Enriching our resilience

Here is a collection of pictures from our part-time PDC.

Every day we start with a practicum session – we get our hands dirty, we energize our body and ground ourselves with skills that enrich our resilience and perpetuate traditional life skills.

Last week, we were blessed to be able to visit Jacky, Gary and Kelly, an absolutely loveable family who lives a bird-flight away from our farm. The whole family cares for rescued wildlife and dedicate their time, their skills, their land and their resources to raise and care for native wildlife. Gary, builder by trade, explained our group how their future solar passive home was designed and which material he is using to make it an ecological home.

Photo credit: Paula, Marco, Alexia

Feature image: drawing of my child!


It is not too late to register to Garden to Table’s Residential Permaculture Course held with John Champagne, Megan Cooke and myself in Pacific Palms, NSW – 19 November to 1 December 2016

PDC Jilliby 2016

We kick-started our part-time PDC last week, hugging close to our outdoor stove and wrapped in blankets (the sun was a tad shy!).

Right here on our farm, there is a large multi-purpose carport that, in true permaculture spirit, fulfills many functions. And one of them is to host our class.

 

There are also many acres of landscape that, over the course of the next few weeks, will help gel in our knowledge about everything we need to know to design in permaculture: pattern reading, forests, permaculture principles, microclimates, plants, weeds, animals and of course, last but not least, design methods.

 

Last but not least, Permaculture is not an armchair study. It is about actively observing, deducting, designing, planning and finally doing. So every day we get our hands dirty! Worm farming, double-digging, seed sharing, plant propagation…

I am stoked to be able to lead another group of fabulous people into their permaculture journey… follow us as we continue this journey.


It is not too late to register to Garden to Table’s Residential Permaculture Course held with John Champagne, Megan Cooke and myself in Pacific Palms, NSW – 19 November to 1 December 2016

 

A market to grow farmers

We’re away on a trip overseas and in the small town where we are there is a farmers’ market twice a week. Yes, twice a week!

Locals come and get their fresh produce, have a chat with the farmer and other patrons of the market, they meet friends or make new ones. I find this amazing that for such a rather small place, there could be the need for two markets a week. And there is. Continue reading “A market to grow farmers”

Enrolling now

Teaching in a relaxed atmosphere
Learning Permaculture in a relaxed atmosphere

We’re now accepting registrations for our annual part-time Permaculture Design Course (PDC).

This course is part-time, meaning it takes place every Saturday (except during school holidays) from 9am to 5pm, starting Saturday 6 August 2016, ending Saturday 12 November 2016. Continue reading “Enrolling now”

To print or not to print?

Ever since I started teaching in 2010, I have been agonizing over making or not promotional flyers for my courses. There are always many tricky hurdles to go through and many dilemmas… Continue reading “To print or not to print?”

Hydrophobic soil

There’s a spot in the garden that doesn’t hold moisture, no matter how much I water it in. In fact water seems to literally run off its surface or pool on top. This would normally not worry me sleepless if that wasn’t for loosing crops to desiccation, starvation or disease, or for wasting energy to keep that area moist.

Continue reading “Hydrophobic soil”

Managing your permaculture life

Permaculture teaches us to integrate rather than segregate… this articles describes how we, at Valley’s End, have integrated previously-acquired management skills and tools into our permaculture context.


Permaculture teaches us to integrate rather than segregate… this articles describes how we, at Valley’s End, have integrated  previously-acquired project management skills and tools into our permaculture context. Continue reading “Managing your permaculture life”