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Can you believe it! It’s been 8 years! Over that time we have met hundreds of people, all interested in becoming that little bit more sustainable and of course growing organic fresh fruit, vegetables and herbs.



Come and join us to celebrate our wonderful garden, connect with the local community and learn more about all things sustainable.

Something for the whole family.

Insect hotels, Compost demonstration, Native bee-hive split, Permaculture, Produce/seedling stall, Seed bombs and Natural pest-control workshop, Face painting, Sausage sizzle, Coffee…and more.



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Saturday, August 11, 2018
1:00pm – 6:00pm

Nelson Heather Community Centre, Angophora Room at Warriewood   5 Jacksons Rd, North Narrabeen (off Pittwater rd near Warriewood Square).


Experienced woodworkers will be teaching you how to fix that wobbly chair and table legs and how to give new life to a pre-loved piece of furniture. This workshop includes understanding how to repair joints and replace worn out or missing parts. You’ll be taught how to use different tools – both hand and power – and how to select the right tool for the job.

Brought to you from The Bower’s Reuse and Recycling Centre ‘Tricks of the Trade’ workshop series are a great opportunity to familiarise yourself with the latest ideas and techniques for the repairing and upcycling of pre-loved furniture. No prior skills are required as our experienced facilitators will guide you through the workshop.

Places are limited so please book by emailing:  cathy_natoli@hotmail.com

Cost $50 or $45 for members



Saturday, August 18, 2018
10:00am – 1:00pm

Cost – $20 for members and $25 for non-members per person

For bookings please email: maria.i.claverol@gmail.com

This Home Remedies workshop is for anyone wishing to learn about simple, natural ways to take care of their own health and the health and well-being of their families and friends.

Together we will make safe and simple natural home remedies to prepare us for the colder winter months. We will make cough syrups, throat lozenges, herbal vinegars, vapour rubs and more. Many of these ingredients you will have stored in your kitchen cupboards and growing in your garden.

This workshop will be presented by Julie Gundlach. Julie has been qualified in many areas of health and wellbeing for over 20 years including Advanced Classical Herbal Medicine, Clinical Aromatherapy and Psychotherapy.

This is organised by the Permaculture Northern Beaches Living Skills team and will be held at Avalon.


Sunday, August 26, 2018
2:30pm – 5:30pm

Narrabeen beach (map)Join Sydney forager Diego Bonetto on a 3 hour workshop learning the what, where and how of collecting a meal from the seashore. This is a rare opportunity to learn from one of Sydney’s most knowledgeable people when it comes to sourcing food from the land and sea.

Learn about the most common edible seaweeds, coastal wild food, littoral plants and their uses from an indigenous and cosmopolitan perspective. We will touch on issues of legal restrictions, ecology and fragility of ecosystems, stewardship and care for the land and sea.

This is an informative workshop designed to empower people with identification skills.

This is a family-friendly stroll by the sea. Dress for the weather and bring the camera and notebook if you wish to retain the information. Venturing onto the rock platform will depend on wave conditions. The tour is at low tide.

Bookings are essential please email: Michaellancaster82@yahoo.com

Costing $35 for non-members and $25 for PNB members.


Thursday, August 30, 2018
7:15pm – 9:00pm

Nelson Heather Community Centre,  Banksia Room, 5 Jacksons Rd, North Narrabeen (off Pittwater rd near Warriewood Square).

As part of our Green Home Project, Permaculture Northern Beaches has brought together a panel of industry experts to present new and emerging sustainable technologies.

The panelists include Kiera Murphy from 4 Pines Brewery, Christina Kirsch from Clear Sky Solar, and Sally Perini from Zero Mow.

  • Kiera Murphy is a champion of sustainability at 4 Pines Brewery based at Brookvale, and will share with you the sustainability solutions including the emerging technology of using blockchain (peer to peer) to supply solar energy.
  • Christina Kirsch is the Director of Innovation and Strategy at Clear Sky Solar who provide solar energy solutions at the community level. Clear Sky Solar began as a start-up in 2013, and now has over 600kW installed capacity of community owned solar projects in Australia.
  • Sally Perini, the founder of Zero Mow, which helps  businesses and individuals transition from polluting petrol powered machines to electric machines charged by solar panels for your gardening machinery needs.

Come along and see where we can co-create a sustainable future together. Entry is by donation for hall hire costs.

We will have a swap table to share the abundance from your garden and home, such as small potted plants, crops, and books. There will also be organic teas and coffee available, please bring a plate of food to share.


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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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