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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Enrolling now

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. The course will take place on our farm (Jilliby – Central Coast, Australia). It is [...]

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… Do I really need to print flyers? How will I design them? How many flyers do I need? 50? 100? 500? more? My [...]

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 [...]

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.