Attend a workshop or event

Upcoming workshops/courses/events that are being run by Canberra City Farm, our collaborating organisations, or by others are (scroll down the page for details):

Note: Events noted as 'CIT/CCF' are collaborative events between the Canberra Institute of Technology (CIT) and Canberra City Farm (CCF). View by 'month' if you want to see what's coming up in the near future.


Upcoming Canberra City Farm workshops + events:


Regular Monthly Gathering

Takes place on the third Sunday of each month.

CCF Propagation Group Workshop


Date: Sunday 28 th July, 2019,
Time: 1pm til 4pm
Location: CCF property 2 Dairy Rd
Cost: Free to CCF members. $20 for non-members


This introductory workshop, which is the first of the spring propagation workshop series, is for anyone interested in propagating their own plants, particularly from seed. It will also kick off the CCF spring propagation agenda, getting plants started that will be raised and later sold or used in the plots at Dairy Rd.

The following topics will be covered:

  • Seed raising medium – what is required?

  • Different methods of raising seeds – including both trays and paper pots.

  • The opportunity to make paper pots will be included.

  • The essentials of making a good seed bed to give your seed the best chance of germinating.

  • What environmental conditions give your seedlings the best chance?

  • Pricking out seedlings into pots

  • Watering and fertilising requirements

  • Pests and diseases to look out for.

  • This workshop will be split in two segments. The first will briefly cover the theory, while the second and longer section will be hands-on creating seed trays, paper pots and planting seed. There will also be the opportunity to learn how to prick out seedlings from seedling trays and transfer them to pots to grow out prior to planting. Questions and problems are encouraged, so bring them with you and enjoy a social afternoon.

    Book early to avoid disappointment. Register via e-mail at:


    Upcoming collaborative Canberra City Farm activities:


    Wicking Beds workshop — Saturday 10 August

    Sponsored by WaterUps, Dan Hartwell of GrowEasy and Dan Cusack of Revive Landscapes will help us build three raised wicking garden beds. These are beds with a difference: they are watered from the ground up by WaterUps® Wicking Cells, a revolutionary, lightweight device which creates the water reservoir.

    The beds will be used to compare the water-use efficiency and yields of traditional on-ground garden beds with beds based on WaterUps. Wide experience so far shows that wicking beds use water far more effiiciently than conventional on-ground beds. In a drying country, that is a real plus.

    Chris Curtis of Fresh Landscape Design will give a short presentation on his Honours degree research into what wicking beds are all about. Here’s some of what he’s doing.

    In case you can’t make it on the day, here’s a video showing how to build one.

    Afterwards, we’ll include a tour of the Farm if you’re interested.

  • When: Saturday 10 August 2019

  • Time: 9:00am to 12:30 approx.

  • Where: Canberra City Farm, 2 Dairy Road, Fyshwick. Enter at the gate with the blue shipping container.

  • Workshop Cost: Free for CCF members, $20 ($10 concession) for non-members. Join Canberra City Farm on the day for the same price as the workshop.

  • Lunch option: $10 for pumpkin soup, bread, & cheese.

  • Book early to avoid disappointment. Register via e-mail at:

    Additional information for the Grafting Workshop

    Payment: To ensure your place on the workshop, prepayment for the workshop is recommended using direct
    debit to:

  • Bank: Westpac

  • Account name: Canberra City Farm

  • BSB: 032727 Account number: 239166

  • Please include your name in the transaction reference, together with the text ‘Grafting’

  • There will be a selection of scion material available on the day. Any additional purchases of root stocks or scion material can be made on the day by cash, cheque or card.

    Please tell us by email, before the day, if you want particular varieties of apples, plum or quince and we will endeavour to meet your request, however, it may not be possible to do so.

    If you require further information about this workshop, please contact Keith Colls at


    Discussion Groups

    From time to time, Canberra City Farm members organise discussion groups on various topics. Non-members are welcome to attend.

    Members are encouraged to experiment with different ways of holding discussions. For example, they might use online discussion tools like Loomio or they might try small group formats. Two groups with four (max) participants in each could easily go to any cafe around town (saves having to book and pay for a meeting room). And smaller groups allow more chance for everyone to have a say.

    If you would like to list your discussion group here, please email:

    Collaborating Organisations

    Logo-CEC-sCanberra Environment Centre offer a range of different workshops and events on sustainable food and living. For more details about these workshops and events check out the Canberra Environment Centre events calendar.

    CSC_LogoCIT Solutions offers its clients and learners the best elements of two worlds, combining the dependability of a government-owned institution with the flexibility and nous of a sleek corporate training entity:

    Logo-PE-sSouthern Harvest offer a range of practical permaculture and farming courses. For more details about these workshops and courses check out the Southern Harvest courses and events.

    SEE-ChangeSEE-Change offer a range of practical events and workshops that inspire, inform and support the community to take actions to reduce their ecological footprints. For more details about these workshops and events check out the SEE-Change website.

