Mushroom Workshop at Djanbung

Join us having fun with fungi at our hands-on mushroom cultivation workshop, Saturday May 30 at Djanbung Gardens. This workshop will introduce you to the amazing world of fungi and different methods of mushroom cultivation so you can grow your own. This jam-packed day will leave you ready and able to implement mushrooms into your …

Permaculture Honours its Elders

permaculture elders presented with award

The 2015 Australasian Permaculture Convergence, APC-12, was held in Penguin on the north coast of Tasmania in March. This was the first ever permaculture convergence to be held in Tasmania, where the permaculture concepts were originally developed by Bill Mollison and David Holmgren in the 1970s. It was also the first convergence in Australia that …

Learn the Art of Masonry

Introduction to masonry

Join us for three fun-filled, information-packed and hands-on workshops learning the skills of masonry floors, walls and garden edging. For the beginner there’s a 1-day introductory workshop learning the basics of the tools, materials and techniques. Then dive deeper with the 2 follow-up masterclass workshops on the art of masonry floors and craft of masonry …

Water-saving Wicking Bed

wicking bed completed and planted

Wicking beds are raised garden beds with a water reservoir at the base made from pond liner filled with rocks and gravel. Moisture wicks up through the soil to feed the plant roots, thus little is lost to evaporation and plants are encouraged to send their roots down deep to tap into the water supply. …

New Milestones for sustainable Lismore

Lismore Council- greenwaste to organic compost

Lismore City Council has achieved significant milestones in its ambition to be a model of sustainability. Two key areas of recent success are in recycling and recovery initiatives for waste reduction, and in energy efficiency. In November 2014, Lismore became the first council in Australia to achieve organic certification for compost made from collected kerbside …

2015 Last year of APT with PCA

Djanbung training centre and PCA team

IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT – Last chance for APT full-time courses with Robyn Francis at Djanbung Gardens 2015 will be the last year that PCA at Djanbung Gardens will be offering full-time accredited courses for the Certificate IV and Diploma of Permaculture. This has not been an easy decision, and we hope that anyone who’s been procrastinating …

APT Information Open Days, Nov 2014

APT Information Day image

You’re invited to our special information and open days in November to visit the gardens and find out more about the accredited training for 2015, enjoy a guided tour of the gardens and student facilities, and participate in some short afternoon workshops on practical permaculture. 2015 will be the final year for PCA to offer …

Australian Ethical – best international equities fund

Did you know that permaculture pioneered the ethical investments movement in Australia? Also permaculture inspired and supported the early formation of Australian Ethical, which recently (October 2014) was named the Best International Equities fund by the Australian Fund Manager Foundation. Australian Ethical beat finalists Perennial and Platinum, becoming the first ethical investment specialist to win …

Permaculture in China-2014

Creating a rooftop garden

Robyn Francis reports from teaching a PDC in Shenzhen, China, October 2014 It’s a concrete jungle here in Shenzhen, development on steroids, endless high rise towers at all stages of construction and occupation. Freeways, the persistent hum and honking of traffic and a haze that shrinks the horizon to a few blocks are all pervading. …

Nicole Foss in Nimbin – Surviving Collapse

Nicole Foss Canadian futurist and systems analyst visiting Nimbin, Sept 2015

We live in uncertain times with the converging pressures of energy, environment, resources, financial crisis and climate change. How will this effect us locally and what can we do to mitigate the impacts are some of the questions Nicole Foss will explore at her presentation at Djanbung Gardens, Nimbin on Sep 15. Australian’s barely experienced …