Posts Tagged ‘permaculture’

International Permaculture Day: May 6

Posted in Events by Kate Archdeacon on May 3rd, 2012

6 May , 2012

International Permaculture Day: Sunday, May 6, 2012

Australia’s National Permaculture Day has gone global. A worldwide celebration of self-reliance is about to take place as permaculture practitioners from California to Cameroon open their properties and share their skills for International Permaculture Day (IPD). “This would have been the fourth year of Australia’s National Permaculture Day but so many other countries wanted to take part that it has become an international festival,” says IPD Australia co-ordinator, Penny Pyett.

Events are planned in about 20 countries, including the US, Chile, Turkey, Cameroon, Spain, the UK and Morocco. “People are fattening their chickens and preparing to harvest their crops. This year’s theme is ‘Share and celebrate’. We want the public to see what we do and celebrate with the movement.”

Permaculture, a design system for sustainable living, was developed in Australia in the 1970s and is practised worldwide. “The movement is growing,” Pyett says. “People are desperate for sustainable solutions.”

On Sunday, May 6, urban and rural permaculture properties in all Australian states and territories will be open to the public, showing sustainable designs that include:

  • Edible landscapes designed to survive flood, drought and climate change;
  • Food forests providing fruit, nuts and fibres;
  • Crystal-clear natural swimming pools free of chemicals;
  • Ducks and chickens giving families home-grown, free-range meat and eggs;
  • Sustainable homes combining state-of-the-art and traditional technologies.

There will be kids’ activities, talks, film screenings and workshops teaching everything from keeping chooks to composting. Plus there will permablitzes (sustainable garden makeovers), in which teams of permaculture designers descend on unsustainable backyards and nature strips to turn lawns into edible landscapes. “We want to show permaculture in action,” Pyett says. “By having a special day it’s like a birthday. It’s celebrating all the things we have learnt about becoming more self-reliant and sustainable.”

Permaculture events in Victoria include an open day at Ashwood College Permaculture Food Garden , a persimmon-preserving day with Permaculture Inner North, and a celebration at Fairfield community garden.

Edible Gardens Open Day: Flemington and Ascot Vale

Posted in Events by kheffer on April 11th, 2012

22 April , 2012
10:00 amto3:00 pm

Launching Kyneton Edible Gardens: Mega Working Bee

Posted in Events by Kate Archdeacon on March 14th, 2012

24 March , 2012
25 March , 2012
Source: Kyneton Transition Hub

Swale Workshop: Photo by green-house via flickr CC

Come and join the fun and learning at the launch of Kyneton Edible Gardens, a new initiative of the Kyneton Transition Hub. It will be launched with its first working bee and workshop on 24—25th March. This will be a mega-blitz that we hope will become a showcase for the town and for our group.

We promise a fun and productive time. Kyneton Edible Gardens group consists of people who come together as a community to help each other design and establish a sustainable, efficient and edible garden.

The location for our first working bee and workshop is a town block that belongs to one of our members. The activities will include: installing swales in a gently sloping backyard; revamping the chook run around the original chook house and providing small ponds for the ducks; establishing a herb spiral; rendering a north-facing wall to provide for a passion fruit vine; and planting vegetables and fruit trees.

There will be a workshop on brewing and using compost tea and you can take some home for your own garden.
No gardening experience is necessary.
Come for Saturday, Sunday or both.

Healthy lunch provided, with drinks and nibbles after 4 pm for those who wish to stay for a while.

Please bring your favourite gardening gloves and tools if you have them.

Visit the Kyneton Transition Hub website for more information and contact details.

Sugar Palms for Biofuel and Ongoing Community Benefit

Posted in Movements, Research by Kate Archdeacon on January 18th, 2012

(L) Masarang’s ‘Village Hub': a modular processing plant for sugar palm fuel.

