Posts Tagged ‘Permaculture’

Here is the website for Permaculture Northern Beaches, where you can find a lot of very good information on all things Permaculture, environmental and organic plus more. PNB has public monthly meetings and various workshops throughout the year.


What’s coming up:

Thursday, May 31 – 7:15 PM

Interested in traditional bush plants and their uses as food and medicine?
Jess Sinnott is an owner and educator from the indigenous company Koori Kinnections which runs bush food cooking classes, school incursions, guided bush walks, resource talks, weaving workshops and more. It is an 100% Aboriginal owned and employed company in Sydney.
Jess Sinnott is a Yuin and Wailwan woman living in Sydney. She has gained a wealth of knowledge about Aboriginal culture, history, and heritage. She will talk us through traditional bush foods and bring along a few delicious dishes for us to sample that use bush food ingredients!

Entry is by donation. All welcome. No need to book.
Doors open at 7:15 PM at Nelson Heather Centre, Banksia Room, 5 Jacksons Road (off Pittwater Rd), North Narrabeen.
The event is part of PNB’s Green Home initiative made possible by the Northern Beaches Council Community Grant program.


Thursday, June 28 – 7:15 PM

Sometimes it can feel like the environmental, economic and social issues the world is currently facing are too big, too overwhelming, to be dealt with by individuals?
‘Living the Change’ explores solutions to the global crises we face today – solutions any one can be part of – this is inspiring stories of people pioneering change in their own lives and in their communities in a sustainable and regenerative way.
From forest gardens to composting toilets, community supported agriculture to time-banking, ‘Living the Change’ offers ways we can rethink our approach to how we live. Watch the trailer here: https://livingthechangefilm.com/
Entry is $7 non-members and $5 for members. Soup is available for $3 a bowl/cup. Please bring crockery and cutlery on the night. All welcome!! No need to book.
Doors open at 7:15 PM at Nelson Heather Centre, Banksia Room, 5 Jacksons Road (off Pittwater Rd), North Narrabeen.
The event is part of PNB’s Green Home initiative made possible by the Northern Beaches Council Community Grant program.



This two-day course is a great overview of all aspects of permaculture – so as to enable you to take the next steps to incorporate this into your life. Over the weekend we will cover topics from organic gardening, sustainable housing, soil, site analysis for your garden/site, permaculture design, and zoning. You will receive an Introduction to Permaculture certificate and a copy of Bill Mollison’s book ” Introduction to Permaculture.”  The course will be held at the Coastal Environment Centre (CEC) on Pelican Walk, Narrabeen Lagoon.  This will also allow for some practical exercises. You will learn how to include permaculture design in your own home and garden.

Teachers for the weekend include Margaret Mossakowska, biologist, and Moss House Sustainability founder and Michelle Sheather, international ecologist, Permaculture Northern Beaches Committee. Organised by Moss House, supported by Permaculture Northern Beaches.

Organised by Moss House and Crop Swap supported by Permaculture Northern Beaches.The course will be from 09:30 – 4:30 pm on both days.

Cost:  $315 for Crop Swap, community garden and permaculture group members, $350 for non-members, concessions available for students, pensioners, unemployed.

BOOK NOW AS PLACE ARE LIMITED!  For bookings and information please contact – elle232@gmail.com with the subject heading ITP June 2018.

CEC backs onto the Narrabeen caravan park and is next to Narrabeen lagoon and beach if you are looking for accommodation for a weekend educational break! There are also many B&Bs available nearby.  Buses stop at Pittwater Rd. Narrabeen High School and it is a short walk to CEC.


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Growing Pigeon Peas

Lets talk about Pigeon Peas (Cajanus cajan)

They are small trees or shrubs. We have one growing in the garden. Pigeon peas are nitrogen fixers, deep rooted , very edible and easy to grow short lived plants.
The pigeon pea is a perennial legume from the family Fabaceae. Since its domestication in India at least 3,500 years ago, its seeds have become a common food grain in Asia, Africa, and Latin America. Wikipedia
 It is very high in protein, potassium, dietary fibre and  contains calcium, iron, Vit B6 and magnesium.
 You can find out all about this versatile plant at this website.
Growing Pigeon Peas, An Incredibly Versatile Permaculture Plant
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Kirsten extolls the benefits of azolla.

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Grow Your Own Food presented by Permaculture Northern Beaches & Costa Georgiadis

  • When
    28 Feb 2013
  • 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
  • Location
    The Encores Room at Manly Leagues Club, 563 Pittwater Rd Brookvale

Best known as the host of Gardening Australia, Costa is also a landscape architect, permaculturalist with a real passion for people, food and plants.

