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Welcome to Djanbung Gardens

International permaculture centre in the beautiful Nimbin valley of northern NSW.

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Djanbung Gardens was designed and founded by permaculture pioneer, Robyn Francis, and is globally renowned as one of permaculture’s leading education and demonstration sites. The public programs are managed by Permaculture College Australia Inc, a non-profit organisation specialising in professional training and community education in permaculture, earth stewardship and sustainable practices.

Immerse yourself in permaculture for an intensive living, learning experience with PCA at Djanbung Gardens for our residential PDC intensive. Gain the knowledge and skills to design your property, create abundance, build resilient community and bring practical sustainability into your personal life, profession and workplace.

~ PDC ~ Permaculture Design Course

Learn in a living working permaculture farm where the concepts taught are practiced

In 15 years, what was a degraded 5-acre cow pasture has been transformed into a cornucopia of biodiversity and abundance. At Djanbung Gardens you can experience a wide range of working systems demonstrating approaches to sustainable living and design through our guided and self-guide tours and training programs including short courses, part and full-time accredited training, and residential internships.

Full Guided Garden Tour Starts at 11am – explore our permaculture gardens with one of our trained staff explaining the intricacies of permaculture design and practices applied here.

Tour is approx 75 minutes duration.

Cost $20 ($15 concession) which includes a colour farm map.

Latest News from Djanbung Gardens

Milestone permaculture course with Robyn Francis celebrating teaching her 150th PDC (Permaculture Design Course) in July, 2018. Help us celebrate this amazing achievement.

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It was 30 years ago that I accompanied Bill Mollison to India to teach the first full Permaculture Design Course (PDC) there in 1987. This year I returned to India to honour the anniversary as a keynote speaker at the 13th International Permaculture Conference (IPC), held in Hyderabad, and as lead teacher of the IPC-PDC. […]

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Permaculture Blogs

Polly’s Blog – a pig’s eye view…

My name’s Miss Polly Kultcha, a very loveable and sociable pig (well, everyone says I’m adorable…) living at Djanbung Gardens since I was a young piglet.  Hope you enjoy my pig’s eye view of the world and life in a permaculture garden. I love food and meeting people and having interesting conversations.

I got the best treat ever, Banana Stem Slices. These slices are probably my favourite treats. I watched the team as they chatted about getting the machetes to harvest the Bananas from a big Banana plant in the Fruit Forest. The Banana stems are quite wide, and juicy and heavy. The heaviness in the Banana […]

It was busy in the garden, I was listening to everyone laughing, and I had a look out my house  to see who was there an what they were up to to cause so much hilarity. I looked over to the gazebo and there was lots of people laughing with a scarecrow. Hmm I didn’t […]

I can’t imagine a better way to be lost on the Amazon than in the company of 35 international permaculture delegates on a boat with a week’s supply of food on board. Yes, the pilot got us lost several times during the journey from Manaus to the permaculture project near Boa Vista, so what should […]

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. […]

Celtic 8-fold Year Garden Chart

Plan a year-round food supply for your garden and orchard with one of these information-packed full colour wall charts.

A complete seasonal guide to planting and harvesting your edible landscape, designed and beautifully illustrated by Robyn Francis. Easy to use – the chart is not tied to a specific calender year so you can keep it on your wall permanently – you dont need to buy a new one for next year, it’s a perpetual calendar!

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