Education and Training
Apace designed education programmes are given in Seed Collection.
Apace has always supported students studying horticulture and environmental science at TAFE and University through tours, courses, work experience programmes and casual employment. These activities are centred on the nursery and the Community Gardens.
Seed Collection Course
In 1996 Apace developed a course specifically to assist groups and individuals that are interested in collection of seed for revegetation purposes, but do not know where to start. The Apace course in seed collection helps to equip the participants with the basic skills required to undertake with confidence the collection, processing and storage of quality native seed from various plant community types.
Native seed is a primary resource in the repair and perpetuation of natural ecological systems. Community groups recognise the importance of collecting seed that is of known provenance for revegetation purposes such as propagation for future planting out or for direct seeding programmes.
The course consists of one day of theory and two days practical. The theory session covers the correct use, care and maintenance of tools, seed collection best practice, hygiene, legal requirements and obligations. The planning and execution of a seed collection programme is discussed in detail.
The course is held during late spring and early summer to coincide with the major seed maturation period.