The Permaculture West Committee is full steam ahead this month! We’re planning a joint stall with Community Gardens WA for the Perth Garden Festival, we’re moving forward with Seed Savers Network WA, and International Permaculture Day is coming up quickly on Sunday 1 May. Plus, we’re organising some great stuff for the Permaculture Festival as part of the Australasian Permaculture Convergence in Perth this October.
This month I was welcomed into two active and passionate Perth Permie gardens. One was part of Northern Permies’ monthly meet up, and the other was Kath Moller’s where she fed us homemade ricotta and gave a lesson on cooking with a solar oven. See the Your Place section for the pictures below.
Thanks to the Permaculture West Committee who've been putting in so much time behind the scenes to push, move forward and make shared visions a reality!
The Permaculture Principles form the foundation for permaculture design. They are valuable tools for thinking about how to re-design our environment and our behaviour.
Permaculture founders Bill Mollison and David Holmgren each have a set of permaculture principles that overlap and are subtly different from the other.
Obtain a Yield
You can’t work on an empty stomach
Make sure that the work you are doing will give you a useful or valuable ‘yield’ in return.
Whether that be meat or vegetables, fresh water or firewood, shelter or medicines. It could be a product or service that we can then sell or trade. It can also be less tangible things like knowledge, contentedness, and connection with community.
The good folk at Rainbow Coast Neighbourhood Centre down in Albany will be moving their current community garden to bigger and better premises in Lockyer this May. If you’ve got some spare time and energy they’d love to hear from you to help make the move as smooth as possible.
The Margaret River Organic Garden Trail gives tourists and locals alike the chance to visit and learn about organic gardens in the region. The gardens are a mix of biodynamic, organic and permaculture styles. Entry is free and some offer specialised guided tours by arrangement. Future plans may include expanding the organic garden trail into other regions, depending upon demand and interest. Featured gardens include:
For more details, contact: 0402 944 729, or click HERE and HERE
Growing vegies in Toodyay
Sandy McKay’s productive food garden in Toodyay is based on organic permaculture principles and includes several insect hotels which native bees love.
Sandy shades her vegie garden in summer to protect it from the harsh Wheatbelt sun. She has constructed a special frame that she attaches shade cloth to which can be removed in winter.
Sandy also runs ‘U Grow Vegies’ with workshops on successfully growing fruit and vegetables. See Courses & Training for more information.
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Kath's wild about water
Kath Moller is passionate about using water carefully.
The green oasis that is Kath’s back garden is a direct result of her catching, storing and wisely reusing the rainwater that falls on her roof.
Kath’s house has low-flow shower heads, dual flush toilets, and a front loading washing machine. She also has installed five rainwater tanks, including two 5000 litre ones. She even has fresh, filtered rainwater on tap in her Perth house!
The back lawn is now a thriving vegetable garden that’s watered via greywater and her five water tanks have seen her to the end of summer with plenty of rainwater to drink and water for the vegies.
Kath is also passionate about harvesting sunshine for cooking and has constructed her own solar oven from recycled goods. Wow!
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What’s happening at your place? We'd love to hear! Send us pictures of your garden along with your name and location, plus a few words describing it. You can send it to us via email@example.com
APC13 Perth – Update
13th Australasian Permaculture Convergence
2 – 5 October 2016, Middle Swan
APC13 will showcase sustainable living practices, demonstrate how permaculture can bring positive change to the environment and people’s lives, and offer suggested solutions to the challenges facing the world today.
Anni Macbeth and Rob Hopkins have been announced as the keynote speakers for APC13.
Anni Macbeth is an international futurist and trend forecaster who works with individuals and communities towards creating a socially and environmentally sustainable world.
Rob Hopkins founded the Transition Movement and is one of the UK’s top 100 environmentalists, with a doctorate for his work on localisation and local level resilience. Rob will deliver his presentation via Skype and answer several questions from the audience.
Permaculture West will be sharing a tent as part of the Regenerative Farms and Communities display and discussion. Pop in and say, ‘Hi’!
The field day covers sustainable small scale farming and a wide range of cottage industry products. Plus, there is heaps going on locally with the South West Regrarians and Bridgetown Permaculture groups.
Permaculture West and Community Gardens WA will also be sharing a stall at this year's Perth Garden Festival where we'll be spreading the word and sharing permaculture tips with newcomers to get their gardens singing, and hopefully whetting their appetites for more indepth information.
We are in need of some wonderful people to come down with a friendly face and a willingness to engage the general public and start a conversation. We'll be holding a workshop for interested volunteers on Saturday 16 April 2016, at 9am.
Please contact Kelly at firstname.lastname@example.org or 0422 526 192 if you are available and keen!
The first university-accredited permaculture program in Australia is here!