Climate Spectator have posted a great article from china dialogue about the work of Willie Smits on the potential of sugar palms for the biofuel industry.  The growing environment of the sugar palm means that its cultivation can provide regular local work and that production can stay in the control of small co-operatives.  The sugar palm is a highly regarded plant in Indonesia and other areas of South-East Asia, with multiple benefits during its growing cycle and after harvest:

“We met in Hong Kong, where Smits had been talking to potential investors. He opened up his laptop to run one of many PowerPoint presentations that chart a 30-year voyage of discovery. When he married his Indonesian wife in 1980, Smits was surprised to learn that the expected dowry in North Sulawesi was six sugar palms. “I wondered why,” he told chinadialogue, “and I discovered that just six sugar palms could support a young family.”

After years of research, Smits today is a sugar palm evangelist, eager to list the tree’s virtues. “It doesn’t need pesticides or fertiliser, and once it starts producing, it has to be tapped twice a day, which gives employment to local people,” he explained, “so it creates 20 times more permanent jobs per hectare than oil palm. It is highly efficient in converting sunlight to energy and, because it cannot thrive in monoculture, it preserves biodiversity. It has very deep roots, so it never dries out, and it improves the soil by bringing nutrients up. It stores carbon very deep, and it only needs half the water of similar trees because of its waxy leaves. And, it produces 60 useful products, including a wood that is harder than oak.”

As if that were not enough, he continued, it survives fire and volcanic eruption, flood and salt water, can prevent landslides by stabilising slopes, and improves conditions for agriculture downstream. Perhaps most importantly for the global climate: one tree can produce enough ethanol each day to keep a car running year round.”

Read the full article by Isabel Hilton to find out more and check out Willie Smits’ website.

Intro to Organic Gardening: Free workshop

Posted in Events by kheffer on October 11th, 2011

15 October , 2011
10:00 amto12:00 pm

We’ll help you take those very first steps to grow your own food covering the basics of soil, water wise gardening, natural pest control, organic fertilising and no-dig gardening.

When: Saturday 15 October, 10-12pm       

WhereStrathmore Heights Community Centre,1 Boeing Rd, Strathmore Heights  

Workshops are free. To book, please email or call 9932 1142

Now that the weather’s warmed up, we’ve got some great FREE spring gardening workshops to really get you going!

More  sustainable gardening workshops here.

The My Smart Garden program helps residents use their back yards, balconies or courtyards to live more sustainably by growing their own food, shading their home, recycling wastes and using water wisely.   As well as access to workshops, Moonee Valley and Hobsons Bay residents who sign up to the My Smart Garden program receive smart gardening information, discounts from local garden suppliers and can win great prizes every month. You could win a rain garden worth $500 in October and a Fowler’s preserving kit worth $250 in November.

If you live outside these council areas, you’re still welcome to attend workshops and sign up for the program, but ineligible for prizes.



Permaculture Playgroups and Mud Monsters: Green Lunchbox Series

Posted in Events by samgreen on October 3rd, 2011

12 October , 2011
12:30 pmto1:30 pm

Photo by donkeycart via flickr CC

It’s spring time and we’re eager to spend time in the garden with our families! Permaculture and play come together to bring both children and their families to the garden.  While adults get their hands dirty and share gardening and permaculture skills and ideas, children learn about how things grow, where food comes from and healthy food choices.

Come along and listen to our presenters showcase sustainability, education and play activities for children and their families. This session is likely to be of interest to teachers, educators, community workers and families.

Date:   Wednesday 12 October 2011, 12.30-1.30pm
Location:   Reception Room, Maribyrnong Council Offices, cnr Hyde & Napier Sts Footscray

Presented by: Braybrook Sprouts, Mud Monsters & Permaculture Out West

To register for the session visit or for more information call council’s Sustainability Officer on 9688 0357

2011 Bioregional Permaculture Conference in Melbourne: Registration Closes Today

Posted in Events by Kate Archdeacon on September 23rd, 2011

30 September , 2011
12:00 amto11:00 pm
1 October , 2011
2 October , 2011

Workshops, speakers, site tours, party, film screening, a marketplace of ideas

The conference and its associated events will bring people together to share stories and discuss where we’re going as a movement. Presentations will be given by a wide range of local activists from local group leaders to gardeners, educators, writers, designers, foresters and more. Site visits will be happening to local gardens and community sites and a market place will take place. Evenings will be social time – Friday will be a large party with food, music and dancing, Saturday evening will be a screening of the new film Anima Mundi and a talk with the director. Both evening events will be suitable functions for bringing partners and friends. A marketplace area is available for ideas and produce – for stalls, posters and displays so please make use of this opportunity to tell your story and to let others know what you and your community are doing.

