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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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We got a lot done today despite no compost delivery, (compost should come next Saturday).
Dave dug a “Swale” ( I hope I’ve spelled that right) -down in the front community plot where heavy rains create a little river, washing away the topsoil, whilst all us ladies stood around being very useful, instructing him on what to do.
A Swale is a Permaculture concept of digging a ditch with the intention that it catches the water and allows it to soak into the soil so it can be utilised rather than lost as it washes everything away .
We also removed the grow net out the front on the verge to allow pollination and more public access as it appears the public walking by aren’t harvesting the broccoli & capsicums in there as they can’t see in.
There was a bit of harvesting, from which I personally procured a rather attractive little pumpkin which is destined to become some soup. There was also some Leeks, Cauliflower, Bok Choy, Lettuce, Broccoli, Shallots, Potatoes….
And Thankyou for morning tea to the people who brought the cupcakes and coconut cake. SO yummy!!!

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