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What a big month it has been for Permaculture in WA. Many months of hard work culminated in the incredible Permaculture Fest and the Australasian Permaculture Convergence. So many people left feeling connected and inspired! With the wisdom, passion and kind heart of David Holmgren and the charismatic, free spirited, groovy Charlie McGee (among many others!!) right here in Perth, the opportunity provided by these events was sure to be inspiring and empowering.
Among many sparks from these events is the chatter of a wholesome and delicious cookbook from a Perth permie, a children’s TV program and a new generation simmering with knowledge, skills and experience in Perth. It is also exciting to feel the rumblings of a permie educator’s guild to capture and grow some of this energy at Perth City Farm next year. It's going to be a pretty laid back format that will evolve with time, people and energy. Come along and dip your toes, no pressure, come to connect with those who give a crap about the same things as you do. If you learn something, that’s a bonus! More details soon, or, if your keen to be involved, send us an email.
With an increasing exposure to, and interest from mainstream audiences, including councils, there is a greater space and opportunity to build community, plant more trees and build resiliency… to spread the good stuff.

Permaculture’s time is here!
If this feels blurry for you, it all starts with connection and people. Find your local group or start your own. Another option is to connect with us! Send an email to to chat or for help on the many opportunities that exist to do this.
See you for now,

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[Picture - Mixed salad with weeds and edible flowers]

The wildflower season in October and November signals the season of birth in the Noongar calendar. As the weather warms up and periods between rains become longer, the Noongar moved towards the coast to hunt frogs, crayfish, and tortoises. Balgas start to bloom and reptiles come out of hibernation. Read more here and here.

Use Edges and Value the Marginal

"Don't think you are on the right track, just because it's the well beaten path"

Edges are often the most productive and diverse spots in a system. This is true in nature, gardens, and society.

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

The Edge


Permaculture Fest 2016

2. Oct 2016

We hope you had a chance to come to our inaugural Permaculture Fest. What a great day it was! If you didn't get the chance to go, check out some pictures here. And don't forget to come to next year's Fest.

APC 13

3. – 5. Oct 2016

Perth's biggest permaculture event in years, the APC 13, has come and gone. Read Charles Otway's review of the event here, or have a look at Pip Magazine's review here.

Festival of Forgotten Skills

22. Oct 2016

A festival without power, money or waste is not as hard as it sounds, it seems. From great food to new skills learned there was a lot to take home from the Festival of Forgotten Skills at Glen Forrest Community Garden. Read Anthony Ridolfo's review on this great festival here.

Perth Green Events

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

Collective Conversations

9 Nov 2016, 6 – 8 pm, Balmoral Hotel, Victoria Park. A casual community get together with guest speakers to inform and inspire sustainable housing. Building the homes and communities that we want. Read more

Public Meeting – Wilson Park Garden

20 Nov 2016, 3 – 5 pm, Rivervale Community Centre. If you are interested in joining a community garden in Belmont, come to the public meeting to discuss the new community garden at Wilson Park. The purpose of the meeting is to form a committee and meet government requirements to become an incorporated body, to be able to apply for funding for the garden. Find more information here.

Frack Off

26 – 27 Nov 2016, 3 Oceans Winery, Margaret River. Join the John Butler Trio, Pigram Brothers, Mama Kin and Ten Cent Shooters in telling the gas industry to Frack Off. While the first concert on Saturday is sold out, there are still tickets available for the second show on Sunday. Read more or get your tickets here.

Fair Harvest Fibre Festival

27 Nov 2016, 10 am – 4 pm, Margaret River. A celebration of all types of natural fibres that can be grown. Many demonstrations and hands-on activities. Entry $10 adults, $5 kids. Read more

Permaculture Design Certificates

Terra Perma Design

30 November – 4 December & 7 – 11 December 2016, Innaloo

Two week full-time PDC, Mondays and Tuesdays off. Refreshments provided, BYO lunch. Course cost: $1400. Find more information here.

Habiba Organic Farm

14 – 27 December 2016, Nuweiba

Join Olly Watkins and Bee Winfield from WA for a 10-day PDC in Egypt. The course includes accommodation and all meals. Course cost: $600. Find more information here or secure your spot here.

Fair Harvest Permaculture

8 – 22 January 2017, Margaret River

Fully-catered, full-time PDC at Fair Harvest Permaculture. Camp at the Farm and immerse yourself in all things permaculture around the clock. Course cost: $1850, early-bird and couples tariffs available. Find more information here.

