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. …

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 …

Djanbung Gardens features in ‘Living in the Future’

Living in the Future began as an exploration of community and low impact living through film. In 2005, Living in the Future’s director, Helen iles, made a series of 12 programs about the history of ecovillage development in the UK which turned into a 50 minute film Ecovillage Pioneers selling 10,000 copies around the world. …

Djanbung Gardens

Djanbung Gardens concept design by Robyn Francis, 1994

Robyn Francis shares the story of transforming a 5-acre degraded compacted cow-pasture into a permaculture paradise of international renown. Since opening in 1994, Djanbung Gardens has attracted thousands of students and visitors from all over world. Purpose designed as a permaculture education centre and living learn-scape, the gardens demonstrate diverse ways permaculture can be applied …

Wildlife – Freeranging at Djanbung

Wildlife is welcome here but not cats or dogs…. It was twenty years ago that I made the momentous decision to take on a 5 acre degraded cow pasture and restore it to biodiversity and abundance as a permaculture education centre and wildlife sanctuary. I remember sitting in the middle of that barren landscape in …

Piggies at Work

Photo journal of a pig tractor garden Pigs are amazing biological ploughs – their snout is exceptionally strong and designed for excavating the earth in search of tasty morsels buried underground, especially tubers and roots, and also fungi and insects. In Permaculture there is frequent reference to use of pigs as tractoring animals and I’ve …

Creative Community Facilitation

Learn the art of faciltation—whether  you’re involved in community gardens, Permaculture groups, transition initiatives, teaching or sustainable development work—you need effective facilitation skills and tools to harness community energy. Creative facilitation of participatory process, balancing challenge and conviviality is key to success. Through this short intensive course, Robyn Francis shares 3 decades of experience in …

Developing Community Resilience & Facilitating Sustainable Change

Initiating and developing community gardens, transition towns and community sustainability programs is a people-oriented process that requires not only organisational skills but a diverse ‘tool kit’ for inclusive community facilitation. Permaculture College Australia specialises in training  community facilitators as effective agents of change.