E-News - MARCH 2020
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Changing Your World Fair - Volunteers Needed

The Changing Your World Fair on March 7, 2020 in the City of Canning is a showcase of innovative products, services, start-ups, innovations and activities accessible to the community. 

Permaculture Association of WA (PermacultureWest) is joining the community on this Fair. We are seeking permie volunteers around WA to please join us in our stall and have great conversations to people, share knowledge, ideas and experiences with others. Please sign up for the time you are available.  We are looking for 8 volunteers for 2 hours each across the entire day - if you can assist us we would love to hear from you!  Check up our volunteer sign up page here

Thank you !

Permaculture West 


Are you the NEW eNews Editor for Permaculture West ?

Unfortunately after close to 4 years of managing and editing our monthly eNews Publication, PermacultureWest volunteer Tamara Lilly is resigning at the end of March as she takes on some big and bold adventures and continues who permie journey out in the WA Wheatbelt.  Thankfully Tamara has offered to do an extensive handover together with training for the newbie who wants to take on this awesome opportunity! 

It would be great if you have some experience in Mailchimp but it's not essential as Tamara herself has discovered the program over the years without any prior knowledge and it's really user friendly.  The role involves putting together the eNews every month and takes up to 3 hours, together with attending a 2 hour monthly meeting with PermacultureWest  (which can be done remotely over the phone - just in case you are in regional WA and are unable to get to Perth) and this is where the committee offer contributions to the eNews - so you are not on your own in collating all the content.  You also need to provide your own computer (desktop or laptop) and a reliable internet connection.  Tamara who only did her PDC back in January 2016 said that this opportunity has forced her to immerse herself into all content about Permaculture and as a result has expanded her knowledge and awareness together with making some fantastic networking contacts as well. 

If this sounds like something you are keen to get into then please drop us a line with your interest at 

Thank you !

Permaculture West 

Nyoongar country spans from Leeman in the northwest to beyond Cape Arid in the southeast, in the southwest of Australia. The Nyoongar calendar includes six seasons.

BUNURU - Second Summer
Coast living and fishing time
Second Summer ~ February - March

The lifestyle for the Nyoongar communities during Bunuru


Bunuru is the hottest time of the year with little to no rain. Hot easterly winds continue with a cooling sea breeze most afternoons if you're close to the coast. Therefore, traditionally this was, and still is, a great time for living and fishing by the coast, rivers and estuaries. Because of this, freshwater foods and seafood made up major parts of the diet during this time of year.

Bunuru is also a time of the white flowers with lots of white flowering gums in full bloom, including Jarrah, Marri and Ghost Gums.

Another striking flower that is hard to go past is the female Zamia (Macrozamia riedlei). Being much larger than that of its male counterpart, the huge cones emerge from the centre of the plant with masses of a cotton wool like substance.

As the hot, dry weather continues the seed upon the cones change from green to bright red, indicating they're ripening and becoming more attractive to animals, particularly the emu, that will eat the toxic fleshy outer.  Read more here


Principle #9
Use Small & Slow Solutions

“The bigger they are, the harder they fall.” “Slow and steady wins the race.”


Small and slow systems are easier to maintain than big ones, making better use of local resources and produce more sustainable outcomes.

The snail is both small and slow, it carries its home on its back and can withdraw to defend itself when threatened. The proverb “the bigger they are, the harder they fall” reminds us of the disadvantages of excessive size and growth while “slow and steady wins the race” encourages patience while reflecting on a common truth in nature and society.

Building with what you can get your hands on

Carrie is helping Rebekah build a small kitchen for her campsite on the edge of her parents land. Materials have been collected as they have become available, at little or no cost, and mostly from the property. This wall is being made with a light earth mix of straw soaked in a slip of clay, donkey poo and sand, placed in pallets framed with bush poles. “Every step of building with earth takes me a long time to complete but slowly, something of beauty is emerging.”

(Sourced Information & Photograph):Click Here

Principle 9: Use Small & Slow Solutions

From the seeds of change

The transition of Millpost from a conventional sheep property towards an integrated social-ecological system has been progressing for 40 years. Early tree plantings, like this oak tree in the wool shed yards, are now providing valuable and calming protection for livestock. Grazing regimes encourage native pastures and natural regeneration. As the children and grandchildren grow up here, they are finding their own place in the fabric of the farm landscape and enterprise.

Photo taken by Murray Watson at Millpost – Bungendore, New South Wales, Australia. A book about the property is now available.

