Beyond the PDC – Professional Development in Permaculture

Already done a PDC? Looking for ways to fill in the critical skills and knowledge gaps? We can help…PCA (Permaculture College Australia) offers a range of options for permaculturists to fast-track practical skills beyond the PDC to be more effective in your chosen field of Permaculture practices.• Professional Development short intensive courses,• Permaculture Practices longer …

Monbiot: Our response to the problem of invasive species

Did you know that 90 potentially invasive plant species are being sold in nurseries in Australia? George Monbiot ducsussesthe problem of our govenments’ reluctance to deal effectively with ecologically harmful plant and animal species: http://www.monbiot.com/archives/2010/10/04/the-aliens-are-coming/

Alumni – What past students are doing…

Q:  What do Costa, Rosemary Morrow, Russ Grayson, Steve Cran and Geff Lawton have in common? A:  They all did PDCs with Robyn Francis. People frequently ask ‘What are previous course participants doing with their permaculture training?’  or ‘Can you recommend former students for permaculture design and other professional services?’ Check out this short list …

Regenerative Aid and Building Resilience – Beyond Sustainability

Robyn Francis writes about the Permaculture approach to development and aid. The focus of permaculture working with communities in need, is to build resilience, empower people to solve their own problems, and to regenerate damaged environments to health and abundance.

Sweet Potato Tips & Recipe

  Unduly Under-rated Veritable Vegetables – Sweet Potato Greens Its wet season–nice ‘n hot ‘n humid–and in the garden rampancy rules, especially in the sweet potato patch. The tubers won’t be ready to harvest until autumn, but meantime there’s an absolute abundance of delicious, nutritious leaves to enjoy. Sweet Potato greens are one of those …

Infused herbal oils and ointments

Garden Apothecary – Make Your Own Infused Herbal Oils and Ointment with Robyn Francis There are numerous simple remedies and products for healthy living and eating that can be easily made at home with standard kitchen equipment equipment. The Garden Apothecary shares simple recipes, solutions and tips for low-impact natural living, starting with how to …

Learning from Cuba’s Footprint

Target ONE EARTH – Living Within Our Footprint and What we can Learn from Cuba Robyn Francis reports on her visit to Cuba to experience ‘first hand’ the only nation on earth living within its ecological footprint. We can live better with less – Cuba shows us how…

The Underground Gardens of Fresno, California

This was a grand adventure for a day off during the PDC in Southern California, a trip to Fresno to visit the amazing underground gardens. Created by Baldassare Forestiere in the early 1900’s, this 10 acre underground labyrinth was hand dug over 40 years with a pick, shovel and wheelbarrow.