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Rain, glorious rain!

 
Welcome to our February enews. Haven't we all enjoyed the last few days? Soil recharged, water tanks refilled, and minds and bodies soothed and rested, we are ready for more good work in the garden. So even though you are itching to get outdoors now, have a read about what's going on this and next month. Lots of interesting opportunities coming up, so take your pick from our courses and events.

We've also added a bit of light entertainment to remind us all that we all need breaks and the opportunity to recharge. I, for one, have been in my hammock with a good book during all this rain, enjoying the last days of the school holidays.

Martina
(Enews Editor)

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Permaculture Fest 2016 Facebook

[Picture - This grape vine, providing much needed shade in summer, kilos of fruit, and a lovely view from the hammock demonstrates the stacking of functions]

Bunuru is the second summer or season of the adolescents and lasts from February to March. It is the hottest part of the year and has little or no rain. For the Noongar it was traditionally a time for living by the sea. A large part of the diet consisted of seafood and freshwater foods. Read more here and here.

Catch and Store Energy

"Make hay while the sun shines"

By developing systems that collect resources while they are abundant, we can use them in times of need. The icon symbolizes energy being stored for later use, while the proverb reminds us that we have limited time to collect this energy.

Summed up beautifully by the Formidable Vegetable Sound System's tune

Energy

Source: www.permacultureprinciples.com

Perth Green Events

For a calendar of sustainable events in Perth and the Southwest, check out Perth Green Events here.

What the Frack?

9 Feb 2017, 6 – 7.30 pm, Kalamunda. Free screening of ‘Fractured State’ followed with discussions on fracking in Western Australia. Find out more here.

Native Bees in Your Garden

10 Feb 2017, 7.30 – 8.30 pm, Kalamunda. Faye Arcaro talks about the benefits of native bees in the garden and how to attract them. Cost: $3 at the door, incl. tea and coffee. Find out more here.

Regrarians Open Consultation: Darren Doherty

11&12 Feb 2017, Margaret River. Darren Doherty returns to WA in 2017 to help others regenerate, restore, rehabilitate, rekindle & reboot production landscapes. This is a 2-day farm planning event using one site as a focus case study. Find out more here.

Joondalup Transition Towns Meet Up

12 Feb 2017, 11 am – 1 pm, Joondalup. This is an initial meet up for anyone wanting to be involved in Transition Towns Joondalup to get to know each other and brainstorm ideas for 2017. Find out more here.

Inaugural Permie Educator Guild Meet

14 Feb 2017, Perth City Farm. If you are teaching permaculture or planning to do so, this guild can help you improve your teaching skills, connect all WA teachers, and support you in your journey. Monthly meetings will follow. Cost: $5 to cover room hire and snacks. Find out more here.

Living Smarter – Simple Ideas for Sustainability

18 March 2017, 10 am – 12.30 pm, Success Library. Join Ecoburbia to learn some simple tips and tricks for living sustainably. From reducing water use and waste in your home, to getting around greener – you’ll learn some applicable green living tools from some of the best in the business. Find out more here.

Permaculture Design Certificates & Cert III

Candlelight Farm & Skills International

Cert III, Starting 18 February 2017, Mundaring

One year part-time Cert 3 course, held over at least 10 weekends in Mundaring. Learn more practical skills and extend your permaculture education with Ross Mars. Course cost: $2,200. Find more information here or contact Ross directly here.

Terra Perma Design

Starting 29 March 2017, Perth City Farm

Full-time PDC, now at a new location in the City. Runs Wed to Sun over two weeks, Mon and Tue off. Morning and afternoon tea included, BYO lunch. Course cost: $1400. Find more information here.

Permaseed

Starting 28 April 2017, new location: Benger

Part-time PDC on weekends at Permaseed's new farm in Benger. BYO lunch, morning and afternoon tea provided. Course cost: $1000. Find more information here.

Fair Harvest Permaculture

30 April – 13 May 2017, Margaret River

This great course is taught by experienced teachers, fully catered and includes camping on the farm. Course cost: $1700. Find more information here.

Slice of Eden

Starting 4 August 2017, Mandurah/Rockingham area

Part-time PDC on three 3-day-weekends (Fri to Sun) and two days presenting finished designs with Slice of Eden in the Mandurah/Rockingham area. Details and course cost to follow soon. Contact Damien here.

Other Courses & Workshops


>>>  To check out Perth Green Events and see all of the latest sustainability events around Perth CLICK HERE!