(Sourced Information & Photograph)

The art of spoon carving

Jasmine is spending a relaxing day on a spoon carving course, learning traditional woodcraft techniques using a few simple hand tools. The skills she has learnt enable her to make a range of useful items, such as spatulas, spoons, ladles, scoops, cups and small bowls from freshly cut timber. Wooden utensils like these have been used for centuries to prepare home cooked meals that bring people together. They are another element that adds to the character of the dinner table.

Photo taken at a Green Woodsmith workshop by Peter Ryle.

(Sourced Information & Photograph) 

Adventures in urban sustainability

Small home food gardens in our suburbs play such an important role in creating sustainable, resilient networks of diverse food producing spaces. By gently tending to our fruit trees and veggies, giving them time to grow organically at their own pace in rich living soils, we can create food with incredible vibrancy and nutritional value like no other – right at our own back door.

Photo taken in Wollongong, NSW Australia by Richard Walter, text by Alison Mellor and Richard Walter

(Sourced Information & Photograph) 

Permablitz – changing the world, one garden at a time

At this winter permablitz we prepared the soil, and planted fruit trees and berries in this neighbour-shared food garden. Permablitzes are sociable and reciprocal working bees for installing edible gardens where people live, with free workshops, and shared food. They give homemakers and the city “a boost along the path of self-reliance and minimal ecological impact.”[Holmgren] They are relatively small events, with broad and lasting influence.

Photo taken in Melbourne, Australia and contributed by Michele Margolis, text by Adam Grubb.

(Sourced Information & Photograph) 

Friday, March 6 - Saturday March 7, 2020 
Changing Your World Conference & Fair, with City of Canning

The City of Canning Changing Your World Conference & Fair is a showcase of innovation in the broader sustainability space over two days, connecting community, innovators, industry, research and government, building ideas and celebrating successes.

The Conference provides a unique opportunity for key stakeholders (government practitioners, sustainability researchers, innovators and community) to network, learn about new and emerging sustainability innovation and technology and co-design solutions to shared sustainability challenges in a fun, collaborative environment. Headed up by incredible keynote speaker Damon Gameau (2040), hosted by the incredible Josh Byrne from Gardening Australia, and with a raft of amazing sustainability superheroes leading conversations, collaborations and co-creations, the conference will have something for everyone, no matter where your interests lie!

The conference and fair themes reflect 10 integrated sustainability principles which reflect the City's Sustainability Policy commitments:

  1. Carbon Reduction and Energy Transformation
  2. Circular Economy 
  3. Sustainable Transport
  4. Community Capital and Social Impact
  5. Water Sensitivity and Literacy
  6. Biodiversity, the Natural Environment and Land Use
  7. Innovation and Leadership
  8. Local Economy and Sustainable Business
  9. A Healthy and Safe City
  10. Sustainable Development, Planning and Infrastructure

For further information on the principles please visit our Sustainability page.

Saturday, March 28, 2020 from 9am - 12pm 
Duncraig Edible Garden, OPEN DAY

Duncraig Edible Gardeners are holding an open day ALL ARE WELCOME!

On Saturday 28th March 9-12 the wider community, and especially people from other community gardens, are invited to DEG for what is hoped to be the first of a series of open days and events in various places around Perth, with one in each Noongar Season. At the end of Bunuru, the hottest time of the year, it will be interesting to see how well our garden is thriving. We look forward to showing you around and sharing our stories as well as hearing stories of your gardens. We plan to have a series of activities through the morning, details of which will be added to the event page closer to the day.

Wear a hat and sunsmart clothing. Bring a mug and something to share either for for morning tea at 10.30am or something to add to the share the harvest table, or maybe seeds or cuttings from your garden. We look forward to seeing you on the day.  For more information

Saturday April 6 2020 
Balingup Small Farm Field Day

Gates open to the public 9am - close 4.00pm.  Balingup Sports Oval.

Adults $15. Children under 16 FREE when accompanied by a parent. No concessions.

Free parking available in the paddocks either side of SW Highway adjacent to the main entrance.  NO DOGS, BIKES or SMOKING at the event grounds.

Click here for more information 
Thursday 30th April - Sunday 3rd May 2020 
Perth Garden & Outdoor Festival 2020

The 2020 Perth Garden & Outdoor Living Festival presented by Kleenheat will be held from the 30th April- 3rd May 2020.

  • Thursday 30th April- 9am-4pm
  • Friday 1st May- 9am-4pm
  • Saturday 2nd May- 9am-4pm
  • Sunday 3rd May- 9am-4pm
Click here for more information 
Australian Permaculture Convergence 2020
(Organised by Northey Street City Farm on behalf of Permaculture Australia)

Australian Permaculture Convergences (APCs) happen every 2 years, usually in the Autumn. all permaculture practitioners and those interested in regenerative development are welcome to attend.

