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 …

Slow Food Movement: A Permacultural Digest

Slow Food Movement monitoring news: A digest of recent articles and publications on the Movement and how they relate to Permaculture compiled by Jorja Callow 07/ November 2014 What Slow Food can teach Clean Energy by Sonja van Renssen From Renssen’s time in Turin at the biennial Slow Food fair, she has made the conclusion …

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. …

Gardening like a Forest with Dave Jacke

Janelle has returned from a trip through NSW where she had the opportunity to attend an evening presentation -at the National Centre for Indigenous Excellence (Eora Centre) at George St Redfern- by Dave Jacke , US Permaculture Teacher  Designer and  developer of an in depth Design system around Edible Forest Gardens. Milkwood Permaculture and Nick …

Permablitz – Part II

Permablitz in my rental backyard – Part II BatCastle garden after just 8 weeks Much has happened in the BatCastle backyard since we last checked in. The greens are all exploding from their place in the keyhole bed, the beanstalks are reaching fairytale proportions and the kang kong has taken off down the hill somewhere …

Smallholder Organic Farming not GMOS – the Solution to World Hunger

We are republishing this excellent article from Organic Federation of Australia Feb 2011, to bring factual information to our readers and subscribers.  ABC, 30 August 2010 reported “Global biotechnology company Monsanto has begun an education and advocacy campaign to change the opposition many Australia consumers have to genetically modified food. Speaking at the NSW Farmwriters …

Harvesting the Suburbs

Robyn Francis, garden forage

Micro Eden Series: Making the most of small spaces to reduce food miles to meters with Robyn Francis Anyone can have a garden. “Small is beautiful” and the discovery of small space sufficiency can yield surprising results, not only as produce for the table, but as a place of beauty and the great sense of …

Going Potty Permaculture Style

Container gardens – making the most of small spaces to reduce food miles to meters Anywhere there is light and space plants will grow  – you don’t need to have a lot of space to create a micro edible landscape.  Robyn Francis explores the productive potential of container gardens and tips for the ‘potty’ gardener.