Living Smart & Ecoburbia

South Perth Living Smart Course
Starting 8 February 2017, 6 – 8.30 pm, South Perth

Seven week course that runs weekly on Wednesday nights. Learn how to live more sustainable in all aspects of your life. Includes topics such as waste, power, water, gardening and more. Course cost: $80, concession: $40. Book here

Trust Nature

Growing Food for Fun and Profit
10 – 12 February 2017, Springdale Pavilion, Perth

This is a 3-day dynamic learning experience where you will learn the foundations of biological land management. Cost: $395, includes lunch. Find out more here.

Fair Harvest Permaculture

Holistic Management Practitioner Training
14/15 February – June 2017, Margaret River

Four two-day sessions over four months covering all aspects of Holistic Management that will improve your business and life. Course cost: $2,200. Read more

Master Class with Joel Salatin

4 March, 8 am – 4 pm, Runnymede Farm, Binningup
One-day Master Class that explores the how-tos of his farming model, Polyface. Designed to inspire you with practical ideas around setting up a thriving, profitable & ethical farming business. Course cost: $173 single, $322 double. Get your ticket here.

Candlelight Farm

Permaculture Earthworks Course
8 – 10 April 2017, Westdale

Three day course about water harvesting strategies on rural properties. This course will not only cover theoretical aspects – two dams, drains and a large watertank will be build over the three days. Course cost: $200, includes meals and facilities to camp. Read more

Food for Thought Festival 2016

Watch this great video review of the 2016 Food for Thought Festival in Cranbrook. Looks like a great event. Please support the next one if you are in the area.

Meg's Patch – Marmion Primary School

Permie Stace Jobson is doing an awesome job at Marmion Primary School's farm garden. With the help of a few volunteers and an initial $2500, she has build up a fantastic wicking bed garden that produces lettuces even at the height of summer. Click here for the full story.

Perth School Farm Gardens Unite

A new Facebook group called Perth School Farm Gardens is calling for all volunteers and coordinators of school gardens. Our aim is to connect and learn from each other. At an initial meeting of Karrinyup, Marmion, and Deanmore Primary representatives a lot of experience was exchanged. Share your stories, successes, and failures with us online or in person and let us learn from each other to create better school farm gardens.
Click here to find the group.

Growing Indigenous Grains

Awareness is growing about the benefits of cultivating indigenous grains in Australia. Perennial grasses stabilise the soil, need less water and no chemical inputs.
The Gurandgi Munjie Group in NSW has worked on revitalising the farming of murnong and kangaroo grass for years but have recently taken a huge step forward through crowdfunding. Find an article about them here or visit their Facebook group here.

Native rice is another example of perennial indigenous grains as a means to feed us while farming more sustainably. Find more information about it here.
This US farmer's viral dance video shows that permies really are Jack of all trades.
Read Jay Lavery's story and see the video on Huffington Post here.
Jo Bussell offers Permaculture consultation and design, but also sells many handy sustainable products for your household, garden, and to amend your soil. You can often find her stall at festivals and markets, but you can also order online from her website. If you are from Perth, local pickup can save you postage costs. Find her website here.

The Mandibles

A Family, 2029 – 2045


by Lionel Shriver

Not a permaculture book this month, and a novel for a change, this book is nonetheless an interesting read. It explores one possible example of how quickly civilization as we know it can fall apart. While climate change and the deterioration of nature are not at the center of this novel, the glimpse of the future it offers seems all too real. Read more here or buy the book here.


Gwyllem

Handmade ethical fashion from Australia – no sweatshops, no unsustainably grown cotton, no money going to big companies overseas. Just beautiful women's clothing that you can feel good about.
Find out more or shop Gwyllem products here.

If you prefer a Western Australian company for ethical fashion, check out Margaret River Hemp Company's products here.

Residential

10 week, on farm learning opportunity
 
If you are planning to start your own farming business, this is an excellent learning opportunity that won't repeat itself in a hurry. Starting Sun 26 Feb, Sun 4th June, or Sun 10 Sep, nine positions in total. Find more information here.

Know of a great workshop coming up? Or a permablitz near your place? Is your garden looking fabulous or are you’re just bursting to share photos of your community or school garden? Would you like to introduce your Permaculture business? We’d love to hear from you!

Your input is what really makes this Enews special and relevant to local readers here in WA. Plus, it helps us showcase all the great stuff we’ve got going on to readers from other parts of the world. Let’s show them what we’re made of!

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