Permaculture Open Day 2016 – Growing our Future

Djanbung Gardens Permaculture Open Day, Saturday June 11, 2016, 10am-4pm

A fun filled day of food, tours, presentations and workshops and the opportunity to explore the gardens of the world-class Permaculture centre, Djanbung Gardens, will be held Saturday June 11, 10am-4pm.

This year’s theme ‘Growing Our Future’ is focused on sharing practical skills and solutions for self-reliance. Come and learn about making compost, seed saving, companion planting, seasonal garden planning, bushfoods, wicking beds, animal systems, rainwater collection, making things with pallets, and much more! There’s something for everyone, including a kids’ activity area.

Entry is by donation.

The plans for an exciting new project, the LandsEnd Forge and Artisan Workshop, will be launched this Open Day by Robyn Francis, principal of Permaculture College Australia. She explains, “The concept includes creating a workspace and collective of artisans dedicated to preserving and reviving the forgotten arts and survival crafts of traditional skills and knowledge including black-smithing, making and mending tools, crafting with stone, wood, bamboo and other natural materials.” The Open Day proceeds will raise funds towards stage one of the project.

The Abundance Café will be open all day selling delicious lunches and refreshments from local organic and garden produce. Plants, seedlings, tubers, produce, books and pallet furniture will be for sale, plus live lunchtime entertainment with Brommers.

The annual Open Day has been going since 2005 to give people the opportunity to reconnect with nature, to learn and grow together in a fun, practical and sustainable way. This year Djanbung Gardens celebrates its 22nd year of operation, from a barren cow pasture to a showcase of permaculture in practice.

Aerial photo of Djanbung Gardens & LandsEnd 2016
Aerial photo of Djanbung Gardens & LandsEnd 2016 by Guy Stewart

Djanbung Gardens is the home campus of Permaculture College Australia, conveniently located within walking distance of Nimbin’s village centre, at 74 Cecil Street, just 300m past the Nimbin Showground.

Djanbung Gardens Permaculture Open Day, Saturday June 11, 2016, 10am-4pm

Further information contact 6689 1755 (Tue, Wed & Fri 10-4)

Workshop & Tour Program

Time Item Facilitator
10.20 am Welcome to Country Aunty Deborah Ferguson
10.35 Incredible Edible Tubers – Workshop Robyn Francis
Animal Systems – Tour Andrew Anderson
11:00 The Power of Plants – Workshop Aleasa Williams
11:30 Wicking Beds – Workshop Simon van de Klei
12:00 Seasonal Planning – Workshop Robyn Francis
12:30 pm Brommers – Live lunchtime music Brommers
1:30 LandsEnd Concept Launch Robyn Francis
Rainwater Collection & Use – Workshop Rod Stutz
2:00 Companion Planting & Garden Tour Aleasa Williams
2:15 Permaculture Traveller – Presentation Steve
2:30 Berkley Compost – Workshop Sam Newton
3:00 Raffle Draw  
3:15 Bushfood Talk & Tour Janelle Schafer

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