Friday 30th September – Sunday 2nd October

Venue: South Melbourne Commons, corner Bank & Montague Sts, South Melbourne.

Visit the Permaculture Melbourne site for more information – registration closes September 23.

“Anima Mundi”: Film screening

Posted in Events by TransitionTownPortPhillip on August 19th, 2011

12 September , 2011
8:00 pmto10:00 pm

Will you survive the transition of human industrial civilization happening now due to peak oil and climate change? Can you see the forest for the trees, the earth for the dream, the universe for the seed?

Join us Monday 12 September @ 7.30pm for 8pm screening of “ANIMA MUNDI”,  a new & innovative Aussie documentary about Permaculture, Peak Oil, Climate Change & the Soul of the World. with guest speakers, Filmmaker Peter Charles Downey & Integrative Medicine expert, Dr Mark O’Meadhra

SLOWdown restaurant cafe bar, 56 Acland Street, St Kilda (opp McDonalds)

Tickets $10 online or $11 on the door (subject to availability). Includes locally sourced produce nibblies & glass of wine. Sustainable pre-screening menu  available beforehand.

Proudly presented in partnership with SLOWdown eco-friendly cafe bar & Transition Town Port Phillip, supported by Port Phillip Urban Fresh Food Network & Veg Out Community Gardens.

Ego Lemos at The Boite: Saturday Night

Posted in Events by Kate Archdeacon on June 3rd, 2011

4 June , 2011
8:00 pmto10:30 pm
Source: The Boîte

Image: Wendy Tanner via flickr CC

Ego Lemos is in Melbourne to receive his Master of Arts (Community Development) from Victoria University. He has just concluded the second PermaScout camp in history bringing young people from every corner of Timor Leste for a week of Permaculture workshops, networking and music making, a remarkable event which is attracting the attention of the President. Ego is an internationally recognised Permaculture practitioner and teacher. As Timor Leste’s most famous singer-songwriter he is about to perform at a festival in Germany organised by his recording company, Skinnyfish. Ego first came to Australia with his band Cinco do Oriente in 2001 at the invitation of the Boite and Australian Volunteers International to perform at a major concert at Hamer Hall. While he is here we will discuss a possible return visit by Cinco do Oriente! Do come and meet him at Mark Street on Saturday night at the Boîte.

8pm, Saturday, June 4th
1 Mark St, Nth Fitzroy

Ego Lemos is well known for his performing and songwriting, particularly for the title track for the movie Balibo. Special Guest, Quashani Bahd, reggae, and blues singer, with Gil Santos (Dili All Stars) This is a fundraiser.

The Climate Project have published an interview with Ego Lemos which explains more about the Perma Scout project.

Advanced Permaculture Principles and Planning Tools

Posted in Events, Movements by Holmgren Design Services on August 19th, 2010

This four-day residential course is designed to deepen understanding of permaculture principles, and improve conceptual skills and planning tools for permaculture practitioners, designers, activists and teachers.  A Permaculture Design Certificate and prior reading of Permaculture: Principles and Pathways Beyond Sustainability are highly desirable for participants to successfully gain from the course, and contribute to it. The core of these courses is the presentation and workshopping in groups of the format of design principles from Permaculture: Principles and Pathways Beyond Sustainability. Additional presentations and group work focus on Reading Landscape, Landscape Mapping, Energy Descent Scenarios and Community Mapping.  David Holmgren presents permaculture ideas through practical projects and personal example, providing a refreshing and unorthodox approach to the environmental issues of our time.

Saturday 18th to Tuesday 21st September 2010
Hepburn Primary School, Main Road, HEPBURN VIC 3461
Cost $530, includes meals and camping on-site.

For more info email or phone 03 5348 3636.