Vale Rob Swain 1955-2017

An unsung hero leaves a giant legacy – tributes to Rob Swain Rob Swain passed away 13/8/2017 in Ravenshoe, Far North Queensland after being diagnosed with late stage melanoma five months ago. He was only 61 years of age. We have lost a very special man, friend, teacher and mentor. Our loving thoughts and condolences …

Bamboo in Permaculture with Robyn Francis

Robyn Francis in Buddha-belly bamboo clump

I love Bamboo; growing, eating, crafting, building, and listening to the sounds of creaking culms and rustling leaves in the wind. It provides me with microclimates, windbreaks, privacy screens, animal fodder, wildlife habitat, an endless supply of mulch, delicious tender eating shoots, an abundance of materials for the garden and building small structures, and sequesters …

NEW – Masterclass Internships 2016

PCA is excited to offer limited places for our new masterclass internship program:  The two specialist 11-week masterclass internships will commence August 16, 2016 at Djanbung Gardens, one in all aspects of food production Garden-to-Table, and the other in Bamboo, Natural Building and Landscaping. These internships involve 25-30 hours per week structured workplace and classroom …

Treating Bamboo Using Transpiration

Ever gone to the effort of harvesting and making beautiful things with bamboo just to see it crumble away with a borer insect infestation? Many great building and crafting bamboo varieties are exceptionally vulnerable to being eaten out by the Powder Post Beetle (Powder Borer) or Bamboo Weevil after harvest and drying. When I first …

Celebrate Bamboo

Bamboo arbour and fence using B. odhamii and B. tulda

Next annual Bamboo Workshop at Djanbung Gardens: Oct 12-14, 2011 Don’t miss this great hands-on workshop learning about growing, crafting and building with this amazing material Some interesting Bamboo facts… Bamboo is the most renewable building resource on Earth. Bamboo is also the fastest growing plant on Earth. It puts out more biomass per acre …