xvi. EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTIONS
Tertiary, adult education and unemployment programs offer a range of horticulture certificates, from Certificate II through to PhD work at Melbourne University. John Raynor from Melbourne University reported a large increase in PhD students interested in urban agriculture. Melbourne University, through its Burnley campus, also provide courses on therapeutic horticulture and teacher garden training, in conjunction with variously; Cultivating Community; Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Foundation; the Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne; and The Horticultural Therapy Association of Victoria.
The Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne also conducts public and student programs.
Tafes across the city are also noted for their horticulture programs and currently offer widely accessible entry into academic study, including Swinburne (Wantirna); Chisholm (Chadstone); and NMIT (Fairfield/Greensborough).
Adult Education, such as the visited Olympic Park Adult Education Centre, also offers gardening courses. Some of the training also occurs at the Olympic Village School Community Garden. Unemployed people are involved in the Fairfield Community Garden through Interact Employment Services. However, like a Work for the Dole program that ran at CERES a few years ago, Watsonia Neighbourhood House Community Garden’s Work for the Dole program was cut last year.
CERES is the main inner city location for permacultural certificates. Peppermint Ridge Farm is accredited to deliver Tafe level environmental courses, offering them in a permacultural setting.