time to discuss the key components of our permaculture design. There is also some time to explore the farm gate store and enjoy tasting of our favourite garlic jellies.

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Workshops in Autumn 2018 – Garlic planting, Composting, veggie garden in winter…. Booking call Lisa 0438983718 or email info@katamatitegarlic.com.au!

All workshops are designed for the home gardener. They give basic specific information to build knowledge and confidence in growing your food organically using Permaculture principles. We also provide support services for basic questions.

For the commercial grower we have consultation services with Grahame based on hourly, 1/2 day and full day rates. For more information please contact us.

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planting garlic demo

Planting Garlic

3 dates to choose from!

Saturday, 17th & 31st March & 28th April – Garlic Planting 10-12
This 2 hour workshop includes;

  • Talk about the different varieties of garlic and selection of seed for growing.
  • All about soil structure and requirements for growing garlic.
  • Preparing seed stock for planting
  • Planting demonstration and participation.
  • We will also discuss mulching and potential pests and diseases of garlic. 
  • If there is time Grahame can answer queries from the group on just about anything to do with growing organically!

Tickets $50 pp for Garlic Planting workshop can be purchased directly (simply choose the date that best suits you!) at https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/garlic-planting-tickets-43869599152

Tickets for other workshops coming soon.

composting workshop

Hands on composting workshop

Saturday, 21st April – Compost workshop 10-12
The 2 hour workshop will introduce you to why compost and then the important how to compost! We will go over composting techniques, worms, hot and cold composts. There is a hands on component where we will build a compost and demonstrate how to use liquid manure.

Tickets $50 pp for Garlic Planting workshop can be purchased directly https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/composting-why-how-tickets-44954970527

Saturday, 19th May – Guide to winter gardening 10-12
A 2 hour guide to preparing your garden for winter with an overview of the Autumn fruit and vegetable garden. We will also cover garden tool care.

All 2 hour workshops $50 per person. booking essential, class sizes limited. Call Lisa 0438983718 or email info@katamatitegarlic.com.au!

Sunday, 6th May – International Permaculture Day
Open Day at the farm! Come along and get an introduction to Permaculture by Grahame. Free all day 10-4pm. See our permaculture design for our property and talk to the expert! Small group talks at 10.30am and 1.30pm.

Grahame’s Bio -In 2007 Grahame moved with his young family back to Northern Victoria where he grew up. Since then he and his wife Lisa have been working to transform a 1.2 hectare property on the edge of their small town. They make their living from this property, Katamatite Garlic, with their small commercial production, and with property tours. Although Grahame has been a student and practitioner of permaculture for many years, and the property is evidence of that, he completed his PDC in 2017 and found it to be a very rewarding and affirming experience. He is a ‘people person’ who loves plants and particularly loves soil. Grahame completed his Bachelor of Science in Horticulture at Melbourne University, Burnley in 1993.

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NEW EVENT –23rd March 2018 booking online NOW  https://murrayrivertickets.com.au/event/6104

Grazing on Garlix

Grazing on Garlic

As part of the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival our area – Sun Country on the Murray is hosting many events. This year we are hosting an event 23rd March 2018 12-3pm – “Grazing on Garlic in the Garden” – a garlic feast at our farm!!!! Tickets online now or call me and I can process for you! Grazing on Garlic in the Garden Tickets are $69 + $2.25 booking fee. Looking for something different to experience? Come with friends and enjoy and afternoon nibbling different garlic dishes lovingly prepared by Kathy Smits from Long Table Cafe a wonderful local chef with awesome culinary skills!

This unique experience will be set in the gardens of Katamatite Garlic. Enjoy a series of dishes created with garlic as the flavour base and take the opportunity to chat with our local chef and the organic garlic growers. Allow your hosts to take you along the path from the paddock to the plate. With garlic planting and braiding demonstrations and live music. The sample room open for tastings of the Katamatite Garlic range of preserves and pickled garlic this event will not disappoint.

Tickets are $69 + $2.25 booking fee

Garlic Inspired Dishes, Garden Tour, Garlic planting and braiding demonstrations and Live Music. At this stage it is a non-alcoholic event.

The Sun Country Food and Wine Festival promotes a collection of events across the region, highlighting produce that is locally grown and produced. The festival runs in line with the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival each year.
A collection of regional events showcasing our finest local produce run during 16-25th March see website https://www.suncountryonthemurray.com.au/see-do/events/sun-country-food-and-wine-festival

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FREE TALKS AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC !!! Sunday 15th Oct

Italian Purple garlic

How does your “purple ” look?

11.30am & 1.30pm – Katamatite Garlic – 2 free Permaculture & garlic growing talks by our garlic guru Grahame. Our farm is a great example of small scale farming providing high quality organic food! come and look around and discover all we have to offer. See the garlic growing in our unique system – next harvest is November. Learn when your own garlic is ready to harvest. Free tastings available in the garlic farmgate store. (normal operating hours Fri-Sun 10am-4pm).

12-2pm biodynamic sausages bbq ($2.50) lunch provided by Eden Farm Produce.

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Permaculture Design Course with our friends at Murrnong, Violet Town Victoria https://murrnong.com/pdc/

PDC poster for course Nov
DATE: Nov 11 2017 – May 13 2018  –  A 14 Day Course, shared over 7 weekend sessions from Spring through to Autumn. This extended format gives you time to take what you’ve learnt each session, thoroughly digest it all, absorb the sometimes life-changing content, and grow together as a learning community through these seasons.

This PDC engages and immerses you in design examples, at Murrnong and at other sites, with examples from intensive urban to rural to bush land. We try to include something hands on and practical each day.

See the Bios on all the tutors https://murrnong.com/pdcteachers/

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