Edge5 Permaculture

8 – 20 January 2017, Bohol, Philippines

Full-time PDC in the Philippines. Most meals are included, camping or cheap accommodation are available according to your needs. Course cost: $1237 or $947 if paid by 30. Nov. Find more information here and here.


Starting 20 February 2017, Bunbury

Part-time PDC on Saturdays and one evening a week at Permaseed in Bunbury. BYO lunch, morning and afternoon tea provided. Course cost: $1000. Find more information here.

Other Courses & Workshops

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

Sacred Earth Sanctuary

Introduction to Seed Saving
19 November, 12 – 13.30, Mandurah

Check out the great range of courses offered at the new Sacred Earth Sanctuary, among them Seed Saving with Damien Meredith. Course cost: $45. Find more here.


The Chook Talk
20 November, 10 am – 1 pm, Hilton

Part of Ecoburbia's great spring workshop series, this practical course teaches you the basics of chicken keeping. Course cost: $50. Book here

Candlelight Farm &
Skills Strategies International

Certificate IV in Training and Assessment
20 & 27 Nov, 4 & 11 Dec, 9 am – 4 pm, Mundaring

If you plan to teach accredited training courses in permaculture at schools, TAFE, or other training organisations, you will need this course. Course cost: $1250. Find out more here or enrol 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

Trees Eat Us All In The End

Tribute to Bill Mollison

Check out Formidable Vegetable Sound System's new song Trees eat us all in the end. What a beautiful tribute to Bill Mollison, who passed away last month.

Introducing Permaculture Albany

Permaculture Albany is the largest local group within our Permaculture West community. They organize monthly pub meetings, tours, workshops, and offer special interest groups like the Bushfoods Group and Fermenting & Dehydrating Group. Click on the picture above for a video introducing this great local group.

Alternate Currencies

Project Bunbury is a community timebanking initiative organized by a group of Bunbury citizens. It is a way of trading skills within the community without money being involved. Everyone's time is of equal value, whether you babysit for your neighbours, repair someone's bicycle, mend clothes, or mow the lawn. Read more or become a member here.

Joondanna Community Garden Open Day

22. October 2016
Anthony Ridolfo visited Joondanna Community Garden's Open Day in October and had a great day with his family. Featuring great weather, interesting talks, stalls, and lots to do for kids, this was a wonderful outing for the whole family. Read his report here.

The Great Grief

If you – like me – have felt the Great Grief and desperation stemming from the destruction of our planet and only home, this article is for you. We are not alone, and maybe there is opportunity in this grief as well, if we admit it to others and work with it to change small pockets of the world for the better. Read the article at Over the Grow System here.

Solar Panels – To Clean or not to Clean

That is the question!

Have you ever wondered whether cleaning your solar panels is really worth it? Read about Ron Shannon's view on the subject here.

The Art of Frugal Hedonism

A guide to spending less while enjoying everything more

by Annie Raser-Rowland and Adam Grubb

Are we depriving ourselves of pleasures by living a simpler life? Or are we really making our lives richer? This brand new book is Permaculture to the core. It shows us how rich our lives can be with less consumption and how materialism can actually stand in the way of pleasure.

Read more or buy the book here or here.
Many of us admired the great clothes of Permaculture Vision at the bookstore of the Permaculture Fest. If you didn't get to buy one there, order them online at Redbubble. These would make a great Christmas present for a permie. All designs can be ordered in different styles, as t-shirts, hoodies, pillow cases, posters, cards, and more. See more here.
Ian Potter Foundation Environment & Conservation Grants - supports preservation of biodiversity and sustainability with large and small grants for landscape-scale programs and awareness raising projects. Next funding rounds opens November 2016. Read more
City of Vincent Environmental Grants - Small grants for sustainable community projects within the City of Vincent. Grants up to $2,000 per project are available for community groups and schools. Applications for the next round of funding open in February 2017. Read more

Breakaway on the Blackwood River

12.5 acres near Nannup

Have a look at this beauty. Well established permaculture property with 3 bed 2 bathroom earth-sheltered family home for sale. Mature nut and fruit orchards, paddocks, 70 m river frontage, 90,000 l water tanks and bore. Read more and see all the pictures here.

Rural Property for Sale

5 acres in Wooroloo

Price down to $531,000 negotiable!

Permaculture property with 3 bed 1 bathroom home.
Swales, orchards, almost mature Sandalwood plantation, chook yard, aquaponic system, several sheds, ample water from several sources, solar power, and much more. Read more 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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