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“The more I learn here, the more I love plants. I’m crazy for plants. We live on an acre and I’m already filling it up with sub-tropical plants for food, medicine and beauty, but this course will help me learn more about propagation and managing what I grow. I’m into cooking, so now I’m learning how to grow herbs and Asian plants, and in my home culture of Cambodia, food is medicine too.”
“It’s great for me learning from other like-minded students and the tutor. I need help sometimes with writing English and I’m getting that here and from my family. I’m always looking plant stuff up on the internet and trying new things like air-layering, and when you have a passion you learn quickly. If something doesn’t work, you learn and try again.”
“We’re also learning how to grow plants organically which is better both for us and the earth. Plants are the best therapy and they need to be nurtured - just like people do. I’m from the city but my grandmother was really into plants and lived in the country so it’s in my cells.”
“My dream is to create a plant nursery that feels like a sub-tropical garden. I imagine people being able to taste the fruit, smell the fragrances and be uplifted by the beauty as they select their plants.”
Doing this course is confirming that I want a life linked to the land, and although I failed a lot at school, I’m...
“I love everything about being outside. It’s where I belong. We plan to own a sustainable permaculture based property and getting this ticket will allow me to get to that goal.”
“Doing this course is confirming that I want a life linked to the land, and although I failed a lot at school, I’m getting A’s here because I’m so interested. I was nervous to come here so I started with the level 3 course to gain confidence. I love the people here, I’ve made some great friends and we socialize together outside of the course.”
“I surprised myself by doing so well in the first course that I wanted to come back for more. I’m proud of myself. My Dad is ill at the moment and I think my success here is good for him too.”
“I want to get jobs in lots of different nurseries to learn from as many different people as possible. I’d love to study more too but our mortgage dictates I get a job. Longer term, I dream of creating our permaculture property including breeding animals in a sustainable way that respects both them and the earth.”
“With what I’m learning, it’s exciting to think about what the future holds – both as an individual and for our...
“I was wanting more meaningful work and had been in the north about 18 months doing part-time work until I decided I wanted to study horticulture. It is values based, hands-on and focuses on sustainability which is necessary for future generations. It’s fascinating to me. I was originally from the city and came up here to be nearer family, so the content is all new to me and I’m learning a completely different lifestyle.”
“With what I’m learning, it’s exciting to think about what the future holds – both as an individual and for our greater culture. I’m surprised at how broad the course is and that we can apply what we learn to any aspect of our lives – at home, at work and even spiritually.”
“We have a variety of students in our class all with different views but our common interest puts us all in the same bubble. It’s a very healing environment to be in and the tutor has a real passion and knowledge.”
“At the moment I’m living at home but the course is giving me ideas of how to run my own farm and to share that with children and social groups. For me the outcome will be more about lifestyle than career, and when I finish level 4 I’m keen to talk to schools and young people about waste and environmental issues.”
“I want to make the most of what’s on offer here which includes the support network and community as well as the study, and I’ll see what happens after that.”