Through ‘Giving Tree’ we offer an immersive education and training opportunity through workshops and open days with a focus on agriculture, rural skills, artisan food and cooking, animals, health and sustainability, construction, beekeeping, fermentation, beer brewing, cheese making, cured meats and archaeology just to name a few.

The learning experiences are designed to offer something for everyone with programs suited to serious farmers and artisan chefs while others are for beginners with a spark in their eye and desire to learn a practical skill.

Our teachers are subject matter experts who share their knowledge in a rich, hands on learning environment. Review the schedule of learning experiences and events available and check back regularly to see new programs.



  • Interest in acquisition of artisan skills connected to sustainable living is growing
  • Access to coordinated ongoing learning programs of sustainable farming is limited
  • Students want real life experiences incorporated into a rich learning environment
  • Many experienced ‘subject matter experts’ are under-utilised and want to share knowledge
  • Accessibility issues for practical rural skills training for immediate application on farms
  • We are looking to train and hire people with specialised skills and knowledge
  • The number of certified organic farmers in the region is only growing slowly