You can now study a Graduate Certificate in Permaculture Design with Central Queensland University (CQU) via distance education over six months or a year.
The course will equip you with the skills and knowledge to live and work more sustainably and give you the potential to become a consultant, designer or educator in permaculture.
The course was launched in Adelaide in March 2016. The event also recognised the work of permaculture co-creator Bill Mollison, with CQUniversity bestowing on him an Honorary Doctorate of Science.
Geoff Lawton is pictured here with Dr Keri Chiveralls who is the Discipline Leader on the Permaculture Design and Sustainability Program at CQUniversity and a senior lecturer in permaculture. Geoff is holding Mollison’s Honorary Doctorate which he collected on his behalf.
Part-time course spread over 12 weeks of Sundays, with Brooke 'Sparkles' Murphy. Luscious morning teas provided, BYO plate to share for lunch. Flexible study options. Course cost: $1190, $990, or $790. Read more
Full time course spread over two, five-day blocks, plus follow-up weekend in June. BYO lunch. Morning and afternoon teas provided. WA-centric PDC design manual included, plus access to seeds and plant cuttings. Course cost: $1200. Read more
Halloumi Making, $110, with sufficient numbers, Fair Harvest Permaculture, Margaret River
Perth City Farm Education Program
Perth City Farm is looking to set up an educational program to run alongside its other activities. It is a logical and exciting addition to its nursery, organic gardens, food growing-harvesting-marketing, urban waste management, social enterprise, rural farmer connections, tree nurseries and other general operations.
The PCF team have been chatting with the education team from Northey Street City Farm who’ve been in town recently and have been sharing their experiences in running a successful permaculture and horticulture education program in Queensland.
PCF are currently looking into potential partnerships, enterprise, and existing education programs. Stay tuned for more exciting developments, or contact the farm directly.
The Perth Urban Farming Project aims to build healthy, safe and vibrant communities through the growing and sharing of food. They do this by advocating and assisting councils, community groups, organisations, businesses, families and individuals to convert under-utilised urban spaces into productive food gardens.
The group are currently looking for a large space around Mundaring to start a small commercial farm. Proceeds from food grown on the site will used to help fund community projects in Perth that give fresh, homegrown produce to those in need.
To help or get involved, contact James McDonald on 0490 059 880.
‘Escape To The Wild’ is a TV series about British people who have quit the rat race in the UK and are now living in remote locations around the world, living off the land and going back to basics. The research team for is currently seeking British off-gridders who’d like to be featured in the show. Maybe you're wwoofing around Australia, running an organic farm, or working in wildlife conservation. Find out more
Each month we'll be featuring a Permaculture Business from WA. The aim is to let people know what services are available out there, and to provide inspiration for what's possible to achieve with a PDC!
If you have a Permie Business, send us your information for inclusion in a future Enews.
Oak Tree Designs
Edible landscaping and regenerative design systems
Oak Tree Designs provides environmentally aware design and education for the Mediterranean climate regions of Australia and beyond.
The business aims to help clients create their next step towards self sufficiency and nourishment. From the smallest herb garden to full scale, rural homestead design or broad scale land rehabilitation.
Oak Trees Designs is based Margaret River and run by Byron Joel who is experienced in permaculture, land re-vegetation, horticulture, organic food production, and landscaping.
Byron has also spoken about permaculture in several online podcasts.
Oak Tree Designs:Website | 0424 744 387 | (08) 9758 8289
Community Development Grants – City of Subicao – Supporting community initiatives that promote wellbeing and a sense of belonging. Grants of $5000 and $1000 available. Closes: Friday 27 May 2016. HERE
Community Capability Grants – Small Projects – Helping groups care for WA's natural resources. Grants up to $10,000 for small projects.Closes: 30 May 2016.HERE
Lotterwest Trail Grants – For planning a trail, constructing or upgrading a trail, or promoting a trail. Grants limited to $100,000. HERE
Lotterywest Heritage & Conservation Grants – For conserving natural habitats and maintaining diversity of animal and plant species. HERE
Permaculture house for rent, Denmark WA
One or two people wanted to rent 62 Inlet Drive, Denmark opposite the Denmark Waterfront Hotel. Charming one bedroom fisherman's shack, with character. Located 1.5kms from town, bike paths all the way. Big garden with lots of fruit trees on 0.5 acres. Has a 5.5kW array of rooftop solar, greywater re-use system, productive veggie garden, pedal powered washing machine, and outdoor solar hot water bath system. Suit someone with caring and practical hands, who likes gardening with background in arboriculture or horticulture. Kids welcome. No smokers or pets, but chooks an exception. Available after 8th April, 2016. References good. $280/week. + bond. CALL TIM: 0437 617 292
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