Attendees typically come from all over Australia, New Zealand and south-east Asia.  They are an opportunity for everyone to share their permaculture journey, their research into resilient and productive systems, and have fruitful discussions about the future directions of permaculture in the world.

They are a chance to showcase best practice in sustainable living and demonstrate how permaculture can bring about positive changes in people’s lives, the environment and offer solutions to the inevitable changes that are taking place in the world right now.

Celebrating Nature’s Abundance

Monday 20 April to Thursday 23 April 2020 at Camp Kindilan, Redland Bay, Queensland.

The Convergence is being organised by Northey Street City Farm on behalf of Permaculture Australia.

Visit the APC 2020 website  or  Purchase tickets

The program will include talks and workshops covering topics relevant to the three ethics of Permaculture, which are Earth Care, People Care and Fair Share. We feel it is important to explore the bigger picture of what true sustainability entails. Earth Care is obviously essential, however without People Care and nurturing healthy, sustainable relating, the task of coming together and working as a community can be greatly hindered. Finally, if attention and conscious intention isn’t given to the economic sustainability of communities, and the distribution of resources isn’t managed equitably, then  communities may struggle to be truly sustainable in the long term.

Keynote speakers confirmed so far include Starhawk  and Robyn Francis.

Are you running a course or training program related to Permaculture in the coming months ahead?  Email Tamara at by the 15th day of the month to be included in our next issue.
David Holmgren:  This is an extract from my book RetroSuburbia: the downshifters guide to a resilient future, a 550 page, richly illustrated manual that has become a best seller since its publication in February 2018. The production and availability of this extract as a free and shareable download is part of our response the Australian bushfire crisis of summer 2019/2020.
Sharing the below on the National Climate Change Act released 10 February 2020:  
The Farmers for Climate Change have been very active in the media about this.
Is there a role for the Permaculture Network to discuss this further? Are any of your associations being approached by the media for comment?  Let's spark new conversations for change with our local, state and federal members.

Off-The-Grid Desert Living in a Tiny Earthen Home & Permaculture Community

In this weeks video we travel to the Californian desert and the tiny earthen home of natural builders Sasha and John. The desert landscape can be harsh and unforgiving and building homes for this environment can be an interesting challenge. If you enjoy our videos, please consider supporting us on Patreon: This amazing tiny natural home is completely off the grid and has been constructed using a variety of earthen building techniques, including cob, wattle and daub and earth bag construction. It's DIY construction from natural materials makes this a long lasting and affordable housing solution. Find out more about this tiny house and others on our website: This beautiful earthen home is one of many such dwellings located at the Quail Springs permaculture community in California. The permaculture community is home to educators, farmers, natural builders and people who are dedicated to regenerative, alternative living. You can find out more about Sasha and John's work via their website at You can also learn more about the Quail Springs community here: Sasha and John are currently fundraising for an attempt to legalize these forms of building. You can support their efforts here: The song at the end of this tour video is by The Real John Gary: Follow us on Instagram: Follow us on Facebook: Follow us on Twitter: Please subscribe for more videos on tiny houses, DIY, design, and sustainable, off-grid living. Title music in this video by Bryce Langston: Presented and Produced by: Bryce Langston Camera: Bryce Langston & Rasa Pescud Editing: Rasa Pescud 'Living Big in a Tiny House' © 2019 Zyia Pictures Ltd