    Previous workshops/courses/events that have been run by Urban Agriculture Australia and Canberra City Farm are:

  • Winter Solstice Celebration: Saturday 22 June 2019
  • Introduction to Urban Permaculture: Saturday 15 June 2019
  • Biochar workshop: Saturday 15 June 2019
  • Becoming a successful backyard garlic grower workshop: Sunday 5 May 2019
  • Potting Mix working bee/workshop: Sunday 1 July 2018
  • Espalier and Pruning workshop and working bee: Sunday 22 July 2018
  • Budding and Grafting workshop: Sunday 12 August 2018
  • ACT Permaculture Festival: Sunday 15 April 2018
  • Making Passata: Sunday 18 March 2018
  • Making Shiraz Jelly: Sunday 25 February 2018
  • Making a Round House: Sunday 16 July 2017
  • Making a Cob Pizza Oven: Sunday 18 June 2017
  • Making Hot Compost: Sunday 12 March 2017
  • Murrumbateman Gourmet Mushroom Farm Open Day: Sunday 30 October 2016
  • Seed Savers: Monthly from August 2016
  • Worm Composting Workshop: Sunday 31 July 2016
  • Introduction to Fermentation Workshop: Sunday 29 May 2016
  • Four Seasons Workshop: Monthly from January 2016
  • Bokashi & other Microbial Inoculants: November 2015
  • Feijoa Grafting Workshop: August 2015
  • Gourmet Mushroom Propagation Course: June 2015
  • Wicking Bed Workshop: May 2015
  • Propagation Workshop: May 2015
  • Let It Grow Mentoring Training: May 2015
  • Green Manure Workshop: April 2015
  • Compost Workshop: March 2015
  • Container Painting Day: March 2015
  • Soils and garden preparation: February 2015
  • City of Food Series: September 2014
  • Floriade Exploratory Pathway Display: September-October 2014
  • Floriade Information & Communications Workshop: September 2014
  • Floriade Set-up Workshop: September 2014
  • Propagation Workshop: August 2014
  • Floriade General Construction: August 2014
  • Propagation Workshop: July 2014
  • Cob and Rocket Stove Construction Workshop: September 2013
  • Introduction to Communicating Urban Agriculture: August 2013
  • Introduction to Permaculture Design: August 2013
  • Seedling workshop: July 2013
  • Growing herbs from cuttings: July 2013

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    Best Lobster Pot Buying Guide: How To Choose The Right Lobster Pot For You

    Lobster Pot Pty Ltd is Perth’s only wholesale supplier of plastic elvinco style lobster pots.

    We supply lobster pots to both commercial and recreational fishers in Western Australia.

    Our lobster pots are locally manufactured in Perth from high-density polyethylene repurposed from broken council rubbish bins.

    Lobster pots have been successfully used for fishing for both recreational and commercially caught species. These include Western Lobster, Southern Lobster and Snow Crab.

    The beauty of our lobster pots is they are extremely strong and durable with the added benefit of no sharp and hard edges that can damage boats. They are easy to lift, stack and kind on boat surfaces!

    Our lobster pots are competitively priced, being approximately half the price of traditionally used timber pots and are made from recycled material.

    Our top tip for catching a cray with our lobster pot this season is to make them heavier. If the cray pot doesn’t sit on the seafloor it won’t catch a cray!

    Why You Need a Lobster Pot

    The main reason you need a lobster pot is to catch lobster.

    From our experience, all catch is linked to lobster pots. This includes snagging snapper, rabbit fishing and also the commercial catches of bonytail wrasse and jacksmelt.

    To make sure you’re catching the biggest and best lobsters, I would recommend getting at least one of our 12 metre pot. You can use your deck rake to remove egg sacks, traps and assorted clutter from the pot.

    Catching Lobsters with Lobster Pot

    To catch lobsters, you must use a lobster pot. Once the lobsters are in the pot, make sure the lid is tied down tightly.

    This will help the lobsters inside the pot stay in one place. There are two ways of catching lobster.

    How to Choose the Right Lobster Pot for You

    Lobster pots should be made from only the best quality marine grade soft ABS plastic. Any other plastic will not last.

    Leather or metal coning will have a natural finish to the surface that will peel after a few years, or scratches will develop.

    The moulding on the top of lobster pots must be flexible enough to adjust for the size of lobster that you are going to catch. A lobster pot that has a rigid surface will damage the lobster and make catching difficult.

    If you want to catch jumbo or big rock lobster, the bigger the lobster the bigger the lobster pot is required! The most popular sized lobster pot available is around 40L which is plenty of room for a lobster to move about freely.

    How to Catch a Cray with a Lobster Pot

    After bringing our lobster pots ashore, they can be easily filled with boiling water and set out in the sun. It’s important to ensure that they are always in a shaded area and that they have adequate ventilation (make sure there is air circulating).

    You can then lower the lobster pot into the water and let it sit for 15 minutes. This will release a live lobster in the pot.

    It’s important to make sure the pot is deep enough that you have room to fit your hands in the water. The lobster needs to be brought to the surface for cooking as it will suffer from the scalding and direct heat. Once released, you can handle the lobster for a brief moment before releasing it.


    Purchasing our lobster pot will make it easier for you to fish for lobsters this season. You won’t be left scraping old buckets all year long and will save money.

    This is a great option for you if you don’t mind a bit of a gamble as to whether your lobster pots will work or not.

    However, be sure to find out how our lobster pot’s stack and choose the heaviest possible model. It is essential your lobster pot is placed on a firm, flat, steady surface in order to catch the lobster.