Costa believes that growing your own food is one of the most important things you can do for your own health and that of the planet and will be giving a presentation on the whys, whats and hows of food growing and how to get started.

Suggested Donation $5 at the door

Places are strictly limited and bookings are essential.

Reserve your place here – http://costapnb.eventbrite.com.au

For more information call Frank on 0419 431 387

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Film: Our Seeds: Seeds Blong Yumi

(“Seeds belong to you and me.”)

Thursday 25th October 2012

A compelling film celebrating the keepers of the seeds, the farmers and gardeners who preserve and share the source of our precious and diverse food heritage. Filmed across eleven countries in Europe Asia and the Pacific with upbeat musical backing from local choirs and musicians.

Our Seeds: Seeds Blong Yumi

shows that encroaching threats to food quality and our health can have local solutions. A Seed Savers film produced and directed by Michel and Jude Fanton.

This event is free for Permaculture Northern Beaches members

We welcome visitors – $5 admission


Lakeview Hall, Tramshed Arts & Community Centre,

1395A Pittwater Road, Narrabeen (next to ambulance station)


7pm for 7.30pm start


screening in Avalon

Award winning film

“Garden at the End of the World”

The story of how two extraordinary Australian women have helped peaceful survival in Afghanistan



This documentary has won many awards including a human rights award – and it is easy to see why. It explores the amazing efforts of two wonderful women who have provided means of peaceful survival for some of the poor and hungry,homeless and traumatised people of Afghanistan. It shows us the plight of the women (especially the widows) and the orphans.

Gary Caganoff paints a heart rending picture of the need and shows how Rosemary Morrow brings hope to a torn society. She is a horticulturist and has developed a system of Permaculture which helps to erase poverty in those countries where starvation is rife. She has worked in Asia, Africa, Europe and Afghanistan – helping communities destroyed by conflict to support themselves by growing their own food in an environmentally sustainable way.

The film shows the simple and understanding way she relates to the people, and how she helps them to rebuild community, This comes first but , after that, widows and orphans learn how they can survive through permaculture.

The film also shows us some of the work of another great Australian woman Mahboba Rawi . Mahboba has for many years been working for the orphans of Afghanistan through the aid agency “Mahboba’s Promise” set up in Australia . Mahboba has saved thousands of orphans and has built orphanages in which the children thrive. See her working toward this in the film.

Gary Caganoff’s moving and enthralling film helps us understand the problems faced in this war-damaged and conflict-ridden, but starkly beautiful, country Most of all it shows us how to use peaceful ways to solve many of the world’s problems, and to sustain those who are suffering.

We are fortunate that both Dr.Caganoff and Mahboba will be at the screening and will speak and answer questions!

Date: Sunday -28th Oct. 5 pm – 7.30 pm

Place: Avalon Baptist Church 2 George St. Avalon


Information Kath Moody 9918 2502 kath_moody@hotmail.com

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Now this should be of some interest to us adventurous gardeners. We have ear- marked the western wall of the shed for our aquaponics display.

We’re trying to tie Charlie down (and pull our finger out) but hey this week -end course run by the  good guys and girls from Milkwood Permaculture would be great to go to (& probably quicker than us trying to organise it.)


  • Dec 17 2011 – Dec 18 2011  9:00am – 5:00
  • Alexandria Park Community Centre – Alexandria

What you’ll learn:

A practical workshop on how to produce your own organic vegetables and fresh fish in one sustainable, closed-loop system, in your own backyard.

Aquaponics combines the principles of aquaculture and hydroponics, without the use of chemicals.

Organic vegetables can be grown highly efficiently while filtering nutrient rich pond water which contains a variety of aquatic life. Fish, yabbies, mussels etc grown in the closed system of aquaponics provide a renewable food source and are a fascinating and educational experience to watch grow.

With 10% of the water usage and five times the growth rate of a conventional vegetable garden, an aquaponics setup can see fingerling fish grown to plate size in under 12 months. No chemicals, no fuss, just fresh fish, herbs and vegetables.

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Thanks to Milkwood Permaculture’s wonderful blog. http://milkwood.net/2011/11/22/a-way-through-the-woods-designing-the-paths-in-our-forest-garden/

The paths in our forest garden need to do a couple of things really well: define different spaces within the garden, create weed barriers, increase fertility, protect the rest of the garden from compaction and provide easy access for farm residents, classes and maintenance.

Harris therefore designed the main paths on contour, with spur paths branching off in various directions.

The main contour paths were surveyed and then dug out  as small swales, about 60cm across. These trenches were then filled with woodchip. This feature will allow the main paths to:

  • Catch and store rainfall, releasing it slowly and gently downslope, through the topsoil.
  • Allow the woodchips to decompose over time, creating fungally dominated compost which can then be dug out onto the forest garden

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