Sixth Sense Permaculture in Nepal with David Kennett 

This year I will be going to Nepal for the third time to teach people how to develop their ’sixth sense’ in order to enable them to grow food crops organically, without the need for any artificial fertilisers, pesticides or genetically modified seeds.
While most people are familiar with ‘divining’ for water - and many have experimented with it - they are generally not aware of the multiple number of applications there are for this amazing, inherent ability.
In Nepal, most of the farming is undertaken on narrow terraces on the sides of mountains, it is very labour-intensive, they currently grow their vegetables as ‘monocultures’.
Divining is able to provide them with information as to how they can capitalise upon symbiosis through ‘companion planting’. While there are books on the subject, the methodology can be improved upon.
Within the earth’s magnetic field, there are energy lines - aligned NE to SW - that can be detected with a divining rod. Remarkably, each plant species is ’tuned into’ a specific one. With good reason! All matter is 'electromagnetic energy’ and the energy lines provide elements in the smallest of quantities, that scientists are not able to detect and are not aware of. 
Maize is widely grow in Nepal, at about 2m intervals, there are specific energy lines for maize and every other plant!
Maize is hungry for nitrogen, and we all know that legumes harvest nitrogen from the atmosphere and, in a complex arrangement with soil microbes etc, make it available for other plants. Every plants has a similar role with different, specific elements.
Divining indicated that beans should be grown adjacent to the rows of maize - on the NW side of them. They predominantly grow climbing beans, for which they have to provide support. But divining indicates that one sows the maize, and when it is 80cm tall, one sows the beans which then grow up the maize.
True symbiosis, the beans provide nitrogen for the maize and the maize supports the climbing beans, while also providing them with another vital trace element.
On the other side of the rows of maize, one grows brassicas - which also provides a valuable trace element for the maize.
We all know that the white cabbage butterfly loves brassicas, so can we plant something to keep it away? Yes! Between the brassicas and the maize, one plants a row of onions, which also deters an insect that attacks the maize!
And so it goes on. One practises ‘crop rotation’ as well, so one has 5 plots, and in each one, one plants a different selection of vegetables for each year over 4 years, incorporating a ‘fallow year’ - during which one permits the weeds to grow, undisturbed. The weeds are turned in as green manure.
It is hoped that will give consideration to permitting me to conduct a class for your members - I am confident they will be so excited when they discover they have a talent, of which they were not previously aware.
David Kennett

Photos above (from left to right): School children participating in a class in India; In India, providing initial instruction on how to divine, to farmers who want to go organic; Most of the school children come from farming families. They are so keen to learn; Agriculture and forestry students at Hetauda University, Nepal.  Photos supplied to PermacultureWest by David Kennett
NEW Group - "PEEL Permaculture Group" forms in February 2020

And the Permie family continues to expand and grow as we are called to take on new ways of living sustainably now and into the future.  So we want to shout out to everyone in the PEEL region of WA and say Hey! Guess What! there is a NEW Permaculture group that has just formed and Brad and the committee want to hear from you if you would like to join them!  Check out their Facebook page and connect with them at their upcoming March meeting - Brad has more details and can be reached at 0487 231 057.

Remember if you create a new Permaculture Group or Community Garden we would LOVE to hear from you and keep our records up to date together with provide you with opportunities like insurance and the like for your events just by being members of Permaculture West - plus we give 50% of your membership funds back to you to purchase necessary equipment to get you going.  So reach out! 

PIP Magazine - Issue #16 OUT NOW!

Just as a reminder our partner Pip magazine offers 10% off subscriptions to all Permaculture West members 

The Latest issue of Pip Magazine is Out Now!
10% off for all members and FREE POSTAGE on all subscriptions.

The new issue of Pip (issue #16) looks at ways to care for our planet in our everyday lives. There’s an in-depth sustainable seafood buying guide. We share how to store carbon in your own backyard. We have a guide to growing and cooking with Australian native foods as well as recipes for making your own pasta.

We’ve packed in info on climate activismlooking after the self, we explore macramé, a beautiful and sustainable straw-bale home, repair cafes and how spending more time at home can help save the planet. There are also the regular profiles, saving seeds tips, permaculture plants, gardening guides and our kid’s section.

Subscribe now and have it delivered to your door.

Just use the discount code PCWEST10 and claim your discount now


Nominations Are Now Open for the Pip Permie Awards 2020!

There are two Pip Permie awards, both of which will be presented at the Australasian Permaculture Convergence 2020, to be held Monday 20 April to Thursday 23 April 2020 at Camp Kindilan, Redland Bay, Queensland.

The Best Permie Project Award is open to projects which are current, create positive change and demonstrate the permaculture ethics of earth care, people care and fair share.

The Permie of the Year Award is for a permaculture practitioner working to create positive change in the world. They need to demonstrate the permaculture ethics of earth care, people care and fair share in their work.

The Best Permie Project will be awarded $250, with the Permie of the Year receiving a lifetime subscription to Pip Magazine.

Permaculture West Connecting Permaculture Based Farms with Prospective Employees 

Do you own and operate a Permaculture based farm or Organic or Biodynamic Farm in Western Australia?  Are you looking to connect with upskilled and passionate Permaculture enthusiasts with the opportunity for work?  or farm-stay work opportunities in exchange for meals and accomodation?  Permaculture West want to connect you in 2020!

Send us an email to and provide us with a short summary on what you are looking for either employees or employment and we will do our best to assist you and feature you in our next eNews, Facebook and Website. 

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